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On the 9th Day of Christmas…

oddly-shaped-interstellar-asteroid-Oumuamua-905x566ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 9 ALIENS

8 conspiracies, 7 super heroes, 6 corrupt files, 5 Demon Spawns! 4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.

There’s no doubt that we have absolutely no knowledge of what lies out there in the vastness of space.  The unknown is great territory for some fantastic science fiction stories and more.  How much of what we theorize could be real?  When I wrote my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE and its spinoff COSMIC ORBITS, I aimed to answer just that.  Recently a cigar shaped object came into our solar system from interstellar space and then headed back out.  Scientists are baffled as to what it might be.  The picture attached is a scientific artist’s rendition of what it looks like up close.  What do you think is out there?  Are we alone?  Chime in with your thoughts.

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Day 23 – Beyond Human Trilogy

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Day 23 of #scrypthalloween looks at my BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY. @dpipito did the cover art as a tribute to DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man. It shows a figure that is not quite human, but something else. You can see human traits in one of the images. The #book includes the #novels: GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE, plus the spinoff short stories: EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS. There is also a bonus log entry at the end, which acts as a bridge between the end of this trio and the beginning of next…

official description: GENETIC MORSELS introduces the new generation to our world, but their arrival brings with it the next step in human evolution. As the first world leader begins to unleash an army of super clones for his twisted plans, the young heroes must figure out how to stop him at all costs. Can they resist the enemy or will their own abilities prove too difficult to harness? PLANET ATE follows the corrupt trail left by a politician into buried secrets about the history of mankind. An organization called the A.T.E. will race against the clock to uncover the truth about visitors to our world. If they fail, an extraterrestrial threat will succeed, bringing with it mankind’s extinction.
DEVOURED UNIVERSE takes a crew of unlikely astronauts into deep space. As they follow a transmission from a nearby galaxy, they will discover that science fiction holds much fact. Their journey will send them to other worlds to seek out an element and alliances, in order to halt the eradication of reality itself. –

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Beyond Human Trilogy

The BEYOND HUMAN Trilogy is available now at lulu.com in print, on Amazon in digital, and Barnes and Noble (in the next 2 weeks).  It contains the novels: GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE, plus the short stories: EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS, and a teaser of what will be coming soon.

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Day 27 -Inspiration in Space

thumbnail_img_6784I can’t say I’m a hardcore science fiction fan, but there are some franchises that I have the utmost respect for when it comes to space exploration.  Those are what inspired me to write my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE, and its spinoff short COSMIC ORBITS.

When I say I can’t stand Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY, I mean it.  It was a horrifically slow movie that didn’t do the book justice at all.  Arthur C. Clark’s novel was much more entertaining, and holds a top place in my list of epic science fiction in space.  It had 3 sequel books: 2010 ODYSSEY TWO, 2061 ODYSSEY THREE, and 3001 THE FINAL ODYSSEY.  Although outdated in terms of mention of year, it isn’t as far fetched as it seems.  If you’re a fan of the movie (or not) then I recommend checking out the books because they are much better.  The unlimited potential of outer space is depicted in a way that really makes you want to know what is out there.

Next up is the ALIEN franchise.  Sure, there are countless books and comics based on the series, but I’m referencing the main films.  ALIEN, ALIENS, ALIEN 3, & ALIEN: RESURRECTION fell victim to the sequel not being as good as the preceding entry, but that said, they are still fantastic movies.  I would count the two ALIEN vs PREDATOR movies, but since that includes the PREDATOR franchise I’ll refrain (Predator is also a series I love, but that’s going off on another).  The prequel movie PROMETHEUS is getting a follow up called ALIEN COVENANT.  So far so good with those.  What makes these movies great isn’t the characters as much as it is the threat of such a frightening alien.

A series that has fans always in anticipation of the next release is STAR WARS.  In all honesty I love the main films, but the spinoff series, cartoons, and books never grabbed my interest.  Let’s face it… what makes this franchise great is the heart of the story.  Don’t hate me fanboys and girls… I’m just seeing it from a writing perspective.  The core here is good vs evil..  There really is no in between in this saga, but that’s what makes it so good.  Each chapter holds its own, even though the prequels were widely hated by fans.  They really aren’t bad when it comes down to it.  We’ve got a handful of them: THE PHANTOM MENACE, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, REVENGE OF THE SITH, A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI, THE FORCE AWAKENS, and episode 8 and 9 coming as well as some crucial backstory starting with ROGUE ONE.  Since Disney has taken over it seems to be headed in the right direction, and will hopefully expand to include a simpler, yet less two dimensional narrative.

The other fan eager series is STAR TREK.  We’ve got The ORIGNAL SERIES, THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER, ENTERPRISE, and the new series DISCOVERY.  Like Wars, Trek’s spinoff novels and comics do nothing for me, but the movies have been hit or miss.  THE MOTION PICTURE, THE WRATH OF KAHN, THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, THE VOYAGE HOME, THE FINAL FRONTIER, THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, GENERATIONS, FIRST CONTACT, INSURRECTION, NEMESIS, STAR TREK, INTO DARKNESS, and BEYOND all have a way of telling a much broader story.   Trek has a way of displaying how vast the universe is, and how each different race perceives and handles events.

My goal was to incorporate what was best about all of these: The vastness of the universe, a frightening alien threat, characters that are cared about, and various stances on how things should be handled.  DEVOURED UNIVERSE really utilizes these to tell a fresh new type of story that closes out a trilogy and sets way for a future cast to deal with something beyond.

So what are some of your favorite space related or alien movies, films, TV, drinks, food, games, etc etc?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween and you may win a copy of one of my novels.

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short story – Cosmic Orbits

cosmic-orbits-coverToday sees the release of my short story COSMIC ORBITS.  It’s the spinoff of my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE, and covers some ground that just wouldn’t fit in the main story.  These 36 pages were written with a fan request in mind.  The Network Entity is back, and it’s set its sights on something new.  Is humanity safe?

You gaze at the night sky and see something move. Wondering what is out there keeps you awake at night. Countless forms of life are between you and the farthest star, but there’s also something else. It watches and gathers information, growing more powerful along the way.

COSMIC ORBITS is available at lulu.com in print.  It will also be available in the upcoming release of the BEYOND HUMAN trilogy in digital form on Amazon.com.

 

 

 


Day 25 – Devoured Universe

devoured-coverDEVOURED UNIVERSE is my first novel that goes beyond what we know on Earth.  It takes the reader to the farthest reaches of the universe and puts the laws of physics to the test.  As it wraps up one character’s adventures, it opens the door for a new cast.  It’s all about getting past differences and uniting for survival of all races human and alien.

Beyond the farthest reaches of the universe lies a threat to the very existence of reality. When Earth receives a signal from deep space, they must embark on a dangerous mission into the unknown. Gordon Lightcap returns to duty after a brief retirement. He will have to use what he has learned to bring together a mismatched group of astronauts, and discover the secrets to existence. Only then will they be able to prevent the annihilation of everything, but at what cost?

What are some of your favorite alien related things?  Make sure to hashtag #scrypthalloween and you could win a copy of DEVOURED UNIVERSE or one of my other novels.  All of my books are available at Lulu.com in print, and on Amazon in digital.

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Interview about Devoured Universe

I’ve had some amazing questions sent to me over the course of the past two months.  Here’s a compilation of them in interview form.  Feel free to ask your own, and I’ll answer.  Thanks again for all of the love.

 

Q: What makes “Devoured Universe” differ from “Planet ATE”?

Rick: Planet ATE was a stepping stone into full blown sci-fi. While both involve space and aliens, ATE was about protecting humanity and Earth. Devoured takes it a step further and puts the existence of everything in the universe at risk.

Q: Your books are grounded in reality in a way that makes them believable. How did you maintain that feeling with Devoured Universe?

Rick: There was only so much I could do considering the vastness of the story, but I looked into a lot of NASA information and files on different things out in space. Some hypothetical theories served as the root for explanations of what was going on, so while it is a mostly science fiction tale, it can be perceived as believable.

Q: After reading your other novels, I found this to be a good stand alone, but it also wraps up a legacy (as mentioned in the book). What made you decide to write out a certain character?

Rick: Without going into too much detail I can say it was time, but I feel as though I’ve lost a great friend. My characters age in my stories, so I didn’t feel it necessary to continue on because that takes away from some of the grounded aspect you mentioned. But I knew this had to happen in a way that respected the character and what he/she stood for. It ends a long adventure, but leaves behind a legacy for my final trilogy.

Q: So does this mean the character could come back?

Rick: No and yes. I can say without a doubt that this character is in fact dead. There will be no resurrection or clone. The presence will still be felt however, as the new characters introduced will see this person as a historical figure and know the legacy left behind by their predecessor.

Q: Will the next book pick up right after this one?

Rick: No. I wanted to put a few hundred years’ gap between books. That way it can stand on its own as the others all have, but still be connected to the saga.

Q: Obviously this means you will be staying in the science fiction genre?

Rick: Like the other books it will be a stepping stone. If you read Devoured Universe, then you know what is hinted at as far as where it will all go. So even though it starts out in the future there will be a way to tie it into the past, and pave way for new stories.

Q: A reboot of your own novels?

Rick: Not really. More like an expansion.

Q: With your Eden’s Order Trilogy your main antagonist was Cain. For Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy you had the Network Entity. It seems that the world governments are your antagonist for this trilogy. Who or what is the threat for your next three?

Rick: I’m glad you saw politicians as the underlying evil in this (Beyond Human Trilogy). The next trilogy will be a little less obvious as we will be dealing with many different settings and periods on Earth. If I were to choose an antagonist per se, I guess I’d say humanity as a whole. It’s not that I think humans are all bad, but the main character in the next trilogy will be facing the bad sides of human nature. Even he himself will be struggling with his own morals.

Q: Is this character someone we already know or will he be new? And can you clarify the type of struggles he’ll face?

Rick: Let’s just say this will be less of a group adventure and more about this single person. You don’t know him yet, but he does have origins in the timeline of the current stories. So while he exists in this saga already, he really hasn’t been formally introduced.

Q: It sounds like you’ve had this planned out for a while. How many other works are on your slate?

Rick: Ha. I’ve countless ideas, but right now I’m currently brainstorming, writing, and outlining a few. While I’m prepping to step into the new trilogy, I’m writing the spinoff stories for this one. I’m also hard at work with my brother on finishing my second children’s book, and writing a third. Then there is also a murder mystery trilogy I’m working on with my wife. This doesn’t include the countless notes I keep adding to the other ideas I’ve got for future releases.

Q: You have a web series called “Think, Sip, Write.” In one episode you talk about eternal youth. If you could live forever would you continue to write or would you delve into other areas?

Rick: I would love to live forever; as long as I could fully function. Yes, I’d continue to write because right now I can’t see how I’d be able to publish all of the ideas I have. It’d be a waste not to. But like my everyday life I’d also continue to do other things. My music is always in the back of my mind, as well as my web series and sCrypt Publishing.

Q: Is there anything you want readers to know? Announcements or teases perhaps?

Rick: I’ve decided to try something new. I’m doing a #Scrypthalloween for the whole month of October. Details are being worked on, but I plan to have them up within the next few days. Basically everyone can get involved. On my end of it I’ll be posting a few quick read releases, as well as some giveaways and other fun things. It’ll be a lot of fun, and the more involved the merrier.

 

Q: Where can someone get a copy of your books?

Rick: As always, digital copies of my books are available on Amazon. Print copies are on Lulu.com. And you are always welcome to email me for an autographed copy.


novel – DEVOURED UNIVERSE

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It’s here!  Available in paperback and digital is DEVOURED UNIVERSE. 

Beyond the farthest reaches of the universe lies a threat to the very existence of reality. When Earth receives a signal from deep space, they must embark on a dangerous mission into the unknown. Gordon Lightcap returns to duty after a brief retirement. He will have to use what he has learned to bring together a mismatched group of astronauts, and discover the secrets to existence. Only then will they be able to prevent the annihilation of everything, but at what cost?

$7.99 + shipping for paperback http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/devoured-universe/paperback/product-22842737.html

$3.99 for Kindle and digital https://www.amazon.com/Devoured-Universe-Eternal-Hunger-Saga-ebook/dp/B01L7AFS2Q/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


Devoured Universe – Trailer

My upcoming novel “DEVOURED UNIVERSE” gets the trailer treatment. If you thought you knew what was out there, you were wrong. It’s much more in depth than you think. September 2016 and beyond it will be available on Amazon and lulu.com.