Another Legion Book is Coming

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LONDON UNDEAD is taking way, way, longer than I wish it would, but the book has a large cast and I am trying to make it the best horror novel I’ve done to date.

Since it is taking so long, I am going to begin working on another Legion book. Stay tuned for more info, in the meantime why not get caught up on the other books?

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006ONCVAY

http://www.amazon.com/Legion-Magic-Book-Unleashed-ebook/dp/B00HB6H4TQ

The Corrupter

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The future. From the first moment Oberon O’baron laid eyes on the robot, he was in love. With just a glance the petite artificial girl set his heart aflame, sending him into an obsessive frenzy. As the old-fashioned Englishman struggles with his new found passion, he is led into a world of political agendas, futuristic vice and sexual frustration. Oberon is obsessive, cowardly, self-loathing and weak but his mind is sharp and his dedication unwavering. All the pleasures he had denied himself, all that he had missed out on could be reclaimed. All he needs is HER. The Corrupter is a science fiction tale of obsession, set in a world where everyone is watched and nothing is private.

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Corrupter-Richard-Evans/dp/1468105035

No Fan Expo This Year: Here’s Why

Before I go off on my tirade, I want to say first off that Fan Expo Toronto has always been a fantastic show. The staff and volunteers have always been wonderful and I am nothing but grateful for the appearances I’ve had there. It was over a decade ago when I released a comic and attended Fan Expo for the first time and while I’ve only been a guest a handful of times since, every time has been a wonderful experience. When I switched into prose writing, they allowed me to attend as an author and I met a lot of other great authors as well as my favorite people, readers. So I hope I’ve made it clear that I do not have any issue with the management team or the amazing volunteers who put together the show every year.

I also want to point out that my application for Fan Expo hasn’t been approved yet. They may not even be accept me this year, which would make this a moot point anyway. But I won’t be attending as a fan either, for the same reason I am not going to attend as a guest.

The reason I won’t be attending Fan Expo this year is because of one of their guests, Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson might be a great guy, it has been years since he’s been in any trouble, but the fact is he is a CONVICTED rapist. He raped Desiree Washington, an 18 year old woman, back in 1991. This is a FACT. This isn’t me being sensitive or disagreeing with someone’s political views, this is a man who served time in prison for his crimes.

My wife is currently pregnant with our third child. A part of me has been thinking about what we’re going to do if its a girl, because we’ve already got two awesome boys and all our toys and cloths are for boys. Now let’s say I DO have a daughter, would I want her to volunteer at Fan Expo? Would I take her to the show with me as a guest? Would I want my daughter anywhere near this guy, regardless of how much he seems to have changed?

The answer is Hell No. I don’t even want my boys there, just in case they ask me “Who is that person?” Do I say he’s a famous boxer and leave it at that? I mean at what point do you forgive and forget?

If Mike Tyson was appearing at an event for adults, I’d have no problem working the same show as him. But Fan Expo is a family event and I can’t in good conscious bring my family to a show with a person convicted of rape.

I am not so arrogant as to assume anyone cares about my point of view. I know that Mike Tyson can draw a bigger audience than I can, bringing in 5-10 thousand people is a lot better for business than the five people that come to see me. I won’t be protesting or starting a social media campaign to have him taken off the guest list because that too is self-serving and not how I operate. This is just something I have decided is best for me and my family this year.

Mike Tyson loses his temper whenever people mention his rape conviction, which tells me he still hasn’t accepted his crime and is still trying to maintain his innocence and in my opinion that makes him still dangerous.

I wouldn’t do a show with Bill Cosby and I won’t do a show with Mike Tyson, no matter how big the event is and how unlikely it is to even see the man. I do not support men who abuse women, crimes like rape and murder are not something you “pay your dues” with. These are crimes that are never forgotten, never forgiven, never made right.

So I won’t be there. But hey, I live down the street, so if you really want to see me during the show, swing by for a beer.

There just comes a point when complaining about people isn’t enough. This time I’m standing behind what I believe in. No potential career opportunity is worth compromising my principles for.

Best of luck to everyone at the show this year, have a great time!

White Zombie Anthology

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There are tons of zombie stories out there. Most of them create a lame back story and dive right into the killing and slaughter. I decided if I was going to do my own version, it had to be done differently. Using the retroviruses and genetic differences between the racial groups on Earth, I had a basis for an idea.

It is important to tell stories that have cultural relevance, that touch upon issues of the day and explore themes we may not be comfortable talking about. Such as race issues.

I also wanted to create a story that would be driven by characters of African heritage, where the black guy doesn’t die first but instead dies last.

The Pitch:

Almost two hundred thousand years ago, Homo Sapiens fought a war against the Homo Helmei for the coastal passages out of Africa. Although modern man won, the deadly virus that had infected the Homo Helmei infected the early migrants. The disease lay dormant in their DNA until the year 2012. Every descendant of those migrants, from India to China to the United States has been infected. All will die.

The only survivors are the children of the Africans who did not migrate, whose DNA did not contain the virus. There is no test, no method of determining who will live and who will die to rise again as the living dead. If you are dark skinned, there is hope.

If not, you have 24 hours to live.

THE ANTHOLOGY:

As a way to promote the book I will be publishing a novel anthology of short stories. Any interested writers should contact me with their ideas.

Submissions Due Date: September 14th, 2012.

Conditions: The story is set in the modern day. There are many different diseases which are more likely to occur in certain racial groups. In this case, the African American community, those who are descended from the first species of Man, are the only people not carrying the “zombie”gene which is activated by an unknown toxin in the environment.

Twenty-four hours after becoming sick, the person would die. The symptoms were flu-like.

All stories will have to meet editorial guidelines. You will own all rights to your story, it will not be reprinted without your permission. All contributors to the anthology will be given the opportunity to appear in the comic book once an artist has been found for that series.

The stories can be about any racial group, anywhere in the world. Just remember, if they aren’t black, they will be dead.

Compensation: Free copy of the book, which should be available digitally and in print through Amazon.

Send inquiries to: ravenheisenberg AT gmail.com

STORIES THAT HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED:

The Champ by Richard Evans: An old MMA fighter gets one more shot at the title when the other contenders all fall sick. He can change his whole life, all he has to do is beat the Champion.

City of Shadows by J.L Petty: Two brothers race through the streets of Tokyo to find a cure before one of them succumbs to the virus.

The Minority by Kevin Hopson: Corporate Exec’s forced to make hard choices now face the wrath of their African employees.

Cure For The Heart by Marcus E.T:  In the middle of the outbreak a good man is stuck in a terrible place between his sick wife and his racist father.

Penance by John L. Thompson: An uncle and nephew are looking at spending a long time barricaded in an apartment complex safe from the zombie horde outside but have a new visitor requesting help in his final hours…a white supremacist.

Chopper by Richard Evans: A “slow” giant living above a garage is forced to change into someone better when everyone else around him starts to turn into something worse.

http://www.amazon.com/White-Zombie-1-Richard-Evans/dp/1478220597

Asimov’s Rules Are For Children

I was recently discussing Isaac Asimov’s rules on Facebook and decided to post my opinions here, where I am king and cannot be argued with. :) Asimov’s three rules of robotics are so simple, they are almost primitive. It is that simplicity that has made them so famous (you can read the rules at the end of the post). Like the ten commandments, they take complex issues and fears and break them down into easily digested and understood expectations. I am not trying to take away from Asimov’s talent at constructing such a simple set of rules, it is not easy to create something that the public can digest, understand and regurgitate. More importantly, the rules have affected those who actually work in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, meaning Asimov’s rules on robots are actually being incorporated into the plans for modern robots. Nice job, Isaac!

Unfortunately, in real life, they would never hold up. The main reason is because the rules are horribly restrictive to what we need them to do.  Robots are being designed for two basic functions: Human companionship and hazardous work. If you are making cute teddy bear robots, you are obviously going to want to incorporate the rules, however if you’re creating robots for the second reason, you are going to find the rules impossible to implement. The primary job of a robot is to substitute itself for a human being. Whether the robot is mining lava or fighting crime, its basic programming would HAVE to allow it to place itself in danger, otherwise it would be useless. The world doesn’t need a robot nurse, it needs a robot soldier, combat or rescue are the two primary uses for intelligent machines.  I’ll get back to this one in a minute, for now lets read through the first rule.

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

This rule is almost naive in its simplicity. Does this mean you cannot have a robot doctor or dentist? Because surgery and medicine are major industries for new technologies. Can a robot be a mid-wife? Not only is it hard to determine what exactly constitutes an injury (no robot wrestlers I guess), it is almost impossible to expect a machine to stop a human being from coming to harm. The only way a robot could fulfill this expectation would be to nanny human beings, every moment of the day, all day, forever. No smoking, no running at the pool, no diving, nothing at all that might cause injury or promote an unhealthy lifestyle. Will the robots force everyone to take yoga classes, or refuse to let bad drivers get behind the wheel? Once a robot is forced to value human life, it is a short jump to calculating which human lives are worth more. When two people of different cultures and races are in conflict, who does the robot assist? You see if a robot cannot clearly comprehend and deal with issues like our military deal with in places like Iraq, then the robot is useless.

2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. You know what humans love best about machines? They obey. This rule is almost laughable and goes against our entire culture of ownership. If I owned a robot, it would be MINE, it would listen to only my instructions, follow only my rules, do what I tell it to do. We all have cellphones but how often do you share it? How many people know your password? This rule makes it sound like anyone can come along and tell your robot what to do and it would have to listen. That would make for some funny pranks, but that’s not how our culture works. When you buy something, you own it, no one wants to share with other human beings.

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. This is the rule that has always made me laugh. This sounds more like a civil rights bill than a rule for robots. A robot is supposed to be destroyed, that it what it is built for. Machines are made to be used until they break and they are either repaired or scrapped for junk. What could would a squad or space exploring robots be, if they ducked for cover at the first sign of danger? How could we send a robot to the bottom of the sea if its programming tells it to protect itself? A robot not willing to be damaged would be useless. Asimov’s robots lack motivation and dedication, because their programming is build around avoidance of danger. If a robot cannot take my place in dangerous situations and will not automatically protect me from other humans, why would I pay so much for the damn thing? All the most interesting robots are immoral or are killers. Asimov’s rules make us feel safe with the concept of robots, they give us hope that we’ll have absolute control over our computerized children, but they would never actually be implemented. There are just too many reasons to kill and ways to die that a machine that avoids harm would be virtually useless. If she can’t hurt you, how much fun can you possibly have??

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

Gale Allen Returns!

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My last anthology book, WHITE ZOMBIE, was a unique take on the zombie genre that challenged writers to contemplate racial and social issues.

This time, we’re going to challenge gender issues and expectations and give the world a new group of exciting, female, space adventurers!

Who is Gale Allen?

Gale Allen was a Venusian princess, the direct descendant of King Rogert who was the first human to land on Venus. Gale went on to become an agent of the Universal Space Patrol, and traveled throughout the galaxy fighting injustice. She held the rank of captain (though she was sometimes seen with a sergeant’s insignia on shoulder) and she commanded a team called the Girl Squadron (or more formally, The 40th Women’s Space Battalion), entirely comprised of female pilots and soldiers. Gale’s headquarters was in Vanam, the canalled capital of Venus.

Allen’s primary nemesis in her early career was Prince Blaga Daru, a tyrant who nearly conquered the Earth and wanted Gale for his mate. During the battle against Daru, Allen was made the top commander of the US Air Force. Her early adventures were supposed to take place around 1990, and her later adventures took place in the early 21st century (roughly 50-60 years in the future).

Gale was a skilled pilot and fighter who carried a ray gun on her hip.

Planet Comics was a science fiction comic book title produced by Fiction House and ran for 73 issues from January 1940 to Winter 1953. Like many of Fiction House’s early comics titles, Planet Comics was a spinoff of a pulp magazine, in this case Planet Stories, which featured space operatic tales of muscular, heroic space adventurers who were quick with their “ray pistols” and always running into gorgeous females who needed rescuing from bug-eyed space aliens or fiendish interstellar bad guys.

Gale appeared in almost every issue between #4 and #42. Written by Douglas McKee, Gale and her Girl Squadron were illustrated by Bob Powell in issues #4-10 and Fran Deitrick/Hopper in #28-40. In or around issue #34, the squadron were dropped.

The Anthology

GALE ALLEN AND THE GALAXY SQUADRON.

A series of short stories focusing on Gale, her Galaxy Squadron, and/or anyone from her mythology. The focus is on stories starring a female lead, or focusing on a female character and her over-the-top, space-faring adventures. Allen’s primary nemesis in her early career was Prince Blaga Daru, a tyrant who nearly conquered the Earth and wanted Gale for his mate.

Gale is now the leader of the US Space Force, overseeing her forces from an orbiting space station. Dozens of women pilots (and men) serve under her, helping protect our solar system from alien threats.

Here is what I am looking for:

Space stories featuring women.

Writers can be of any gender, being a woman is not a requirement, however I would love to showcase up and coming female authors in this anthology if at all possible.

I am not in a position to pay for the work, so it would be a fully collaborative venture. All proceeds would be donated to a women’s charity that will be chosen by the authors who contributed to the book.

Deadline: July 1st, 2016.

I would be overjoyed if a female editor would be interested in guiding this ship and handling the editing duties while I do the book cover and design.

Titles for 2015

The year is half done and I feel like I am really behind. LONDON UNDEAD is almost done, I swear. I have to finish it soon, I am bored of editing it. It’s like a kid that hangs around to long, you love them but it wouldn’t kill them to go outside and play for a bit.

After that I will be finishing of PUNCH.

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PUNCH is the story of a billionaire vigilante who takes in a young man after his parents are murdered. As they seek justice, they begin to develop feelings for each other. PUNCH is a love story between two damaged, driven, men who are determined to bring down the criminal organization known as the London Underground Circus.

After that there should be a new Legion book and I’d like to finish the short story BREATHE this year as well.

Time to keep writing!

Seeking Reviewers

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Game of Blood needs some reviews, so I am offering to give away copies to anyone that wants to read it and is willing to give a review on Amazon or any of the other major book sites.

Either comment on this page or e-mail me directly and I will send you over a copy.

http://www.amazon.com/Game-Blood-Raven-Heisenberg-ebook/dp/B00U0QL31Y

In a world where vampires are real and the forces of the supernatural are as deadly as any terrorist organization, only a vampire secret agent can protect mankind from the creatures of the night.

One of the world’s deadliest vampires, a man known only as “The Number,” has been a prime target of MI:13 for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, The Number will likely be “retired” by his masters, a mysterious organization known only as GHOST. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful human counterpart, Vesper Lynd.

In this 21st century mash-up of Britain’s greatest secret agent, you are introduced to a whole new world of shadowy espionage, blood-drinking spies and ancient, unspeakable evil.

Take a bite out of the new Bond.man-fixing-tie

LONDON UNDEAD

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Transylvania lies in ruins, the people devastated by a mysterious curse. Count Dracula is forced to flee his homeland in search of new blood to join his fight against the shambling hordes of the walking deceased. Unfortunately the curse follows him to London and quickly begins to spread, turning London into a city of the undead.

A cast of London’s most famous 19th century characters are brought together in a desperate bid to escape the city, not all of them human.

News On London Undead, New Blog

I haven’t been keeping up with the blog lately because I haven’t been writing a lot lately, but I’ve decided what to do with London Undead. I am currently “carving” it, which is what I call editing and rewriting. What I do is I take blocks of text and I cut and paste them into a new document, rewriting and restructuring each block as a I go. This allows me to deepen and expand on the thought and purpose of each line. It’s the only way to catch all the grammar and spelling mistakes, its kind of like taking a comb to a beard. It’s still the same story after, but it will feel a little different.

I’m also contributing to a new wrestling blog at:

http://wrestlingweekday.blogspot.ca/

If you are a wrestling fan, be sure to head over there and check out the posts. It’s a joint effort by myself and Nick Ahlhelm.

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