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Page 1: Basic exposition, introduction to the world of the UFN SS Cassiopeia.
Pages 2 through 8: Excerpts from the "Cassiopeia" series.
2- To Go To "Voyage of the Cassiopeia" <Print Print Publisher's E-Store <Kindle
3- To Go To "Ralph's Diary" ("Excelsior")
5- "La Quattorze"
6- "Almagest"© - First Sequel In print at Amazon! Print publisher's E-Store <Kindle
7- "3700"© - Second Sequel "3700" in Print at AMAZON! Print publisher's E-Store! <Kindle
8- "The Avedon Question"© - Third Sequel <Print Print Publisher's E-Store <Kindle
9-13: Computer Artwork and Photos
10- Art Addendum Additions, Pt. I
11- Art Addendum Additions, Pt. II
12- Cassiopeia Specific Art Pages
a. EarthCon and MarsShield
b. "The Voyage of the Cassiopeia"
c. "Ralph's Diary" & "La Quattorze"
e. "3700" & "The Avedon Question"
13- Black & White Photos
14- Web Site Epilogue & Other Links - Go to this page for
a fond farewell and very funny parodies of some popular icons!
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Hi! My name is Steve Turner. I've been writing for the last 40 years, during which time I've plied a trade as a photographer and artist. I worked for 7 years for Time Magazine, a few years with Philadelphia Magazine, and a local newsweekly, among others. I've had shows in two major universities in Philadelphia, sold work in a gallery and at various sci-fi conventions, and have had excerpts from the books presented in this very site published in science fiction fanzines. My premier interest, literarily, has been science fiction, literary classics, such as Dumas and Shakespeare, well written popular fiction, and the occasional well-written short story. The "Cassiopeia" series, my babies, have been developing for more than 40 years, having its genesis in a novel I began writing in 1968, and completed in 1969, but which was a little too raw to market. After a while, I thought about this novel and how I could make it more accessible to the popular audience in hopes of marketing it as a sci-fi novel. The end product, "The Last Voyage Of The Cassiopeia"©, was finally completed in mid-1987, quickly followed by the others. The series is an incredible adventure set in the 27th through 38th centuries, (and no, no time machine is involved!) and involves a group of people who survived the first and last mission of an ill-fated ship trying to colonize
at least two major moons of Saturn.
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Saturn w/Titan and other moons
This site is meant to promote these novels, both to the public, and to publishing industry people who might be interested in presenting a possible classic to a waiting world. "Last
Voyage" brings back
character-driven "hard" sci-fi like you haven't seen it in years! The characters, the situations, some familiar to sci-fi fans of all stripes....All of it comes together in an enjoyable, entertaining stew that keeps you turning pages and wondering what's going to happen next! So sit back, relax, and learn about the world of the "Cassiopeia" characters: Oswald, Ralph, Mardi, Fevrier, Mondidi, Mercredi, Hanquong and the others as they traverse space, time and whole governments in an adventure that has everything: Pathos, comedy, science, speculation of the future, drama, and the interplay of a host of great characters!
Peppered throughout the site will be artwork that I have done to give
substance to the words. Hope they help in your own mental reconstruction of
the scenes as written....
The Official badge of the UFN's space exploration and colonization arm
The UFN SS Cassiopeia as it awaits its maiden voyage at Ten Thousand Islands in Mexicoast. The massive ship is a mile in diameter.
The Cassiopeia, launching from it's mirrored base at Ten Thousand Islands.
The Cassiopeia soaring toward the exosphere...
The Cassiopeia on its way to Saturnspace, just passing the moon.
The fated ship approaching Asteroid Ten, a massive space station set in the asteroid belt. In this pic, the ship is still hundreds of miles away from the station.
The Cassiopeia's initial approach to Saturnspace.
Mysterious 560ane. An anomaly that flared up shortly before the Cassiopeia was assembled and launched. Though hundreds of light years away, it would prove to be a harbinger of things to come....
The Cassiopeia landing on the surface of Titan to establish the first of two colonies.
The Betelgeuse System. The red giant star is known as "Quonosang" to the natives of Sonsuang, the only world with corporeal intelligent life in the system.
Sonsuang: A planet in the Quonosang system. A far distant world that had been previously unexplored by Terrans that would soon have a visitor! A visitor that would take one of its inhabitants on the wildest ride of his life, to an Earth that was unlike the one the visitor knew before he left.
Fahnsoma: Sonsuang's companion in the Quonosang system. One up further from Quonosang (Betelgeuse) than Sonsuang , it harbored secrets not even the jaded Ralph Krimson was ready for when he explored it for the first time with his friends from Sonsuang.
Mars: Until the 22nd Century, essentially a dead partner to Earth in space. Now, it was a thriving sovereign state of over 150 million descendants of enlightened expatriates that want to prevent the expansion of EarthCon tyranny to their planet.
EarthCon. The unholy, incompetent terror that replaced the beloved UFN over the course of a thousand years.
MarsShield. The wily "Good guys" in the 400 year war to preserve sovereignty against EarthCon.
The Centauri System: Home of a civilization remarkably like that of a simpler, post-holocaust Earth's, circa 21-2200, where a group of Terrans escaped to, attempting to avoid a universe-wide cataclysm they thought would engulf Earth. Here, they initially encountered bonhomie, but were eventually viewed as "lakasha", or witches and charlatans for the HUNDREDS OF YEARS that they were trapped there!
Jupiter being explored more than 1000 years after Saturnspace was colonized. What nameless fear kept man and science from investigating the still mysterious king of planets and its other gaseous companions?
all graphics, text & photos © by stephen turner
This is the world of the survivors of the only voyage of the UFN SS Cassiopeia, a group that also survived the Great Disruption, a universe-wide cataclysm that mysteriously left Earth and other key worlds intact. These were people that fate had chosen for great things. Spanning a thousand years of time and many generations, they endured adventures and hardships like no one before them had ever seen! There's Oswald Nineveh, a "freeclone" who had all the liberties of a normal citizen, a man who would eventually see the universe as it really was! Then there's Ralph Krimson, the good-natured
roué who has his atheism challenged by his time and space-spanning exploits with his friends, a cloned troupe of French actors with wildly divergent personalities that had been passengers on his Cassiopeia mission. The women, cloned from prominent, intercontinental actress Ann Thierry - Mondidi: the intelligent, grandiose doyen of the stage in the classic European mold; Mardi: the demure, sweet-natured observer; Mercredi: the vinegar-tempered clone, fond of portraying witches and hags; Judi, the Diana of the troupe, who can still whip up a good quiche! Vendredi, the versatile, martially adept, modern chanteuse (and actress!) who was the true harbinger of glamor among her sisters. Among the women, finally, there's Samedi,
the waif, the ingénue. She was more susceptible to anguish then anybody could guess.
Then there were the male clones, agared from Ann's noted partner, Dauphin Garçon:
Fevrier, Mondidi's counterpart. An affable cynic who serves as the butt of the girls' gentle, anti-chauvinist jibes, he is, nonetheless, viewed as the "actor's actor" of the twelve of them. Mars: The Intelligent strongman with a soft heart and a sly sense of humor; Avril: the "Technocrat"...a man who never saw a diode he didn't like, and who was the troupe's only pilot; Mai: the troupe member cursed by his name to occupy an unenviable place among the males as the invisible "popinjay". Juin: Grizzled and only visually older than the other men, he prided himself in his nonconformity and natural paternal and business instincts. He is almost inseparable from: Juillet,
his polar opposite. Juillet is the only male member of the troupe whose hair was even close to blonde, a trait that projected a deceptive image of youthfulness. He and Juin together were known affectionately as "Pere et Fils"...Father and Son.
The adventures and affairs of Ralph, Oswald and the troupe Garçon/Thierry are many and varied: involving war, space, time displacement, the spirit of liberty and the whole nature of the universe. Questions are posed, thrown out there for you, the reader, to ponder.... Sometimes I offer my OWN take on these imponderables: some too complex to fully resolve, and some so simply resolved, it's alarming! Consider this: While previous, space-borne sci-fi premises usually involve immense interstellar federations of worlds full of strange, alien beings, usually in similar states of technological development, (and set only two or three hundred years after our own period!) MY stories feature our world, Earth; the colonized planet of Mars, and but THREE other worlds inhabited by intelligent beings, all still a long way from being immediately reachable in the 27th to 38th centuries! Sound a little more realistic than some stellar empire spanning 10,000 lightyears from end to end, with hundreds or even thousands of worlds with interstellar space capability....starships that can travel to other systems in only a couple of days?? It IS! There's no way on Earth we're ever going to master hyperlight speed in only two hundred years to the point where we can reach Sirius in the blink of an eye! Heck, we're behind schedule on getting a manned ship to Jupiter, according to Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke!
It's also going to be tough, (and I would imagine REAL tough,) to get a meaningful amount of people to agree to having their molecules disassembled and RE-assembled by a device made by man just so they don't have to take a smelly shuttle down to the surface of planet Hoo-Ha! Ideas like that would never catch on in real-life applications, and we may pretty soon have to take a lot of similar types of sci-fi ideas seriously. So I've worked out what I think may be more realistic and/or interesting alternatives to some of the now-hackneyed, somewhat unrealistic sci-fi concepts that have sat uncriticized for too long. Granted, some of the necessary staples are STILL there, it's just that there are less of what have become "establishment" concepts and I think what IS in my books is handled differently and realistically.
And aren't we ALL sick of the "Quest For The Gem" or "Ring" or "Sword" novels that have ravaged sci-fi and fantasy shelves for more than three decades? Here we are, then, with my "Cassiopeia" books, back to REAL sci-fi, as it was meant to be: pondering space and the nature of creation, technology, interspecies relationships, the effects of interstellar space travel on people and technology and time displacement on the human psyche.... written with the added dollop of humor and intense interaction among my very different characters: Ralph, Oswald, Mondidi, Fevrier, Mardi, Mercredi, Mars, Vendredi, Juin, Juillet, Samedi, Judi, Mai, and the Wymarks. Their foibles, personality quirks, charm and sensibilities are all in play...something that is too often missing from sci-fi on a genuine level.
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If you are a regular human being that is just sick and tired of the same old same old, check out excerpts from my stories on the following pages for a hint as to how much of an adventure you're in for. Trust me, it's worth the price of admission!
Click page links below for examples of what's in store for you:
To Go To "Voyage of the Cassiopeia"© <Print Print Publisher's E-Store <Kindle ($1.99!!) <eBook
To Go To "Ralph's Diary" ("Excelsior")
"Almagest"© - First Sequel Buy print version at Amazon! and at Publisher's E-Store <=Kindle ($1.99!!)
"3700"© - Second Sequel "3700" in Print at AMAZON! "3700" in print at Publisher's e-store! <=Kindle ($5.00!!)
"The Avedon Question"© - Third Sequel <Print Print Publisher's E-Store <=Kindle ($5.00!!)
Beginning Of Art addendum
Art Addendum Additions, Pt. I
Art Addendum Additions, Pt. II
Cassiopeia Specific Art Pages
a. EarthCon and MarsShield
b. "The Voyage of the Cassiopeia"
c. "Ralph's Diary" & "La Quattorze"
e. "3700" & "The Avedon Question"
Black & White Photos
Web Site Epilogue & Other Links -
For a fond farewell and very funny parodies
of some popular icons!
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