Today I am so pleased to welcome Don Allmon to Joyfully Jay. Don has come to talk to us about his latest release, Apocalypse Alley (second in the Blue Unicorn series). He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Don a big welcome!
When I die, Please Delete My Browser History, Part 2
Thanks for having me! For Book One of the BLUE UNICORN series, THE GLAMOUR THIEVES, I made of list of things I’d researched, so figured I’d do the same for APOCALYPSE ALLEY.
Some folks think that just because it’s science fiction and filled with killer robots, psychic spiders, and cannibals, I can make stuff up out of whole cloth. But even the craziest bits need to be grounded in some real tech. Also, since Buzz, my hacker, has a starring role in this book I couldn’t hand-wave as much of the technology and had to learn my stuff. So here’s the mundane list:
- The speeds of various motorcycles, cars, rollercoasters and falcons (not the Millennium; that one I already knew).
- The number, size, and weight of the stones in Stonehenge.
- The noise made by battery-powered motorcycles.
- The use of Bluetooth connections to sense tire pressure.
- How to spoof GPS locations and how to detect a spoof.
- Gene replacement therapy and its… ahem… cosmetic applications.
Yeah, all pretty dull, I admit. But then there’s the most important and timeless question asked in this book:
Can you have sex on a motorcycle without it falling over?
I spent an awful lot of time on this. After screening innumerable porn scenes depicting motorcycle sex—I don’t know, a hundred or so, innumerable anyway because I was too busy to count—I still wasn’t convinced that what I was seeing wasn’t some kind of movie-magic. I asked around, but no one would loan me their motorcycle so that I could try it myself. Maybe I should have lied about my intent. So I ended up canvassing my friends, all of whom apparently have more interesting sex lives than me. I still think they’re lying, but it’s in the book now and it’s too late to change it, so there.
And just to whet your whistle for the future, here are a few of the things I researched in anticipation of Book 3, THE BURNING MAGUS (out in May):
- All kinds of fun security-related things like vault doors, mantraps, and TEMPEST rooms and how to bypass them.
- The viability of drone-delivery in urban areas, and the associated crime.
- I read a lot of tentacle porn. But you can’t really call that research. I just call it “Monday.”
- And of course the all-important question: How much does JT’s penis weigh anyway?
Home from a six-month assignment to war-torn East Asia, genetically engineered supersoldier Noah “Comet” Wu just wants to kick back, share a beer, and talk shit with his best friend, JT. But JT’s home has been shot up like a war zone, and his friend has gone missing.
Comet’s only lead is a smart-mouthed criminal he finds amid the mess. His name’s Buzz Howdy. He’s a con man and a hacker and deserves to be in jail. Or in handcuffs, at least. The only thing the two have in common is JT. Unless you count the steamy glances they’re sneaking at one another. They have those in common too. But that just makes Comet all the more wary.
Despite their mutual distrust, they’ll have to work together to rescue JT before a cyborg assassin gets to him first. Racing down a miserable stretch of road called Apocalypse Alley, they must dodge radioactive spiders, a killer Buick, and rampaging cannibals. They also try to dodge each other. That last bit doesn’t work out so well.
In his night job, Don Allmon writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. In his day job, he’s an IT drone. He holds a master of arts in English literature from the University of Kansas and wrote his thesis on the influence of royal hunting culture on medieval werewolf stories. He’s a fan of role-playing games, both video and tabletop. He has lived all over from New York to San Francisco, but currently lives on the prairies of Kansas with many animals.
Connect with Don:
- Website: www.donallmon.com
- Twitter: @dallmon
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Read the topic line and started laughing. Thank you for the post!
humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com
Your browser history sounds much more exciting than mine, Don! Best wishes on the publication of Apocalypse Alley and enjoy your browsing for The Burning Magus.
I never knew motorcycle sex scenes were so prevalent…they sound impossible!
I like your sense of humor. I’ll have to bump this series up my TBR pile!
I agree with the sex on a motorcycle thing. I’m not convinced the motorcycle won’t fall over either.
heath0043 at gmail dot com
You kind of freaked me out with the use of Bluetooth connections to sense tire pressure because my first thought was how long until the insurance companies decide to use that to say an accident is your fault because you didn’t maintain the correct pressure and refuse your claim. I may need to read tentacle sex just to cheer myself up. Or this! I want to read this.
Moondrawn at gmail dot com
I liked your list – so many interesting things. Thanks
debby236 at gmail dot com
🙂 🙂 🙂 So funny! Can’t wait to read Book 3 after reading your research topics! 🙂 🙂 🙂
It tickles me to learn stuff authors went through on the writing process. Thank you for sharing, being not meticulous myself it fascinate me to read about these things. 🙂
Happy release week, Don!
puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com
LOL! I loved the post. Congrats on the release, Don!
Congrats, Don, and thanks for the research list. I’m always interested and impressed with how much authors researched, leaving me to believe that authors are the smartest people on earth. – Purple Reader,
TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com
Congrats on the new release! I look forward to reading it!
Thanks everyone and good luck on the giveaway!
(And yet another couple has guaranteed me that motorcycles are surprisingly stable!)