Tod Foley

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Tod

Character Descriptions: KISS

This topic comes up a lot in the social media writers' groups, so let's talk about it a little bit. Over-described characters tend to be a mark of a novice writer (or a jaded pro adding wordcount to drive up the price). But let's be honest here. The more skill you...

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Happy Little Screams – Podcast Appearance

Happy Little Screams – Podcast Appearance

I hung out with the Happy Little Screamers recently, and we taped it. In this hour-long convo we drifted over a range of topics including game design theory, RPG rules & settings, fractopian fiction, cyberpunk, post-cyberpunk, anachronistic stone-soup omnipunk,...

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Liquid Hitler

Liquid Hitler

Austin Peck is a jacked-up super-cop who shot to the top of the precinct at a young age. But Austin's got a secret: he's tapped into worlds beyond our reality, driven by psychoactive drugs that allow him to mentally sort through infinite timeline variables, future and...

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Luminarium Two: Bright Manifest

Luminarium Two: Bright Manifest

Who would you hurt to achieve justice? Former war hero Jenna Ridley, seeking a new rebellion Intergalactic fugitive Trevor McVee, out to avenge his father's murder Shape-shifting killer Windicott Ames, fearful he'll never find peace As their dark paths lead them...

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Luminarium One: Dark Evasion

Luminarium One: Dark Evasion

How far would you go to get what you want? Pursuing the justice they desire, three desperate people from very different backgrounds find themselves on dark paths of their own making. As their lives become mysteriously intertwined... » Rogue spy Trevor McVee, dumped on...

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UbiquiCity 2: UnderCurrents

UbiquiCity 2: UnderCurrents

Beneath the smartglass towers, hovering drones and digital advertisements of Union City's corporate elite, life on the streets follows its own cyber-organic rhythms... » Powerful corporations fight wars through proxies, and digital reality is the battlefield »...

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UbiquiCity: Tales of the Fractopian Future

UbiquiCity: Tales of the Fractopian Future

Nine authors collaborate to build a “Smart City” of the first world 100 years in the future, examining the results of projected modern trends such as ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, biotech, anti-aging and green technologies -...

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Cyberpunk & Tabletop Gaming

Cyberpunk & Tabletop Gaming

In December 2020 I was invited by Lev Lafayette to speak at the "Year of the Stainless Steel Rat" conference on Cyberpunk. My special area of expertise, of course, was tabletop roleplaying games. In my address I traced the history of the genre as it intersected with...

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Plotfields & Plotfield Diagrams

Plotfields & Plotfield Diagrams

A PlotField is comprised of all objects, characters and locations which may interact in a prepared setting. The PlotField Diagram illustrates the relations between them at a glance. The diagram does not define any actual plot, but describes the field from which a plot...

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Fractopia Wiki

Fractopia Wiki

Now Open! The Fractopia Wiki is a place to learn about - and even contribute to - the UbiquiCity anthology series and the post-cyberpunk subgenre of Fractopian Fiction. Come join us! https://fractopia.fandom.com/wiki/Fractopia_Wiki

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LUMINARIUM Released!

LUMINARIUM Released!

New from As If Books... The LUMINARIUM series explores eternal spiritual themes in a galaxy-spanning future empire straight out of the Golden Age of science fiction. Author Rick Rosenkranz blends faith and science in an exciting and fast-paced romp through a colorful...

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CyberPunk 2020: Year of the Stainless Steel Rat

CyberPunk 2020: Year of the Stainless Steel Rat

On December 27th, 2020, Walter Jon Williams will be speaking at a free online convention: "Cyberpunk 2020: Year of the Stainless Steel Rat." So will I. The conference will be a day-long exploration of various cyberpunk & post-cyberpunk themes. Topic areas will...

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