I asked an enlightened web-associate (a PHD holder) to look over my series bible and share her thoughts. I expected a long list of issues with my genetics (I’m not a geneticist) and my Earth-changes geography (her focus is climatology). She came back with a few minor crits that are passable because science fiction should be about the imaginary even if it’s based in hard science.

I sat relieved until this: it’s a shame your timeline around Vostok is off. I would suggest altering your settings incept date to the next arrival of  meteor VK.


A normal person would say fuck it, and I’m tempted. I wrote this series years ago and the timeline reflects this. I’m a writer though, and the notion that I’m off the ledge in terms of present day science drives me fucking insane.

I’ll end up making massive changes to the timeline throughout the bible. Those changes will create a domino effect requiring me to adjust the dates of every damn thing in the series narrative.


Tweeting and Writing


My revisions schedule, weep.

I’ve been engaging twitter in the mornings, it’s not so bad. I’ve noticed the following-grabbing some users engage in: follow as many people as you can, hoping for a follow-back, and when you don’t get one, you unfollow. That’s pathetic. 0_0

I’m on the 5th review of Suffocation. My motivation to stay on track is up and down these days, there’s so much going on during the autumn months. I finished NaNoWriMo early, having an extensive outline and dialog in place before writing writing the final book, Ascension II. After this election this year, I ended the book by killing my series protagonist. I must write my way out of that, because she needs to survive, and she must win.

Tech Spec: TCS Orcinus

From the series-bible:

Bo Kilvx: Tenth-Gen PromadStock images are for assigned artist to draw from as a reference – all wiki-links (the stuff in italics) have been removed, as the Bible isn’t open to the public. Bo Kilvx is designed by artist Amelie Belcher.


The Orcinus is the twelfth Cybaleen life form serving in the Polar Fleet branch of the Ramaxian Armed Forces. Her territory encompasses the Raxito Acarol (Indian Ocean) of Ramaxicon.  Orcinus is the assigned carrier of Nautical Pod Twelve and Sword Pod Kyltial. Her commanding officer is 10th Generation Promad, Bo Kilvx.

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Every Society Has Children…

From the Series-Bible – bolded links removed, bible isn’t public.

A donation is the Femarctic equivalent to a human daughter. When newborn she’s called a ’doe’, an affectionate term in the Ramaxi language that is also applied to lovers, or strangers. A Donation gestates forty-days within her birther (a Zaxiri). Upon delivery she is collected by her registered maker (the caregiver licensed to take her home–almost always a Subak, typically with Bizak and or Hizak partners).

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Femitokon Art: Fusada and Sofita Kul

Sofita’s (Hizak) the protagonist of the series, Fusada’s (Marix) been dead 19 years at the start of the series. They’re rare in their species, because they’re twins. There’s only been one other set of twins to exist since the Femmar emerged from their pods, hundreds of years ago: original subjects Fusofitakil (Hizak) and Femitokon (Marix).

Artist Amelie Belcher was hired to create the submission arts.
Keep in mind links won’t work, the Series Bible isn’t public.

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Femarctic Castes

From the Series Bible: Femarctic Castes (updates with arts)

Bizak, Subak, Marix, Zaxir, and Hizak

Bizak, Subak, Marix, Zaxir, and Hizak

Femarctic eusociality comes from a genome structure that divides them into functional behavioral groups, called castes. Scheduled generational cycles set approximate delivery goals for each caste, but the actual number per caste was beyond their control until the production of the Eleventh Ramaxian Generation.

Femmar | Femarctic Castes


Hizaki (his-ah-kee)

The ‘Hizak Caste’ is responsible for maintaining the operational and formative structure of the Citizenry. Derisively called ‘brainers,’ and pejoratively known as ‘hizzahs’ they are designed to organize and sustain the populace. Hizaki are rigidly intellectual, and compulsive about tradition and order.

Anatomical Distinctions (See Common Anatomy)

  • Hizaki are born colorblind; early geneticists trying to isolate the chromosome strand responsible found that the condition is polygenic, and attempts to correct the anomaly caused irreparable damage, typically to the genes responsible for visual development.
  • Hizaki have the largest girsuzsch (buttocks) of any other caste; their gluteal muscles are pronounced, despite having a thin physique similar to Bizaki.
  • Tusikux (dopamine) receptors in the Hizaki thalamus are lower than any other caste; allowing for more thought processes, and enabling a greater degree of problem-solving.
  • Yulikerotine (norepinephrine) levels are at their highest in Hizaki.

Social Elements

Hizaki are prone to intellectualism often at the expense of social empathy. When not engaging in vocational practice, Hizaki compartmentalize relationships based on perceived needs and wants; they prefer the company of other Hizaki for socialization and will engage others castes for a singular purpose, unwilling to interact with multiple castes simultaneously unless at one’s vocation, or engaging in coitus.

Bizaki (bis-ah-kee)

The ‘Bizak Caste’ makes up the largest chunk of Femarctic society. Bizaki are more technically inclined, tolerant of simple repetitive processes, and capable of dealing with high-stress levels; encoded in their DNA is the drive to labor.

Anatomical Distinctions (see Common Femarctic Anatomy)

  • Bizaki have twelve-glands in their endocrine system.
    • Coltanul (melatonin) is virtually non-existent in the Bizak caste, and because of this, Bizaki aren’t naturally inclined to “down time.”
  • Body fat is non-existent; their suzsch (breasts), midriff, and girsuzch (buttocks) are smaller than other castes.
  • Bizaki have the largest amount of tusikux (dopamine); they’re naturally motivated to work, and rarely experience stress or anxiety while doing do.
    • Elderly Bizaki were once prone to Bizrudap.
  • Yulikerotine (norepinephrine) levels are most stable in the Bizaki.

Social Elements

Bizaki are inclined to labor without a thought to the balance of work and life. The inter-dome cycling of the 22-hour day experienced between the poles exists to force Bizaki physiology into understanding ‘time off’. Bizaki are extremely social (like Zaxiri) but because of self-perceived sexual, intellectual, and physical limitations, they often forgo socializing with other castes (mainly Zaxiri, Hizaki, and Marixi). Bizaki gravitate toward Subaki because of a shared need to maintain an intimate balance in the nurturing of donations. Bizaki stand apart from other castes because of a sisterhood forged in mining, exploration, and dome building. Socially isolated from other castes, early Bizaki forged traditions native to their experiences; drinkingpoetry and musictransports, and watching sports. In time each of these became a significant part of the Ramaxian culture, though Bizaki remain socially inclusive.