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13 April 2017 @ 11:53 am
Cover for Fort Dinosaur . . . meh  
(Anonymous) on April 13th, 2017 05:20 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
Looking forward to it! When I first read through the WotG series (which I only discovered in August) and saw the cover of the first Directorate book, I thought something along the lines of 'Well, it probably won't be as interesting as the WotG but it will probably be okay'. I'm glad I'm so wrong and that it is a great series.

BTW, have you ever thought of solving the mass problem of shape shifters by having them incorporate one or more d-bubbles as part of their body? If they could even close off the bubble completely (and rejoin the biological mass inside after re-opening), a large enitity could reduce their caloric needs when in their low mass form.

You could even avoid restructuring the body by having something like a dragon at one end with a tail ending in a human form -- just only ever have one end out of the bubble to avoid freaking people out.
matapampamuphoff on April 13th, 2017 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Looking forward to it!
Hmm, no, I've made up too many rules for how the bubbles behave. Things are either in or out, with things entering or leaving tending to be forcibly ejected or sucked in once more than halfway.
mbarkermbarker on April 14th, 2017 03:22 am (UTC)
Re: Looking forward to it!
Maybe it's another shape? We've got bubbles, cones... tesseracts! I mean, there may be more inbetween than we have found yet, right?
muirecanmuirecan on April 13th, 2017 06:54 pm (UTC)
Something feels wrong with that cover. I think it has to do with the position of the head. It's attention seems to be behind me on my right side not looking out at me or instead focused on a crazy scientist.

Actually a meiasaur or two or three might be nice instead. Yes good old T-Rex plays a central role but come on the herd is great. Maybe scratching its back on a wall.
matapampamuphoff on April 13th, 2017 07:04 pm (UTC)
I seem to be collecting an embarrassing number of toys in my senior years, yet I am sadly lacking any miasauras. The hatching cepatopian might work, though.

Edited at 2017-04-13 07:12 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on April 14th, 2017 01:55 am (UTC)
I have at least one maia. Somewhere. Do you want me to hunt her up? She's from the Museum of the Rockies gift store, if I remember correctly. (I have a footprint cast, but I'll have to check whose, but if you want tracks sometime . . . Anyway, you know several ways to reach me and I have a LOT of toys relevant to prehistoric stuff: too many Society of Vertebrate Paleontology silent auctions as a kid. Need some australeopithecines?)

I think this cover needs more Fort. Maybe a shadowy hint in the background, like a silhouette? It's very reminiscent of the internship story.

matapampamuphoff on April 14th, 2017 02:35 am (UTC)
:: Cough :: Same picture, reversed.

I think I'll stick with it though. I like the silhouette idea . . . and for a cover I don't have to be too exact. I mean, a big metal circle is pretty boring.
mbarkermbarker on April 14th, 2017 03:18 am (UTC)
How about a setting? Add a rolling desert, with a smallish wall or fort in the background? Give the poor dino a place to put his feet?