The Law of the Conservation of Resources and Effort

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“That’s how the market works. There are only finite resources, and they all require labor to be made consumable. If one person takes more resources or does less labor–or, as is so often the case in your America, both–then someone else will receive less resources and do more labor to make up for it. It’s like a law of physics, but instead of mass and energy it’s called the Law of the Conservation of Resources and Effort.”

-Nikola Montpierre, Dividing by Ø


My Very First “Fan” Art

Yesterday I was presented with my very first piece of “fan” art. I keep putting “fan” in quotations, though, because I want to be realistic. The person who made the art didn’t do it because they were a fan of my writing. I don’t think they’ve even had enough time to read the entire novel, to be honest.

No, I’m sure they did it because the “p” in “Asymptote” was poorly aligned with the sky on my version of the cover–as I’ve said before and will say again, I’m no artist, sorry for that, hopefully the writing’s better to make up for it–but still, I appreciate this artist’s effort, and I’m going to present the result here as “fan” art from someone who may become a full blown fan–no quotes–some day.

After all that, here’s a link to the thread where the artist showed me their work, here’s a link to the entire post that got that conversation started, and here’s the art in question (you can click on it to see a bigger version):

The Asymptote's Tail Cover Fan Version

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Happy Tuesday, everyone. And come back again soon now, ya hear.

Ellie McCannik

Ellie lives in Outland 5. She used to slip, snap, click but now she works in QA. She sits behind a conveyor belt, watching a screen until a word pops up, then ensures that whatever goes down the belt matches the word on the screen. This is a terribly boring job and the entire time she’s there she imagines drinking at her bar.

Here’s an illustration of her at her favorite place. It’s not my best but I do spend more time writing and editing than I do drawing so what else can you expect? Enjoy nonetheless.

Ellie McCannik

Mr. Kitty

Mr. Kitty is the POV character from Outland 4. His best friend, Tillie Manager, used to live in the same house as him but now it’s just Mr. Kitty and Tillie’s dad, the most boring human Mr. Kitty knows–he spends all his time working behind the computer or watching football on the TV. But Tillie should be visiting for Christmas break soon and Mr. Kitty will be anything but bored when she does.

Here’s Mr. Kitty after rubbing his face on the sink, asking for a drink.:

Mr. Kitty

The Scientist

The Scientist is the POV character from Outland 4. She invented the technology which the owners use to bend space. She discovered how elevators paired with space bending technology could replace cars. She created the first fully customizable android which was indistinguishable from humans. And each time she did Lord Walker took the invention from her and used it for himself. When the third theft finally broke her the Scientist set to destroying the system which propped Lord Walker up.

She may look a little despondent in this illustration, but that’s because she’s been working for as long as she can remember and there’s no end in sight.

The Scientist

A Protector’s Facemask

The police of Outland call themselves “protectors”. They live in Outland 1 where there are only two paths available in life: become a protector or live in shame as a housekeeper. Protectors wear plated vests that look like armor, and helmets with face masks halfway between screaming and laughing. When a protector talks the helmet modulates their voice and the face mask’s teeth flash electronic yellow, red, and green.

Below is an animation I did of a protector’s face mask as it would look when the protector speaks. It’s my first attempt at animation so it might be a little quick for comfort but I thought I would share anyway.

The mask of a protector.