John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

Curious what the Ghost looks like on the inside?

I’m a visual person. When it comes to space ships or buildings, I love, LOVE, knowing the details. “What’s down that corridor?”“Where’s the bathroom?” “How big is the shuttle bay?” Don’t get me started on scifi movies and TV playing fast and loose with size and scale. So I sat down and made a quick set of blueprints for the Ghost. I’ve always known the Ghostsbridge was in the forward section, and that that portion of the ship was two decks tall. I’ve mentioned the armory and the airlocks, so knew they were there. There are a few references to guest berths, and the the crew bunks. I figured they’d be at the “top” of the hump on the primary hull. Above and away from engineering and other spaces. Since…

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WIP Thursday– er– Monday 5/27

I know, i’m not very good at keeping on these. What’re ya gonna do? At least I’m not making you wait until this Thursday Anyhow, Space Rogues 5 is coming along nicely. A few minutes later Zephyr looks up from her console, “We’re clear of Tarsis space control. Half a tock to FTL distance.” “Cool deal.” Wil says, releasing his controls, activating the automatic flight control. “Be right back.” He gets up and leaves the bridge. Zephyr looks at Maxim who shrugs and looks at Cynthia. She also shrugs, “I don’t plan his every minute you know. I’ve no idea where he’s going.” Maxim looks at Zephyr, “See, partners don’t have to know where each other are every minute of the day.” Zephyr says nothing but doesn’t take her eyes…

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When I was in third grade a Yo-Yo master (I assume that was his title, if not it should have been) came to our school. I don’t know why, other than maybe to sell Yo-yo’s. He was amazing. Imagine the most amazing exhibit of skill with a tool like a sword or baton, now replace the tool with a yo-yo. It was something like that. So we had this assembly, all of us were wow’ed by the yo-yo tricks the master and his lackeys performed. Then it ended with “You can buy a yo-yo in back” or something like that. I don’t recall the specifics, it was 3rd grade after all. The key takeaway is that I ended up with a yo-yo. Not the one pictured, that’s my new yo-yo….

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Want to see the cover of Space Rogues 4?

Even if you don’t, you’re here, so….. If you’ve been paying attention, the original working subtitle was “The Horror Story Job.” Turns out, it’s not as “horror-y as I thought, plus I realized I might be hemming myself in with titles if I started doing “the ____ Job” type subtitles. Plus I realized I like quippy-er more fun subtitles, so here we are, Space Rogues 4: Stay Warm, Don’t Die. Coming Soon.

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