Combat Frame Data: CF-02

September 20, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

CF-02 Grenzmark I Technical Data Model number: CF-02Code name: Grenzmark INickname: Thimble HeadClassification: mass production general use combat frameManufacturer: Seed CorporationOperator: Systems Overterrestrial CoalitionFirst deployment: CY -6Crew: 1 pilot in cockpit in chestHeight: 17.5 metersWeight: dry […]


It Doesn’t Diverge

September 19, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

Readers have asked where the Combat Frame XSeed timeline diverges from ours. I always respond that it doesn’t. The series’ backstory starts at Current Year and envisions how the various crises now besetting the world might […]


XSeed Audio Sample Chapter

September 18, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

Big news, audiophiles! JimFear138 of Dimension Bucket Studios was kind enough to produce a professional quality sample of the planned Combat Frame XSeed audiobook. You can check out his rendition of the first chapter right here. […]


What’s in front of You

September 17, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

I found the image above making the rounds and thought it would serve as a fun bit of nostalgia fodder. Judging by the pop culture references scattered throughout, the scene depicted above takes place in […]


Aircraft Data: HVRJ-2

September 15, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

HVRJ-2 Thor Prototype Technical Data Model number: HVRJ-2Code name: Thor PrototypeNickname: MarilynClassification: prototype V/STOL attack aircraftManufacturer: Seed CorporationOperator: EGEFirst deployment: CY -1Crew: 1 pilot/1 pilot and 1 navigator in two-seat cockpitLength: 17 metersWeight: dry weight 36 […]


Comics in the Rear View Mirror

September 14, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

A boy’s elders telling him he’d grow out of comic books used to be a common American cliche. That was back when America was still a country, we didn’t hate our kids, and the comics […]


The Internet Is Over

September 13, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

Yesterday, the European Parliament passed a widely reviled scheme to line the pockets of big business while throwing the door wide open to Stalinist internet censorship. Most of the new Copyright Directive’s critics single out […]


Audiobook Stretch Goal Unlocked

September 12, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

File under: My Readers Are Wise and Powerful Cosmic Beings Sent to Save Science Fiction. As of this writing, you have raised over $2000 for the Combat Frame XSeed Indiegogo campaign–more than twice our initial […]


Amazon: The Tiger Strikes

September 11, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

Since the launch of the Kindle and KDP, we’ve had doomsayers–mostly tradpub authors, editors, and agents–prophesying Amazon’s imminent descent into tyranny. Most forecasts of impending woe were founded on the premise that Amazon is a […]


Perpetual Episode One Syndrome

September 10, 2018 Brian Niemeier 0

Back in high school and college when I was first getting into the anime scene, I came to notice a recurring and highly vexing phenomenon. Bootleg VHS tapes were still the main source of new […]