The Enchanted Alley would like to welcome Cindy Koepp.
Please give her a very enchanted welcome!
Author: Cindy Koepp
Featured Book Releases: Remnant in the Stars and The Loudest Actions
November 7 – 21, 2017
Without further ado… here’s Cindy!
Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology: Mechanized Armor
In Remnant in the Stars and The Loudest Actions, the League pilots (the bad guys) used mechanized armor or “mechs” for fighter craft. These are huge (much taller than a person) robots piloted by someone who communicates mentally with the computer from inside a cockpit located in the chest. The mechs come in two varieties: the smaller and lighter Dervishes and the much sturdier and larger Samurai.
The mechs have the advantage of being able to work in space and in atmosphere. They have shielding and armor to protect them and three kinds of weapons for offense. Each mech has railguns, lasers, and missiles. The pilot selects targets and weaponry and actually flies the mech around.
This is hardly a new concept. Anime has had powered suits and piloted robots for decades. I remember watching anime as a kid and seeing some of these mechs. Some of them look more human than others. Mechs show up in role-playing games (RPGs), too. Even movies have gotten into the act with Iron Man popping up here and there.
That’s all grand fun in fiction, but do powered armor suits and mechs exist in real life?
Yes, they do, sort of.
You won’t be able to see Iron Man flying around any time soon, and the Dervishes and Samurai in the stories are still a long way off, but there are powered armor suits that can protect the wearer and improve their strength and agility in stressful situations. (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/which-sci-fi-armor-armys-fancy-new-battle-suit-actually-180949726/?no-ist)
These powered suits are called “TALOS,” an acronym for “Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit.” Yep, I can see why they gave it an acronym. TALOS doesn’t have all the cool stuff Iron Man has. Nor does it carry energy shields, railguns, lasers, and missiles. The person wearing the suit doesn’t have to “jack in” to the computer with a cable feeding to his brain.
Revision’s TALOS does provide protection for the wearer, increased strength, and improved situational awareness through a wearable computer that provides handy info. Not quite Tony Stark’s Jarvis, but helpful nevertheless. Revision’s TALOS is slated for release into the field in 2018
Here’s more info
And, you can check it out in motion:
There are other versions of this. Another company, Lockheed Martin, has come up with one they’re calling HULC (Human Universal Load Carrier). This one is less about armor and more about helping people carry an excessive load under adverse conditions. The interesting thing about HULC is that it even bears its own weight so the wearer doesn’t have to.
Want to see it in motion? Here:
So, powered suits already exist, at least in prototype mode. Some are only slightly better than armor plus a radio, but others are helping the wearer carry loads and even gain situational awareness.
Will we see Dervish and Samurai type mechs someday? Maybe. Keep an eye on the sky as robotics moves forward.
Wow! That was cool! Thank you, Cindy! I think I’d like the HULC for carrying around my books. 🙂
Enchanted readers, look below to find out more about Cindy’s two latests releases and to check out the rest of her blog tour stops!
About the Author: Originally from Michigan, Cindy Koepp has a degree in Wildlife Sciences and teaching certification in Elementary Education from rival universities. After teaching for fourteen years, she pursued a master’s degree in Adult Learning with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. Cindy has five published science fiction and fantasy novels, a serial published online, short stories in five anthologies, and a few self-published teacher resource books. When she isn’t reading or writing, Cindy spends time whistling with a crazy African Grey. Cindy is currently working as an optician in Iowa and as an editor with PDMI Publishing and Barking Rain Press.
Book Synopsis for Remnant in the Stars: Two hundred years ago, the Aolanian home world exploded and a remnant of survivors escaped. As their convoy combed the galaxy looking for a new world to colonize, they discovered Earth and were given permission to establish a temporary base while they continued their search for a new home world. When an Aolanian exploration vessel goes missing after transmitting a garbled distress call, the uneasy alliance between the humans and the Aolanians is put to the test as two anti-Aolanian groups jockey to use this opportunity to press their own agendas by foiling the rescue mission.
Because his daughter was onboard the Kesha when it vanished, Calonti Sora reluctantly signs on as an astrogator with the Gyrfalcon, one of the ships in the search party. There he meets up with an old human friend, Kirsten Abbott. Together, they work to overcome prejudice and political plots as they race toward an enemy no one could expect.
Burke Zacharias, a first contact researcher, is chosen to spearhead humanity’s first official contact with Montans, an insect race that has already had a run-in with less friendly humans. Although his words and overtures toward the Montans are cordial enough, the Montans are put off by how he treats the crew of the scout ship that brought him to the world.
With other, less friendly forces trying to establish a foothold on the world, the negotiation must succeed in spite of Burke, or the Montans could be facing extinction.
Tour Schedule and Activities
Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour! They’re sure to be lots of fun!
11/7 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
11/7 The Seventh Star Interview
11/8 MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape Interview
11/9 Jordan Hirsch Review
11/10 Magic of Books Guest Post
11/10 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! Top Ten’s List
11/11 Sheila’s Guests and Reviews Guest Post
11/11 Novel-ties Review
11/12 KylieJude.com Top-Tens List (Blogger Picks Topic)
11/13 Darkling Delights Guest Post
11/14 Enchanted Alley Guest Post
11/15 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review
11/15 The Sinister Scribblings of Sarah E. Glenn Guest Post
11/16 Jorie Loves a Story Review
11/16 The Word Nerds Guest Post
11/17 SpecMusicMuse Review
11/18 Jorie Loves a Story Q and A
11/18 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Guest Post
11/19 Deal Sharing Aunt Interview
11/20 Jorie Loves a Story Review
11/20 D.L. Gardner Blog Guest Post
11/21 The Swill Blog Review
11/21 Willow Star Serenity Review
Amazon Link for Remnant in the Stars
Amazon Links for The Loudest Actions