This picture was obviously not originally created for Mythosphere. I have always liked Flemish, early Rennaisance landscapes for their surreal, aritificial look. This one not only catches the tone of the book, but actually reminds me of the way the mouth of the river that flows through the center of our cyber-world opens into the sea.
This is not my first effort at a Mythosphere page. The first was the page titled simply Mythosphere, and I thought it looked pretty cool with its techno look, and its lime-green print. I've done a lot of work on this website since, and it is really beginning to look a little crude to me, and I wonder if it is really helping or hurting sales of the book. Still, I kind of like it, and have a sentimental attachment to it, and so I will keep it. I have also decided to split the Mythosphere pages off from the fantasy pages, and so need another index. On the general index page and the Mythosphere page we have a picture of the book as planned. Here it is in its executed form--a little different, but not radically so:
Mythosphere is published by Third Millenium Publishing, an online publisher that specializes in science fiction and fantasy. They have published Steven King, Anne McCaffrey, and Mary Higgins Clark among others. My real problem with the standard publishers is that they will put a group of books on the shelves, keep them there for a short time, then bring out a new batch. Unless a book is a sensation, it is dead after the initial exposure. I don't want a one-shot effort, I want to create a virtual world that is vast and complex, and ever growing. Elsewhere on these pages, I solicit stories related to this world, and so will say it again here. If you have read the book, feel free to contribute. I will put the stories out on a webpage, and once there are enough, if possible, I will get them published as a collection. If there are any profits on that after expenses, I will divide proportionally. As for ordering the book, go to:
This is the Third Millennium Publishing order page for this book. The price is $13.95. There is also an option to read it online for $5.00. For information about Third Millennium in general, or about this book and its authors, go to:
As for what Mythosphere is about, well, one way to approach it is to read the blurb. It is not particularly accurate, but as much so as blurbs usually are. It is one the back cover above, but since that would be really tough to read, here it is in clearer print:
Mythosphere is a virtual-world playground located on a remote island in the Caribbean and run by an extended family who style themselves Olympians, the gods of Mythosphere. Trevor Martin, a fair athlete and mediocre student, is not sure that he wants to squander his gratuation money ona vacation trip to the island; not until he meets Diana, one of the Olympians, that is.
Once in Mythosphere, Trevor finds hiself caught up in a contest between Diana's Samarkand and Mars's Camelot, and in the process, finds himself responsible for a woman who cannot stand him. The only problem is that the contest is more a war than a game--a war for the control of Mythosphere.
Trevor's story is only one strand in a complex weave of storylines involving humans and gods, both in and out of the virtual playground. The people and beings that Trevor meets include a beautiful femalke knight, a serial killer, various fairies, a dragon, a hippogriff, and numerous others both mysterious and deadly. He soon discovers that things are not as they seem, people are not who they appear, and danger lurks around every virtual turn in Mythosphere.
This is actually not too bad. Trevor is less central as a character than this implies and, more important, this sounds much more dark and melodramatic than the book really is. Much is comic or adventurous rather than suspenseful. The serial killer doesn't really get to do a whole lot, though events in this book make it possible for him to become a big presence in our second book, Murder in Mythosphere. This work is approaching half done, but can only be done so quickly. The first book is 432 pages long (just over 126,000 words), and we do not envision this one as much shorter. Our page on this website with the same title quotes an extended passage which we will probably use for the prologue. Below is what I envision the cover to look like:
If you have been to the general index page, you will have seen that this is a very large site, and much of it is not directly connected to Mythosphere, though most of it does indirectly, since most deals with myth, archetype, literature, and things of the imagination in general. There are several pages specifically devoted to Mythosphere, however. The descriptions and links are below.
Mythosphere: This was my original page, my very first attempt at a webpage. The Matrix had come out while we were writing our book, and this black and green seemed to catch the same spirit. It is ultimately not a very good page, however, or I wouldn't have created this one. It does contain a couple of text documents with passages from the book, though they are not very elegantly laid out.
About Mythosphere: This page is much more readable. It contains all the sort of information an author knows about the characters and setting, but does not find space for in the book. It has a map of Mythosphere, a family tree for the large, extended family of Olympians, and much else.
Notes: This is also a useful page, and not bad looking in a business-like sort of way. It is a chapter by chapter commentary on the book with a few pictures.
Murder in Mythosphere: This is an introduction to the second book of the series, including an extended passage with the serial killer who plays so central a role in the story. It's a rather pretty page in spite of the content.
The Dragon: This is a short, but nice looking page, with a passage dealing with the dragon, who plays an important role in the first book. It is intended to be a companion- piece to a much bigger page dealing with myths of dragons and serpents, but that is a big project, and will have to wait for time. Since the passage is short, I may add another dragon scene later.
Diana: This page deals with the Greek/Roman goddess, Diana, and with the Diana of our book, who is the character that appears more often than any other in both the first two books. The page has a number of pictures, and quite a bit of mythological information.
Gor and Mythosphere: This page, comparing our imaginative world to the world of Gor, the subject of a set of 25 scifi books that came out in the '60's through the 80's. Gor has become a big thing online, and since we are doing so much of our project online, this is a shameless effort to take advantage of what is there already.