Author: brightmetallic

Shipwide Announcement: Tara De Vries now has the conn

Dear Citizens,

I’m pleased to announce that Tara De Vries has accepted the official position of Editor-in-Chief of Bright Metallic magazine. Time sure does fly, and in our case, seems to have a rocket booster attached. Just last year I was chatting with Tara about some goth stuff, because we do like the dark things too, and I kept telling her (if you could imagine Captain Stern’s voice), “I got an idea…”

That idea was Bright Metallic. I have loved reading Sci-fi since I used my allowance money to buy the Star Trek tie-in “The Final Reflection” by John Ford at the Montgomery Wards book section – a dusty, dim place on the back wall of the upstairs linen department in the early 80’s. Long before I was punk, or goth, I was a nerdy girl programming BASIC bouncy smiley faces, giving up at the “towel” on the C64 Hitchiker’s game, and building Monogram Battlestar Galactica colonial fighters.

Second Life is truly a wonderful place to realize dreams. I am so honored that I met Tara, who took a chance on an idea and put 100% into the effort, never complaining, and producing the highest quality work – be it photography, mesh buildings, and written articles – and on time (I do not want to sound jaded, but this is the most precious of qualities in a fellow SL’er). A singer of “black crystal,” she has the ability to find the best sci-fi content and appreciate the new as well as old and install it in our intrepid little ship, Bright Metallic. I have the utmost confidence in Tara’s abilities and heart to pilot Bright Metallic, in fact, it was my plan all along.

Be good to one another and raise each other up. I’m still here, I love my Sci-fi home and to be honest, as I move out of the Captain’s quarters and survey the Lounge’s luxury suite, I think, “This isn’t half bad.” Cheers with a mug of Romulan Ale*.

Mirage Plaid

http://www.tor.com/2012/01/24/pre-existing-universe-very-original-story-john-m-fords-the-final-reflection/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Singer

*(disclaimer: kept aboard for medicinal purposes, only)

Sci-fi Bookclub reading for 12/20

Sci-fi Bookclub reading for 12/20

Next Saturday’s 12/20 free science fiction short story reading is:
The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family
by Usman T. Malik

Meeting place: Bookstacks Pub in Second Life, 2pm SLT/PST

Discussion is text chat only, casual, all sci-fi talk welcomed.

Sc-fi book club in SL
Sc-fi book club in SL
January’s Issue #2 Incoming!

January’s Issue #2 Incoming!

Hailing Frequencies Open, Citizens!

January’s issue #2 of Bright Metallic is shaping up with cover art by renown Second Life photographer and artist Sabbian Paine.

We have a great How To article “How to be a Writer in the age of virtual reality” by Woppercyb Nagy who is sharing his publishing experience in SL. Wopper has made his books free to download on his website MUE (Español).

Gia Nikai will be our first Bloggernaut feature! Gia is a regular contributor to the Bright Metallic cyberpunk community Flickr group and writes her own fashion blog Gia’s World.

The gifts for readers this January are awesome!  Andraus Thor of :THOR: has generously given a living room set beautifully fashioned in cyber sci-fi style.  The set includes all mesh area floor carpet, chair, and chest.   I’ll post a little sneak preview in a future post.

Aggie Mactavish of Stargazer Creations will be contributing a gift!  Aggie is known for her unique sci-fi avatar packages, clothing, and role play wear.

Interested in contributing to January’s issue?  Contact Mirage Plaid, Editor in Chief, or Tara De Vries, Art Director in-world.  You can also visit our headquarters to pick up the current December #1 Issue and get more information about the magazine.

 “She Dreams in Digital” by Gia Nikai
She Dreams In Digital

Bright Metallic Magazine #1 December

Bright Metallic Magazine #1 December

Bright Metallic #1 December 2014 is now out!
Pick up a copy at our headquarters SLURL
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pleione/11/181/851

VOIDAR by Ashley Carter
Cover art and “Singularity Blues” by Sian Pearl of Chariot
“Fish on Friday” by Elinor Caiman Sands
“Virtual Reality News” by Virtually Everything with Roblem VR
“Sci-fi Exploration” by Tara De Vries
“Cyberpunk Writings” by Felice Nightfire
Bookstacks Sci-fi Book club

Free Gifts to Readers:
“Event Horizon” Eyes from VerseEye and
A Very Special Surprise Custom mesh gift made by Tara De Vries

Send Mirage Plaid or Tara De Vries a message if you would like to participate in future issues. Would you like to host a kiosk? Let us know, and thank you!

Bright Metallic #1
Bright Metallic #1

Bright Metallic Launch Party Dec. 1, 2014 2 -4pm SLT

Join us Monday, December 1, 2014 from 2pm – 4pm LT for Bright Metallic’s official launch party!
DJ Xosé will spin indie electro. Come meet the staff and writers, lounge, relax, pick up a copy of the ‘zine.

Bright Metallic #1 features
VOIDAR by Ashley Carter
Cover art and “Singularity Blues” by Sian Pearl of Chariot
Fish on Friday” by Elinor Caiman Sands
Virtual Reality News” by RoblemVR
Sci-fi Exploration” by Tara De Vries
Cyberpunk Writings” by Felice Nightfire
Bookstacks Sci-fi Book club

Free Gifts to Readers:
“Event Horizon” Eyes from VerseEye and
A Very Special Surprise Custom mesh gift made by Tara De Vries

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pleione/11/181/851

Flickr Group | Facebook | Twitter

Contacts: Mirage Plaid, Editor in Chief & Tara De Vries, Art Director and Bloggernaut Manager

Bright Metallic Launch Party Dec 1, 2014
Bright Metallic Launch Party Dec 1, 2014 Poster art by Tara De Vries
Why Nerds Matter

Why Nerds Matter

“Perhaps the author of that flexi-skirt actually has an encyclopedic knowledge of literature about elves, perhaps they can bust out some Sindarin at a moment’s notice – but they may not get the chance to, because they’re brushed off in virtual worlds just like we tend to brush off nerds in the real world.”
by Davie Frequency
READ MORE >
via Why Nerds Matter.
Why Nerds Matter

VOIDAR Special in Bright Metallic Dec. 1st!

Ashley Carter (jkm93) has created 6 fantastic posters for Bright Metallic’s debut December issue #1.

VOIDAR stands for “Voyage of Immense Danger and Reward” and readers you certainly shall be rewarded!

You can find out more about VOIDAR here: voidar.com, Youtube, Flickr. Ashley also has issued a Casting Call for all in the sci-fi community in Second Life who are interested in participating.

Join the Bright Metallic in-world group for up to date news and announcements!

VOIDAR Special Bright Metallic Dec 2014
VOIDAR Special Bright Metallic Dec 2014

Bright Metallic has a Home

We have settled into a new office building, the location is in
SLURL: Bright Metallic – Pleione
Stop by and check it out! There is seating to relax and hang out, and a Sponsor Wall where those that support the magazine are represented.

Bright Metallic is looking for Bloggernauts! What is a Bloggernaut you ask? A Bloggernaut helps creators and readers to find like-minded bloggers. Each month, one selected Bloggernaut will showcase items from creators in an interesting and artistic fashion, with their own cyberpunk, sci-fi, dystopian style. If you are interested in becoming a Bloggernaut, IM or send a notecard to Tara De Vries, Art Director for Bright Metallic and include links to your blog, Flickr, and any relevant experience.

Welcome contributor Felice Nightfire of Laudanum Lollipops who will share two writings and pictures in December’s debut issue.

We’re confirmed as an exhibitor at the 2015 Second Life Science-Fiction Convention happening February 20th – March 1st.  Hope to see everyone there.

Magazine kiosks should be ready by mid-week and we will be sending them out to those that request them and actively asking people to host a kiosk.  There are several options with the kiosks a 1LI version to a 3LI scripted animated version, non-animated as well to choose from.

Join the in-world group for the latest news, and thank you for your support!

Bright Metallic Office
Bright Metallic Office
Sastech KioskNet Server purchased

Sastech KioskNet Server purchased

Server purchased from Sasun Steinbeck of Sastech.  A very reliable system used and tested in SL for years.  I’m proud of it!  Let Mirage Plaid know if you are willing to host a kiosk on your land or hang out – we appreciate your support.

Next – A Homebase! Stay tuned for news on where Bright Metallic’s headquarters will be.

SasTech KioskNet server
SasTech KioskNet server
Update on Bright Metallic ‘zine, VerseEye and Roblem VR

Update on Bright Metallic ‘zine, VerseEye and Roblem VR

Jacks Rhys of VerseEye is giving a gift to readers –
it’s awesome “Event Horizon” eyes!

VerseEye "Event Horizon" Gift for Bright Metallic Readers
VerseEye “Event Horizon” Gift for Bright Metallic Readers

You can follow VerseEye on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/VerseEye

In addition to this awesome pair of eyes, Bright Metallic’s Art Director Tara De Vries has made a very special gift for readers. It’s secret for now but I will tell you it’s hand crafted mesh and just amazing.

Both gifts will be available within the Bright Metallic HUD magazine.

Welcome Roblem Hogarth of “Virtually Everything with Roblem VR” who will be writing an article on Virtual Reality for Bright Metallic.

Roblem has been working in Second Life since 2006 most notably for Pulse Games in SL, sn@tch and RETOX. Roblem is “Covering ALL aspects of Virtual Reality including Augmented Reality, Virtual Worlds, 3D printing, CyberPunk, Software & Hardware.” Check out his Facebook and Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/RoblemVR
https://twitter.com/RoblemVR

Are you able to host a Bright Metallic kiosk on your land or hang out? It’s only 1LI and beautiful! IM or send a notecard to Mirage Plaid. We appreciate the support, citizen!