Press Kit and Samples

Yes, they pee on the tires.

A typical launch day for Russian cosmonauts starts with a champagne toast, progresses to a soaking holy water blessing by a Russian Orthodox Priest, pauses for a press conference, and is punctuated by stopping the bus transporting the crew to the launchpad to allow male Soyuz crew members to urinate on the tires. 

“While doing research for my space thriller I came across this amazing list of Russian rituals and customs. They were more peculiar than anything I could have made up, and including them really help set an exotic and international tone for the novel.” said Steven John Fuchs, artist/author of Soyuz BlueVolume One, now available in print on Amazon, and digitally on Kindle.

The 82-page illustrated space adventure straddles genres and geography; from action adventure to science fiction; and from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.

“Human beings reaching for the stars are, in the final analysis, still human beings. I love the contradictions of cutting edge technology, rigorous science, and lucky charms. These paradoxes lend humor and realism to a two-fisted adventure. Add to the mix: corporate politics, scientific fraud, international terrorism, a love triangle, and you have a supercharged stage on which to tell a tale of suspense.” 

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Thriller starts on orange line metro and ends in the stars.

That really is the Arlington, Virginia Orange Line in the opening pages of Soyuz Blue, a science fiction and adventure graphic novel released at Small Press Expo (SPX) in September.

And those really are the stations you visit before you pass beneath the Potomac River, where our heroine, Dr. Elizabeth Floyd, is trapped in a train packed full of commuters by a power outage.

“One day, during my daily commute on the Orange Line to L’Enfant Plaza,  I decided that my  lead character would have an attack of claustrophobia.  Then I realized I was sitting in the perfect place to set this pivotal scene,” said Steven John Fuchs, artist/author of Soyuz Blue now available in print on Amazon, and digitally on Kindle.

The 82-page, illustrated space adventure straddles genres and geography; from action adventure to science fiction; and from Arlington, Virginia to the International Space Station.

“Metro is like my heroine, beautiful, but troubled. The open and airy rail stations are a lot of fun to draw. But these vaulted spaces can lull the rider before plunging him or her into a dank and crowded subway car. WMTA has a troubled recent history of financial woes and shoddy maintenance. Riding the train everyday is a constant source of uncertainty. I decided to leverage this suspense and put it in my novel.”

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Hitcock-style heroine reimagined for outer space.

“I have always been a fan of film director Alfred Hitchcock. When creating the character of Dr. Elizabeth Floyd I thought it might be fun to re-imagine the Hitchcock ‘icy blonde’ for a high-tech century,” said Steven John Fuchs, artist/author of Soyuz Blue, Volume One, now available in print on Amazon, and digitally on Kindle.

The 82-page illustrated cosmic adventure straddles genres and geography; from action adventure to science fiction, Washington DC to Kazakhstan.

“Soyuz Blue puts the smart, strong willed, and flawed Hitchcock female persona into the unforgiving crucible of space exploration, a hostile environment where the slightest misstep can lead to disaster. Add to the mix: corporate politics, scientific fraud, international terrorism, a love triangle, and you have a supercharged stage on which to tell a tale of suspense.”

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