We are all Seaborn.
All life began in the Ocean.
The tides, the salt, the rolling waves
are in our souls,
and the sea will always have
the power to call us home.
I’m Chris Howard—just a creative human with a pen and a paint brush, author of Seaborn (Juno Books, 2008), Salvage (Masque/Prime Books, 2013), Nanowhere (Lykeion, 2005), and a shelf-full of other books. My short stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including “Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology” in Fantasy Magazine and “How to Build Worlds Without Becoming the Minister for Tourism” in Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (Penguin, 2014). My story "The Mermaid Game" appeared in the Paula Guran edited anthology Mermaids and Other Mysteries of the Deep (Prime, 2015), and “Hammers and Snails” was a Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest winner. I write and illustrate the comics Saltwater Witch and Salvage. My art has appeared on dozens of book covers, in Shimmer, BuzzyMag, various RPGs, and on the pages of books, blogs, and other interesting places.
Best Graphic Novel / Illustrated Novel
finalist in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.
My first successful reef aquarium (started in 1989 and ran for about 8 years) was a 160g glass tank with Metal Halides, mixed reef inhabitants (soft and hard corals, mostly Gulf/Florida stock with some Pacific corals, fish, fairly large tridacna clam). This system evolved organically from smaller aquariums into a fairly complex system (for the time), with my original 15g tank acting as what today we would call a refugium.
Fast-forward to 2014 through today, and I have running a new reef aquarium, this time going with a “nano” or small aquarium.
Check out my reef tank build, pics, video.
Okay, I'm a complete astronomy and astrophotography amateur, just starting out on this adventure. I'll be posting images here and keeping notes so that I can remember what I've tried, what worked, and what didn't. I'm also the kind of person who has to try something and fail several times before it sinks in—before I really understand it. So, some of what you're about to read is probably full of details you don't care about, while the rest is the distilled version—the series of steps I undertake in order to capture interesting objects in the night sky using a digital camera. What I won't bore you with are the seven attempts to capture the Andromeda Galaxy—or even find it with my telescope, before I managed to get something that looks like a galaxy to show up in an image. I definitely credit some of my equipment with the modest success I've had so far with astrophotography. I have a nice DSLR, a full-frame Nikon D750—which is a pretty badass camera in anyone's hands, day or night. After several months of research I bought a William Optics GT81 refractor telescope (81mm aperture, F5.9). Again, as far as small apochromatic refractors go, this is a pretty badass telescope. I recently upgraded to an Orion Atlas EQ-G mount.
Check out my astrophotography setup, pics, notes.