Reader Help Needed

Posted: August 18th, 2015 under artwork, Reader Help.
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The talented Canadian artist who’s working on a portrait of Ky tor the website needs to know what Space Defense Force insignia looks like.  I don’t recall if I ever specified, but if I did, someone will notice if it’s wrong in the picture.   I know Stella got involved at some point, but I can’t remember which book even, let alone where in it (Stella helped design Ky’s uniforms, but they already had a logo they got in…um…that place they were before the battle at Boxtop whatever-its-number-was.)     It’s probably in Command Decision or Victory Conditions, but I can’t even find a copy of Victory Conditions right now (since I’m at a critical point of the new one…which has eaten most of my processing capacity…)

If anyone has time to do some rummaging in the books, that would help immensely.    Realsoonnow would be great.   Negative data ideal (artist & I can make it up de novo.)

Thanks to anyone who can throw a crumb to us so Lana can get this done.  (I saw her work and met her at KeyCon in Winnipeg.  And she was able to get a screen capture off an TV ad that had pretty much the perfect Ky in it. )


  • Comment by Daniel Glover — August 18, 2015 @ 7:18 pm


    I haven’t found the specific description yet but on p. 176 of my copy of Command Decision (about 1/2 way through)

    “We have pretty patches,” Ky said, grinning, “And big fancy plaques hanging on the bulkheads.”

    While on p. 88 of Victory Conditions

    “–and from that the outfitter had designed and cast rank insignia for the entire officer corps of the Space Defense Force, as well as buttons with the SDF logo.”

    I will keep looking in the former for more details. Maybe someone else will beat me to it.

  • Comment by Nadine Barter Bowlus — August 18, 2015 @ 8:02 pm


    Commnd Decision, pages 45-46, according to my Kindle. Spiral galaxy, formation of ships across, and Space Defense Force, were the suggestions to go to a crewman with artistic abilities. Finished patch shows up page 176, but no description of the final design or colors.

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 18, 2015 @ 10:12 pm


    Daniel and Nadine: Thank you both. You’ve solved the difficulty for artist and writer. You’ve both earned a Gold Star for Meritorious Service with the specification of “Saved Author’s Bacon.” (You will notice that the star depends from a ribbon which (in the original) is dark red and white, the “bacon” colors, though it doesn’t look quite right in the photo. The lighter pink/red of the specification below does. (And I hope it shows when I hit reply…)

  • Comment by elizabeth — August 18, 2015 @ 10:13 pm


    Darn. Your award doesn’t show. Well, I can fix that…

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — October 8, 2016 @ 7:48 am


    Update on this. I am pretty sure I found the third reference that you may have been thinking of in re-reading the series. But since it mentions Vatta and not the SDF everything in the picture still holds.

    About a page in to chapter seven of Engaging the Enemy on the way to a dining establishment on the station:

    “The sword,” Rafe said. “That’s new Vatta. It’s a challenge.”

    There’s more but that’s all the description and it’s all about Vatta and not the SDF.

  • Comment by elizabeth — October 8, 2016 @ 8:24 am


    Thanks, Daniel.

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