February 18th, 2011

spn hug 2--qaf_addict_06

cannot remember the title of this book!

Okay, this is driving me CRAZY.

It was a sci fi book, with a redheaded girl on the cover in this gold like, dress or suit or something, she was kind of at the bottom left corner and there was a planet/moon/celestial body behind her? I think?

Details I remember vaguely: she was sixteen years old (but she was on another planet so she aged differently), there were either two moons or two suns or possibly both, she had this singing dress that her caretaker made her for her birthday, she and her caretaker were the only people on the planet until this group of humans arrived and then she fell in love with one of them (I think his name was Michael?), she found out that the caretaker guy had altered her body so she could live on the planet they were on?

I've been Googling all night with various permutations of the above keywords ("singing dress two suns Michael" for instance), I've combed through all the pages at TVTropes that looked like they related and I've even read through the bibliographies of several sci-fi authors that I know I've read / could have written it. I can't find anything. Please help?

  • iotajot

Looking for info on how identity theft affects the victim

Setting: Present USA

Searched: Identity theft/Fraud affects

I'll admit I haven't done a very wide search because I'm not entirely sure of what I should search for. My main character is a victim of identity theft which results in him losing his home, his job, ruining his life overall. I figure the victim will lose his job based on a criminal record for which my second character is solely responsible for.

My first question is can an employer fire an employee based on a criminal record? Could they be sued? Would my main character be able to get unemployment or anything? I plan to have the loss of his job and ruined credit be the cause of him losing his house but is that something that could actually happen? Could the theft of someones identity result in them losing their job and home?

Additionally, I have to have my main character find out the name and address of the guy who stole his identity. Is there, realistically, a way that could happen?

I read a news story a couple of years ago about a guy who found out he was the victim of identity theft because he received a W2 for a job he never held but do criminals who commit this sort of crime ever actually use their real address. From everything I've seen on tv it seems nearly impossible to find these people sometimes.

Basically I just need some advice on how exactly I could have my main character find out the name/address of the person who stole his identity, and if it's realistic to lose ones job and home as a result of identity theft.
Lost in Translation

What are the Daily Duties of a U.S Military Commander of a Base?

Time frame: Modern Day
Setting: U.S Military Base

Background Situation:
I am working on a Stargate Atlantis story detailing what a typical day might be like for the Commanding Officer, Lt. Colonel John Sheppard. (U.S Air Force) The 'base' is on an alien city the size of Manhattan, but with a population of anywhere between 200-400 civilians and military personnel. Most of the military stationed there are Marines, some Air Force personnel and military personnel of other countries. There are teams that explore various worlds, sometimes encountering hostile situations, but these teams conduct trade agreements with other societies, and sometimes acquire new technology. The city's main objective is research and exploration. The city is under a constant threat from other alien races and Sheppard has lead several battles in space and on other worlds. He is an experienced pilot and can fly the city small contingent of 'jumper' ships and is one of the few who can operate the city's defensive weapons.

By main questions is what would my CO do on a day-to-day bases when he is not leading an off-world mission? I am aware that there are pre and post mission briefings. That the CO has to conduct personnel reviews, training exercises, overseeing military law, but what about all the mundane stuff?

What's involved in base/city administration? What would he oversee, develop, or constantly be bombarded with on day to day bases? What are his duties?

Even if you have never seen the show, I can take what a CO of any small base does in a war zone or non-war zone and apply it to my situation. I'm just trying to write a short 'slice of military life' story.

I've Googled every combination of “CO” “Commanding Officer” “Colonel” Duties” “Base”. I've also searched Wikipedia and both the Air Force and Marine websites.

Thank you.