Truth & Story

Once, long ago, I was a young man. I wrote a story about another young man who climbed up onto the roof one night to see what he could see. He saw the moon and the stars above, and he saw the lights of the town before him like a rolling twinkling blanket stretching off into forever. In the darkness he saw where things were. He found them in the void where light was not. One black mass was an abandoned building, another was a stand of trees, and so on. He found meaning in this. When he moved to return to his life below, he found that the ladder he’d used was gone. Had someone stolen it? Had the young man’s father come upon it, and muttering about carelessness, had he taken it to put it away? Had the ladder even existed at all? After all, the young man was fictional. Perhaps the ladder was no more real than the young man himself?

I’m sure that if the story hadn’t been lost, I would find it pretentious. An authors early works are only illuminating to a select few. For the authors themselves they are merely a source of embarrassment. We like to find a way to believe that we are honest and insightful, good and true, and above all talented. We like to believe that we always had these qualities, and only lacked the recognition of others. It’s not true of course. The ladder is real. We have to climb it and keep climbing it and there is no shame in that.

I have written a story for the young adult—the new adult. Heathens. In this story I have shared some of what I’ve learned over the years. It is an honest story. It is true. As authors, the sole quality of merit we may offer the world is truth. We must write truth, not as we see it, but as we find it. Truth must dwell in our stories and rise in our stories. Truth must live and breathe in our stories. That is what we offer the world. We offer truth and story.

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

The Circuit

I mean, look who’s involved! Look at the names of the actors and directors! Are you gonna miss out on this? Really? No way! You’ve gotta be a part of it. You know that! I mean seriously, what kind of science fiction fan let’s something like this slide?

So here’s what you do:

1) Submit your story.
You’re a sci-fi fan? You have a great science fiction story that really should be on film? Yeah, we’ll, here’s your chance. Go here, read the rules and submit your PDF. They can only pick twelve stories, but now you’ve got a shot, a real shot!

2) Kickstarter.
Yeah, yeah I know. Money money. But here’s the thing. This is the real deal and it takes more than a little bit of cash to produce a great Sci-fi series. You’ve got a paypal account? Just use it. I mean, every five or ten bucks counts. Go here and pitch in.

3) Tell Everyone.
How many scifi fans do you know? You’re vested now. You’ve got some skin in the game. You’re part of the circuit. Tweet, share and get the word out. I made a Media Kit for you. It’s at my blog. Grab it. Use it. Go here to get it. What are you waiting for?

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Ancient Aliens

ANCIENT ALIENS by Jonah Bergan

Whoever said “God don’t make no mistakes” obviously has never seen me in the nude. The proposition that an omnipotent, kind and loving deity descended from on high and carefully gathered the resources necessary to erect a walking talking replica of divinity on earth and further, that I am the result of thousands of years of a continual and on-going refinement of that sculpture, strikes me as missing the mark somehow. Consequently, I have come to consider the possibility that we are the result of ancient alien intervention. This makes more sense. It explains so much. It is exactly the kind of absurd notion that can be nothing but absolutely true.  Read free.

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Alright. We gotta get behind this!

I mean, we’re sci-fi fans, right? What do we do? We cruise around looking for good sci-fi, and wishing someone would make more sci-fi and better sci-fi, well here it is! The Circuit. I mean, look who’s involved! Look at the names of the actors and directors! You got a paypal account? Yeah? Well then you can be a part of it. You can contribute to the Kickstarter sure, and yeah, you should, but beyond that you can submit a story, or a screenplay. You can make your own sci-fi episode and look at your cast! I mean, this isn’t a bunch of guys from your neighborhood. These are some of the biggest names in sci-fi… ever, and they want to work with you! How cool is that? They are asking you to work with them.

I mean, why are you still here? Just do it. Send them ten bucks, five bucks, fifty or fifty thousand. You want sci-fi? You want your sci-fi? Here’s your chance. Here’s the link: The Circuit. Go there right now. Get in on it. What are you waiting for? Go!

Presenting the Novel: Heathens by Jonah Bergan

Heathens by Jonah Bergan

Who was supposed to throw the first stone?
Does anyone remember?
Who picked up the first stone?
Who encouraged others to do the same?
Does anyone remember?
Here, I’ll help you. I’ll give you a clue.
Whoever told you that we had an agenda,
they had the agenda.
Whoever told you that you were in danger,
they were the threat.

Heathens is a post-apocalyptic young adult novel available for Kindle at Amazon.

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2016 Hugo Finalists

Lela E. Buis

Here are the 2016 finalists. Looks like the Puppies have had a strong influence again. More analysis later.

BEST NOVEL (3695 ballots)

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Roc)
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
BEST NOVELLA (2416 ballots)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
The Builders by Daniel Polansky (Tor.com)
Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum)
Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson (Dragonsteel Entertainment)
Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)
BEST NOVELETTE (1975 ballots)

“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, Feb2015)
“Flashpoint: Titan” by CHEAH Kai Wai (There Will Be War Volume X, Castalia House)
“Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, trans. Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)
“Obits” by Stephen King (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Scribner)
“What…

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