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For descriptions of each episode, check out my Show Notes at the top of the page. This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to real people or events is purely coincidental.

WARNING: Some of the language may be offensive, but no worse than you would expect in an R rated movie.

Special thanks to NASA for the image of the galaxy.

Podcast of the novel BETWEEN EARTH AND ARCTURUS

Saturday, June 24, 2017



     Last weekend was the Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento.


     The entire staff of Working the Galaxy made the journey from our palatial headquarters and spent the day in panel discussions on science fiction/fantasy films, how to craft a great villain, and working as voice actor.
     We also met with many of the talented artists in the exhibitor area.  Artists and illustrators are an essential part of the literary world, especially for science fiction and fantasy. Oh, and let’s not forget comic books—the forerunner of sci-fi and fantasy for the masses, which is still going strong.



     Networking is critical for most artists, voice actors, and podcasters to connect and collaborate on the projects they love so much. Events like this provide an opportunity to meet, and to let fans meet the people who provide the magic of literature, cinema, television, and audio drama.
Battle Squadron Two at Wizard World---These folks will get a more complete post at a later date.

     If you’ve never been to a fan convention, check online to find when one will be near you. It’s generally Comic Con that draws the cosplay crowd and the monster of all comic cons is coming up (July 20-23) in San Diego, but there are many more locations around the world throughout the year.
     See you there!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Nice Little Zombie Story



     One of my guilty pleasures is the zombie genre. Some are good, some great, some not so good. This one is good in that it moves along logically and the characters are believable. There are no real heroes, just regular people trying to cope with a zombie apocalypse.

     This is from the folks at Darker Projects and Infected Books, written by David Moody. It can be found at darkerprojects.com/autumn/.  Prominently featured are some of my favorite voice actors, David Ault, Laura Post, and other wonderful talents. The audio production is up to Darker Project standards and that is saying a lot.

     Autumn is not a long epic, so you could listen to the whole thing in a day while working on your tan or cleaning your home. That’s the advantage audio has over television, you can enjoy your guilty pleasure and still tell yourself you got something done.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Paso Robles Science Fiction Readers



     I met with a science fiction reading group in Paso Robles near the coastal mountains of California. The region is idyllic with vineyards, art studios, and boutique shops.
     The group, six well-read fans of science fiction, had all read Between Earth and Arcturus and invited me to come and meet them. They had some great questions about the process of writing and how ideas for stories gradually take shape, and expressed an interest in reading my next book.
     Events like this are precious to a writer and I truly appreciate my readers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Rare Resource for Writers



     Here’s something different. If you are a writer, you will see the value of this.

     Jim Heskett, author of at least 16 published books, has a unique audio program that you can find on iTunes. He not only gives tips for writers about technology, marketing, and the process of writing, he reads a chapter from his first (unpublished) novel, and then critiques it. He explains what works or doesn’t work, and how it could have been done better.

     Over the years I have read lots of books about the craft of writing. I’ve gone to seminars, group meetings, publishing events, and fan events. I took a bunch of writing classes, too. Most of these things were worthwhile and I could recommend the same to anyone who is serious about writing, but none of us have enough time to do it all.

     This is something you can listen to while driving to work or pruning your roses.  Ah…. that elusive multitasking finally works.

     Check it out on iTunes (Indie Author Answers) and visit his website (www.jimheskett.com)  for lots more interesting things.

Monday, June 27, 2016

See you in the tunnels


Take a chance and visit Our Fair City. I did.
The only description I found of this show is on www.audiodramadirectory.com and it didn’t really answer the question “will I like this?”
The show’s website, www.ourfaircity.com, does not provide any description. It does, however, have an interesting comic book version of the story.
In all fairness, Our Fair City isn’t easy to describe. A mix of comedy, parody, science fiction, and serious drama, the show highlights some very recognizable flaws in our society.
The plot follows intertwined paths of colorful characters in a future world who are each coping with family, career, love, and morality, all within a self-contained city consisting of ‘The Tower’ where the elite live, the Tunnels where most others live, and the Lightning Rigs which float above the city to gather electricity from storms.
Set in what was once Hartford, Connecticut, the world has become a bleak wasteland with the city/corporation of HartLife (not to be confused with the real Hart Life Corporation) as the only world the characters have ever known. The Corporation controls, manipulates, and dictates every aspect of their lives. However, people being basically self-serving, complete control is never really possible.
There are larger than life heroes and villains; families with family issues; and the mole people, human/mole hybrids who are uniquely likable workers for the Corporation. The characters are endearing, and the acting is superb. The writing quality is stellar, and meticulous care went into the audio editing.
The tone is set by the purple prose of a narrator (Ansel Burch) who frequently slips into alliteration and gradually exposes himself to be an unreliable witness of history with his over-the-top allegiance to the Corporation.
Over the course of the first six seasons (season 7 is just starting), we learn the fascinating culture of Hart Life, and the challenges faced by its citizens which are recognizable analogies of things we all take for granted in our own world. An intricate backstory gradually appears, providing logical explanations for how things got this way. In fact, the longer I listen to the show, the less farfetched it seems. 
Our Fair City is a remarkable achievement for the Chicago based team. The cast and crew is huge, with vast experience in theater, and performing arts. There is so much to say about them, I will simply refer you to their website, www.ourfaircity.com and the facebook page, www.facebook.com/ourfaircityradio, where you can find bios, comics, photos and lots more.

This is one of the best and most entertaining audio dramas. So, please, take a chance and visit Our Fair City.