IT’S NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!

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My latest novella, BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS, is now available on Amazon! 

                          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ASNMFQ0

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A future without fiction.

A couple risks everything – from arrest to annihilation — when they enter a holographic world of forbidden fiction to search for their missing children.

BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS is Book One in the BEYOND series.

The Seventh Bull

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Coming Soon! A newly revised version of this story with a different cover.

When a washed-up journalist and a famous matador get involved with a sultry agent, there’s the devil to pay. 

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See details and excerpt in BOOKS.

His “Big Brother” Watched Us.

THEY CREATED THE COLORFUL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

GEORGE ORWELL

Eric Arthur Blair was born in 1903 in India. He showed early talent for writing, producing a college magazine while attending Eton.  But Blair couldn’t continue his higher education due to poor grades. He decided to pursue a life of adventure instead and joined the Indian Imperial Police in Burma.  He drew on these experiences in his book “BURMESE DAYS” published in 1934. A serious bout of jungle fever sent Blair back to England. For the next several years he worked as a teacher, served in the Spanish Civil War in 1937, and was an announcer for the BBC. Using the pen name Orwell, inspired by the River Orwell in the county of Suffolk, he published his most famous novel “1984” in June 1949. It described a future society dominated by a leader known as “Big Brother” and punished all independent or free thinking harshly. Unfortunately, George Orwell didn’t live very long after issuing his highly acclaimed novel. He died of tuberculosis in 1950 at the ager of 46.

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The “Thought Police” Kept Order.

FICTION AND ITS COLORFUL CHARACTERS ENRICH OUR LIVES.

BEYOND THE LOOKING-GLASS.

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In the dystopian world of Oceania it didn’t pay to have independent thinking.  The “Thought Police” saw to that. Winston Smith found that out when he was sent to Room 101 and had hungry rats in a wire cage attached to his face. Critics called “1984” one of the best English-language novels of all time.

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His Fantasies Were Different.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

RAY BRADBURY

He was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois.  During the height of the Great Depression of the early 1930’s the family moved to Arizona, and finally settled in Los Angeles.  Ray was a dreamer and loved theatrics. He attended Los Angeles High and was an actor and budding playwright in the school drama club.  He used to scoot around old Hollywood in roller skates and met a lot of celebrities that way. One of them was George Burns who let him write gags for the BURNS AND ALLEN radio show. Bradbury was captivated by fantasy and science fiction pulp magazines. He sold his first story, THE LAKE, for $13.75 at age 22. He was soon one of the most popular fantasy writers in the pulps.  Ray liked to hang around the town movie houses and libraries. And it was in the study room of the UCLA School Library that Ray sat down at a rental typewriter and wrote his famous story, FAHRENHEIT 451.  The rental fee was $9.80 and the charge 10 cents per half hour.  The New York Times called Ray “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.”

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His Firemen Burned All Books.

FICTION AND ITS COLORFUL CHARACTERS ENRICH OUR LIVES.

BEYOND THE LOOKING-GLASS.

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In this dystopian future society firemen didn’t rush out to save property, they burned all classic books because they were deemed dangerous and subversive.  The story’s title refers to the author’s assertion that the temperature at which paper auto-ignites is 451 degrees Fahrenheit.

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He Gave Us Huck and Jim.

THEY CREATED THE FICTiONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

MARK TWAIN

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, writing as Mark Twain, was a feisty, outspoken critic of many of Society’s ills.  But he is most fondly remembered for the books he wrote for young people. Clemens grew up in the mid-1800’s in Hannibal, Missouri. That town became the setting for two of his biggest hits—TOM SAWYER and HUCK FINN.  Huck and Jim, a runaway black slave, have a number of misadventures while sailing on a crude river raft. Mark Twain has often been called “the greatest American humorist of his age.”

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He Gave Us The Deerslayer.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER.

James Cooper was a former U.S. Naval officer who began writing in 1820 when his wife proclaimed he could do a better job than what she’d been reading. Cooper’s most famous historical novel series was called “LEATHERSTOCKING TALES” and it featured a rugged frontiersman known by all in the forest as Hawkeye, The Deerslayer. The writer’s most popular story in his thrilling series was LAST OF THE MOHICANS and it was set in the 1757 French and Indian War.

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He Gave Us A Fierce Hero.

THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS.

After a heart problem ended his U.S. Cavalry service, young Burroughs worked and drifted from job to job. It was while he was employed as pencil sharpener wholesale representative that he began to write pulp fiction. In October, 1912 he published his TARZAN OF THE APES. It immediately became a smash hit with young and old alike. Burroughs followed up with many more tales of the man raised by apes. Through the years Tarzan has appeared in numerous theatrical and film adaptations.

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