Thanks to everyone for the support at last weekend’s Philadelphia Comic Con!
It was awesome to meet so many people who
a) still read books(!) and
b) are interested to hear about new sci-fi.
More photos to come…
Come along to Booth 2217 anytime from Thursday June 1 through Sunday June 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
We will have info about publishing your own books as well as some fine examples of indie publishing!
Authors Ed Charlton and Kate Roshon, will be there.
On Saturday we’re expecting a visit from artist Kent Krech!
Kent is the man behind the covers for The Able Series
Check out our FaceBook page – if the signal stays strong we’ll live-stream some of the action.
This article originally appeared on IndieReader.com in June 2014.
Here, I’ll add a couple of contemporary photos.
D-Day Memoirs Lost
As the troops and equipment, the boats and barges gathered for the D-Day landings, my father was watching.
He served in the Royal Air Force—on a boat.
Let me explain. The RAF ran a fleet of fast motor launches based in the English Channel ports. Called “Air Sea Rescue,” their mission was to get to planes that ditched into the Channel before the airmen drowned.
These launches played a small role in the war effort, but for the men they pulled out of the sea there was nothing small about it.
My father was stationed at Deal, near Dover, the center of activity for the assembly of the invasion forces.
After those momentous events he wrote an account of being an observer to history. Of course, all that activity at the time was secret. But my father guessed. So much ordnance, so many tanks, so many jeeps, so many Americans. Something BIG was up.
He told me he was quite pleased how his account of those days turned out. My father was a modest man, so I feel sure it was well-written.
He showed it to an RAF superior, who said he would read it and pass it on to the RAF’s publishing arm. Then this man took my father’s account and published it as his own work.
Such things, of course, still happen to authors today. My father never wrote anything else about the war.
I wish I could say I inherited a box of notes for a memoir when he died, or a draft of his service story. Or…anything. What I have are just my memories of stories he told.
If you are luckier than I and have such a written treasure, treat it with the respect it deserves. Please, never fall to the temptation of typing it into Word and throwing out the paper. One defective hard-drive and all is lost, unless you back up regularly 😉 You have to keep the originals. As you type, you’ll edit, omit, correct. You might make mistakes. Don’t run the risk of losing something essential. Keep it! Keep it! Keep it!
Then wrap it all up. Keep it secure and free from damp.
Oh, and definitely put it into publishable format.
But who’d be interested in all that?
I will tell you.
I was at our local Memorial Day parade, watching the Revolutionary War re-enactors, the Civil War re-enactors, the foreign war enthusiasts, the World War II veterans, their children and grandchildren. People hungry for the truth, the personal accounts full of small details that resonate with every generation. Many people consider it a sacred duty to preserve the memories fast fading and passing away.
Major publishing houses will continue to produce worthy books based on the lives of the famous and influential. Independent publishers need to publish the other accounts: the ordinary, the lowly, the stories of the real G.I Joes (or Tommies).
If I could publish my father’s memoir, I wouldn’t care that I couldn’t make a business case for it. Would it sell more than the average independently published book? Would I get a good return on investment?
That sort of thinking about books really misses the point, doesn’t it?
So much to say about this!
Let’s start with how language is always evolving. That means adding new words, encapsulating new ideas, and giving us a way to look at old things in a new way.
Science fiction, often downplayed as “mere fiction,” has a grand track record of adding new words, new ideas, and, of course, helping us look anew at things.
Besides, what could be more fun than seeing iconic items from one’s childhood take a unique place in our culture?
What do you think?
The second episode of The Able Series is on its way!
Stay tuned for more information…
Check out the new cover by artist Kent Krech!
Let me now what you think.
From the New Yorker page-a-day Calendar.
As they say, “write what you know.”
A big shout out to our hacker friends in Kiev!
(The image is from infosniper.net)
I know hackers are targeting websites on an industrial scale and my humble site is of no particular interest to them, but it still caused me a wasted morning.
If you have a WordPress site, make sure you install a good security plugin!
Ever wondered what happened when Flash Gordon got back to the office and had to fill in his expenses?
That thought started me on a long writing journey. The result is The Able Serial.
It’s is an ongoing sci-fi serial featuring the all-too-human Jim Able.
Jim works in outer space. Although he has returned to duty after a disastrous encounter on a previous assignment, he is determined to enjoy his work. His boss may be on his case, but he still manages to drink a little too much, to eat dubious food, and to smell the alien flora.
In the first episode, Jim is sent to Turcanis Major V to solve a mystery but with strict instructions not to start a war. Will he find the alien calling himself “Edward of Turcania”? Will he discover who has qualified for the First Contact fee? Will he accidentally foment a revolution?
With the help of a local female scientist, Madhar Nect, Jim investigates the religious minority of TMV’s main moon. He calls on all his patience, determination, and improvisation to finally secure an interview with a Regdenir. And then the trouble starts…
Episode One through Three are available.
Episode Four, A’NIR, is on its way.
In the meantime there is some really neat bonus materials to go along with the series.
This series is only available on Kindle.
For more info click here.