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Book Review: The Far Call, Gordon R. Dickson (serialized 1973, book form 1978)

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Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

THFRCLLXXXX(Robert Adragna’s cover for the 1978 edition)

2.5/5 (Bad)

Gordon R. Dickson introduces a medieval tapestry (perhaps The Lady and the Unicorn in Paris’ Musée national du Moyen Âge)—filled with symbolic representations that make up the sum of the world—as the central framing metaphor for The Far Call (1978).  Our idealistic young politician main character sees himself and everyone else as “caught up in its pattern” where “countless threads like his own make up the background.”  The brighter threads “would be the movers and shakers among the people” yet no one would be more than a single thread (35).  

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Charles Dance introduces us to SyFy’s adaption of “Childhood’s End”

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Love Clarke! Nothing makes me happier than seeing some of his work adapted so a wide audience (those that don’t read much) can enjoy his ideas.

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“Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Karellen (Charles Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.”

Based on the novel of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke, this adaptation will be 6 hours long and be shown over 3 nights on the SyFy Channel in 2015 (dates as yet unknown).

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Great day today! Love all those weekend readers out there!

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J. W. Kurtz

Happy that Friday’s somewhat low download numbers rebounded today.  Friday’s are always low.  Need some more KindleUnlimited downloads and reads though!  Thanks to all those readers out there.  Trust that even better stuff is coming down the pipe soon.  Having a lot of fun writing the next book (Sigma Draconis) which will be longer, have better characters, and have an ending that will be very interesting to say the least.  An ending that is very much influenced by the short stories of Arthur C. Clarke and Phillip K. Dick.  Two of the best short story writers ever.  I’m lucky to be influenced by these two greats.

Today thus far: (Bear in mind this is out of the more than 2.9 million Amazon eBooks out there)

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Finally!!! Revised Draft Complete!

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Revised draft for book 1 completed.  Tired.  So very tired.  For those out there that have never written a book…yeah it’s not that easy I have found.  Ideas?  Easy enough.  Outline and legend building?  Fun enough.  Writing the first draft?  Fun AND a cathartic release.  Revising?  I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy…well not true.  I would.  I’m mean and vindictive like that actually.  

The first excerpt I will post (probably tomorrow) will be the timeline which in the book itself will be in a space between the Table of Contents and the first chapter.  Something like a Prologue but it will be easily skipped over for those that want to get to the story.  Quickly skipping is something e-books excel at which is why it is my chosen medium.

By the way…it’s a pulp-science-fiction-space-opera type book/series.  I plan to put a new one out every 3-5 months.  Hopefully fun and fast to read.

Excerpts tomorrow.

Vacation and rest on Sunday.

Book 2 starts in earnest on Monday!

Cheers!