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Post-pandemic sci-fi story

I got an idea today for a post-pandemic sci-fi story that’s joyful, and it’s one of the things keeping me going right now: a vision of a better future.

I’ve written some of it at home today, where I usually write. So, not much change for me there. If there’s anything good I can take out of these Covid-19 “stay at home” times, it’s that, with any luck, I’ll be more productive with my writing having to be home more right now. If I can stay off the Internet long enough that is…(a usual battle for those who work at home, and yes I spelled Internet with a capital “I” despite what some recent word-trends would have you do; after all, the Internet is the name for a thing: the world network of computers that is public (used to be just the WWW prefix of the World Wide Web, but has grown). That’s a proper noun. /Grammar rant mode off.  If you think I’m wrong you can get off my lawn 😉

Funny how that works, that staying home and productivity ratio! Writers (and I think this is true for most who work from home) generally get more done during the cold months than the warm months. Too many things to do outside when the weather is nice, pulling away our time and attention, it seems. Then the cooler weather eventually sets in and thoughts go back to word counts rather than vacations,  warm summer nights, and days that never seem to end.

Writing about a possible future can be an important part in creating it. We’ve seen this happen again and again, but unfortunately those futures were mostly dystopias. As much as I have enjoyed such stories and movies that were very artfully done, I hoped such worlds would not come to be, and yet they largely have; I always wondered why there were not more possible futures I’d like to live in. What we choose to write is up to us, but I think it’s time we write about more uplifting possible futures than the current state of the world we are now in. Maybe then we will find we are living in a better world one day.

See my previous entry about The Prescience of Science Fiction Authors for more on this topic, and where writers get their ideas to write about the future.

 

The Prescience of Science Fiction Authors

The Prescience of Science Fiction Authors
By David Sloma

In his 1981 novel “The Eyes of Darkness” Dean Koontz named the pandemic virus in his story “Wuhan-400” as it starts in Wuhan, China, the same place where the current COVID-19 virus was first found. That’s a pretty big coincidence! Did he know something was going to happen there in the future? If so, how?

Philip K. Dick (PKD for short) predicted “precrime” and coined the term in his 1956 story “The Minority Report” (which was the basis for the 2002 movie “Minority Report”) – now computer models are being used to determine where precrimes will be committed before they happen and assign resources to those areas. Does it ever feel like you’re living in a PKD story? (Also in the “The Minority Report” were the Pre-Cogs who had the ability to predict the future, as “living computers.”)

These authors display what is called prescience, which means foreknowledge of future events; in essence, being able to predict the future. If we look at the word “prescience” we can see it’s made of two other words: pre and science – a natural topic for science fiction writers! Some people scoff at such an ability to foretell the future, while many more pay for fortune-tellers to do this very thing for them, often with real results (and also with fantastic failures). Then there are those people who dream of things before they happen…How is this possible?

One thing is for sure and that is many so-called science fiction or “sci-fi” writers do just that: tell the future. Or maybe they are creating it. Or also, perhaps, they are tapping into some stream of consciousness that tells them the future and they write it down. Whatever the case, the results are impressive.

There’s a theory called “The Morphogenetic field” which talks about ideas contained in an energy field that can be tapped into. This is similar to the “collective unconscious” discussed by Carl Jung, Sigmund Frued, and others. Maybe some sci-fi authors were tapping into such a thing; maybe they were following trends and extrapolating; maybe both.

As a science fiction writer myself, I think it’s been a combination of these things. Sometimes the future trends of technology and society can be easily seen and they allow the imagination to fly; other times the ideas just come and where they come from could be from many sources, both mundane and Divine. I have had the experience of being surprised when something I’ve written comes true in the world, and I’m sure many more authors have had this experience too, not just the ones I’ve listed.

I’ve never quite considered science fiction stories to be purely fiction. It seems the world is quickly catching up to that notion.

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Purifier: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 7 By David Sloma

Purifier: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 7
By David Sloma

A secret breakaway military wages a clandestine war against an alien invasion.

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Book 7, the last part in this epic science fiction story is coming soon.

The manuscript is in the editing stage now.

Release date: Aiming for Dec., 25, 2019, but may be slightly later due to holidays, etc.

Update: March 1, 2020: Past the half-way point in the editing and picking up speed on it. Working hard to get the book out. I’ll make an announcement as soon as it’s available for sale so check back here for that, or also see my Twitter, and email newsletter.

Update: January 11, 2020:  Still in the editing phase, and it’s going well. But it usually takes longer than anticipated. It will be finished soon, but I’m not going to rush it. I want to ensure that you get a quality book like you’ve been waiting for. Thanks for your patience and continued support! You can check back soon for news, and sign up for my mailing list/newsletter if you want to be notified about new books.  – Dave.

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New Novel: “The Key to the Lock”

Dnierf Lem, a young bookstore clerk, finds a book that’s not supposed to exist. In it are clues that pull him into a mysterious scavenger hunt with big prizes and big trouble, the end of which is unknown.

But is it just someone rich playing an elaborate game? It seems so, but Dnierf isn’t so sure. Curiosity, and the lure of money and adventure, drives him forward from his mundane life, even after his life is put at risk.

He’ll find there’s much more to this than a game, with travel to exotic lands and mystical, even occult, spiritual experiences – if he can keep ahead of those trying to kill him and his new companions along the way.

Get it from: https://davidsloma.com/book-stores

THE MIGRAINES – new story

The migraine headache came on as soon as I woke up. I wasn’t sure what caused it, I never am. Though I had my suspicions, like my nightmares and the strange creatures there.

My new story THE MIGRAINES is now available from Amazon as an ebook: https://amzn.to/2uuA05b

It will be exclusive to Amazon for 3 months in Kindle Unlimited, but will make its way to the other ebook sites in time.

Harlan Ellison – Memories and Lessons

Harlan Ellison was one of the first professional writers I ever met.

It was in the 80’s, during one of Harlan’s lecture tour stops. I was a wide-eyed teen, voracious reader (especially of fantasy and sci-fi), and also a beginning/aspiring writer. His talk to the large crowd was wild and entertaining, filled with outrageous stories – here was a real celebrity writer in our midst! His admonitions on the hardships of the writing life were not enough to deter me, but they did shock me at the time (I found out years later he was mostly right).

The highlight of the show was when he read one of his new stories! That put me in awe, not just because I got to hear a wonderful story from a master writer in his own voice, but he said afterward that it was “just how it came out of the typewriter.” No rewriting! He explained that he was able to do this after being a writer for over 25 years. I thought he might have been embellishing about his skill slightly, as some of his tales seemed a little far-fetched, but now I’m not so sure. I’ve learned from him and other long-term writers that this sort of thing is possible; I’ve even had my own experiences with it.

After the show, I lined up to get a book signed by Harlan and also got his infamous barbed wit/temper directed at me! Seems I was being a little too much the acolyte writer as I hung around at his elbow after getting my book signed, wanting to bask in his presence and collect any pearls of writing wisdom he might choose to bestow on those crowding around him. So he shooed me away like a fly! I believe he even said “Go away, shoo!” I can chuckle about it now, but at the time I was a bit miffed. Ah, Harlan!

Harlan Ellison gave me someone to emulate, showing that the dream I had, to also be a writer, was possible. For that I’m thankful, and also for the many stories of his I enjoyed and dreamed on.

“KHAOTICA – an original screenplay” in Amazon charts today

#45 in Books > Humor & Entertainment > Movies > Screenplays

Get it at: https://amzn.to/2sUVDf3

The Demon Robots – new story

The robots were made under the direction of demons who possessed people.

Then the demons inhabited the robots.

We who still felt we were alive, not just simply meat bags to serve the machines, gathered under the city to plot our rebellion, seeking ways to take out the robots before they took us all out.

I had a mission: find the man with the robot-destroying weapon and help him to save humanity.

My new story The Demon Robots is now available from Amazon as an ebook: https://amzn.to/2xJePBb  and in paperback: https://amzn.to/2M82ny8. It will be exclusive to Amazon for 3 months in Kindle Unlimited, but will make its way to the other ebook sites in time.

Friday the 13th! Ohhh noooo!

An update from writer/filmmaker David Sloma on this scary day of bad luck (naw, it doesn’t have to be that! In fact, for one of my books it’s being a rather good day – see the video for more!):

“MIB Files: Introduction” Charting on Amazon

My short story MIB Files: Introduction (Tales of the Men In Black) is doing well today! It’s in some good company, sitting at #53 on Amazon Best Sellers 15-Minute Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads. Not bad for a Friday the 13th!

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