Best of Mirage: #3 J.R.R.Tolkien /w Jason Abbott

On this Mirage best of Jason Abbott joins me to take a look at J.R.R Tolkien’s work and life.

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Jason Abbott is a fantasy author and moderator on r/fantasywriters

Read Jason’s work on his WordPress site:

https://aetherealengineer.com/

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Tolkien reading:

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That fat rat: fly away Anjulie

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That fat rat: fly away

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#95 Robert Rees

 

Robert Rees was born and educated in the UK, eventually studying Science, at Cambridge. Due to the sheer amount of brilliant chemists superior to him in the discipline in school he fell into London great leap forward ending up with a prestigious finance career.

His book ‘Season in the Sun,’ is available here:

Other links:

http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=4415
https://www.facebook.com/A-Season-in-the-Sun-656487217856000/
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34449391-a-season-in-the-sun

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Music on this episode courtesy of:

Kevin MacLeod
Mountain Emperor

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Mirage: Speculating on Speculative Fiction #32 Sci-fi from the 70’s and 80’s w/ Brian Converse

Sci-fi from the 70’s and 80’s is the stuff I grew up on. Ice Pirates, Flash Jordan, Highlander, Star Wars. I love this stuff. So does Brian Converse. On this episode of Mirage, we talk about two decades of movies that inspired us both to tell our own sci-fi stories.

Brain is a former U.S. Army medic and current marketing professional living in Colorado with his wife, four kids, two cats and two dogs. He recently published his first novel “Stone Soldiers” a Rajani novel – first in a planned trilogy.

Social media links:

www.Facebook.com/BrianSConverse

www.twitter.com/BrianSConverse

www.instagram.com/BrianS.Converse

Amazon author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Brian-S-Converse/e/B06XXQVGMF/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1501340135&sr=8-1

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That fat rat: fly away

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#94 Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

 

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian science fiction and thriller author. She has lived in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as a writer, scientific and literary translator, and freelance web copywriter.

Rita’s  website:

http://www.anakina.net/en/index.html

Amazon author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Rita-Carla-Francesca-Monticelli/e/B0089YQE4U

Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Carla_Francesca_Monticelli

Twitter:

@ladyanakina

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RitaCarlaFMonticelli

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Music on this episode courtesy of:

Kevin MacLeod

Mountain Emperor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkxQFdMlZcw

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Mirage: Speculating on Speculative Fiction #31 Harry Harrison w/ Matthew Bin

Harry Max Harrison was an American science fiction author, known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and for his novel Make Room! Make Room!. The latter was the rough basis for the motion picture Soylent Green.

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Matthew Bin is a Science Fiction author from Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Website:

http://matthewbin.com/
Amazon Author page:

https://www.amazon.com/Matthew-Bin/e/…

Twitter

@coffeewriting

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…
Contact info for his publisher:

http://www.facebook.com/BundoranPress

https://bundoransf.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/BundoranPress

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That fat rat: fly away

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#93 Ja-mel Vinson III

 

Ja-mel is an education major living in upstate New York. He is from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. and writes Speculative fiction. He is also a stage actor.

Jamel’s  website:

https://jamelvinson.com/

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/jvinsonii

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJVinsonii/

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Kevin MacLeod

Mountain Emperor

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Young Ye’ Old Ye’ Dead Ye’

Leaves swirl from the ground in a sudden wind. A wind five-year-old Ye’ Ruo thinks left her mouth along with the words of her wish. A wish uttered hushed and filled with sorrow.

She wished simply to, “help.”

The wind howls and churns the remains of summer in a cyclone of red and yellow. The sound is violent. At first, Ye’ thought the wind was Siming, the balancer of the Ying and the Yang come to punish her for wishing such a selfish thing. For the sake of balance, she probably should have wished for her father to get better, or for her mother to have the strength to work hard, day and night. But no she was selfish and wished she could help.

Her.

A little girl.

A face materializes in the tornado of dead leaves and Ye’ thinks of her grandmother even before the bract begins to settle. Once quiet the shag resembles the burial shroud she last remembered seeing draped over a much older woman lying in a coffin.

A younger version of the woman thought dead stands over her looking down. She is radiant, the most beautiful person Ye’ has ever seen but she isn’t sure if it is, in fact, her grandmother or not. Then the woman smiles. In the smile, she finds warmth and love and certainty.

A sudden fear hits her that her grandmother knows she was selfish. “Grandma, I am so sorry I wished to help. I know I am just a little girl and there is nothing I can do but be a little girl.”

The brittle leaves rustle as her grandma stretches out a hand from the delicate foliole gown and drags it softly through the little girl’s long black hair, “You can help if you want my sweet.”

‘But how?”

“Maybe you do not have to be a little girl, if you do not wish to be one?”

Mirage: Speculating on Speculative Fiction #30 Stargate w/ Alex Deva

 

On episode 30 of Mirage, Alex Deva joins me to discuss Stargate’s influence on sci-fi.

Stargate is a science fiction media franchise based on the film written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. The franchise is based on the idea of an alien Einstein–Rosen bridge device (the Stargate) that enables nearly instantaneous travel across the cosmos.

The concept lasted 15 years and has over 350 story arc installments.

Alex Deva was born in 1977 in Blaj, Romania. He works as a web developer, and he loves foreign languages, piloting helicopters and playing guitar. He lives in Sweden, with his wife and two kids.

His novel Starship Doi is available on Amazon.

Website w/ contact information: http://www.alxx.ro/#home

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That fat rat: fly away

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Tam’s Soul

In this life, Tam Duc is eighty-five years old, weighs thirty-eight kilograms and travels from the Northern island of Cát Bà, to Năm Căn on the one leg remaining after meeting a French landmine 72 years ago.

It is a journey of 2000 kilometers.

Năm Căn is nothing more than the Southernmost tip of Vietnam. It splits the Gulf of Thailand from the South China Sea and acts as the place from which he can go no further.

Cát Bàis, however, is home. The place he is always born, pushed through the brittle bones of the skeleton that once was his mother to wallow in the mud quickly maturing enough to survive yet again on his own.

An ancient magic compels and nurtures this.

His mother cursed him to this existence thousands of deaths ago with intestines held in with one hand and the other stiffening, curled one last time around the quill that wrote out what Tam now is.

Saved from murder perpetrated by bandits he is now a soul catcher.

Why him and not her is testament to the power of a mother’s love for her child, selfless and universal.

Tam has witnessed many deaths, but none more horrible than watching his mother struggle to perform this last feat while dying.

The curse came with conditions of poverty, chastity and nothing short of the humanities demise could free him from it.

Like a mother love it was unyielding and forever.

Returning North he wears ancient dinge colored burlap wraps around his loin and his bald shiny scalp. Over his shoulder, he carries a black velvet bag that looks very much out of place.

He does not own the black velvet bag, it owns him. As does the magic nestled within it.

Tam smiles a toothless smile and hops along the shoulder of Vietnam’s first superhighway. The air smells of tar and diesel exhaust. In the humid heat, he approaches a small village. It is the New Year and the villagers have gathered. They laugh and celebrate.

Tam knows he is not welcome and squats in the green foliage off the road. Though today’s journey is done his real work is just beginning.

He settles down on to hot red dirt and folds his right knee over the remaining portion of his left thigh forming a tight lotus. He flips the black bag open on his lap while sniffing at the air. Its smells of rain, but in Vietnam rain is to be expected, still, he must hurry for if he doesn’t complete his magic before the rain comes, the soul he has come to collect may get lost

A lost soul is hell to recover.

Many lost souls roam for eons before a catcher happens upon them. Some are never found.

From inside the satchel, he gathers the red paper and black ink of his trade.

And waits worrying the quill against a hole in his gum that once housed a tooth. A firework is set off in the nearby village. It is loud and whistles up into the air almost invisible in the bright sky.

The screams that follow could curdle blood.

Tam then knows the name he has come to collect and scratches four quickly executed lines in black ink on the red paper.

Bao

When the quill tip no longer shines with fresh ink a boy of seven stands in front of him.

“Bao?”

The boy nods.

“Did it hurt?” this is always his first question.

The boy nods again.

‘That’s too bad.’ Tam frowns while returning the red paper, now perfectly clean, as if never written on, back into the sack along with the black ink and quill, ‘Shall we?”

And the boy nods a third time.

Tam allows another type of magic to wash out of him. It sparkles in the air before solidifying into a portal, a hole really, one that opens one reality into another.

The boy looks to Tam unsure and Tam smiles a toothless smile and nods toward the hole.

With a burst of happy laughter, the boy turns to the hole and steps through disappearing, leaving behind only the echo of his joy as he embraces whatever it is that waits for him there.

Hours later Tears drip from Tam’s eyes as the sound of the happy child finding his afterlife, haunts him as he tries to sleep.

Tomorrow he will continue his journey North, to the next death and one day soon his own will come again, but instead of a Soul Catcher waiting for him to open a portal to a new happy reality he will be forced to scramble out of the boney womb, half-buried on a swampy island, certain he will never have an end worthy of laughter.

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Soul Catcher

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#93 Varla Ventura

 

On episode 93 of Origin, Varla Ventura returns! We talk writing process, publishing, and curling

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Varla Ventura doesn’t just have the best name in writing, she is also a scholar of the occult, paranormal, and dream theorist. Her favorite holiday is Halloween, and she has written six books with a seventh on the way, each about spooky stuff.

Varla Ventura’s website is: https://varlaventura.net

Follower her on twitter: @VarlaVentura

Her facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/varla.ventura/

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That fat rat: fly away

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