A few months ago, I wrote about the CREATE Initiative, that we could fight against corrupt politicians through artistic creation. Well, Bob Brown and Phyllis Irene Radford had the self-same idea. Knowing that humor is the best way to fight pomposity, and that parody is a traditional response to politics and politicians, they organized a science fiction anthology called Alternative Truths. That book debuts tomorrow, April 28, 2017, via Amazon.
Alternative Truths Anthology was formed, when on February 23, 2017, I, and many of my friends, asked what we could do. We could write, we could join that noble tradition of using the pen, to poke the powerful. So was born, Alternative Truths. And our pens became word processors and our ideas became stories.
Alternative Truths is a look at the post election America that is, or will be, or could be. We attach no manacles to the word truth to bind it to our visions, but instead we free it to find its own way through the minds of the two dozen writers who have shared their vision of the future…. Whomever or what ever you like you will find here with an absolute appreciation for the fact that we live in a great country where you can still publish a book like this, in part to the continued efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the ink of patriots.
Phyllis Irene Radford and Bob Brown,
Editors, Alternative Truths
Alternative Truths has twenty-four stories, mostly science fiction, but a few fantasy. There are ghosts, there are demons, there are aliens, there are time travelers, and there are the most dangerous creatures of all, human politicians. The stories range from the humorous to the horrific, from the silly to the scary, from (First Amendment legally protected) parody to frighteningly plausible predictions. Several of the stories would make excellent Twilight Zone episodes. American, Canadian, and British authors have joined together to imagine what might become of the United States if an unethical businessman with no political experience were to be elected to the highest office in the land.
“In true American tradition, we lampoon our politicians – particularly those with overblown egos. And our current President has an ego big as – well, a wall. His own staff member provided the inspiration for this anthology when she used the term “alternative facts.” Since the President won’t come to the correspondent’s dinners, we’re bringing it to you. Alternative Truths is a collection of twenty-four stories by authors specializing in genres from political commentary to science fiction and fantasy. Once started, it’s impossible to put down. The topic of prevarication is addressed in manners from humorous to deadly serious. Contexts range from the past to dystopic futures. The collection is powerful, provocative, and in some cases – hopefully not precognizant.” R. Kyle
Alternate Truths has stories by Jim Wright of Stonekettle Station, award-winning author Adam-Troy Castro, Diana Hauer, Louise Marley, Irene Radford, Canadian author and journalist Gregg Chamberlain, Sara Codair, K. G. Anderson, Daniel M. Kimmel, Janka Hobbs, Bruno Lombardi, Victor D. Phillips, Larry Hodges, Bobby Lee Featherston, Blaze Ward, Joel Ewy, Marleen S. Barr, Ken Staley, Wondra Vanian, Liam Hogan, Voss Foster, Rebecca McFarland Kyle, Paula Hammond, and Susan Murrie Macdonald.
The CREATE Initiative is a way for ordinary people to fight back against the powerful and heartless. Write, paint, perform, blog. If you can’t do that, then read or listen or watch the works of those who can. Alternative Truths is $4.99 on Kindle or $11 in paperback. Buy a copy (or two. Books make great gifts, and Mother’s Day is coming.) Remember, to an author, reviews are love, so feel free to mention on Amazon and/or Goodreads that you liked it.
“That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” Walt Disney
Remember three things: 1, the pen is mightier than the sword. 2, enough snowflakes gathered together can form a blizzard or an avalanche. 3, comedy is a traditional weapon against politicians.
Disclaimer: I am not unbiased in this matter. I am the author of the fifth story in the book and one of the assistant proofreaders. I confess to having a financial stake in Alternative Truths doing well. I have a son going to college in a few months, and I’d like to be able to pay his tuition.