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Length: 298 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 795 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,625 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I began growing up in Missouri, near El Dorado Springs. My family moved to central California and I finished growing up there. I was in San Francisco, in the Haight-Ashbury, during the hippie Sixties, got some degrees, and began teaching literature, critical thinking, and creative writing.

Over the years, I've published 40+ stories in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Asimov's, other magazines, and original anthologies. Now it's time to write the novels.


Wayne Wightman.
Watson, my friend.
Diaz, on his Indian, 1968.

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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 7, 2011
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Oh so many books to read, so little time. I've read, to date, about 60 post-apocalyptic novels. I've enjoyed a great many of them - some of them were so badly edited I almost had to give up the effort.
But with Wayne Wightman's novel Selection Event that was not the case. This book is so engrossing that, I think even if the editing was horrible, I would still have been captivated by it. The characters are so rich and full you almost feel like they are someone you've known all your life.
Haven't you wished on occasion that you could just go underground by yourself for a year - not have to make anyone happy, not have to wake up a child (or husband/wife) that doesn't want to get up to face the day, not have to make any decisions for anyone other than yourself - oh, how tempting it sounds. So when Martin Lake came up from his below-ground home of more than 14 months I was hooked. I had to stick around to see how he handled that much aloneness and what would happen when he finds out he's still going to be pretty much alone - at least for a little while. Who knows, maybe someday...?
There are dozens of surprises in this book - starting with the giraffe; then the dog that waits patiently for his masters to come get him, or to give him water and food. You heart will almost break for this little pooch - until you realize that some things do work out right; also, the hippie on the motorcycle that becomes a devoted friend to Martin. I think I could have fallen in love with him - he has so much heart.
I'm not going to give away everything - you have to read the book for that. And believe me you won't be disappointed. I've only just discovered Mr. Wightman but I've already read Selection Event and Hunger and Thirst, which I also loved. But, I'll leave that one for you to discover on your own. My advice - don't miss either one of them because they are among the very best of the genre.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By IRMIE on October 31, 2011
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A decent story that could have been great with the inclusion of one Christian who didn't violently force feed their religion to others and the inclusion of one meat eating human who didn't violently force feed their beliefs on others. It's fine to have Christian antagonist. It's fine to have vegan protagonist. But when all of your Christians are evil and all of your vegans are heroes and the converse then you are insulting the reader by assuming they won't get your point otherwise. When you do this in a story strongly centered on how bad intolerance can be then you; the author; end up becoming an ironic image of your own arch villain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chris on January 10, 2012
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The book started with so much promise, i loved the first few chapters but as the story developed so did the political and religious views of the author.
What a drag it was, he just interupts the flow of the story with some childish attack on religion or political bias, i could care less about either but if a book has either let it develop properly into the plot with a informed and educated judgement,some great post apocalyptic classics such as "Swan Song" or "Lucifers hammer" handled it perfectly by entwining religion and good vs bad aspects, this Selection event just annoyed me so much i was jumping chapters and then of course the diaspointment sets in!
Well i truly beleive this story could have made 4 or 5 stars but i reakon the authors own self serving opinions pretty well killed the story, its like the book "Patriots"(written by some nutjob called james wesley rawles) but in a reverse aspect!
I do love the dog and cat in the story so they get a star!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LJ on September 25, 2011
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I enjoyed this story, for what it was. Placing myself in the midst of what Martin had to deal with, by coming up out of his underground bunker to deal with a mass depopulation, I'm sure it would be a shocking change of mindset for anyone.

Nevertheless, I felt the characters could have been presented as "stronger", especially for Martin. How many times does a person have to be threatened for their life before they realize they need to "cowboy up" and start being a lot more cautious and straightforward in dealing with the left over dirt bags of the world? Naivety is one thing, being completely complacent towards threatening words and actions is another.

Although the author brings Martin around to defending himself and those he is involved with, the author doesn't maintain Martin with a defensive mindset. It seemed to me the author was more concerned about Martin wanting to befriend the remaining survivors, wherever/whoever they may be. I can understand not wanting to be alone and desiring to seek out 'others', however, there doesn't seem to be any discretion in doing so. If someone appeared or showed themselves, it was a good day and no other concerns were attributed to that appearance until later on.

After having to deal with Cortiz, the author eventually brings Martin and his companions to meeting Joshua and his off the wall group. You would think that Martin would have used more caution after dealing with Cortiz, but no, the author portrays Martin once again as naive, although mistrusting. Even so, how many times are you going to give a proven screwball a chance to take you out? Winch had the right mindset all along. But once again, the author changed Martin's mindset...
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