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Alternative Truths Paperback – April 27, 2017
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K.G. Anderson’s short fiction appears in anthologies including Second Contacts, Story Emporium, Triangulation: Beneath the Surface. Louise Marley is a farm girl turned writer and singer with great success in each. Adam-Troy Castro has won the Philip K. Dick Award and the Seiun (Japan), and have been nominated for eight Nebulas, three Stokers, and two Hugos. Gregg Chamberlain has been a community newspaper reporter for more than 40 years. Sara Codair teaches writing at a community college. Joel Ewy is self-employed and lives in South Central Kansas with his wife and two kids. Voss Foster lives in the middle of the Eastern Washington desert. Paula Hammond can be found prowling London’s crusty underbelly in search of random weirdness. Diana Hauer is a writer of words, both technical and fantastical, who lives in Beaverton, Oregon, with a dog and a fiancé Janka Hobbs lives in the Puget Sound lowlands, where she studies Aikido and Botany when she’s not playing with words. Larry Hodges is an active member of SFWA with 81 short story sales. Liam Hogan is a London based writer. Winner of Quantum Shorts 2015 and Sci-Fest LA’s Roswell Award 2016. Daniel M. Kimmel was nominated for a Hugo Award for Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other observations about science fiction movies. Rebecca McFarland Kyle currently lives between the Smoky and Cumberland mountains with her husband and three cats. Bruno Lombardi is a Canadian author of speculative and weird fiction. Susan Murrie Macdonald was a fifth-generation Republican until November 9, 2016, after which she could no longer support the GOP with a clear conscience. She is the author of a children’s book, R Is For Renaissance Faire, as well as several short stories. Victor Phillips, recently retired after four decades’ career in natural resources management and education. Irene Radford is the bestselling author of the beloved Dragon Nimbus Series and the masterwork Merlin’s Descendants series. Ken Staley lives and works in the lower Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. Wondra Vanian is an American national who moved to Wales, in the United Kingdom, and is currently focusing on writing. Blaze Ward writes epic science fiction in the Jessica Keller Chronicles and the Science Officer series. Jim Wright is a retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer and freelance writer. He’s been called the Tool of Satan, but he prefers the title: Satan’s Designated Driver. He is the mind behind Stonekettle Station.
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This collection of short stories all deal with what a Trump presidency might mean to everyone in the United States. Some are humorous, like Lincoln's Gettysburg address as if Mr. Trump had said it instead of Lincoln, to the serious, like a mistreated immigrant dreaming of summer pinwheels. This is a group of stories best taken in small doses in order to digest what you read and recover from the strong emotions these stories provoke. If you too where shocked and dismayed on November 8, 2016, this anthology was written for you.
Jim's contribution I'd read before - The Gettysburg Address as interpreted by Donald Trump. That alone is worth the price.
The other contributions were all new to me. I haven't been disappointed by any of them. There are fairy tales (A reinterpretation of Hans Christian Andersen's Nightingale), stock sci-fi, hopeless dystopia and hopeful dystopia. A tale of a third generation Muslim Indian coming home after work has a heartening surprise twist.
It's so easy to get bogged down by the unrelenting 24 hour news cycle. Really great fiction, even if it is about the current circus of our times, is a great escape. This is a great escape.
Headlines, such as the park service going rogue and the army possibly going against American citizens, seem to have sparked Blaze Ward’s imagination, and the result is “The Last Ranger (ANPS -1, CE 2053),” a story about a young man who wants to be a Forest Ranger, not a soldier, but circumstances pits him against Trump’s vision of an army. Louis Marley’s “Relics: a Fable,” provides moving dystopian view of where we may be going with so much love and humanity that it hurts.
Alternative Truths mixes more light-hearted stories with the doom. Diana Hauer’s “The Trumperor and the Nightingale,” is a fairy tale, with all the bad parts that make the good parts better. In “As Prophesied of Old,” by Susan Murrie Macdonald, Trump visits Great Britain (Queen Elizabeth II should read this one), and while the lowliest lowly in Parliament are called on to comment, someone shakes off the dirt and… no spoilers.
Adam-Troy Castro’s “Q&A,” and Jim Wright’s “President Trump, Gettysburg, November 19, 1863” provide many good laughs and guffaws as they use Trump’s own words in these gems of snark and satire.
There are many other good stories, but what fun would that be for you if I summarized this smart book like Trump did the deed? Read it and enjoy.
It’s time from Radford and Brown to do the next 100 days. Smart, witty stories are going to help us get through this.