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About David R. Beshears
Award-winning screenwriter and author of science fiction, fantasy and adventure. David's work has been praised by literary professors and by PhDs in science, by fans and by book reviewers around the world. His miniseries screenplay adaptation of his popular novel "The Shylmahn Migration" won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriting Competition in 2007.
David lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with his wife Sylvia. When not writing, he can usually be found on any one of a dozen northwest mountains.
Visit his author page at www.davidrbeshears.com
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"I bequeath to my nephew, Jacob Quigley, all that I own, all that I dream, and all that I am, in the hope that my life's quest will become his quest."
-- Last Will & Testament of Tobias Quigley
Those few cryptic words send Jake into a world that couldn’t possibly exist. Traveling the Gateways, he will befriend the eternal Guardians and stand against an ancient enemy.
Exciting scifi/fantasy adventure for everyone, 12 to 112 and beyond
"If you need to take a break or get a cup of coffee, do so at this point as you'll be glued to this book moving forward. "– five stars
Diana L, top 500 reviewer
The miniseries screenplay adaptation of the novel was a top-ten finalist in an international screenwriting competition.
Other books in the series:
Serpent’s Keep Two – the Six Temples
Serpent's Keep 3 - the Outland
The Outland was pulled apart millennia ago, six disparate landscapes sent to six isolated realms of the universe…
The Outland is whole once again, brought back together with the Six Temples, some abandoned, some in ruin, others populated by those sent away so long ago… including the Ancient Monks.
The Outland, brought together and yet torn from the rest of the universe. It exists now as a world unto itself.
The Outland is alone.
“She is obsessed by her purpose. Such is the failing of a zealot.” Aldwyn stood before the portal. “I believe the greater danger, by far the greater danger, is the disruption that is created by her efforts. She is tearing apart the web of the universe. Worlds are being thrown into chaos, landscapes laid waste; entire planes are being set adrift.”
“Can’t you stop her?”
“I cannot. I am forever bound to this place.” Aldwyn held a hand out to the portal, palm out as if resting it against the thin veil between planes. “My vision is far, my reach limited.”
He turned then to look at Jake. “But you can, Jacob Quigley. And that is why you are here. Is it not?”
Dystopian science fiction in an atmosphere of black and white fifties film noir.
Willow City is one of eight city-states that make up the Federation, a group of loosely aligned authoritarian municipalities that operate autonomously… within Federation guidelines.
The city-state of Willow City is held in the tight grip of City Hall, and the mayor will do anything to ensure the dark, damp streets of Willow City never see Federation boots.
Hidden in the shadows of the city-state are ever-shadowy characters living day-to-day, surviving as best they can under the watchful gaze of City Hall.
Alan Thornton returns home to Willow City to search for his brother, recently gone missing. His search takes him into the dark alleys and smoky nightclubs of the city, and very few of the shadowy characters existing there appear glad to see him.
The Willow City novella is adapted from the science fiction / film noir screenplay and is available in print, large print and ebook.
a dark satire…
John Smith is the first person ever sent downstairs due to a mix-up in the paperwork. While this is sorted out, he is assigned to work at Hades’ local television station, where he must deal with strange characters and stranger programming.
All the more bizarre, he arrived just in time for Founder's Day.
You’ll be recommending this book to your friends before you are even halfway through it. A+ all the way – highly recommend
-- top 500 reviewer
If you like Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett you will enjoy this short book. I was chuckling along from the first couple of pages and the whole book kept me entertained.
-- goodreads reviewer
Industry feedback re: the screenplay:
"The concept is brilliant and eye-catching."
"The situation is entertaining, the shows are fun, and life at the station with all its quirky characters is easy to become invested in… a fun script and a very talented writer.”
"The author has come up with a very inventive concept and gives us a very sympathetic protagonist. Not only that, the author understands how to balance the wit of the set-up with the real emotional issues faced by the characters."
Screenplay placed Finalist in a recent screenwriting competition.
Novella adaptation placed Finalist in a recent literary competition.
Lieutenant Connelly is one of six Monitors sent 100,000 years into the past to study the tribes of two recently discovered humanoid species. Each Monitor lives alone in isolated outposts located far apart from one another around Alpha Valley.
Connelly’s only companion is Box, a small A-I device that he carries about with him in his pocket.
Two years into his three year mission, he is unexpectedly recalled to Central, an underground facility in the heart of Alpha Valley and from where he will be returning to Point Zero… home to the year 2058.
His journey back to Central includes several unplanned detours, having to deal with both the Littles and the Alphas, the two species he has been unobtrusively observing.
Reaching Central at last, Connelly and Box find that their mission wasn’t at all what they had thought it was...
... and that he won’t be going home quite yet.
Feedback regarding the screenplay adaptation:
“An immersive, entertaining sci-fi experience.”
“Successfully transplants a nearly human-like arc onto a non-human character, which is a difficult task to pull off.”
“In a film culture where so many filmmakers put dialog over visual storytelling, your script immediately sets itself apart as something concerned with the tools of cinema. More than anything else, this quality helps to make your script memorable.”
“You create a real sense of not only discovery, but also adventure.”
“You have a strong talent for writing scene description in a way that highlights the specific elements that make screenwriting unique.”
“You capture the sense of a stranger in a strange land wonderfully.”
Most of my short stories have been lost, particularly those written using my old typewriter back before I had a computer, and more than a few written with only pencil and paper. But I did manage to hang onto a couple from way back when.
I thought I'd bring some of these old stories out into the light. I hope you like 'em.
The screenplay adaptation placed q-finalist in a recent animated screenwriting competition.
Thirteen year old Jim survives a fiery crash landing in the desolate landscape of ShadowWorld, only to come face to face with bizarre aliens, mystifying cultures, and an unforgiving planet as he searches for rescue.
First in a series of adventures following Jim, future Prince of the Frontier Worlds.
"This book was an awesome adventure... took me to strange places where I got to meet some very interesting characters." 5 stars -- Dan Absalonson, author and audiobook narrator.
Kimara Crossing, the second title in the series, is available in print and ebook.
Novella placed finalist in a recent literary competition.
Screenplay placed short-list finalist in a recent screenwriting competition.
The Caravan is just one more tribe traveling a post-apocalyptic landscape, foraging through the dead cities of the past. The tribe is friendly and well-adapted to the nomadic life. But there is something unsettlingly dark underlying the pleasantness.
After months on the trail, they settle outside an abandoned city for the winter. Foraging teams go in, looking to fill their wagons with supplies. Meanwhile, a band of marauders watches. They have their own way of getting what they want.
And they want everything.
This time, however, they are in for a bit of a surprise.
Industry feedback of the screenplay:
“Character descriptions are vivid… the dialog is excellent.”
“The concept is a very clever one, immediately calls to mind the tropes and conventions of a classic western while also mixing in the high concept of a science fiction story.”
A direct adaptation of the webseries scripts.
An early Saturday morning, a quiet middle-class neighborhood.
A family packing their car for a weekend camping trip.
But something isn’t right.
The neighborhood is too quiet.
The world is too quiet.
A family explores a world suddenly devoid of people, in search of an answer.
Family Alone is the collection of "flash fiction" short stories adapted from the five episode webseries. The adaptations closely follow the design and presentation of the scripts. The webseries scripts are 5 to 10 minutes in length, the project developed to be ultra-low budget with minimal characters and locations, no SFX.
This collection of flash fiction is approximately 7600 words in length, and so considered to be a long short story. As an individual title, it is available in ebook format only, though it will be included in the At Variance 4 collection of stories, to be published in late 2020 in print edition.
A team of scientists travels the eighty floors of a strange black tower, where each floor is an alternate world fraught with danger, striving to reach the top floor and the dark force behind the creation of the looming monolith.
"I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes their sci-fi with a bit of intrigue, adventure, suspense and a splash of creepy horror." – 5 stars
"The most interesting SF I've read in years. Well done! Will there be a sequel?" - five stars
Based on the eleven one hour screenplays of the television miniseries “The Black Tower”. This omnibus edition contains all eleven novellas in the serial, with each novella a direct adaptation of one of the episodes in the miniseries. They are structured and formatted exactly as the one hour screenplays from which they have been adapted.
Prior to the arrival of the Shylmahn, a blanket of normalcy lay comfortably over the Britton family, a quiet ordinariness that would stand in sharp contrast to what their lives would become.
Their individual stories play out across the epic landscape of the invasion, plots intertwining as each narrative progresses toward the inevitable climax at which all paths converge for one final confrontation.
From the perspective of the Shylmahn, it is not an invasion at all but a grand adventure, an exciting journey to a new world. The epic interweaves the stories of EsJen, TohPeht and NehLoc through the stories of the human characters, providing a shocking contrast to the overall conflict.
This is not ‘slam, bam, welcome to earth’ stuff. There will be no fairy dust sprinkled into the atmosphere to miraculously kill off the bad guys.
Book One of the Shylmahn Trilogy
The miniseries screenplay adaptation of the novel won the Pacific Northwest Screenwriters Competition.
"Intelligent science fiction"
William C. Brown, Ph.D.
Author of 'The Evolutionary Science of Extraterrestrial Life'
"Outstanding writing in a fine story"
"Very well designed and very well executed"
David L. Powell, Ph.D.
English and American Literature