Others will no doubt post about more coherent thoughts about Superversive Press’s new anthology, FORBIDDEN THOUGHTS, but…here are mine:

Wow…it is so exciting to see something go from a glimmer of an idea to reality! And then see it fly off the shelves (electronically). Here’s how it happened:

About two years ago, a friend of mine wanted to put together a charity anthology for the Charlie Hebdo artists. She said, “Send me the most controversial thing you’ve ever written!”

Well, I don’t normally do controversial per se. But I sat down and prayed a bit to see what would come to me. I had just read Face-to-Face with Jesus by Samaa Habib, one of the best books I’ve ever read, and my mind was full of thoughts about her experience. So, I sat down and wrote the. most. controversial. story I was capable of conceiving.

The story is called “The Test of the Prophet”.

At first, I thought I’d done quite well. My mom immediately worried that it would get my shot, and my atheist Liberal friend called it hateful. But, my Muslim friend loved it and took it home to Pakistan to show her parents. (Life can be strange sometimes!)

By this time, however, I realized that the first anthology wasn’t going to fly. But I REALLY wanted to do something with my story. It was the best thing I had ever written.

But what can you do with a super controversial story in this age of safe spaces and trigger warnings?

Then, in the midst of the Sad Puppy fervor, I caught a glimmer of an answer. Jason Rennie, editor of Sci Phi Journal and the brilliant mind┬ábehind SuperverisveSF, suggested in the midst of a flurry of Sad Puppy emails, that the authors involved get together and do an anthology of anti-PC stories, kind of a modern Dangerous Visions–putting into story form all those thoughts that the SJWs don’t want people to think. Basically, doing what SF is supposed to do, posing difficult questions.

Those of us on the email chain decided on the title: Forbidden Thoughts.

I LOVED this idea. Here was my answer to what to do with my controversial story.

So, I kept on Jason about this, and I kept on the other authors. When a few were too busy to be able to fit writing a new short story into their schedule, I convinced them to submit incendiary blog posts.

So we now had a volume with stories by, among others,┬áJohn, Nick Cole, Brian Niemeier, Josh Young, Brad Torgersen, Sarah Hoyt, and, a particularly delightful surprise for me, our young Marine fan friend, Pierce Oka. Plus, non fiction by Tom Kratman and Larry Correia submitted some of his original Sad Puppy posts–the thing that started it all!

But we still needed a Foreword.

Last winter, during one of our SuperversiveSF chats, we had invited the one reporter who reported truthfully on Sad Puppies, an amusing and irreverent fellow named Milo Yiannopoulos. Just as the chat was scheduled to begin, Milo was informed that he had been deverified on Twitter. This made it so that he was never able to attend our chat. He made it clear that he regretted this and kind of owed us.

So, I asked Jason to see if Milo would let us cash in our favor in the form of him writing the Foreword.

He did!

Milo wrote an excellent Foreword. We put the stories in order and voila! A delightfully thought-provoking volume that reminds me of the daring stories one found the pages of Science Fiction volumes in my youth.

There is one other delightful story that goes with this volume. Last summer, as we often do, we spent a week in Chincoteague. Our teen writer fan (some of you may have seen the victory dance she did when John won Dragon Award), asked if she and her family could join us, so we and the Freeman family spent a wonderful week together.

As I arrived on Chincoteague, I got an email from Jason informing me that he had read a submission by April, and it was really chilling. He thought it would work for Forbidden Thoughts. So, when April walked into the house we were renting for the week, I got to inform her that her first published piece would be in an anthology with John and I!

She was so stunned that she had to call me the next morning and ask me to explain it all again. Lol It was a delightful moment.

Now Forbidden thoughts is live! There will be an official Launch party with a live chat on Inauguration Day.

So, Politically-Correct friends, you might want to avoid this, but the rest of you, come join in the fun!!!

You are not supposed to read this book.
You are not supposed to think about reading this book.
In fact, just plain thinking at all is unacceptable.
You have been warned….

On Amazon!

(Print version coming. Probably by next week.)



Is Star Wars Superversive?

Is Star Wars Superversive?

I’m relatively new to this idea of Superversion in literatue and lets be honest, i’m an engineer by background and not one of these literary vunderkind I find myself surrounded by as I publish Sci Phi Journal and So lets see if I understand the idea properly.

Is the Star Wars universe Superversive? I’ve recently finished listening to the last in the X-Wing Series of books, Mercy Kill
, and with the release of the Episode VII trailer it seems as good a time as any to consider the question. It seems, depending on what you count as “Star Wars” the answer is yes. I’ve read a lot of the expanded universe novels over the years, i’ve seen all the movies, watched most of the TV shows (even the Holiday Special with a rifftrax!) and have enjoyed most of it. But is it Superversive? I think so.

It would seem that the original trilogy is unquestionably Superversive, with its tale of a battle of good against evil, tales of redemption, of nobility and sacrifice and the triumph of the light over the dark. The prequel movies seem to lose some of that, with a descent in a morass of moral greys and compromise that lose some of the essence of the original, but the tale of compromise corruption and destruction does work well as prologue for the story of triumph and redemption.

It would seem to have all of the right ingredients over the six movie arc to serve as a superversive tale told on a civilizational level. The once great and noble civilization that had grown complacent and stale, the forces of corruption that set in and sought to put their own stamp on the universe, to remake into their image of a perfect rightly ordered world and the death and struggle that came out of that. The rise of a band of freedom fighters who stood up against that tyranny and risked everything for the hope of a better tomorrow, who took on the mighty Death Stars, not once but twice in suicidal attacks because that was what was needed to save the day. To stand in harms way when it was required, even when all seemed lost and at its most hopeless because it was right, even if the outcome was in doubt, even if all looked lost. This was tale was also continued in the expanded universe as the Rebels became the Galactic Alliance and went on to battle Grand Admiral Thrawn, various foreign alien threats, and whittle away at the last remnants of the Galactic Empire, to come full circle and set up a New Republic in place of the old.

Perhaps the Star Wars saga, unintentionally, serves as a prophecy for the future of our civilization broadly and speculative fiction in particular with the Superversives, the #GamerGaters and others as the rebels standing up to the corrupt and decadent empire of the SJW’s, the Pinkshirts and the other forces of leftist orthodoxy.

So i’m going to go rewatch the trilogy now ..