The new anthology, SUMMER DREAMS, by a collection of 12 authors who are Facebook friends, is now available at Amazon's Kindle store for only 99 cents. All profits will be donated to children's literacy charities.
I want to make mention of a great series of science fiction novels by my friend Terry Schott. It's called "The Game Is Life" and involves virtual reality taken to the extreme. [Disclaimer: I was honored to serve as the editor for these books, but I do not recieve any financial benefit if you buy them.] Book 1 is entitled THE GAME. What if life as we know it was just a game?
What if, instead of traditional schools, children learned by participating in a virtual reality simulation, one that allowed them to experience "life" from birth to death -- multiple times? What if one player, on his final play, could change the world forever...? Book 2 is DIGITAL HERETIC. Millions on Earth are shaken by the events set in motion by Zack's final play...
Billions on Tygon watch breathlessly as the consequences of his actions ripple through both worlds.
Will his girlfriend, still inside the Game, step forward to lead the movement that he created?
Billions of lives are in jeopardy of being lost...based on the decisions made by children inside the Game. Book 3 is INTERLUDE - BRANDON. Don't skip this one... There are a lot of answers to questions asked in the first two books, and you'll be lost if you miss out on this one!
Brilliant computer programmer, businessman, and world leader.
Where did this mysterious man come from?
This volume details his history and rise to power.
Before there was the Game... there was a boy...
This takes the story of the Game even further by viewing how it all started!
A must read for all fans of the Game is Life Series. Book 4 is VIRTUAL PROPHET. Inside the Game, players struggle to survive in a world where technology no longer functions.
On Tygon, fans are unable to view what is occurring inside the Game.
Trew and Danielle rush to save both realities, but they are unable to know what the other is doing.
The fate of reality depends on a Game, and time is about to run out... There is also TIMELESS, an addendum to the series, not to be read until after you have read INTERLUDE - BRANDON: Rumours are whispered that powerful beings exist inside the Game.
Some of them are good and do their best to help the players from the shadows, while others are evil and cause pain and suffering throughout the simulated Game world.
Courtney learns that these beings, referred to collectively as Timeless, are very real.
I had tickets for the
very first Oklahoma Jam festival concert, to be held at the Oklahoma State
Fairgrounds speedway arena (which has since been torn down).
The roster of bands
featured (in alphabetical order) Alvin Lee and Ten Years After, Black Oak
(formerly Black Oak Arkansas), Climax Blues Band, Head East, Missouri,
Montrose, Rick Derringer, Stillwater, U.K., Van Halen and Wet Willie. There
were two full sized stages set up next to each other, so that while one band
was performing, the stagehands were able to set up for the next. Best of all,
tickets had only been a lousy ten bucks! That was less than $1 per band. The
same week, I had tickets to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and The Kinks
at two separate shows, and if memory serves, those had cost $8 each.
Needless to say, ticket
prices these days, nearly 40 years later, are something I find ridiculous. $75,
$90, $115 per ticket to see some of the same acts I once paid less than $10 to
see? ‘Fraid not.
At any rate, some of
the things I remember about this day are stuck in my mind quite clearly.
Jim Dandy Mangrum of
Black Oak, doing his best David Lee Roth… or was that the other way around?
Head East, who I only knew by their monster single “Never Been Any Reason,”
with its repeated chorus, “Save my life, I’m going down for the last time.”
Many years later, I would have the opportunity to see Christian rock giants
Petra in concert two different times; their lead singer at the time was John
Schlitt, who had been one of the two vocalists featured on “Never Been Any
Reason.” Diminutive guitarist Rick Derringer rocked the crowd with his hard
rock lead guitar playing. Progressive rock quartet U.K. made an impression on
me because I knew who each of the individual members were; Eddie Jobson,
formerly of Roxy Music, on keyboards and a fantastic electric violin; John
Wetton of King Crimson on bass and vocals, Soft Machine guitarist Allan Holdsworth,
and the amazing Bill Bruford (Yes and King Crimson) on drums. Finally the band
I’d waited most of the day for, Van Halen, took the stage. I was waiting
directly in front of the stage where I could get a good look at this skinny
guy, just a few years older than me, that was such an amazing guitar player. I
could see them all clearly: Eddie Van Halen grinning and playing his guitar
like no one I’d ever heard; Michael Anthony holding down the low end, Alex Van
Halen keeping the rhythm going behind the drum kit, and Diamond David Lee Roth screaming,
flirting, jumping in the air doing scissor kicks, and keeping the entire
audience in his back pocket.
I went home deaf in one
ear for a couple of days (Eh? What’d you say?) because I was standing directly
in front of the stage right PA mains of stage #1, but it was well worth it.
And yes, I did make it
to those other two shows: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and The Kinks, both
at the Civic Center Auditorium in downtown Oklahoma City. It was kind of cool,
because I got to hear Van Halen do “You Really Got Me,” and then just a few
days later, I got to hear the guys who wrote the song do it, along with “Lola”
and “Sleepwalker.” All in all, an excellent week.