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Atheists enjoy speculative stories as they *should* be enjoyed: for entertainment purposes only, not to be confused with reality. Members here can have fun discussiung the literature, movies, TV, etc.

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Welcome science fiction & fantasy fans!

As a science fiction/fantasy writer myself, I enjoy taking voyages into the unknown. Looking at the universe as it isn't often helps us put the real world into perspective. It's also fun to take an occasional vacation from the often-harsh reality around us. Unlike the theists, the religionists, the god-groupies who feel compelled to live in fantasy realms, we visit them and then come back home--and then go voyaging again.

I hope you'll all feel free to congregate here and compare your experiences in other worlds and times.

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Comment by Dejah Thoris on July 9, 2010 at 12:25pm
We like Eureka at my house but we cut back on sattelite and don't get the SyFy channel anymore. :(
Comment by Stephen Goldin on July 9, 2010 at 11:55am
Tonight there's new Eureka (yay!) and Haven (we'll see.) Get your popcorn ready.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on July 5, 2010 at 8:45pm
I love Eureka it's whacky and funny.
I've only seen Torchwood a couple of times and I wish we could get the series in the US. Warehouse 13 has similar characteristics to Eureka - a bit whacky and funny but a shade darker.
I'm curious about the new series coming up on SyFy (yeck) called Haven it looks like it could be good.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on June 22, 2010 at 10:18pm
Have you discovered Eureka yet? Lots of fun.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on June 13, 2010 at 6:27pm
My wife and I are being interviewed Tuesday, June 15 on an Internet broadcast beginning at 5 pm Mountain Time by DJ/interviewer Mason Ramsey, who's a BIG fan of my book The Eternity Brigade. The topics will be science fiction and rock'n'roll/blues. If you miss any part of the interview, it's being repeated immediately after its first airing. I hope you'll listen in and enjoy!

Date: Tuesday, June 15
Time: 5 pm Mountain Time
Where: Rock and Roll Heaven
(which is certainly better than any religious heaven!)
Comment by Stephen Goldin on June 11, 2010 at 3:51pm
For those who enjoy space opera adventure, I'd just like to mention that Tsar Wars and Treacherous Moon, the first 2 books of my "Agents of ISIS" series, are now available in paperback format. (All 10 titles are available as ebooks; the paper versions are taking longer.)

If you buy through my Parsina Press website, you can get a coupon code worth $2.00 off the list price of each title. Happy reading!
Comment by Aaron Sikes on May 21, 2010 at 9:58am
Anybody planning to be at BayCon next weekend?
Comment by Stephen Goldin on May 13, 2010 at 8:29pm
My Arabian Nights-style fantasy adventure Parsina Saga is now complete. As recounted here, the series has had a complicated publication history--but now, for the first time, all 4 volumes are available at once in a uniform paperback edition.

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the saga occurs in a world of djinni in bottles, flying carpets and other exotic elements that I always found fascinating, yet which many contemporary fantasy books have completely ignored. The plot concerns a humble storyteller who, through bizarre circumstance, must pretend to be a mighty wizard and journey across the world to prevent the ultimate triumph of evil and, even more important to him, save his daughter from a tragic fate. Along the way he encounters a city of apes, an army of corpses, evil magicians, the Isle of Illusions, an underwater kingdom, a dragon demon, and other adventures that are too much fun to list here. I had fun writing the books, and I hope you;ll have at least as much fun reading them.

The 4 books are:

1. Shrine of the Desert mage
2. The Storyteller and the Jann
3. Crystals of Air and Water
4. Treachery of the Demon King

If you buy the paperback editions through my Parsina Press web site, you can get coupon codes worth $2.00 off the list price on each title. The books are also available in electronic format from E-Reads.

Since works of fantasy, by their very nature, require supernatural elements, there is a religious system involved in this universe. I based it on Zoroastrianism and, as religious systems go, it's relatively benign. As a matter of fact, while I was researching Zoroastrianism, I found a precept written explicitly in one of their holy books: As much as you possibly can, do not bore your fellow man. As religious precepts go, I find that one of the most interesting.
Comment by Mrina on March 11, 2010 at 5:13pm
Thanks Stephen! Downloaded it- I will give it a read :)
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 11, 2010 at 12:31pm
For the remainder of Read An Ebook Week (through 3/13), my short story But As A Soldier, For His Country is available for free download from Smashwords. It's about a soldier who's resurrected repeatedly to fight in war after war forever into the distant future, and it's the basis for my classic sf novel The Eternity Brigade (see below),

After RAEW is over, the story reverts to its normal price of $1.99, so grab it while it's hot!

 

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