Sunday, February 25, 2024

New Updates on SciFi Sons of Taldra

We thought the aliens wouldn’t find us. We thought we could trust the Maintainers. We were wrong.

“A major voice not only in American literature but also in the LGBTQ genre. Highly recommended.” –Author Grady Harp

“A gripping science fiction novel.” –Scribble’s Worth

“Truly unique and amazing!” —Author Shay Mills

“Refreshingly different, and at its beating heart is some much needed diversity that slots in effortlessly and with purpose.” –Sebastian J. Brook. Read the review at Doctor Who Online.

“Overall, this book was a quick fun read for anyone who enjoys sci-fi and adventure books. The plot was compelling and the characters were engaging.” –Fiction Flock

“An explosive book that will mean different things to each reader. The familial love and romantic love that shine make it even a deeper read.” —N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

“I recommend this book to science fiction readers and those who like complex storylines.” —Review Tales

New! Sons of Taldra Free with Kobo Plus

New! YouTube & TikTok Space Twins

New! Space Twins Artwork by Kurokoneko Kamen

A New Way to Read Some of My Books.

Kobo Plus users can now read Taldra and some of my other eBooks at no extra charge.

Monday, February 05, 2024

The Latent Image Quick Movie Review

I saw Alexander Birrell's gay thriller The Latent Image on Tubi. It’s a creepy intersection of danger, desire, love, fear, and creativity. Maybe someone with such an active imagination shouldn’t isolate himself in the woods while writing scary stories, but we get an unpredictable film with a lot of meta touches.

Saturday, February 03, 2024

YouTube & TikTok Space Twins

@duanesimolke Argen (short hair) and Telius (long hair) in #Marvel or #Manga style character artwork by @kurokonekokamen based on #SciFi #sonsoftaldra#sff#SciFiArt ♬ original sound - BookTok and SciFi Geek 🌈

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Argen (short hair) and Telius (long hair) in #Marvel or #Manga style character artwork by @kurokonekokamen based on #SciFi #sonsoftaldra. #sff #SciFiArt

Space Twins Artwork

Argen (short hair) and Telius (long hair) in #Marvel or #Manga style character artwork by Kurokoneko Kamen, based on #SciFi #SonsOfTaldra. #SciFiArt

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Movie review: A Wonderful Life.

Writer/director Jeff London returns with a friends-to-lovers story involving two middle-aged men. Written with James Handshoe, A Wonderful Life is a holiday movie that spans Halloween through Christmas.

Bailey (David E. McMahon) spends much of his time caring for his mother (Elaine Ballace), who suffers from chronic pain. Losses and changes disrupt Bailey’s life, but a reunion with boyhood friend Greyson (Ben Stobber) complicates that life for the better. Greyson and Bailey share a love for old movies, especially old horror movies, but they obviously have much more in common. Their love story emerges among a great deal of tragedy, but A Wonderful Life avoids a dismal tone by also focusing on humor and supportive friends or family members.

I’ve been enjoying Jeff London’s movies for years. They all focus on gay characters in small-town settings. To mention two of my past favorites, And Then Came to Summer explores the damage caused by conversion therapy, while Regarding Billy celebrates the joy and challenges of having a family member with special needs. Like those films, this one deals with serious topics but maintains an optimistic tone. A Wonderful Life is an emotional addition to Jeff London’s catalog of low-budget, feel-good films.

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Saturday, November 11, 2023

Calling for a Blanket Dance Book Review

Calling for a Blanket DanceCalling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Oscar Hokeah weaves together cultures and narratives to form a rich, life-affirming story that celebrates tradition while acknowledging past and present struggles. The distinct voices might initially distance some readers but soon make the reading experience even more immersive and memorable.

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Sunday, November 05, 2023

Fanbase Weekly: Looking Back at The Return of the King

J. R. R. Tolkien fans can now listen to the Fanbase Weekly Feature 20th anniversary look at Peter Jackson’s film version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Cast members: Jay Sherer (writer – Death of a Bounty Hunter, Timeslingers, co-host of The Story Geeks podcast), Erik Amaya (Editor-in-Chief of, co-host of the Tread Perilously podcast), Paul Pakler (co-host – Paul and Corey Cross the Streams, Quality Time with Family Ties), and Bryant Dillon (Fanbase Press President, The Fanbase Weekly co-host, writer – Something Animal, Identity Thief).

Son of Taldra: A Science Adventure is the November sponsor for the Fanbase Weekly podcast. Sons of Taldra involves a struggle between an alternate Earth and alien shapeshifters.

Monday, September 04, 2023

Featured Website: Author Stuart Miller

Visit Stuart Miller’s Website to read about how experiences of rejection, bullying, education, friendship, and more lead to the book Stopping a Dangerous Revolution: Providing insight into some of the biggest cultural and social challenges with solutions.

Stuart recently added a page of “Recognizing Author Supporters,” to bring more attention to other indie writers. I’m grateful for the inclusion there and that so many indie creatives amplify each other’s voices.

Please follow Stuart at YouTube and Twitter/X.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

“There are most definitely flavours of Star Trek: Discovery....”

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“The site is on fire!” His voice cut out. “… swarms of them, dipping in and out of the atmosphere and killing us with some kind of ray.”

From Sons of Taldra: A Science Fiction Adventure

Duane Simolke

“There are most definitely flavours of Star Trek: Discovery, which is particularly interesting as the book was published in 2016 - a full year before the first series of the aforementioned show. Just like Discovery, there is a broad spectrum of diverse characters - each with purpose and prominence, and despite being a short read, everyone fits in perfectly without any overcrowding.” –Doctor Who Online