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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gay-Themed SciFi Book

On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone’s speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.

The brilliant scientist Taldra loves her twin gay sons and thinks of them as the hope for Valchondria’s future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, and the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?

Visit the Goodreads Degranon page to discuss diversity-themed scifi.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

SciFi Preview Continues at Goodreads

After a romantic moment between Telius and his boyfriend, we learn the shocking truth of how the Maintainers keep down health-care costs. Sons of Taldra, Chapter 3.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jupiter Ascending -- Trailer -- Official Warner Bros.

A new scifi epic from the Wachowskis, with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The effects look great!

Gay DVD Review: Tell No One (Come non detto).

In this Italian comedy, a gay man can’t manage to come out to his family. His boyfriend plans to visit them and share his plans for marriage. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

DVD Review: Gay Short Film Collection Green Briefs.

This DVD features five award-winning short films about gay males and their families. The tone and subject matter vary within that concept. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Working on Sons of Taldra Chapter 4

Long-range sensors detect something moving toward the human home world. Taldra fears an old enemy will return. This chapter contains more humor than most of the other ones, but it also starts the build toward the invasion.

SciFi Gay Science Fiction Satire Gay Marriage

Monday, November 11, 2013

Triple Crossed Gay DVD Review.

A gay man falls for his potential assassin in Sean Paul Lockhart’s directorial debut. A script by Linda Andersson offers constant surprises. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Watch the dance music video From Chad Siwik.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dream On Gay DVD Review.

An overbearing mother brings her teenaged son to a Welsh campsite, where he falls for a free-spirited Londoner. An initially light-hearted story takes dark turns in Lloyd Eyre-Morgan’s film adaption of his play. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Monster Pies Gay DVD Review.

This Australian import from writer/director/producer Lee Galea reveals the fear and confusion of gay first love in an unsupportive environment. Tristan Barr and Lucas Linehan give a tender and realistic performance as the young couple. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

News from Gay SciFi Site doorQ about the Upcoming Thriller THE DARK PLACE

Shoreline Entertainment Acquires World Rights to THE DARK PLACE.

"The film focuses on Keegan Dark, a troubled young man cursed with the uncanny ability to remember his life in videographic detail. He returns to his family’s wine estate, boyfriend in tow, to make amends with his estranged mother, only to discover a conspiracy that frames him for murder and threatens his family’s lives and livelihood."

Read more at doorQ.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

New Movie With Oscar Buzz

Dallas Buyers Club tells the true story of a Texan who refused to let HIV stop him from living a meaningful life. He found a way to help people with HIV/AIDS receive unapproved treatment. Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner star.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Video Science Fiction Has Received Over 2000 views at YouTube!

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. Winner of a StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.

"Revenge," by Plain White T's, used by permission.

Video Text:

For centuries, the Maintainers gained power and reinforced bigotry with their constitutional amendments and their superior strength.

Our parents thanked the Supreme Science Council for giving us the virus that protects us from illness, even though it also took away most people’s ability to see in color or hear certain musical tones, and even though it might pose even greater threats.

Meeting in secret, the man we know as “Leader” gave his allegiance to violent religious fanatics from the planet Degranon.

We stared into our wallscreens while we lost our freedom.

In teaching us not to question or think for ourselves, our government made us easy targets for the Degran invasion.

Now, the battle for freedom begins.

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“This is an incredible book about the human condition and how one person striving for the good can, in the end, be a source of change.” –Rainbow Reviews.

“A must read.” –Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society.

“A fascinating scifi excursion.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of CinĂ¡tis.

“Rent” – Review by Lauren Estlinbaum

Lubbock, Texas: As expected, I loved the local production of Rent. I also came across a review that captures it well.

I would recommend this production to anyone.--Lauren Estlinbaum

Read her review at The HUB @ TTU.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gay Marriage Proposal in SciFi Adventure

Jase-Dawn cocked his head.

Telius quickly added, “Still listening.”

“He needed to take his mind off the seizures. Remember those machines at Argen’s party, the tonal androids that light up and play songs for children?”

“I loved those!” Telius tapped his boyfriend’s right knee. “Whatever happened to them?”

“The SSC just donated them to our schools. We’re adding music programs back to the curricula!”

“That’s great! I can’t believe they were ever cut.”

“We can thank your mother and the SSC for getting them restored. But can we talk about something else?”

“Like what?”

“Like us.” Jase pointed at Telius and himself. “Over the past year, I’ve thought constantly about the day I’ll gain Valchondrian citizenship, and no longer be considered a Degran spy. Now that day is almost here.”

“Yes. You wrote it on the holo-calendar…with sparkle font.” Telius winked, his nose still trying to pull him to the kitchen. But he wondered if Jase-Dawn was about to ask a question that involved one of the benefits of finally becoming Valchondrian.

“Telius, will you become married with me?”

“I knew it!” Telius exclaimed, wide eyed.

Jase-Dawn scrunched his nose. “That was actually a yes or no question.”

“And you already knew the answer! Of course I’ll become married with you! How many people find the perfect spouse, the person they always want to be with?”

Jase-Dawn’s fists clenched in glee as Telius leaned over to kiss him.

Excerpt from Sons of Taldra, Chapter 3.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Full Performance of "Seasons of Love" from "The Quarterback" | GLEE .

"Past and present glee club members perform 'Seasons of Love' from the RENT soundtrack."

A local production of Rent just started here in Lubbock. I love the movie and the DVD recording of the play's final Broadway performance, but I've never seen Rent live. Coincidentally, the most popular song from it appeared on Glee this week, in the episode that pays tribute to Cory Monteith.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gay-themed science fiction. First chapter free at Goodreads.

Even an alien invasion can’t stop Telius from marrying the man he loves.

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 1

Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University’s Department of Theatre & Dance presents RENT

"October 10th through 13th and 17th through 20th on the Maedgen Mainstage, located at 2812 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues. Curtain times for the 2013-2014 Mainstage Theatre season are 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

"A pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson and directed by Dr. Linda Donahue, RENT is loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme and follows a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side under the shadow of the HIV/AIDS crisis."

Read more from TTU.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Gay Movie Review: Tumbledown.

Director Todd Verow’s latest film involves a dangerous love triangle on a quiet mountain. Differing perspectives offer viewers a sometimes disturbing experience. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Featured Website: Indie Mirror.

Indie Mirror describes itself as “a news and entertainment site dedicated to the success of independent artists, authors, film directors, musicians, and creative-types from all around the world.” The interactive site features news, reviews, interviews, promotion advice, and much more, with links to related posts.

Indie Mirror’s Listing of Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.

Click the tags just below this post for more resources.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Featured Book: City of the Mirage

A book by Jerome Brooke.

Astarte is one of the last of a dying race. Eons ago her people sailed to the stars and seeded many worlds with life. One of these worlds was that of the Warrior.

The City of the Mirage is ruled by the Divine Astarte. She has called the man who comes to be called the Conqueror to her service. Astarte was born on our own world.

Astarte rules a vast empire of the multiverse. Her race seeded many worlds with life over the eons. The Conqueror leads her legions to victory in a war against forces led by her brother.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

New coverage for Texas Tales of Comedy and Drama.

Meet scared newlyweds, scheming neighbors, and a supposedly ex-gay mayor.

Andi’s Book Reviews

ViRT News

Read past reviews at Kirkus, Amazon.Com, GoodReads, bn.com (2nd edition), and bn.com (1st edition).

Saturday, September 07, 2013

It's time for science fiction to face up to discrimination.

From The Guardian:
"Science fiction loves a good paradox. Here's one for you: how can a genre that dreams up alien cultures and mythic races in such minute detail seemingly ignore the ethnic, religious, gender and sexual diversity right here on the home planet, here in the real world?"
Read more: http://gu.com/p/3thdm/tw via @guardian. #Diversity #Scifi #Degranon #Race #Women #StrongWomen #PeopleOfColor #GayScienceFiction #Characters

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Writer/director Rob Williams Making Gay Murder Mystery

Guest House Films, led by writer/director/producer Rob Williams and producer Rodney Johnson, will soon begin production of a gay murder mystery in Tampa, Florida. Out to Kill will involve gay men in a loft complex. They find a detective to help solve a murder there. Williams has planned a surprise ending, as well as photography that takes advantage of the tropical setting.

Guest House wants to enlist the financial assistance of viewers in making the film. Rewards include a mention in the credits, a DVD, a chance to pitch a screenplay, product placement, and much more, depending on the amount invested. Visit http://igg.me/at/outtokill/x/4500798 to learn more.

Many filmmakers have turned to Indiegogo and similar sites to connect with their viewers and make low-budget films possible. For example, J.T. Tepnapa used Kickstarter to help fund Judas Kiss and the upcoming thriller The Dark Place. A search of the word “gay” at Indiegogo.Com or Kickstarter.Com reveals several intriguing projects.

Out to Kill will be the seventh film from Guest House. Besides collaborating on their own works, partners Williams and Johnson have also released the documentary The Doctor’s Wife and two short film collections. Click the following links to read my reviews of three movies they made.

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Monday, August 05, 2013

Sons of Taldra, the First Three Chapters

The people of Valchondria face danger from one of their protectors and from an alien race of shapeshifters.

This novel takes place in the present, in an alternate dimension. Valchondria (Earth) had advanced to space travel but then banned it and stopped advancing. Degranon was a Valchondrian colony, and part of the reason for the ban.

Sons of Taldra is a stand-alone sequel to my published novel Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. Watch for the first nine chapters to slowly appear online, leading up to the June 2014 release of the complete eBook.

Spoiler alert! The chapters after Chapter 1 reveal plot details from Degranon.

Most of the characters are people of color, and several of them are gay. However, I’m writing this novel for anyone who enjoys science fiction or fantasy. Native American storytelling inspired my depictions of the shapeshifters.

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 1 Draft

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 2 Draft

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 3 Draft

Keywords: gay scifi, sci-fi, science fiction, adventure, gay marriage, Degranon, Duane Simolke, Native American, First Nation, African American, black, Arabic, Indian, Hispanic, people of color, strong women, female leaders, space travel, health care, shapeshifters, aliens, teen heroes, new adult, diversity, social issues, alternate reality

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SistersTalk Radio Covers Common Law Marriage, Gay Marriage, and Civil Unions

Only 9 US States Recognize Common Law Marriage from SisterTalk Radio, a lesbian online program that covers issues of interest to lesbians, gay, bisexuals, and the trans community. In this podcast, they discuss how banning gay marriage affects common law heterosexual marriages, and they break down gay marriage or civil union laws in different states.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mat Nastos

The Official Mat Nastos Website includes videos, featured books, comic book marketing advice, and much more from the prolific science fiction author and filmmaker. Indie Book Spotlight: Degranon.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Author Interview: SciFi/Fantasy Author Nadine Ducca

"Serving Time is a sci-fantasy chase across the solar system as Tristan and Eneld Cross attempt to escape from the supercompany StarCorp and start an anonymous life on Earth. During their voyage, they’ll discover that someone—or something—else is after them, and there are much larger threats out there than StarCorp."
http://blog.orangeberrypromo.com/2013/07/author-interview-nadine-ducca/

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bringing Attention to Your Book

Florence Osmund offers a helpful guide to Promoting and Marketing Your Book, including tips, resources, marketing products, and Web sites.
Unless you’re a celebrity, famous author or just an exceptional writer who caught some lucky breaks, you will have to spend more time than you had originally planned marketing your books.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Newly Revised SciFi Chapter

Preview Sons of Taldra, Chapter 1 Draft at Goodreads. Taldra and her twin sons must face new dangers to their world, both from one of its protectors and from outer space. I’ve just revised the chapter again, adding more tension at the beginning. I also renamed the aliens with a nod to the Native American folklore that inspired their creation. I shortened the Navajo shapeshifter name from Yee Naaldlooshii to Naadloosh. In earlier drafts, my changelings were called the Uubsoon, then the Uubsoov.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Featured eBook: Selected Poems.

“Thoughtful and moving poetry.” –Leona L Lee, author of Taxing Tallula. Read the review.

This short eBook includes the gay love poem “Home,” the strange story of “The Gardener,” and the comical “Angels and Razors,” as well as thirty other poems. These works also appear in my longer anthology Holding Me Together: Essays and Poems.

During July 2013, Smashwords offers Selected Poems for free, using the coupon code SSW50. Visit my Smashwords Author Page for details about my other books there. The coupon code also gives a 50% discount on my books Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure and The Acorn Stories during the promotion.

Complete list of poems in this book: Chasing Seagulls, Home, Album, Children in the Streets, The Gardener, Friday Afternoon Spectrum, Reception, second year, Angels and Razors, Separated, Faces, Songs In Sign Language, Forgotten, Higher Education, Family, Ex-Gay? Part I: Cocoon, Ex-Gay? Part II: The Ex-Me Movement, Ex-Gay? Part III: Who Does God Hate?, The Escape Artist, Daughter, The Same Lips, Pharisee, Anne Bradstreet, Bareback, Cycle, Cross, Two Rapes, Rainbow, Elephant on an Opera Stage, Detour, Editing, Process, Haiku.

Keywords: Gay pride, Gay romance, Gay men, Gay poem, Gay poems, Gay poetry, Gay poets, writers, Gay marriage, War, Social issues, Bible, Religion, Love poems, Story poems, Humor, Satire, Homophobia, Exgay, Ex-gay, Friendship, Diversity, Poetry, American poets, Lubbock poets, Texas poets.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The OUT List, Gay Life, Upcoming Book

HBO Documentary.

Synopsis from HBO: “Alternately humorous and poignant, The OUT List features a diverse cross-section of accomplished leaders from entertainment, business, sports and public service sharing intimate stories on childhood, understanding gender and sexuality, building careers while out and reflecting on the challenges still facing the LGBT community. Against the backdrop of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage and financial equality, subjects recall joyous moments of acceptance and romance, along with painful instances of intolerance and discrimination, offering unique modern perspectives on being out in America.”

Book News.

In Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color, but the Maintainers control our words and weight. Watch here for more details about Sons of Taldra, the upcoming sequel to Degranon. It involves the Maintainers, an alien invasion, and a big gay wedding. I finished a draft quite a while back, but continue to add or expand scenes. Sons of Taldra draws inspiration from current events and Native American folklore, while revisiting some of the surviving characters from the first book.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book Talk

In Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, we stopped racism and homophobia, but face government surveillance of our weight and words. scifi 1984 free speech

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Featured Author: Tista Ray.

Melancholic Delight Melancholic Delight.

Book Description:

‘There’s no love like the first love. There’s no feeling like the desperation to attain true love. Love or lust matters not when two eyes meet, uniting the souls at once’

It’s this love which frees Sri from the reign of darkness and makes her heart rise to lofty heights of anticipated passion with no one to pull her back to reality. It’s Jishu, who appears as the first ray of hope in her overshadowed life and showers her with the ultimate sense of freedom, which she has been craving for. He fills her life with the long awaited perfection. To a flawed person he appears as the flawless. He becomes one among her most perfect acquaintances, but is he really as unblemished as he appears to be. If so, can a flawed person risk a life with the flawless? Do opposites really attract each other or it deviate them from their normal avenues of life?

It’s a deeply compelling love affair which takes the readers back to their childhood memories and brings back to them the essence of true love.

The changing relations of a man’s life add force to the much ordinary teenage passion. The book is not just about love. It’s about a journey called life which either ends in melancholy or in delight.

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The Official Website of Tista Ray includes book reviews, author interviews, a blog, and many more features for readers and writers.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Watch the Skies SciFi Short

Watch the Skies from Ben Davis on Vimeo.

"The short was produced to tease a feature length screenplay covering more about the Halo, Energia, and Clayton's investigation into the disappearance of John Brownlee." With Adam Hagenbuch (Perks of Being A Wallflower) and Jake Abell.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Pacific Rim - Official Main Trailer [HD]

As if there weren't enough big summer 2013 movies, this new science fiction thriller from director Guillermo del Toro looks like a lot of fun. http://www.pacificrimmovie.com

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Music Review: Sir Ari Gold

Gay singer Sir Ari looks back at his inspiring career of dance music. These remixes present an artist who can have fun and challenge judgmental attitudes at the same time.

Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gay DVD Review: Mixed Kebab

With an arranged marriage looming, Turkish bachelor Bram falls in love with handsome blond Kevin. This imported film involves clashing cultures and changing lives.

Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

More of my gay movie reviews.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Cool Casting News

The upcoming indie film Big Gay Love stars Jonathan Lisecki from Gayby and Nicholas Brendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Top 100 Marriage Equality Blogs

At Gay Dating Blog, Joseph Atkins blogs about LGBT relationships and dating, suggesting links to his readers. He recently added links for the Top 100 Marriage Equality Blogs, in no particular order.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Science Fiction Adventure

I've posted a new Chapter 1 Draft for Sons of Taldra. The people of Valchondria face danger from their protector and from an alien race of shapeshifters.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Dark Place

Blaise Embry (WEEDS) and Eddy Rioseco (PARENTHOOD) will join JUDAS KISS stars Timo Descamps and Sean Paul Lockhart for the thriller THE DARK PLACE. Read about the upcoming gay-themed film at TheDarkPlaceMovie.Com.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Reposted SciFi Adventure Book Review

From a review of Degranon: "It’s a very good story. That’s the most basic thing you should want to know if you’re thinking about reading a book. I have found that within the scarce realm of science fiction written by gay writers, a great deal are quite heavy-handed with the gay aspect at the expense of the story." Read more at I Must Be Dreaming.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Gay Movie Review: Bad Boy Street.

A gay Parisian takes in an American and finds an unexpected romance. Todd Verow wrote and directed this imported comedy. Read my review at ThisWeekInTexas.Com.

More of my gay movie reviews.

Gay Love Poem has received over 262,000 views at YouTube. That video features Home, from my book Holding Me Together.