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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.


“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.