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About Debora Godfrey
Debora Godfrey has had stories published in More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance, Alternative Theologies, and Alternative Truths III: Endgame. She is also co-editor for Alternative Apocalypse. She’s working on a middle grade fantasy series, as well as a crime novel based in space. Debora lives in a modern commune(cohousing, for those who might know of it) on Bainbridge Island, WA, with a dog, a husband (part time), and a variable number of lawyers.
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And while this book explores theology and beliefs, it is written to be kind as well as thoughtful, and at times funny. It will give you belly laughs, but it will also give understanding of the notion of believing. It will remind you that no matter what you believe, we make this journey together.
There are poems by some wonderful modern thinkers including Gwyndyn T. Alexander and Jane Yolen, that will explore the nature of our world.
Essays by David Brin and David Gerrold that explore the nature of why we believe what we do.
And then there are the stories. Funny stories, like First, that explains how Hell got started. Serious stories of redemption, as seen in Izzy Tells no Lies. Stories that explore familiar themes of the trials of Job, as seen by those around him. Questions are raised if we would even recognize a returning messiah after 2000 years of interpretations of the beliefs.
And most important, they are well written with craft and skill that you have come to expect from B Cubed authors.
With aliens or angels? Or a ground hog?
Bleak despair? Martial fervor? Or a belly laugh?
Whatever the Apocalypse. It will be borne by people and their families and their dogs and most of all, it will challange their notions of themselves.
The best selling “Alternative” series continues with the unique look at the Apocalypse, brought to you in the sometimes serious, sometimes funny, but always quality you’ve come to expect from B Cubed Press.
This book contains stories from writers in seven countries.
They range from the wildly popular blogger Jim Wright. In this book Jim publishes his first short fiction, The Deserter. A war that brings the hosts of heaven to earth as you’ve never imagined them before.
But wait, there is more. Mike Resnick, one of the most widely read science fiction masters of the 20th and 21st century brings his vision of the final play in an alien invasion, as he brings you to know the The Dog.
From Greece, we have Christine Lucas, a retired Airforce Officer, from Nigeria, Ugonna-Ora Owoh, recipient of a 2018 Young Romantics/Keats Shelley prize, a 2019 Erbacce Prize and winner of the 2019 Stephen A Dibiase International poetry prize.
The writers have multiple and varied backgrounds, Henry Gasko, author of Living in the Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword, was born in a displaced persons camp in Yugoslavia after World War Two, raised on a vegetable farm in Canada, and is now living in Australia (international law prohibits publishing an Apocalypse Anthology without at least one Australian).
The list also includes writers from New Zealand, the UK, Canada, USA, Texas to name a few. A book worth buying.
This exploration defines this anthology. So many of the stories ask what has America become? What will it be in the future? Will it devolve into a Russian style oligarchy, or will we rise to the challenge and use our hearts, our minds and our votes to return to a rational democracy, of, by, and for the people. No one knows for sure. But these top-tier talented authors from around the world, from Philip Brian Hall to Bruno Lombardi to Jane Yolen give us their visions.
You will find the witticisms of Jim Wright exploring Donald Trump as Moses after presentation of the Ten Commandments. The mental genius of Edd Vick and Manny Frishberg as they give us Trump, tweeting his way across the solar system. There is much to laugh about.
There are serious visions as well. Brad Cozzens’s brilliant poem “America Once Beautiful” reaches poignantly from today’s reality into some salvageable vision of tomorrow that borrows from yesterday’s values. The poets in this volume, be they Brad, Jane Yolen, Gwyndyn T. Alexander or C.A. Chesse, bring new meanings to words and leave you thoughtful.
If you want a fun romp, jump to “Wishcraft.com,” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, as she explores how important it is that political hacks not annoy witches. Or, if you prefer, K.G. Anderson’s, “The Right Man for the Job,” in which a post-corporeal LBJ rides to the rescue.
There is something for everyone. Coping. How do we cope? This painful question is explored by three of our best and brightest. Jill Zeller, a woman who won’t write of Elves, has given us “A Woman Walks Into a Bar,” an affirmation of our own choices. Coping is also explored brilliantly by Karin L. Frank and Kerri Leigh Grady in their stories “HMO” and “Final Delivery.”
There are so many more great stories in this collection, I can truly recommend them all. If, however, you can only read one, then read “Small Courages,” and let it touch you, maybe bring tears of hope, as you see our world through the eyes of a child and find that we can survive. We will survive.