‘Mortal Gods: Ignition’: Further Reading

Mortal Gods: Ignition is an eBook collecting three short stories and while they aren’t based on any real-life events or meant to be lessons, many things have happened over the years that partially led me to decide that I should write my own stories and become part of the culture instead of simply observing it. And I included references to some of those things in the “Further Reading” section of the eBook.

Mortal Gods: Ignition consists of the short stories, “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood,” “The First Transgender Superhuman,” and “Warrior.” You can read a free excerpt of “The First Transgender Superhuman” at Liberty Island. You can read a summary of all three stories at this post here on Liberate Liberty. The eBook is available for purchase at Amazon.

I put a “Further Reading” section at the end of Mortal Gods: Ignition as a way to provide a sample of some of the news I’ve read over the years regarding culture—what is happening in the U.S. and world, along with some references to stories or articles that discuss what culture used to be in Western Civilization. All the references in the “Further Reading” section somehow relate to the plot, themes, or motifs in one or more of the stories in the book.

For instance, one of the references listed under the “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood” subsection of the “Further Reading” section is, “White Guilt and the America Way of War – Why does America insist on fighting with kid gloves?”. Shelby Steele wrote the article for Hoover Digest in 2006, and it deals with warfare and how the U.S. views it, which is also one of the motifs of “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood.”

Another reference (this one under “The First Transgender Superhuman” subsection of “Further Reading”) is a page from comic book writer Steve Englehart’s website. Once you read “The First Transgender Superhuman” you’ll understand why I included a reference to it.

And there are many more references in the “Further Reading” section. They aren’t the main attraction but if you’re like I am, I enjoy going to suggested readings listed in the backs of favorite books to expand my perspective on what I just read.

So buy Mortal Gods: Ignition today and enjoy the three stories in it. And enjoy the “Further Reading” section as well.

Superhumans: Coming to a Military Force Near You

Superhumans might seem like pure fantasy but they are not. The armed forces of the world are actively working on creating them.

Media have focused attention on how the U.S. Department of Defense is attempting to create a so-called Iron Man suit. But there is more going on than just this. There are already talks about military forces (not necessarily American ones) manipulating DNA and genetic structures to create enhanced humans or superhumans. I wrote about this in the summer of last year.

So what’s the latest that is happening with research and development of superhuman technologies and capabilities? I contacted someone who is interested in future trends and asked him for his thoughts on it.

Zoltan Istvan is a transhumanist and the author of philosophical novel, The Transhumanist Wager. He also is a candidate in the 2016 U.S. Presidential race. Mr. Istvan believes in using radical science and technology to improve the human being and the human experience; he advocates for becoming a machine eventually. Mr. Istvan writes transhumanist themed columns for Vice and the Huffington Post, and also contributes to Gizmodo, Tech Crunch, and other publications. . . .

Read the rest at BarbWire.com.

Marvel Comics vs. ‘Mortal Gods: Ignition’: The Importance of Culture

“Mortal Gods: Ignition” Cover - No Text. Artwork by José Cano and copyright © by Paul Hair. All rights reserved.

“Mortal Gods: Ignition” Cover – No Text. Artwork by José Cano. Design by Paul Hair. © by Paul Hair. All rights reserved.

Marvel Comics continues moving leftward with a recent Captain America comic book serving as the latest reminder of this. And as media critics note how this is culturally significant it is a perfect time for me to continue promoting Mortal Gods: Ignition, a book unlike anything Marvel, or anyone else, produces.

Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit published a guest post by “Aleister.” Aleister’s post included an excerpt of a blog post by John Trent at the Farrell File on one of the latest Captain America comic books.

The attacks began in the very first issue, when Spencer brings back one of Marvel’s oldest villains, the Sons of the Serpent. Previously, the Sons of the Serpent were “a racist group created by General Chen in an attempt to divide America, performing hate-crimes against foreigners around the country.” However, Spencer, Acuna, and Renaud have turned the group into one that supports free-market principles and opposes illegal immigration. Their stance on illegal immigration was covered extensively when the first issue debuted. However, in the most recent issue, Spencer decided to up the ante even more, characterizing Viper as a free-marketeer and one who believes in American exceptionalism:

You can read the rest at the Farrell File, noting all the points and counterpoints about what Marvel and its writers really are doing with Captain America, the Sons of the Serpent, and its other characters. You can also read what Dave Huber at the Colossus of Rhodey and Douglas Ernst have previously written on this same topic.

‘Warrior’ and Winning in War

Adam White as he appears in the story, "Warrior," part of "Mortal Gods: Ignition".

Adam White as he appears in the story, “Warrior,” part of “Mortal Gods: Ignition”.

“Warrior” is the third story in Mortal Gods: Ignition and it tells the tale of a man brutally fighting an enemy because he knows the only way to win in war is to destroy the enemy with extreme prejudice.

Foreign nations continue humiliating the U.S. with propaganda videos. The U.S. continues losing every war it engages in with stone-age people. And the U.S. and Western world are now witnessing the destructions of their own peoples by hordes of illegal aliens and so-called refugees. We do not seem to understand war any longer.

Adam White is the protagonist of “Warrior” and the story follows him as he sides with a group of nationals as they fight to take back their nation from an enemy force (the Maghrebis) that has invaded and slaughtered all but a remnant of them. And when Adam and that remnant fight back, they truly fight back with no mercy and a goal of nothing less than completely destroying their enemy through any means necessary. They know how to win in war.

Warring against evil requires identifying the enemy as evil and then being dedicated to making it extinct. And when the war is a physical war, this means being ruthlessly violent. David, the Man after God’s Own Heart, provides an example of this.

Another example of a warrior (this one fictional) who understood that winning in a physical war requires brutality and a willingness to wipe out your enemy is the hero of Shakespeare’s Henry V. G. Tracy Mehan, III writing at the American Spectator describes him thus.

I understand that some productions of this play, out of sensitivity to British sensibilities and patriotism, delete some of Harry’s more bloodthirsty lines in which he threatens the inhabitants of a besieged French town with plunder, rape (literally), infanticide (literally), and general mayhem. He also orders reprisals, i.e., killing of unarmed prisoners, after his army’s baggage train is overrun and his men slaughtered in violation of the rules of war at the time. Harry is the picture of manliness and charm, but today he might be charged as a war criminal. Please don’t send me any e-mails on this.

In short, when you fight an evil enemy who brutally assails you and is trying to wipe you out there is only one thing you can do to stop him: fight back even more brutally.

“Warrior” provides some insight into the character of Adam White, and while that insight might shock the modern reader it also might prompt him to reexamine how the modern Western world views warfare and engages in it.

‘Mortal Gods: Ignition’ Hero Doesn’t Take Climate Change into Consideration when Conducting Operations

Adam White as he appears in the story, "Warrior," part of "Mortal Gods: Ignition".

Adam White as he appears in the story, “Warrior,” part of “Mortal Gods: Ignition”.

Adam White is the protagonist of two of the three short stories in Mortal Gods: Ignition. And unlike the U.S. armed forces, he does not take “climate change” into consideration when conducting operations.

The Washington Free Beacon reported on Jan. 19 (based on an apparently authentic document at the Federation of American Scientists website) that the Department of Defense has ordered the armed forces to take so-called climate change into consideration when planning and executing operations.

The directive is to be obeyed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, all the military branches, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and most all other entities operating under the Pentagon umbrella.

“The DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military,” according to the 12-page directive.

“Mission planning and execution” must now include an assessment of the “effects of climate change on the DoD mission.”

And while everyone seems to be onboard with this in the real world, Adam White (and a handful of others like him) couldn’t care less about it in the universe of Mortal Gods. Adam conducts operations and otherwise acts without giving a moment of thought to “climate change” or what impact he might have on the environment.

Read about Adam and his exploits in Mortal Gods: Ignition. The second story (“The First Transgender Superhuman”) follows him as he witnesses the President of the United States side with illegal alien invaders as they conquer the nation. (Read a free excerpt of it at Liberty Island.) And the third story (“Warrior”) sees him in a war with the remnants of a nation as they try to take back their country from fanatical enemies.

You’ll find nary a hint of Adam or anyone else worrying about climate change or the environment.

‘Mortal Gods: Ignition’ Featured on the Colossus of Rhodey

Screenshot of 'Mortal Gods: Ignition' featured in the 'What We're Reading' section of the Colossus of Rhodey.

Screenshot of ‘Mortal Gods: Ignition’ featured in the ‘What We’re Reading’ section of the Colossus of Rhodey.

Mortal Gods: Ignition is now featured on the Colossus of Rhodey, the long-time comic book and pop culture blog.

Dave Huber runs the Colossus of Rhodey and currently has Mortal Gods: Ignition featured on the right-hand column under the “What We’re Reading” section.

Purchase Mortal Gods: Ignition and read the Further Reading section; you’ll see how much I’ve read the Colossus of Rhodey over the years. It is a great website and was one of the early-ish blogs. I haven’t read comic books in years but I keep up-to-date with what was going on in the industry through the Colossus of Rhodey—a truly valuable resource although likely under-appreciated. Dave also is highly accessible; one of the all-too-few guys who has time to respond and interact with you when you contact him, so I appreciate that too.

In addition to running CoR, Dave is Assistant Editor of the College Fix, which is a website that tracks all that is going on in the continually self-destructing American education system.

So thanks again to Dave and the Colossus of Rhodey for featuring Mortal Gods: Ignition!