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‘Appalling Stories’: You Won’t Believe What’s in these 13 Tales

What happens when social media and entertainment overwhelm society? What about when a man finds out his country sides with foreign invaders against its own citizens? Or what happens when a self-righteous mob thirsts for violence? You’ll have to read, Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice, to learn the answers to these questions!
Pulp novels and magazines of days gone by featured gritty fiction full of excitement, startling endings, and eternal themes. You’ll find similar stories in the brand new anthology by David Dubrow, Ray Zacek, and me. But all our tales feature contemporary plots told in ways like you’ve never seen.
What does this mean? It means you find revenge stories, tales of justice, military drama, and literary fiction in Appalling Stories. But all the yarns incorporate modern issues such as LGBTQI activism, college radicalism, challenges to free speech, diversity, and more. No preaching here—just backdrops featuring current concerns.
Here’s a little bit more of …
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Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” – Chapter 2

Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” is an original story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. I am publishing it serially on an irregular schedule. Click on the “Mortal Gods SBTS Serial” tag at the bottom to access all chapters that have been published.

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Chapter 2:
Merchandise hadn’t entered or exited the Los Angeles warehouse in ten years. The number of its broken windows were close to equaling the solid ones. And it was as if the rust dripping down the side of the structure and into the earth was decaying everything near it—abandoned vehicles, crumbling docks, and cracked pavement. Even the ground was stale and lifeless, like dirt hidden from light and rain for decades at the bottom of an unfinished cellar. The 1989 Chevy van, with peeling paint and rotting dents, looked like just another piece of junk a quarter mile away from the building.
“Three more coming up,” Christina York said from inside the rear of the Strategic Effect Group van. Images of two men and a woman grew la…

Superman Fights for Illegal Aliens while Adam White Fights for Americans

Superman fights for illegal alien invaders in issue 987 of Action Comics according to a Sep. 13 report from The Hollywood Reporter. In contrast, Adam White fights for Americans in Mortal Gods: Ignition.
The Hollywood Reporter article reported that “Superman arrives in the nick of time to protect a group of undocumented immigrants from a white man sporting an American flag bandanna, wielding a machine gun, who is going to shoot them for taking his job.” The article added that this comic book issue “comes just one week after President Donald Trump made the controversial announcement that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”

King of Battle: “Masks”

Movies and television series based on comic book properties are still doing well. But it’s a different story for the actual comic book industry. Many comic book readers are dissatisfied with it. Some even believe the comic book industry is self-destructing, with its writers, artists, editors, and managers doing all they can to hasten that destruction. I see an opportunity for new creators in all this. And as a way to show what I mean, I’ve written a short prose story called, King of Battle: “Masks.”

There appear to be many problems with the comic book industry. [I no longer read comic books but I read and watch reviews of them and the comic book industry (see the below video), and I read comments made on social media by comic book creators.] One of the problems seems to be that its writers no longer have an ability to write relevant stories. And that’s pretty astonishing. Each new day brings about more subjects and issues that can easily form the basis of interesting stories (comic b…

Superhuman Warfighters

Editorial Note: Originally published at The Loftus Party on December 29, 2016.
Superhuman abilities are emerging, and they will become more pronounced and widespread in the future. Advances in research and development are such that civilian and military leaders are now discussing how they will change the world. One of the more interesting aspects to explore is how they will alter national security. And I spoke with intelligence veteran J. F. Cicci about how superhuman abilities will affect the armed forces and wars of the future.

J. F. Cicci (pronounced: chi-chi) is a fellow Loftus Party contributor. But she also previously worked in military intelligence. “I served in the U.S. Army Reserve as an all-source military intelligence (MI) officer from 2009-2013,” she said. She also worked as a defense contractor for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from 2012-2013, first as a counterintelligence (CI) assistant and then as a CI analyst. She held a top secret security clearance the entire …

Superhumans: Coming to a Military Force Near You

Editorial Note: Originally published at BarbWire on February 08, 2016.

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 improv…

U.S. Air Force CoS Talks about Space Transportation, Just Like Occurs in ‘Mortal Gods: HVT’

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein appeared at a United Kingdom military conference and spoke about how armed forces might one day transport troops through space, according to a July 13 article in The Daily Mail. This speculation is similar to how Adam White, the protagonist of Mortal Gods: “HVT,” deploys from space to an earthbound objective during a key moment in the short story.

The Daily Mail said that Gen. Goldfein was talking at “an air power conference in London” when he addressed the need for innovation. And after speaking about how Virgin Galactic is working on making “intercontinental space travel a reality” for commercial passengers he said, “The question for us is what does that mean if I take seven special operators, put them on this and then can get to any place on the planet in less than an hour?”
Mortal Gods: “HVT,” a short story published in seven serial installments here at Liberate Liberty, includes an important plot point where the U.S. government …