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Appendix N and Selective Memory

Rod Walker liked this post by JD Cowan about Appendix N. Central quote:

So why didn’t my love of books endure while my love of stories flourished? Easy. Because every book I picked up was a nihilistic slog filled with sex, drugs, celebrating the pointlessness of life, and how special it was to be an artist and be above the stupid common man. I’m not just talking about modern literature that no one reads either. I’m talking about everything on the bookshelf that was published while I was growing up. Not to mention that the “classic” books foisted on me as a teenager were the most boring and flavorless things you could imagine.

Maybe you had to be there, but can’t you just imagine? Should I read a book about a sainted alien who teaches the world the truth about orgies, or read a manga about a mysterious gunslinger on a distant planet who has to stop his nihilistic brother from purging humanity from their new world? How is that a choice? I still have trouble imagining anyone preferring the first as genre defining art, while telling me that latter is juvenile trash. But that’s how it was.

Then I got to college and read a pile of the most hateful stories you could ever thumb through. Two in particular made me give up entirely. They were called Generals Die in Bed and Catcher in the Rye, and they were considered classics. If you’ve ever read them you have my condolences.

Suffice to say, I was done. This was the best of the best?

RW had a similar experience when he was younger, and for a long time hated reading anything fictional, because any fictional was liable to be dreary and tedious.

Amusingly, it was computer games that got him into fantasy novels. After RW played a few of the old Infocom text-based classics like Arthur: The Quest For Excalibur and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, he was interested enough in the settings that he actually read some of the related books. Soon he found that he enjoyed the story, and ever since he has sought out books with good stories. (Appendix N was helpful in that regard!)

If you like a book centered around the story, you should read Rod Walker’s book.

are writers in competition with one another?

Rod Walker liked this post from Brad Torgersen at Mad Genius Club. Central quote:

But readers are not slices of pie. When one author “takes” a reader, that reader does not vanish from the stream of commerce. (S)he is still there. And very probably going to be buying other books. Because (s)he is not satisfied enjoying a single story, by a single author. Most people who read for recreation, have a range of favorite author(s) and genre(s). As with their cars — which always have to be tanked up — recreational readers have to “tank up” on books. In an average lifetime, a single recreational reader may devour thousands of volumes by hundreds of different writers. And there are millions of recreational readers, with more being added to the world every year. There has never been a better time for more authors to be supplying more readers with more enjoyment.

And again, nobody — no angler — is ever going to run out of fish. Readers don’t “belong” to any single author, and the marketplace doesn’t either. Readers swim freely throughout, and you’ve got a near endless number of chances to hook somebody on your latest book, or story. At no point is the reservoir ever “used up.”

Now, this is not a perfect analogy.

But it’s a helluva lot better than the finite pie. Right?

It’s truer, too.

The stark fact of the matter is that readers can read much, much faster than writers can produce books. George RR Martin’s last book A Dance With Dragons came out in 2011, and RW thinks it took Mr. Martin about five or six years to write. There are people who read A Dance With Dragons in a day, and Mr. Martin has not published anything new since.

So Mr. Martin’s readers have undoubtedly been reading lots and lots of writers in the five years since, but that won’t stop them from reading Mr. Martin’s books should he publish a new one. In the five years since Dance With Dragons, epic fantasy readers have read many other books, and they would nonetheless return to A Song Of Ice And Fire.

There are many people who read a book a week, or several books a week, or maybe even a book a day. (RW generally reads a book every ten to fourteen days, but in his younger and less busy days, he read much more.) No one writer can produce enough books to satisfy all these readers, and therefore writers are not in competition with one another. It only seems that way because of the ongoing collapse of traditional publishing, but indie presses and self-publishing offer many superior options.

The pie is therefore infinite.

That is why Amazon has been having success with its Kindle Unlimited program. There are many readers who are happy to read as much as they want at $9.99 US Dollars a month. For the book-a-day crowd, it is an excellent deal.

If you like reading in Kindle Unlimited, you should read Rod Walker’s book. 

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a review of MUTINY IN SPACE

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MB Moore reviews Rod Walker’s book Mutiny In Space. Central quotes:

Some people who dislike the publisher, Castalia House, have complained that it publishes nothing but “right-wing message fiction.” If that’s true of other Castalia books, I can confidently say that’s not the case here. Mutiny in Space features some villains who appear to be Soviet-Communist guerrillas from some far-flung future time. But their Leftist ideology doesn’t not turn into any sermon on Capitalism or a preachy digression on how incredible America and Jesus are. (Indeed, the narrator is an agnostic.) The book focuses 99% of it’s attention on the fun of the adventure with lots of explosions and gun battles that never go over-the-top enough to get dull. If this book is right-wing message fiction (and it never comes across that way) then it avoids what other right wing art, such as the nonsense produced by Pureflix, can’t seem to avoid.

If you’re looking for a fun read with lots of excitement, or need a birthday gift for a boy over the age or nine or so (or one who can handle some blood and shooting) then I highly recommend Rod Walker’s fiction. I’ll probably read the “sequel” Alien Game some time soon.

That is basically what Rod Walker set out to accomplish when writing Mutiny In Space, so he is pleased that the book was successful in that regard.

Writing about politics in fiction without being preachy or pedantic is a challenge. Rod Walker suggests that it is better to write about the struggles of individual characters instead, with the politics as a backdrop rather than the central point.

If you want to see if RW was successful in this, read his book!

Mutiny In Space now available

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Available at Amazon America, Amazon Britain, and Amazon Australia.

When the radical revolutionaries of the Social Party prevent his attendance at university and make his life on New Chicago impossible, Nikolai Rovio has no choice but to accept his starship-bound uncle’s offer to take refuge in space and sign on as a technical apprentice with Starways. But space, he quickly learns, is full of dangers that can kill a young man just as dead as even the most bloodthirsty revolutionary.

And no place that Man can travel can ever truly serve as a safe refuge from ambitious and evil-minded men.

Rod Walker is the New New Heinlein, and Mutiny in Space marks a first step in the return of science fiction to its classical form and historical heights. Written in the style and tradition of Robert Heinlein’s 12 classic juvenile novels published by Scribner, Mutiny in Space is an exciting tale of space, technology, courage, independence, and the indomitable spirit of Man.