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The Light Side of the Moon,
by Elizabeth Guizzetti
…Encouraged by the conquest of Kipos, idealistic dreamers look beyond Earth to build a utopia from the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis… Amid corruption and nobility, tragedy and victory, the fate of the colony hangs precariously in the balance… READ MORE!
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Brimming with hope despite intense uncertainty and physical hardship, the impoverished Ella Sethdottier follows rumors of plentiful jobs on the moon. MEET ELLIE! Doctor Ian Whitlach champions equality and seeks to build a utopia on Lunar Colony Serenitatis. MEET IAN!
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So I have returned from five days of crazy caffine-fueled fun, but hard work at Sasquan aka 2015 Worldcon, an annual gathering of horror, science fiction, and fantasy fans. Hundreds of fans, authors, publishers, artists, scientists, and other creators and intellectual leaders attend. The convention featured a dealer’s room and artist alley. educational panels, author readings, autograph sessions, kaffeeklatsches, literary beers, and discussion groups, as well as workshops about writing, art, cosplaying, filk and other music, games fanzines, children’s programming, and my personal favorite: THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. They show blocks of independent/crowdfunded films. (While some are better than others, I love watching them to see what everyone does.) Worldcons is also the site of the Hugo Awards, the premier fan-voted awards in SFF, recognizing the greatest books and stories, related works, film, television, podcasts, and fan works. This year there was a large controversy surrounding the awards, but fortunately the fans voted for diverse and inclusive SFF! But all that aside, The Three Body Problem is also the first translated novel to ever win, so it’s doubly exciting. If you are curious about other winners, please go to sasquan.org And of course, no mention of Spokane could not be complete without mentioning the fact the area had become a national disaster due to the forest fires burning in the Pacific Northwest. While we were safe from fire in town, let’s just say it looked a little too end of the world outside for my liking. No those are not clouds, just smoke completely blocking out the sun. On to my experiences: Tuesday Night, I had a reading at Auntie’s Bookstore, an exciting local bookstore in Spokane. But most of the time, I could be found in the dealer’s room which means I was behind a table for 7 hours every day. Even so I saw some interesting costumes, here are a few of my favorites. And I went out to the events each night such as room parties, book release parties, and balls. The view from above The Time Traveler’s Ball. Here I am making new friends while hanging out in the old ballroom at the Historical Davenport And I tried some excellent food (and coffee) in the restaurants near Spokane’s downtown corridor including a particularly satisfying donut taste test with my convention roommate, Manga translator Su Mon Han. Su Mon and I eating a Sante for breakfast. I know it’s practically blasphemy, but while Donut Parade is the traditional Spokane favorite, the long lines and limited selection made Casual Fridays win. (The donuts are great at both locations!)
Elizabeth’s First WorldCon Photos!
As many know, I am at WorldCon/Sasquan in Spokane, WA this week. Here are a few photos from the dealer’s room. I got my badge and three ribbons so far. I have the most important information down for all to see- hopefully I’ll collect more. Here I am at Table B-3 selling my comics, illustrations, Other Systems and The Light Side of the Moon!. (Taken by my booth neighbor Warsong Press who make bardgames such as Antarus 7 & Wizards and Realms) Book Closeup! Look at my booth swag…don’t you wish you were here now?
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie
Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie This is the third recipe inspired by The Light Side of the Moon. A meat pie is a hearty main dish. This is a great recipe for any ground meat you may have. My husband’s favorite is ground pork. I tend to do all the prepwork for meat pie early in the day or even the day before and then bake it prior to serving. Excerpt: [Ian] jumped at the clatter, as Ms. Blacksmith set down a baked beef pie more heavily than usual. “Grace deserved better than her spouse and only-child in quiet dispute.” Scraping the knife over the bottom of the pie plate, she cut the pasty and served Ian a large slice with the look she used when he was small and made mischief. She handed Dad a piece of pie with the same look. “Fix this. Or this is the last meal I cook for you.” She stomped into the kitchen. Pie Crust (This is the pie crust recipe I use for savory fillings as well as anytime I want a fruit pie.) 220 grams / 2 cups All Purpose Flour 5.5 grams / 1 teaspoon salt 180 grams / 3/4 cup Vegetable Shortening or Lard 60 – 120 ml / 4 to 8 tablespoons ice cold water Blend flour and salt in large bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture using pastry blender or fork until it looks like small peas. By the spoonful stir in just enough water with fork until dough holds together. Shape dough into a ball. Flatten ball into 1/2-inch thick round disk. Chill while you prepare filling. Filling 16 ml / 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 3 stalks of Celery 3 Carrots ½ Onion .45 kg / 1 pound of Ground (Minced) Beef 85 grams / ¾ cup flour .7 liter / 3 cups of milk 150 grams / 1 cup peas Salt and pepper if needed Small dice celery, carrots and onions. Over medium heat, cook celery, carrots, and onions in vegetable oil until onions grow translucent. Remove from pan. Brown beef until no pink remains and remove from pan Whisk in the flour to the drippings/ Cook and stir over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Gradually stir in milk so that no lumps form, and continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Taste gravy and add salt and peppers if desired Mix all filling ingredients adding the peas last. Chill for 1 hour. Take dough from refrigerator cut dough in half. Roll 1/2 dough from center outward into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle on lightly floured surface for the crust. Transfer dough to baking sheet. Roll second half of dough into rectangle. Put aside Scoop filling on dough on baking sheet leaving a 1/2 inch of exposed dough all around. Lie second rectangle on top. Flute dough as desired. Cut slits in top crust or prick with fork to vent steam. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 45 – 50 minutes. Tip: I like to use a baking sheet with foil to catch any escaping gravy.
Cover Reveal: Copper Reign
Book covers are like an amazing recipe. Starting out, there are all these separate ingredients that are fine by themselves, but if they’re thrown in a pot together, or baked in an oven, they change on a fundamental level. Suddenly, the flavors meld in ways you never imagined, and sometimes, something richer and more decadent than you could’ve ever imagined emerges. This recipe is one of those instances. Lyndsay Johnson caught the essence of Copper Reign by orchestrating the basic themes of this story through her artwork. Then she weaved in subtle lighting and texture to bring this novel to life. All I can say, is this girl can cook a wicked cover! Let me introduce you to Copper Reign, Book One of the Heartstone Collection: The tale of Sinauf was a secret nineteen-year-old Nina Douglas’ ancestors kept hidden for generations. But after six-hundred years of concealment, their protection has failed, bringing Nina’s fate into light, and revealing an inescapable truth. The dark god of legend is real. Caught in an ancient war still raging in the modern world, Nina is confronted with Sinauf—the embodiment of all she fears and desires. Like a moth drawn to a deadly flame, she must resist the seductive charm of an alluring monster, or prepare for the destruction of an entire universe. Temptation is known by many names, and he is coming for her.
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Cucumber and Sun-dried Tomato Sandwiches
Here is the second recipe. This is actually from a deleted scene which you can read here, however I wanted to share it so here is goes. CUCUMBER AND SUNDRIED TOMATO “SANDWICHES” 1 large cucumber, chilled 120 grams / 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato spread, chilled 67 grams / 3 tablespoons crumbled chèvre (goat cheese) A few basil leaves Directions Make lines or indentations lengthwise down cucumber at 1/4-inch intervals, using vegetable peeler or tines of fork. Cut cucumber into slices, 1/4 inch each. Place on paper towels to drain. Spread each slice with about spoonfull of tomato spread. Sprinkle each with the cheese. Chiffonade basil and sprinkle it on top and cover with second cumcumber slice Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 1 hour. SUNDRIED TOMATO SPREAD 27 grams / 1/2 cup of “dry” sundried tomatoes (I make this with the kind in a bag. However, if you can only find the kind in oil, you can use them, but do not rehydrate them in the warm water.) 235 ml / 1 cup warm water ¼ red onion 1 clove of garlic 30 ml / 2 tablespoons olive oil 15 ml / 1 tablespoon lemon juice 10 ml / 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar Directions: Put the sundried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover them with the warm water for 15 minutes. While the tomatoes soak, chop onions and garlic. Cook in a small pan with a little bit of olive oil until they become translucent. Take the tomatoes out of the water and chop them up into pieces but save the water they were soaking in. Put sundried tomatoes, onions, and 2 tablespoons of the water from the tomatoes in a food processor or blender and rough chop. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it another pulse or two. Add a bit the soaking water if it looks a little dry. Notes: Spread will last a week in the fridge covered if you don’t eat it faster. Leftover soaking water is a good base for soups and sauces. Not only is it great on the above recipe, but this is an awesome high flavor condiment for sandwiches.
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The Light Side of the Moon Deleted Scenes: The Ferryman
Ever wonder what happens when a book goes through a full rewrite? A lot of deleted scenes. Some of the scenes were deleted for length and pacing. Some were cut because I realized they confused my main plot line. Such as the one below. When I wrote this “Ferryman” scene, I was trying to show the poverty that the average person faced and how love had nothing to do with their marriages. HOWEVER, I realized the scene needed to be cut, because though the ferryman is willing to marry an under-aged girl, I did not write him as a villain nor consider the ferryman a bad man. Notice: he isn’t trying to screw her over, he is trying to find an honest marriage arrangement. I actually imagined him having this conversation at least a few other times with girls/women he ferries across the river until someone agrees to marry him. He has no money or family to arrange a marriage for him. He’s doing the best he can in a world that doesn’t care about him. But that confused the greater conflict. NOTE: This was not edited by anyone, but me. ♦ LISTENING FOR WATER, ELLIE EDGED towards Missoula proper until she found the river. Not sure where to go, she wandered eastwards until she found a sign reading: FERRY 2 CREDITS in front a wide flat-bottom boat tied to the shore. The ship didn’t moving at night, so she hid on the leeward side of a fishing shack. As it did every day, dawn lightened the sky as the sun rose over the Rocky Mountains. She waited in her hiding place until she saw the ferryman stretching out of his blankets. “Excuse me, I don’t have any money, but I’ll clean the deck if you get me across the river to the mills,” Ellie said. “Girl, get yourself back home.” “Look, I heard there were jobs at the mills. I need a way across the river.” “You’re about to get my boot,” he snarled, but he didn’t lift his foot. Deciding the ferryman wasn’t likely to call to police or the convent, Ellie stood her ground. “I’ll run an errand if that’s what you need.” The ferryman narrowed his eyes. Then glanced at his torn cuff. “You know how to sew?” “Yes, sir, but I haven’t any needle or thread.” “I keep some line and needles in the tool kit. I want my jacket mended and my boots shined. Do a good job, and when I have another customer, I’ll ferry you across.” “Thank you.” She put her hands together and bowed in respect. Grumbling, the man repeated the gesture towards her and pushed his toolbox with his foot. Ellie’s fingers ached in the cold, but she sat beside his chair and mended the rip with fishing line. She took a rag out of the man’s tool kit and shined his boots. It would have been easier if he hadn’t been wearing them. He opened his thermos. The smell of fish broth made her stomach growl. “You hungry, girl?” Ellie nodded. He poured her a bit of broth in the thermos top. It was hot. Though her lips stung from the salt, Ellie drank the soup greedily. “So how long have you been homeless?” Licking the salt from her lips, she said, “Only a few days. My mama died. Papa died a few years ago.” The ferryman nodded. “Yeah, you don’t seem the type. They just beg.” “I’ll find a job and never have to beg.” “Times are hard. People might not be willing to chance a job on an untested girl. Why don’t you be my wife?” She pressed her legs together and pulled her sweater tighter around her. “I’m only fourteen,” she lied. “I need a ride.” “You are? Shit, I thought you were older,” The man frowned. “Well, now, your mama’s dead, no one will mind. Better than being homeless anyway.” Ellie looked closely at the man’s face. His beard was brown scraggly, windswept, but his brow and cheeks were unlined. In fact, if it wasn’t for the beard, she guessed he was about Peter’s age. He was just a lonely guy with a newly mended jacket and hardly any gift in cooking. If she married him, it would be her own choice, but she wouldn’t get to the moon. Still she found herself asking, “Do you have a house?” “Nope, just the boat.” “I’ve never cooked a fish before. Only rabbits and eggs. I don’t know if I’d be a good wife for you,” Ellie said. He shrugged. He pulled out a narrow fishing rod as long as he was tall. “You couldn’t be any worse of a cook than me.” “I’d poison you if you ever beat me or our children if we had ‘em.” “Your pa hit you, did he? Hit your ma?” Her throat tensed. She refused to show emotion so she didn’t answer him. “I won’t hit you,” he said. “But I expect a faithful and hardworking wife. I need help cooking and mending. Sometimes there’s work around the boat, but I’ll catch and clean the fish. The money from passengers keeps the boat afloat. Sometimes I catch enough to trade for bread and eggs.” The ferryman threaded the end of his fishing line through his hook, and wrapped it four times. “But you don’t have extra for a bride price,” she said. “No, I don’t. But you obviously don’t have any money either, so I figure we could help each other out. Two people work better than one. I’ll even put your name on the title of the boat.” He fed the end of his fishing line back through the looped hook and pulled it tight. He pulled out a dark wriggling worm from a small cup. Ellie looked away as he pierced the worm with his hook then attached three pieces of rusted metal to his line above his bait. Then he cocked back the rod, pushed the button on his spinner, and when he pointed it back to the water, he released the button to cast his line into the dark water. Fingering the map in her pocket, her mind spun with worry. What if I can’t make it any farther? What if I get arrested and taken to the convent again? “Do you catch fish everyday?” she asked softly. “Nearly,” he replied. Then leaned back and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Have you gone hungry?” The ferryman studied her. “No. And I’d be damned before I let my wife or kids go hungry. And I know it looks rickety, but the shelter is pretty warm at night.” If I married someone else, my brothers and betrothed wouldn’t ever come after me. Ellie bit her lip. “I’ll expect a faithful and hardworking husband, so I’ll think about it. I still want to see if I can get a job.” He shrugged. “Your life, but if that doesn’t work out, come back. My offer will stand ‘til I find someone else.” They sat in silence as he fished. He looked over his shoulder as a young couple with a baby asked if they could be ferried across. The ferryman gestured at the payment pad. The man pressed his hand on to it. Four credits were charged, two for each adult passenger. The family took a seat on the cracked polymer bench under the shelter. The ferryman pumped a lever, which opened a slot in the engine panel. He turned another cylinder. Methane belched out of the pipe as the ferry jolted off the dock. Ellie’s stomach lurched as the water grew deeper and faster moving underneath the boat. Though the dark water underneath the hull frightened her, she wondered if the ferryman’s proposal was genuine. He didn’t seem like a bad man. Thirty minutes later, she was across the river. The ferryman was happy to see five people waiting to cross back to the other side. As she disembarked, he tipped his hat towards her. “Remember what I said.” “I’ll remember, and thank you.” Ellie pressed her palms together and inclined her head. She followed the couple towards the city center. She hugged to the outskirts of the mill to the eastbound trucking lane. Glad she had mittens, she put out her thumb. If you liked this, check the rest of the deleted scenes here. http://other-systems.com/dscenes.html
“New York Dolls” Book Club Questions
New York City could be viewed as a character in the novel. In what ways does “the city that never sleeps” influence Denton’s story? It’s your first big assignment for Glitter magazine, and at the venue, Amber Donovan stumbles out of a bathroom stall right in front of you. What do you do? Denton and Josie commiserate about life, love, and all things gossip at Mamie’s. How does the bakeshop impact Denton’s perception of life in the city and the events surrounding the fashion show? How would you answer MD’s signature question, “Who is you?” Denton and Chris West enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich following the after-party at Chase. What’s your favorite late-night treat? Where do you see Denton five years following the end of the novel? Lemon meringue pie or bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough?
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Olives
It may sound odd to have a recipes based upon a novel where so many characters are starving, but there is A LOT of food within the book. In fact as an author, I find that meal times show so things about the characters and their culture. And as a person, I admit I enjoy food. This is the first of several recipes inspired by the food of The Light Side of the Moon. I will be putting up a recipe each week ending in a menu plan for a meal or party. Let me know if you use any of them. I’d love to know what you think! Excerpt: The Talliers’ butler entered with a tray full of aperitif—Raspberry Armagnac liquor for the adults, raspberry juice for the two younger boys along with almonds and cheese-filled olives. Andre ignored his juice and kept showing Ian pictures. Ham smiled at Ian and set the boy’s juice on a nearby table. Since I used Kalamata olives and have red plates, I put a few chopped chives on mine as a final garnish Cheese Stuffed Olives: These are an easy make ahead no cook appetizer for a party Ingredients 225 grams / 1 1/2 cups pitted large green or Kalamata olives 43 grams / 1/2 cup toasted almonds sliced 55 grams /1/2 cup of brie 36 ml / 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 large cloves garlic pinch dried hot pepper flakes or a dash of pepper oil dash of chives (optional) Olives: If olives are canned or from a jar, rinse and drain well. Check for pits and remove, if necessary. Stuffing: I tend to buy precut nuts, but if you didn’t, chop them into slivers or small pieces. Remove rind from brie. Put brie in warmed bowl and stir in almonds. Stuff the olives with the almond and brie mixture Thinly sliced garlic and combine with oil and red pepper flakes. Marinate the olives in mixture overnight, in refrigerator, stirring occasionally. The almonds will soften after a few hours. Serve chilled with a dash of chives on the plate for color if you wish
What’s On the Other Side? Well, let me tell you.
When Ms. Juanita told me I needed to write a blog post so she could formally introduce me to the 48fourteen family, I was at a loss for words, and for someone as loquacious as I am, that’s a tough feat to accomplish. I mean, I teach English in a secondary classroom by day, and I write by night–words are sort of my thing. Yet, here I am, writing this post, and I’m still not sure how this will end, so please, deal with me as we journey together down what might be a very, very bumpy road. (But there will be cookies at the end for your patience and understanding. I promise.) So, I guess we start with the introductions, eh? My name is Nicole Aube. I am from Southern Mississippi, bred, born, and raised. I have a family–one geeky husband, 2 normal children, and 3 fuzzy ones. My life, for the most part, is simple, quiet, and understated, and I live in a town with literally one red right. I’m not kidding. We got it like 4 years ago. I don’t innumerate all these things to bore you. I do so because I think, as a writer, everything I craft comes back to where I have lived and how I was raised. You see, I grew up going to my great grandparents’ house in Alabama, where we’d lay out, under these big, old drooping oak trees, and I’d get wrapped up in the stories they’d sling around, of relatives I’d never meet and adventures I’d never go on. Somehow, these people were alive to me, breathing, whispering in my ear as the stories were told, but they were dead, stiff in the ground but kept forever young in their legacies. It’s through these stories I bonded with my great uncle who danced with the devil to meet the woman of his dreams, my great-great aunt who robbed a bank with a Tommy gun, and my grandmother who saw black cats before a relative’s passing. As much as these people are characters in stories, they are my family. So, speed to the winter of late January 2014. I sit with my daughter at my feet. She’s drawing in a notebook I normally record manuscript ideas in, and the news tells us that we’re iced into our house for a week. No leaving. No teaching. So what do I do? I bribe my daughter with a cookie for my notebook (Yes, cookies can, indeed, work miracles such as this.), and I start writing. A girl named Hilaria had been on my mind for sometime, and her best friend, a handsome fellow named Anthony, also started talking. A few chapters in, Job, a beautiful yet imperfect boy who vies for Hilaria’s heart, makes his introductions. Four months later, I had 65,000 handwritten words and a little novel called On the Other Side. Yes, I hand-wrote every single word of the manuscript before I typed it! Why? I have expressive issues which make typing much of anything difficult, and when I hand-write my stories, I feel them pulse within me. I know that’s weird, but my brain slows down, and I not only see the words; I feel them, too. The hand-writing process gives me extra time to read and revise as I am going so that it all makes sense at the end. (I actually wrote this out before I typed it. My husband proofed. Send all errors found his way, please.) And it makes for a pretty sweet first draft, with all my professional editing squiggles, doodles, and various notes of “The Future Mrs. So and So” carved into the margins. (I do this routinely. Book boyfriends are the best!) In the end, I literally have a notebook where my characters were born with my hand. How friggin’ awesome is that?! On the Other Side, my first official novel through 48fourteen, is the story of a girl who lives in flooded Orleans. In our future, the Mississippi River rises and floods most of the greater city of New Orleans, as well as the cities along its banks, and half of the city remains underwater permanently. Hilaria, my protagonist, lives on this side of the city, behind a great Wall that also serves as a dam to keep the other side of Orleans bone dry. When Orleans was growing in my head, I didn’t want to do the normal dystopia thing. I wanted to write a dystopic experience that was as real as it could be. (Yes, we could end up killing each other in a gladiatorial style battle 400 years in the future, I admit that, but been there, read it. Sorry, Suzanne Collins. I love you. I really do!) So, I turned to real life inspiration. I pulled up pictures of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and I remembered how, when the storm struck, the last thing I heard from my parents was my dad throwing down the phone, screaming that a tree had come flying into their house. I didn’t talk to him for another week, until I drove home and saw the damage to my home myself, and I used those images and that terror to develop the reality of Hilaria’s hometown. I don’t want to give too much away about the novel, but it follows Hilaria as she enters an intense trial to earn a life on the dry side of the Wall. In doing so, she must trust those who can’t be trusted, and she must sacrifice her relationship with the one person who remembers, at her core, who she truly is. There’s blood. There’s death. There are hot make-out scenes, too. (You know that got your attention.) In the end, I wrote On the Other Side to ask a specific question about the human experience: What makes us human? It can’t be our skin. It isn’t our gender either. Hilaria is stubborn, but when she does learn the answer, she realizes it’s compassion and empathy as well as our desire to preserve those qualities that make us rise above our inherent barbaric natures. Unfortunately, one man in Hilaria’s Orleans will stop at nothing to kill her hope that she can do better–that we can do better when given the choice–and Hilaria is left to decide not only her own fate but that fate of her entire beloved city. And that, my new found friends, is On the Other Side. I can’t wait for you all to meet my girl, one Hilaria McCleod. Thanks to 48fourteen for giving her the chance to live outside my notebook! See! I told you I was loquacious. You didn’t believe me. Did you? Ah yes, one more thing… here are you cookies for making to the end. (I baked them myself.) Until next time, Nicole
Why all the politics in The Light Side of the Moon? Because we can’t escape ourselves.
FYI: this is the answer to an early reader question that I received for my FAQ so this is up at the Other Systems Website too. The Light Side of the Moon deals with serious issues that the world must decide is right or wrong. I feel as a species, we are on a precipice of change as our electronic creations become sentient. We can choose to evolve our morals with technology or not. I look at The Light Side of the Moon as a cautionary tale if humanity chooses not to evolve. If we continue to allow adolescent greed or anger rule how we interact with people. For an example: let’s look at something that has nothing to do with the novel. As the internet grows and expands, we keep discovering other inventive ways to hurt eachother: trolling, swatting, revenge porn and doxing. Trolling: purposfully creating strife or confusion within the comments Swatting: Requesting a local swat team to come out to someone’s house AKA Falsely accusing someone of a heinous crime such as murder Revenge Porn: Creating images with someone’s face or using private images to cause someone (generally women) harm. Doxing: putting out someone’s personal information on the internet in order that they are harassed. The internet is not the problem. It can further our understanding of humanity and let us connect on a level that we couldn’t dream of fifty years ago. WE ARE THE PROBLEM! Okay back to The Light Side of the Moon: some of the events that happen in the novel actually occurred when Europe sent prisoners to Australia and the Americas. (For example: women and girls attaching themselves to Correctional Officers for protection.) One might think that these events still don’t occur, but sadly they do. Some say the adult content in the book is the sex and vulgar language, but in my opinion, the true adult content is that the world in the novel allows children to starve, refuses to pay workers a living wage, and humans still have atrocities such as child betrothal and marriage, economic slavery, and an unjust correctional system. We can go to colonize the moon, we can go to other planets, but until we face the problems we have now, they will always be with us. That being said, even in the darkest places, there is hope for humanity, because good people exist. In my opinion, that is the story I wrote in The Light Side of the Moon.
The Light Side of the Moon Book Club Discussion Questions
Book Club Discussion Questions SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS. How is The Light Side of the Moon atypical of science fiction? Where was the author successful (or not successful) with genre tropes? How does The Light Side of the Moon mix utopian ideas with dystopian ideas? How can it be a dystopian vision if racism and sexism has disappeared? Right now we have public school, do you believe in a future where no public school exists? How do you think that will change a technological society? What do you think about how the book explored marriage? How did you feel about the appearance of a third gender and the openness of sexuality in a monogamous society? How did you feel about the way the author choose to show devout characters and the changes in religions? How do you feel the novel explores classism? How did you feel about how The Light Side of the Moon deals with murder and capital punishment? Do you believe that murder is always wrong? What do you think of the way androids such as Rosalind, Gaston and Vasili are portrayed as “people” with all the rights as humans, but “lesser” bots, such as the medi-bot, are considered tools though they have some intelligence in their programming? During the course of The Light Side of the Moon, Ellie changes in many ways. What do you see as the most significant change she undergoes, and what kind of person do you think she will be two years after the story ends? Why do you think a “good” character, such as Ian, has so many little problems through out the story? Do you believe he and his father are good doctors though they sterilize patients and killed a terminally-ill man? Compare and contrast the decisions that Ian, Ivonne and Ellie make through the novel to ensure the colony’s success. Do you believe space colonization is a viable option for humanity?
Rose’s Will: Book Club Discussion Questions
Hello Bookaholics! Just dropping by to remind you to pick up a few copies of Rose’s Will for your book club. The novel has so many interesting and controversial themes, you might have to take two club sessions to discuss them all. Just sayin’. And to pique your interest, here are the book club questions from the back of the book: BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS: 1. A reviewer noted that any of the three main characters could be the hero. Do you agree? Why or why not? 2. Eli tells us that he loves Rose because he sees a simple goodness inside of her that expresses a desire to do little things for him. Does Eli’s love actually make Rose a better person, or does his love for her cloud his vision? 3. Which character did you most relate to? 4. Which character made you change your mind about something? 5. Rose tells Glory to keep her life to herself. Glory believes that kind of love is an illusion without authenticity. Is there a middle ground? Suppose your parents wanted nothing to do with your mate because of race, religion or sexual preference? What if it were your child? 6. Why do you suppose the author chose third person for Ricky’s sections, while Glory and Eli spoke in the first person? 7. Both Eli and Glory are secular characters and rely on reason rather than religion. But Eli embraces certain cultural traditions of Judaism, like feeding the grieving family and appointing the living to stay with the dead body around the clock until the burial. Do you think that most people hang on to religion for fear of losing community and culture? 8. How does the lack of a father figure affect Ricky’s relationship with Rose? 9. Do Ricky’s children, Alexander and Ashley, enhance or detract from the story? Why? 10. Ricky’s and Glory’s perception of “The Aunts” couldn’t be more different. How do you account for that? 11. Aunt Lucy is the only one who adequately acknowledges the abuse that Glory suffered at the hands of her mother. How do the other characters minimize Glory’s experience? 12. Each of the characters have to find their own personal and moral ground in relation to Rose. How did you feel about the ending? Could you have made the same decision?
The Duchess Inheritance: Book Club Discussion Questions
1. The Duchess Inheritance launches into new twists, adventures, and characters from the opening chapters. How did you perceive the pacing of this novel, in comparison to The Duchess Quest? Did you notice any differences or improvements in the writing style or story-telling? 2. How have the revelations about Mac’s character changed the dynamics between him, Jon and Dainy? In what ways did Bos and Mac “swap” roles in Part 1 of this book? Did you find their behavior to be understandable, or out-of-character? 3. Jon Cosmith continues to be a morally complex character, especially as the sequel reveals new – and worse – transgressions from his past. Yet, these are presented alongside his heightened repentance and transformation. Did you find Jon to be an increasingly or decreasingly sympathetic character? 4. Jon isn’t the only character to transform, as The Duchess Inheritance also sees a maturing of Mac, particularly after his return in Part 2. What were the most significant changes you noticed? (For instance, you might compare his approach with Eponina in the second book with his approach to Dainy in the first.) At what point did you begin to see the writing on the wall, with regards to his leadership potential? 5. Discuss the role of the New Republic as the story’s villains. What parallels did you see to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror? Do you feel the book carried an anti-Communist message, or rather, simply that of anti-corruption? 6. Dainy’s desires for her own destiny differ vastly from what the men in her life are pushing her into. Do you interpret her humble ambitions and eventual sacrifice as anti-feminism? Or, to the contrary, do you think her decision in the end aligned with a feminist message in that, regardless of what others wanted for her, the woman chose for herself what she wanted? 7. Do you feel Jon got what he deserved, or was his punishment too severe? Would you agree it was necessary that he lose his vanity, in order for his transformation to be complete? Had he not underwent what he had, would it have been possible for him to be in a significant leadership position without becoming drunk on power and resorting back to his old ways? 8. Discuss Marlena’s story. Did you hold her at fault, or could you sympathize with her plight? Did you feel she redeemed herself? 9. Were you satisfied with the epilogue? What feelings did it leave you with? Did anything surprise you? 10. Do you wish there was more to read in the world of Jordinia? (If so, write me!)
The Duchess Quest: Book Club Discussion Questions
The following are ten questions for book clubs discussing The Duchess Quest. 1. The Russian Revolution – in particular, the execution of the Romanovs – inspired the opening prologue and setting of this fantasy tale. What other historical eras or events did you detect in the subtext of the novel? 2. We are introduced to Dainy as a spunky, humble and warmhearted young woman. Do you think her character would have been quite different, had she been brought up as royalty? In what ways? 3. What were your initial thoughts on each of the Duchess’s suitors? For whom were you rooting? Did your preferences change as you read? 4. Jon Cosmith is easily the story’s most flawed character. How did you feel about him in the first half of the book, versus in the second half? Although he’s a womanizer and selfish jerk during most of the novel, why do you think he tends to be most readers’ favorite character? 5. The Halveas are a patriarchal society, wherein women are generally permitted little say. What was your reaction to this aspect of setting? Did you find it only natural for a mock-historical piece, or did it bother you? 6. Dainy and Selu are both single women operating in the same patriarchal society, as mentioned above, yet with rather different approaches and personalities. In what ways are they similar in asserting themselves among the men, and in what ways do they differ? If you are female, which of the two women did you relate to most? 7. Bos, Mac and Jon clashed terribly at the start of the book. However, once Dainy was thrown into the mix, the four grew to develop a degree of chemistry together. Although she was the object of their competition, why and how do you think Dainy changed the atmosphere of the search party? At what point did you begin to feel the main characters were no longer a squad of bickering rivals, but unlikely friends? 8. How do you think the tone, message and spirit of the story would’ve changed, had Dainy romantically ended up with a different character? Do you find Dainy’s forgiving nature and her choice to love unconditionally a display of weakness and naivety, or of strength and faith? 9. Which element of the third act surprised you the most? Which twists had you been expecting? 10. If you had to choose just one genre, would you describe The Duchess Quest as: an adventure, a fantasy, or a romance? Why? Stay tuned for more discussion questions about the sequel, The Duchess Inheritance!
Other Systems Book Club Discussion Questions
Book Club Discussion Questions SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS. Discuss the meaning of the novel’s title. If you were Abby, would you have left Earth? Would you have believed the Fleet promises? Why in history have people left home to immigrate to another country. What do you think of the author’s decision to have intermissions between acts of the book? Did you like getting a peek into the Fleet? Did anything surprise you? Compare life on Earth to the promised life of Kipos to the life Abby found in the fleet? The hardest part for the author to write was Abby’s rape and 42 weeks of confinement: why do you think the author made the decision to show these atrocities? How do you feel about Abby though she left her child? Does it make you like her more or less? What is your opinion of Harden? Did it change after you read his story of the accident? From Cole’s chapters and after Abby’s escape, what about the life in the Fleet sound most appealing. What about fleet life do you find most difficult to understand or accept? Whose story did you enjoy the most? Was there any character you wanted more insight into? Compare the Alekos’s siblings relationship with each other and the rest of the crew. What do you imagine for Abby’s future in five years? Ten years?
The Light Side of the Moon: the new ten commandments
Yes, I did rewrite the 10 commandments. If that offends you, don’t read any further. The new commandments were not put into the book as there was no place for them, but these are the rules that the devout live by. Humans and their intelligent creations once stretched towards the stars. By the late twenty-second century, they colonized Luna, Mars, Europa and Ganymede and Triton. They explored deeper into the cosmos with interstellar colonist ships. However, when humans realized they’d squandered Earth’s resources, it became too expensive to send people into space. Fossil fuels ran out, icecaps melted, and oceans became cemeteries of dead organisms. In the twenty-fourth century, the colonies of Triton, Europa, and Ganymede collapsed as people flooded back to the inner solar system, fearing they would be without regular supply ships. Mars perished when the borosilicate domes failed. People abandoned Luna when the titanium ran dry. In the twenty-seventh century, human level androids were marooned with humans on Earth when the Evolved AI whose minds stretched beyond understanding—refused to remain on the overcrowded Earth with such limited creatures. Humanity sought sanctuary and answers in the old religions. Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and The Children of Isaac and Ishmael delighted in this groundswell of interest and declared it a time of renewal. The religions were not about to make the same mistakes that made them almost extinct. In a world of seventeen billion people, they elevated cleanliness to a virtue, and rewrote the sanitation laws. They changed unpopular social doctrine to fit the new world where all three genders were equal, and people weren’t defined by the composition of their skin—whether born of flesh or manufactured from silicone. They served sixty percent of the population well. The Ten Commandments for a New Age From the Testament of Pope Jon Francis, 2645 Canonized by The United Church in 2793 1. Love your God, above all others. 2. Remember your Sabbath and keep it holy. 3. Live with respect to your neighbor’s beliefs. I am infinite; they only worship another face of Me. 4. Show charity to your neighbor whether they be biological or silicone, man, pangender, or woman. All are equal in the eyes of God. 5. Keep a clean body and home to prevent the spread of disease. 6. Respect your parents, show kindness to your siblings and children. 7. Do not waste the resources I have given you, these are finite. 8. Do not let your thoughts be violent, lest they cause slander, strife, or murder. 9. Do not covet your neighbor’s life, your spouse and children were given to you to be your joy. 10. Do not mingle with those who sully themselves, lest they be your downfall.
Book Club Ideas and Troubleshooting
The first rule of book club is we don’t talk about book club. No wait. That’s fight club. Never mind. Talk all you want about book club. So how do you start a book club? Determine your needs Why do you want to join a book club? Whether it is for the enjoyment of books, intellectual conversation, or just to get out of the house for a few hours, there is a book club for you. To find them check out Bookstores Libraries Meetup Groups Talk to friends and coworkers Or Hosting your own book club How big of a group do you want to host? How much space do you have? If you live in a small home, consider public spaces nearby which would fulfill your needs better. Many libraries and bookstores host bookclubs – but expect that strangers will pop in and out and don’t expect that you can bring wine. What type of books you are interested? Some bookclubs are open to any type, some focus on a particular genre. What type of party are you interested in? Rotating hosts, Potluck, Themed Menus, and will there be alcohol? Invite your friends and ask your friends to invite their friends, family members. Choose a book. Giving everyone enough time to read it — a month seems to be preferable, but some bookclubs meet bi-weekly or even weekly. Book Club Trouble Shooting Tips Bookclub devolving into just a social party? Make a schedule for a two and a half hour event, the schedule might look like: 30 minutes for small talk and to allow latecomers to get there. 60 minutes to talk about the book 60 minutes to socialize Stuck about what to talk about? Toss only one question at a time to the group. Make sure everyone had the chance to speak before you move on. Choose a primary character or just your favorite character and ask members to comment on him or her. Pick out a specific passage from the book—a description, an idea, a line of dialogue—and ask members to comment on it. In discussion if someone asks for clarification, a page number or to read a passage, don’t say, “But that’s not how we do it here.” Trust me, that person will never come back. So&So always picks the worst books! Don’t be dismissive to the person who chose the book or those who liked it. We all come to a book from our own experience. Calling something stupid shuts people down. Saying that a passage or a character’s actions made you uncomfortable –even if you can’t explain exactly why keeps the conversation open. What happens if I am the only one who read the book? Feel superior in your literary knowledge, and this is the most important part: eat a cookie before you ACT superior. While not everyone is going to finish every book, every month. If months go by and this continues to be a problem. Disband (or leave if you aren’t the host) and start again!
Introducing the Characters of The Light Side of the Moon: Ian
In Other Systems: On June 11, 3062: decedents from an Earth colony, land on Earth seeking healthy, intelligent, young people willing to immigrate to their utopian colony. Ian was one of the chosen, but his parents convinced him to stay behind. Character dossier of Ian Whitlatch Portrait of Ian at his graduation by me, Elizabeth Guizzetti Ian Marcus Weaver Whitlatch is the only child of a doctor and the manager of a charity soup kitchen in Salisbury. Dad helps everyone whether they can pay or not. Mum doesn’t take a salary for her work instead donates her time to feed the impoverished.At the beginning of the novel, his parents employ two domestics: Ian’s tutor Mr. McKay and Ms. Blacksmith the housekeeper and cook. Note: For the Other System’s Universe, they are upper middle class, however, their lifestyle for the average family in today’s world, they would be lower-middle class. For example: like most people on Earth at this time, they don’t own a car. Since Dad’s clinic and Mum’s Soup Kitchen is across the back garden, they also generally have no need of one. Parents: Grace Alice Teague. Weaver, Royce Xavier Langly Whitlatch No Siblings. Education: Home Tutor until age fifteen, then Oxford undergraduate studies and Oxford Medical School Personality: The Good: Respects every person, doesn’t believe in violence, hard worker, kind-hearted The Good that hurts him: Unfaltering idealism which presents as pretentiousness The Bad: Judges by outer beauty, doesn’t always get along with his parents, can be self-absorbed Other: Shy Description Excerpt Age 13 Ian yanked off his apron and washed his hands. The cut was deep, but not bad enough to show Dad. Pressing a handkerchief to the wound, he scrutinized himself in the mirror and tucked in his shirt. An angry pimple had formed between his nostril and cheek creating a splotchy mess of reddened freckled ivory. Ugh. Even when his skin was clear, his nose was too big. Mum always said he had Dad’s handsome looks. That was unfortunate for them both. He hated himself even more when he greeted the guest. As with all Kiposians he’d seen, the woman had perfect brown skin, dark hair, and deep liquid sable eyes. Her full brown lips surrounded her pristine white teeth. Mesmerizing smells of honeysuckle emanated from her. “Hello, my name is Willow Tyrell, executive officer of the Evimero. You must be Ian,” she said with a strange, but not unappealing, lilt. She put out her hand. Ian remembered they still shook hands on Kipos, so he clasped it. Then bowed. “Uh, yes.” He motioned to the parlor door behind him. “Please come in.” Due to overpopulation, lack of natural resources, no public education, and a surplus of political bickering, Earth is a cesspool and our solar system’s colonies have failed. Nevertheless, outside our solar system, exploration has thrived. Encouraged by the conquest of Kipos, idealistic dreamers look beyond Earth to build a utopia from the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis. Industrialists reconstruct the colony, but struggle to turn a profit while encouraging scientific discovery. Brimming with hope despite intense uncertainty and physical hardship, the impoverished Ella Sethdottier follows rumors of plentiful jobs on the moon. On roads fraught with danger, she discovers Earth is a bigger place than she ever imagined, but Serenitatis is little more than a prison colony. Ella forges unlikely friendships with corrupted androids and the quixotic prison doctor, Ian Whitlatch, who champions equality and rights for inmates. Amid corruption and nobility, tragedy and victory, the fate of the colony hangs precariously in the balance. Coming soon in paperback and ebook for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and IBooks.
Introducing the Characters of The Light Side of the Moon: Ellie
On June 11, 3062: decedents from an Earth colony, land on Earth with the message “We come in hope and in peace, we have found our way home.” Other Systems is the story of the young healthy immigrants to the planet Kipos, while the second novel, The Light Side of the Moon is about those who were left behind. Though Ellie was too young to go to Kipos, the Kiposians changed the trajectory of her life forever. Character dossier of Ellie Sethdottier Ellie at age 11, Digital painting by me, Elizabeth Guizzetti. Ella (Ellie) Settdottier was four-years-old when the Kiposians came. While she and her brothers were too young to immigrate to Kipos and witnessed a violent argument between her parents, which ended with her mother battered. She never saw her father again. She does not know if he abandoned them for opportunities on Kipos or was possibly killed at the gates. She doesn’t want to know. Age in novel: 4 – 18 Parents: Jia Rao and Seth Keithson Brothers: Daniel (+4 years) and James (+3 years) Personality: The Good: Though her life has been hard, she was protected from the worst of their poverty by her older brothers, thus she is strong-willed and hopeful things will get better. (Her brothers have long given up on life.) She loves to read and collect knowledge. The Bad: She has grown up so fast, she does not listen to reason. She is slow to trust. A rather helpful bad: She is a risk taker, but she is terrified of “getting in trouble” in some nebulous unforgivable way. She doesn’t really understand what is unforgivable. The fear rules her interactions with others. Description excerpts Age 4 More harshly than was wise, Alexander snapped, “She’s four and lost her father. Who said, ‘Suffer the little children…’ ” With the hope Ella would settle down and Sister Diego might witness the vision of an innocent in pain, he pulled her onto his lap. After all, a four-year-old has no designs except to be loved, fed, safe, and warm. When she wasn’t screaming, Ella was as sweet looking as Jia had been at four: large round brown eyes, soft lengths of black hair escaping from two messy braids. Sister Diego could see her in her brothers’ hand-me-down green sweater and old patched trousers. No sign of sinful disease. Both for his own comfort and hers, Alexander rocked her. Ella calmed as she snuggled into his shoulder, but Sister Diego’s face remained without compassion. * Age 11 [Alexander] considered as the afternoon sun bounced off Ella’s black hair how much she resembled Jia at that age, but her normally bronzed skin, looked grayish. Daniel and Jamie looked worse, covered in flour. The girl was on some invisible tether, bouncing with childish energy, but matching her brothers’ sluggish pace. Neither boy should be broken in adolescence. Due to overpopulation, lack of natural resources, no public education, and a surplus of political bickering, Earth is a cesspool and our solar system’s colonies have failed. Nevertheless, outside our solar system, exploration has thrived. Encouraged by the conquest of Kipos, idealistic dreamers look beyond Earth to build a utopia from the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis. Industrialists reconstruct the colony, but struggle to turn a profit while encouraging scientific discovery. Brimming with hope despite intense uncertainty and physical hardship, the impoverished Ella Sethdottier follows rumors of plentiful jobs on the moon. On roads fraught with danger, she discovers Earth is a bigger place than she ever imagined, but Serenitatis is little more than a prison colony. Ella forges unlikely friendships with corrupted androids and the quixotic prison doctor, Ian Whitlatch, who champions equality and rights for inmates. Amid corruption and nobility, tragedy and victory, the fate of the colony hangs precariously in the balance. Coming soon in paperback and ebook for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and IBooks.
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