Stevenson is a native Californian presently residing in Hemet the dig site known as Valley of the Mastodons. His career has spanned such occupations as automotive mechanic and service manager, government security officer, and newspaper reporter and editor. At the age of 26 he discovered Twilight Zone magazine and got the urge to write short stories. Shortly after he entered the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest and placed amongst the finalists. After a whirlwind of mediocre successes, including his book, Dinothon, which was nearly optioned for film, he put pen and paper aside. He s just recently taken up splashing ink again, to continue the writing career he d always dreamed of. Word Wars and Once Upon A Goddess are soon to see print with Rain Publishing Inc. They are his first novel sales. Among his credits are: Auto Repair Shams and Scams (Forward by Ralph Nader), 1990, Price Stern & Sloan, Los Angeles--226 pages, non-fiction book. Garage Sale Mania, 1988, Betterway Publications, Crozet, Virginia--190 pages, non-fiction book. Word Wars, a SF novel to Rain Publishing, Canada. Once Upon A Goddess, a Fantasy novel to Rain Publishing, Canada. 15 short stories appearing in various slick and small magazines--Amazing Stories, Space and Time, Doppelganger, Ouroborous, Alpha Adventures, Sycophant, Not One of Us. Quarter finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Two horror radio plays: The Summit, 15-minute play by Night Sounds, Embassy Cassette Inc., Santa Ana, California. Night of the Moa, 13-minute play " " " " 350 newspaper profiles, stories and interviews with Sunset Publishing Anaheim California. He served as content editor for Sunset Publications for three years. He is past member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and his current agent is Uwe Stender of TriadaUs.
ONCE UPON A GODDESS
Mason Hart has just lost his job, fiancé, and car in less than 48-hours. A short time later he accosts a cop and ends up in jail. He finally lands in a hospital as the result of a jailhouse brawl. He's helpless to quell this downhill slide into calamity. Since he believes all is lost at this point, suicide seems the only alternative left...
Until the figure of Felicity Fortune, the Roman Goddess of Luck interrupts Mason's suicidal plans in the nick of time. It seems Felicity Fortune was hampered by the bird flu and few other appointments, so she must apologize for her tardy appearance. She tells Mason that he's ripe for a cosmic alignment, and that his 15-minutes of fame and wealth are finally at hand. He is allotted six chances via the roll of the golden dice for his deserved share of the "Great Cornucopia."
But as a result of Felicity's tardiness, the cosmic alignment is about to unravel. Beshaba, the Maid of Misfortune, has ear-marked Mason at the exact same time to heap upon him the bad luck part of the equation. She is the evil incarnate daughter of Felicity, and now covets Mason for her own devious alignment. And everything that Beshaba represents is in stark contrast to her mother. It is a deliberate ploy to spite the good works of the mother, thus laying down a challenge of cosmic power. So Beshaba's minions chase Mason Hart across the country to ruin and foul every fortune he accumulates.
Their simultaneous claim to Mason forces the two Goddesses into a mythological cat fight in hell. When this push and shove reaches a fevered pitch even the destiny of mankind in called into question.
Mason complicates matters by falling in love with Felicity. He must discover the ultimate selfless act that will turn the tide in favor of the Goddess he loves. More importantly, he must find the solution and tear away the veil of darkness that could upset the divine balance between good and evil. But what Mason doesn't know is that the final key is himself.
The Middle East decides to enforce an embargo of all petroleumproducts to the United States in the year 2015. Infuriated, the U.S. mustscramble to find alternative sources and enlist their scientists to improvetechnology, or the West will suffer economic collapse. Two years later,Super Conductivity (The Holy Grail) is discovered, leading to advances inhydrogen, nuclear, steam and electric-driven vehicles. In retaliation, andfor security reasons, the U.S. shuts down its borders, destroys foreignsatellites, and severs all communication links with the East, Asia, andEurope, but not before allowing a mass exodus of willing patriots to movewithin the new isolationist country--The United Western Enterprise (theU.S., Canada, Central and South America). To keep Super Conductivity out ofthe hands of the "Eastern Allegiance" the Western Enterprise adopts theContinental Security Agency (combines F.B.I., C.I.A, N.S.A) to oversee thenow all powerful Federal Communications Commission. For security reasons,the FCC decides to obliterate the written word, and replace it with a "colorbar" language that cannot be deciphered by foreign entities. Word Wars issoon enforced upon the Western Enterprise populace with devastating results.
The FCC are now law enforcement officers, who use terror and coerciveinterrogation to keep its people bottled up and suppressed. The elderlybecome suspect (for their memories of the written word) and are thrown intointernment camps, and viciously debriefed. The United Western Enterprisebecomes the tantamount world power. All science journals, and even theDeclaration of Independence, are edited to "dumb" the public down. Societyfalls into catastrophic depression and neurosis.The story begins 100 years later--a new discovery, Project Lift(antigravity amplifiers) galvanizes the Western Enterprise to further itsvicious grip on the populace--now, violence and executions are rampant. Mail carriers are given the authority to break-and-enter private homeslooking for any written word (contraband). There's talk of a preemptivestrike against the Eastern Allegiance to "wipe them from the other side ofthe globe." Young adults run away to join tribes and they becometeenonsters, who rebel by vandalizing government facilities. After one suchvicious beating, a language mentor, Mikus Harold Markus, decides thatsociety has had enough. He infiltrates the FCC by subterfuge, and finds outabout Project Lift, and the government's hidden documents, which are writtenin the "old" word. He travels to Southern Mexico, for there is rumored tobe a 118-year old black man who knows how to read and write, and also has acopy of the original Declaration of Independence. Mikus learns of his owngovernment's treachery toward its citizens, and must now lead a rebellioncalled CAT (citizens against tyranny). He is chased for over 3,000 milesthrough harsh landscape by a ruthless female captain of the FCC. He returnsto his (Emerald) city to lead a clandestine rebel force that will motivatethe people to rise up and reform the government. Along with a motley crewof characters, Mikus must restore the written word, and break down theisolationist walls of his own country, to restore domestic freedom, andultimately insure global peace.Word Wars has very strong visuals and action sequences. It couldbest be described as a cross between Fahrenheit 451 and Soylent Green, inrespect to powerful government agencies going unchecked past reason andhumility.
Alan Dean Foster
Planet Janitor--Custodian of the Stars.
There's lots to add here, since the last six months have been hectic and busy.
Planet Janitor--Custodian of the Stars went through three sales until it land with Engage Books. I'm just about ready to begin major structural edits. The publisher and editor and compiling a proposal, along with all the artwork, to send to Electronic Arts for a game presentation.
Gate Walker, the paranormal fantasy, has passed the galley stage and is now on preorder at Amazon.com. This book has one of the most hedious antagonists I've ever created. He's called the Wax Man, and I swear, you can smell if right off the page.
The Lupus Strain, the werewolf thriller has sold to LBF books, and I'm awaiting editing suggestions.
I've been offered a new agent contract and haven't decided yet. It's Living Word. Looks like I'll be going that way
Uwe Stender of TriadaUS literary Agency
New agent offer from Kimberley Shumate of Living Word Lit Agency
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