Sunday, December 22, 2013

Gay Science Fiction Adventure

In Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure, we stopped racism and homophobia, but face government surveillance of our weight and words.

Visit Goodreads for Degranon discussion or to preview the upcoming sequel, Sons of Taldra.

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 1 Draft

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 2 Draft

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 3 Draft

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 4 Draft

More about Degranon:

On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone's speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.

The brilliant scientist Taldra sees her twin sons as the hope for Valchondria's future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?

Winner, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gay Science Fiction News

Gay Love in New SciFi Adventure! Read about Sons of Taldra and more.

Monday, August 05, 2013

First Three Chapters of Gay Science Fiction Novel

“Unidentified space vessels, this is Captain Laaron of the Degran ship Equestar. We’re on a mining mission and mean no harm to anyone, but we have the capacity for self-defense. Please stop firing and identify yourselves.”

Only static came through the com.

Finally, a single broadcast confirmed what they suspected: something was on the planet, killing the Equestar crew members who had been mining the planet below. “Ships! They’re shooting at us!”

The static returned, and neither attackers nor crew members answered Laaron’s hails.

What kind of ships? Was it someone from another circle of Degranon? Equestar hadn’t heard from anyone outside its crew since leaving Degranon’s broadcast range.

Laaron jerked around to see if the other two officers on his deck had anything to report. Their skin-tight red and black uniforms couldn’t conceal their shaking.

Lt. Em stared back at him. With a clean-shaven head and a height that made her look down at most of the Equestar’s men, she rarely looked nervous. Over the past two years, she had remained calm during the middle of a meteor shower, a mine shaft collapse, and a case of oxygen line congestion. But enemy vessels were something new. Laaron could practically see fear throbbing through the veins of her long, brown hands, making them shake.


Sons of Taldra, Chapter 1 Draft

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 2 Draft

Sons of Taldra, Chapter 3 Draft

Keywords: gay scifi, sci-fi, science fiction, adventure, gay marriage, Degranon, Duane Simolke, Native American, First Nation, African American, black, Arabic, Indian, Hispanic, people of color, strong women, female leaders, space travel, health care, shapeshifters, aliens, teen heroes, new adult, diversity, social issues, alternate reality

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

More Positive Reviews for Free Comedy eBook.

Click the book cover to read the reviews and join the discussion at GoodReads.

Fat Diary (Acorn, Texas)

This short story also appears in The Acorn Gathering. Some of its characters also appear in The Acorn Stories.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Video Science Fiction Receives 2000 Views at YouTube

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In a supposed utopia, people face discrimination--not for race or sexual orientation, but for being overweight, using banned words, or voicing unpopular opinions.

Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure. For fans of Star Trek, Babylon 5, Torchwood, Doctor Who, or Lois McMaster Bujold. Winner of a StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award. "Revenge," by Plain White T's, used by permission.

This is an incredible book about the human condition and how one person striving for the good can, in the end, be a source of change. -Rainbow Reviews

In Degranon, author Duane Simolke establishes his voice in gay genre writing by combining current concerns revolving around queer culture with a world of dimensional doorways, advanced technology, and distant planets. -X-Factor, October 1, 2004 issue

It's a very good story. -HomoMojo.Com

A must read. -Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society

A reminder of the danger of fanaticism. -Mark Kendrick, author of Stealing Some Time

Duane Simolke's latest offering is a fascinating scifi excursion into a world as unique as his singular vision. -Ronald L. Donaghe, author of CinĂ¡tis

I recommend DEGRANON for its exciting, well-constructed narrative, its often intriguing characters, and its wealth of ideas both political and philosophical. -J. Clark

DEGRANON is sci-fi that warrants the attention of any serious aficionado, gay or straight, fascinated by alien worlds that mirror our own world. -William Maltese, author of Beyond Machu


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Vacation Reading

Reviews of West Texas Book The Acorn Stories
I found this book to be a perfect vacation companion. Filled with stories that "packed a punch" for good reading but were also short and often had some good humor spliced into the writing.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Buzz About Free Humor eBook

“Since the book's available in all ebook formats completely for free, I would ask everyone to have a look at this great short story. Trust me, it's worth your time.” –from Tista Ray’s review of Fat Diary.

“Well worth the read for the laughs!” –from SheWolfCat’s review of Fat Diary.

A West Texas librarian makes fun of herself and the other people in her town, while writing about her reasons for wanting to lose weight.

Pamela Mae Willard must learn to love herself. Still, she can’t resist laughing about her problems, and about the adventures of the colorful characters in Acorn, Texas.

This irreverent, politically incorrect tale reveals a woman finding joy in life, no matter what happens to her and no matter who mistreats her.

This short story also appears in The Acorn Gathering. Some of its characters also appear in The Acorn Stories.

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Categories: humor, comedy, short story, fiction.

Keywords: Duane Simolke, fat diary, weight loss, fat, humor, comedy, satire, West Texas, Texans, Lubbock authors, writers, politically incorrect, e-books, eBooks, fiction, fictional towns and cities, short stories, Sordid Lives, Tuna, gay, ex-gay, exgay, small-town, small town, rural, chick lit, women’s fiction, Acorn.

Blog entry updated June 1, 2013.