Read or listen to the first 25 pages for free. Ordering links for hard copy on Amazon, Kindle, Nook and Ibook versions.
For a limited time only I am allowing the first 100,000 people who read chapter one of my fantasy epic, Parallel Journeys, to purchase the finished book at its retail price when it is available. Act now, the finished book will be limited to the amount that eventually get printed.
There is a tide available to you for a limited time only,
Which taken at the flood,
leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat.
And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
Read more at http://www.zaporacle.com/parallel-journeys-beta-test/
An interesting twist on prescience in Dune is that a prescient (oracular) person cannot see other prescient people. For this reason Edric, a prescient Guild Navigator, is included in a conspiracy to assassinate Paul. The machinations of the conspiracy are not visible to Paul, because they are occluded by the inclusion of another prescient being. Although it isn't explained, one possible implication is that prescience allows for more wild card free will choices and actions. Without this added degree of awareness, people are mechanical and therefore predictable and therefore potential objects of prescience. A related interesting twist introduced in Dune Messiah is the Dune Tarot which has been designed and freely distributed to the population of Arakis by the Bene Gesserit to limit Paul and Alia's prescient powers. Oracles, in other words, are a prescient technology. With numerous people accessing prescient awareness through oracle use, Paul's oracular vision becomes clouded and muddled. While we don't have access to the spice, Melange, we do have access to many other substances (spice was apparently inspired by psilocybin). Similarly we have many powerful oracles. Since, like the Bene Gesserit, I have always been concerned that a single highly prescient mutant could sieze galactic power, I have created the Zap Oracle which is free and has 664 cards. http://www.zaporacle.com/online-image-oracle/
Zap Oracle Jesse Hudson just improved his poster:
2014/11/20 at 11:42 am1
Channeling? For years people have been telling me to listen to "Bashar" the entity channeled by Daryl Anka. Sometimes people have even thought that I was Daryl I guess because we both have shaved heads. Finally got to see him do his channeling on the online documentary Tuned In and what I found is that Bashar sounds exactly like a fairly bright and articulate New Age person who has drunk too much coffee. Am I missing something? What also drives me crazy is people who say “What impresses me about __________(fill in blank with various channeled entities) is how much it agrees with other stuff I've read.” Duh? Probably because the channeler read a lot of the same stuff too. Any reasonably intelligent person will say stuff that agrees with stuff you've read elsewhere. The only channeled material I've ever read that seemed original enough that it might be channeled was Death the Great Adventure by Alice Bailey(1880-1949). Bailey was a well-educated theosophist who channeled someone she called “the Tibetan.” She had me going until the Tibetan, in a tone of ponderous oracular gravitas, predicted that in the 21st Century everything would be changed by amazing breakthroughs in "radio science." In the 20s and 30s radio science was cutting edge, but now the prophecy sounds as archaic as a prediction that rotary phones will improve tremendously or that blacks will begin to make their presence felt in the NBA by the 21st Century. I don't, however, discount channeling, just most channelers. I talk to nonphysical beings all the time, but don't make claims about what level of reality they are coming from and consider my unconscious as the most likely source. I did one extensive study of channeling called The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts (it’s in written and podcast form and also a you tube---the link will take you to all three versions) which explores the book of the same name by British paranormal researcher Joe Fisher who investigated a group of channelers and discovered that they were indeed channeling paranormal entities, but that the entities were not who they said they were. His book was spell binding, perhaps literally, and led to his suicide. http://www.zaporacle.com/the-siren-call-of-hungry-ghosts/ I would love to get your thoughts about any of this.
Zap Oracle Also, Daryl speaks in this adamant, over enunciated, caffeinated manner as though he were shooting us with diamond bullets shattering our illusions, but what he actually says are a bunch of dull-as-dishwater New Age platitudes and bromides. For example, at 27:29 of Tuned In he says, "Often we will use ALLLL THAT IS because that's WHAT THE INFINITE IS , the ONE IS, All THAT IS, because by definition it is ALL THAT IS, there is nothing outside of it, there cannot BE an OUTSIDE TO IT." That's an amazing insight because I always thought that ALL THAT IS was only about 70% of what is, and that there was about 30% outside of it, but Bashar just demolished the delusionary limits I had believed about ALL THAT IS. And this was one of the diamond bullets included in the documentary which makes me cringe to think of the banality of whatever they edited out. What's also obnoxious is how often Bashar, this supposedly transcendent being, uses the most banal cliches of expression like "part and parcel." Aren't there any new and better phrasings on his cosmic plane?
2014/11/20 at 10:31 am
Zap Oracle Btw I do highly recommend the new edition of the book Channeling by John Klimo, by far the most authoritative book on the subject. Klimo's other book, Suicide and the Afterlife was one of the most life changing books I have ever read.
2014/11/20 at 7:14 am
Just published this on Reality Sandwich: http://realitysandwich.com/230721/perseverance/
The intention to write a fantasy epic entitled Parallel Journeys was formed thirty-six years ago in the summer of 1978. After 14 months of pre-dawn writing sessions I now have a rough draft and a finished version of chapter one available for preview: http://www.zaporacle.com/parallel-journeys-beta-test/ It's followed by a brief history of the project. Would love to get your feedback. Also, although I have an agent for nonfiction, I don't have any connections at present for mainstream publication of fantasy fiction and would be grateful for any leads. I do plan to submit the finished manuscript to TOR books, but it would be great to have representation first