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Michael D. Smith
Michael D. Smith was raised in the Northeast and the Chicago area, then moved to Texas to attend Rice University, where he developed as a writer and visual artist. In addition to exhibiting and selling paintings and drawings, he has completed fourteen novels. He placed a novella, The First Twenty Steps, on both Barnes and Nobleís PubIt site and on amazon.comís Kindle Direct Publishing in order to offer some sample work and to experiment with e-publishing processes. His science fiction novel The Martian Marauders was published by Double Dragon Publishing in January 2012, with Book Two, Jack Commer, Supreme Commander, following in August 2012. The next two in the series, Nonprofit Chronowar and Collapse and Delusion, are also scheduled to be published by Double Dragon.
Smithís writing in both literary and science fiction genres uses humor to investigate psychological and spiritual themes. He strives for high energy, intense character interaction, and strong emotion, employing extensive dialog and character thoughts to keep the feelings flowing through the story. His web site, www.sortmindcom, is named for his 2009 novel Sortmind, which chronicles the Telepathic Database, urban architectural wars, and two sets of aliens with opposing ideas about dealing with the human race. In his blog, blog.sortmind.com, Smith explores art and writing processes. Both his web sites contain further examples of his writing and visual art.
Smith is currently the Technology Librarian for McKinney Public Library in McKinney, Texas. In his career as a librarian heís done extensive programming for adults, including book talks and author presentations, and has also marketed libraries through presentations and contacts with local media. His work includes eBook and audiobook acquisitions and classes on using e-readers.
In 2033 Captain Jack Commer drops the planet-wrecking Xon bomb to end the Final War. The remnants of Earthís population are hastily evacuated to Mars, where previously unknown native Martians rise in rebellion, led by their new human emperor, the traitor Sam Hergs. Amid family squabbles rising from the presence of four Commer brothers aboard his ship, Jack finds himself battling Martian insurgents armed with shatterguns and telekinetic Amplified Thought. Then Jack compromises the entire mission when he falls in love with the Martian emperorís beautiful brainwashed consort.
Jack Commer, Supreme Commander of the United System Space Force, leads a peace mission in his flagship Typhoon II to end the war with the fascist Alpha Centauri Empire. After an engine explosion strands the ship four months from its destination, the Typhoon encounters a derelict spaceship, but its nine rescued refugees are insolent and uncooperative, and they proceed to brainwash most of the crew into worship of the Alpha Centaurian Emperor. A month and a half later, all but three of the crew have been Converted. Jack has demanded daily diary entries from the remaining crew so that he can pinpoint the exact moment of their Conversion, and he, his estranged wife Amav, the emotionally damaged twelve year-old Bobby, and recently Converted shipís engineer Phil Sperry write their final, fully honest entries before the ship is captured by Centaurian stormtroopers and Jack and Amav are sent to be tortured on a barren planet.
Irreverence? Whatís that?
Well, that all depends on how the word is used. The context, you know. Irreverence is not limited to what many people think-something to do with religion, although that can be a large part of it. Nope, it is a big word with broad meaning. Let me give you a few examples of how it is used:
Irreverent is the adjective from which the noun "irreverence" comes.
Its basic meaning is "disrespectful". Now you have an idea of just how broad it can be. Iíll wager you can think of a lot of ways to be disrespectful. There is a whole world of irreverence in the pot. Our authors gleefully dip their pens into that pot and scribble out their twisted views of this world-or other worlds.
Words that can be used in place of irreverent (synonyms) are: aweless, cheeky, cocky, contemptuous, crusty, derisive, flip, flippant, fresh, iconoclastic, impertinent, impious, impudent, insolent, irreverential, mocking, out-of-line, profane, rude, sacrilegious, sassy, saucy, tongue-in-cheek, ungodly, unhallowed, unholy and so forth. As you can readily see, the majority of the Twisted Tails authors are world class representatives of the word in all its specific meanings; not just a couple.
I have gathered together several cheeky authors whose impiety is well known and asked them to grace these pages with words of insolence for your reading pleasure. As always, there is no genre restriction. Here youíll find Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrill-a-minute-even Mainstream. The only common element here is Irreverence. The other big deal about the Twisted Tails series that is a must are unexpected endings and sheer quality of writing. Each author brings his/her unique style and voice to the page, but to get to the page the quality of writing demanded in the Twisted Tails series of anthologies had to have been there or it would have been a "no-go". Just another rejection slip to add to the stack in an authorís dark corner. Have fun while you cringe at their out-of-line talent at twisting irreverent tales and we hope to see you again-should there be a next time. I have it on good authority that there probably will be a next time, so keep a watch for it.