Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming promotes optimistic SF -- stories that inspire us to fight the good fight for another day. Committment to larger projects, the writer's sense of mission, joy of reading, the creative campfire of the SF community and the love of deserving protagonists are celebrated. We believe in heroes and striving to be what we believe in. It is also a news hub for content related to the Okal Rel Saga written by Lynda Williams.

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Jan 31, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 31, 2014 - ORU Quote from "Nestor's Gap" by Hal J. Friesen

Okal Rel science fiction books - Nestor playing a role to fit into expected norms on Monitum

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From "Nestor's Gap" by Hal Friesen from Opus 3: An Okal Rel Legacy Anthology

Nestor wasn't the only one pretending to be someone else, and Di Mon's example, strange though it was, comforted him. He could continue to be Nersallian in appearance and others could continue their own personas, so necessary for survival in the Gelack Empire.

Jan 31, 2014 - ORU Quote from "Nestor's Gap" by Hal J. Friesen

Jan 31, 2014 - ORU Quote from "Nestor's Gap" by Hal J. Friesen on roles to maintain a safe facade.

Commentary

"Nestor's Gap" is set during the Nesak War prior to the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga. In this quote, warrior Nestar Tark of House Nersal realizes he is hiding important aspects of his nature by playing the role of Nersallian Warrior -- not in the same way that Di Mon does, but just as surly. Nestor secretly discovers Di Mon's repressed homosexuality during this short story. Nestor himself is to discovers, over a series of short stories, that he sympathizes with the Nesaks over family life choices such as marriage, despite his Vrellish cultural upbringing.

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Jan 30, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 30, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 5: Far Arena by Lynda Williams

Okal Rel science fiction books - about guilt over actions in tight spots

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From saga novel Far Arena by Lynda Williams.

"I did something I can't accept," said Erien. "I cannot ... convince myself that there wasn't some other way."

"That's the hell of it, kid," said Lurol. "I've been living with that one myself for eighteen years. Regardless of what people say, for and against, in the small hours of the morning it's just you and yourself. You look back at it an you never really do know. Looking at this, though," she nodded at his wounded arm, "I would say you probably didn't have the maneuvering room you think you did."

Jan 30, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 5: Far Arena by Lynda Williams

Jan 30, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 5: Far Arena by Lynda Williams

Commentary

Erien killed his half-brother D'Lekker in a bad situation, days before the scene. In this scene, Lurol tries to apply her own experience to help her adopted son process his guilt.

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Jan 29, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 29, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 8: Gathering Storm, by Lynda Williams

Okal Rel science fiction books - culture shock in the Reetion medical clinic at the cultural exchange

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From saga novel Gathering Storm by Lynda Williams.

Ilse's name was called in a neutral voice emanating from a blue triangle that had appeared in front of her face.

She started, hand going to her sword hilt. The next moment, every Reetion in the waiting room was on his or her feet giving advice.

"It's only a stage focus," said one man, coming so close to Ilse that she backed away.

"Not an arbiter!" soothed a woman.

"The whole ceiling and floor is a stage, so the foci can move to direct people," another Reetion was explaining.

Ilse squelched the urge to flatten the lot of them bare handed only because she suspected they would find it exciting.

Jan 29, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 8: Gathering Storm, by Lynda Williams

Jan 29, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote on culture shock at cultural exchange, from Part 8: Gathering Storm by Lynda Williams

Commentary

Even well-meaning Reetions can still give off the "ministering to primitives" vibe that gets up the nose of sophisticated empire Sevolites like Ilse.

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Jan 28, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 28, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from novella Mekan'stan by Lynda Williams

Okal Rel science fiction books - Smart Reetion tech disconcerts a young Amel

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From novella Mekan'stan by Lynda Williams.

"Gun?" Amel asked, nervously, in Reetion.

"Warning," the gun responded, or seemed to, "safety systems are corrupted. Please submit this unit for maintenance."

"Do you talk?" Amel probed, skin prickling with apprehension. The notion that a gun might hold a conversation turned his stomach.

"Please submit this unit for maintenance," repeated the gun, quashing any hopes it might prove reasonable.

Jan 28, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from novella Mekan'stan by Lynda Williams

Jan 28, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from novella Mekan'stan by Lynda Williams

Commentary

Teenage Amel is disconcerted by the ambiguous personhood of Reetion tech like the stolen mining laser central to the story of his early adventure with Ann, called Mekan'stan, which takes place soon after Part 1: The Courtesan Prince.

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Jan 27, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 27, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Sword Law Negotiations

Okal Rel science fiction books - Sword Law negotiations

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From saga novel Righteous Anger by Lynda Williams.

"Do you honor Sword Law?" Arn asked calmly.

The Nersallian frowned. "Of course."

"Then let us leave," said Arn, "or challenge. But do not goad my junior partner into being a fool."

There was a short, heavy silence. Then the Nersallian opposing them gave in with a nod, and moved aside.

"Take care, liege-son," one of the women among them go in, direct at Horth. He returned her smile with a confused expression, distrustful of her qualifications to wish him well. If Mother was correct, she was the sort of soul who faced an even harder fight to regain SanHome in her next life than he did.

Jan 27, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Sword Law Negotiations

Jan 27, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Sword Law negotiations from Part 2: Righteous Anger.

Commentary

Vrellish loyalists among the Nersallians try to prevent Horth leaving court in the company of his Nesak relatives. But none of them is game enough to declare a formal challenge. Conflicts do not always come to violence even under Sword Law.

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Jan 26, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Marriage or adoption?

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Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From web-published novella Golden Souls by Lynda Williams.

"Let me make this much clear -- marrying me would expose you to ridicule," said Amel. "It's no honor. I graduated from the UnderDocks to a more wholesome situation as a West Alcove courtesan!" He smiled to help convey this was a joke. "Liege Vrel was one of my clients. She's, uh, finding it hard to adjust. So princess, if I do not propose, it is not for lack of respect for your position. Quite the opposite. Perhaps there is some other way to accomplish the same result?" He thought a moment. "Maybe you could adopt me."

How --" Dela hiccuped and tried again. It helped calm her nerves to stare up at him. He was so beautiful. "How old are you?"

"Seventeen. And a few months. Going on eighteen, really!"

Dela nodded. "Yes, I think I had better adopt you," she agreed.

Jan 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Marriage or adoption?

Jan 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Marriage or adoption? From Golden Souls by Lynda Williams.

Commentary

Golden princess Dela needs to establish a family relationship with Amel if she wants to hang onto Dee Manor, after Vretla Vrel wins it for Amel in a duel with Dela's little-missed, late husband.