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.


First Sale – David Perlmutter

David Perlmutter Canadian freelance writer

David Perlmutter of SF Canada

David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The holder of an MA degree from the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, and a lifelong animation fan, he has published short fiction in a variety of genres for various magazines and anthologies, as well as essays on his favorite topics for similar publishers. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson Ball (Chupa Cabra House), The Pups ( and Certain Private Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing).

I published my first story in 2009. It was called “The Hunter and the Game”, and it appeared at the website Kalkion in September of that year.

I had been trying to get published for several years before then, when I figured out trying to be a script writer for Hollywood-based animation wasn’t really going to work for someone living in Winnipeg. I became interested in SF and Fantasy around the same time, and figured that this might be an easier line of work if I could crack it. Needing to find a line of work after completing my college studies in history increased that desire.

So it was that I sought out ideas, and gradually Jefferson Ball, the heroine of the story, and Hamilton Pomeranian, her close associate, emerged. The idea was basically reverse an old stereotype in SF- white guys making love to any alien woman they want, and getting away with it. At the same time, a lot of strong woman characters came into SF as well, so this was a way to kid that whole trend as well. Then I combined it with the plotting and characterization of the animated cartoons I grew up knowing and loving, and that was that.

I enjoyed writing the story and have gone back to writing about Jeff and Ham whenever I feel the need since, because I owe them for getting me started. There are currently enough to fill a whole book (The Singular Adventures of Jefferson Ball, now available from Chupa Cabra House), and, I suspect, a lot more will be coming in the future.

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April 29, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

April 29, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

April 29, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

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April 29, 2014 – Okal Rel Quotes

April 29, 2014 - Okal Rel Quotes

April 29, 2014 - Okal Rel Quotes

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Feb 23, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Feb 23, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Okal Rel science fiction books - Ranar and Di Mon work on their relationship

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 Courtesan Prince by Lynda Williams.

"Will it always be like this?" Ranar asked. "Furtive and frightening? Disguising our love with lies?"

"No," Di Mon assured him, "sometimes it will be worse."

Feb 23, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Feb 23, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Di Mon warns Ranar their relationship will always be a struggle.


Despite his terror of discovery, Di Mon embraces his homosexual bond with Ranar at the end of Part 1: The Courtesan Prince. But Ranar is slowly grasping things will never be what he'd consider normal between them, either.


It’s a Trap!

Its a trap
Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal Friesen was published by Reality Skimming Press in Nov 2013. Illustration, below, by Debbie Ha. Article by Hal Friesen. Reality Skimming is celebrating with a series of articles about the book, each illustrated by an artist. Multiple artists will be participating.

By Hal Friesen

The distinctions between who's right, who's wrong—and especially who can be trusted—get increasingly blurred as Shepherds of Sparrows reaches its climax. What seems to be a straightforward matter of us versus them becomes a multi-faceted struggle for power, and even when Nestor thinks he's got a handle on things, however tenuous, the situation spirals out of control once more.

In this illustration by Debbie Ha, we see Nestor encounter a deadly surprise after putting himself in mortal danger. The trap is sprung and enemies surround him. Find out what happens next, and whether or not Nestor needs Admiral Ackbar's help – in Shepherds of Sparrows - now available on!

Its a trap

Its a trap!


Reality Skimming Press

August 11, 2013


Brian Hades and Lynda Williams are pleased to announce the formation of a new and independent publishing venture ...

Reality Skimming Press

With Lynda's 10-novel Okal Rel Saga nearly completed, Lynda Williams decided it was time to pursue a new dream: publishing others who share her love of heroes.

"Optimistic SF is what I like," she explained her vision. "Stories that confront the work of being human with a will to find meaning in the struggle."

Her own work has been characterized as space opera because of the emphasis on the lives, loves and decisions of the characters. "Amel, Horth, Vretla and the rest of the cast are what it's about," she said. "I like to think of it as modem epic: the story of heroes confronting big challenges." Those stories play out against a background of socially and biologically constructed questions of sexual identity, status struggles among human and post-human sub-groups, and questions like the ethics of modifying personality through medical intervention.

Although writing has been a life-long preoccupation for Williams, leadership has run a close second. For example, she launched one of Canada's first public internet organizations in the 1990s as president of the Prince George FreeNet and a member of Telecommunities Canada.

"And I've always been interested in publishing," said Williams. "I managed an academic press in the mid-2000s (UNBC Press), produced an online literary journal for ten years (Reflections on Water) and have been running the Reality Skimming Blog, in its current form, since 2010."

Reality Skimming Press will start by taking over the Okal Rel Saga and Okal Rel Legacies series from EDGE during a planned period of mentorship and transition of up to twelve months. "Then, once the infrastructure is in place, we'll start to branch out into other titles."

Anyone interested in getting to know the Reality Skimming mission, in the meantime, is welcome to visit the facebook page at or read the blog at

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