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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.

28Jan/14Off

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.

24Dec/12Off

ORU Artifact #23 – Cover of Artbook for Chicon 7

The Okal Rel Universe has inspired many beautiful, curious, fun and touching moments, objects and re-mixes or interpretations over the years. This page celebrates them one by one. Found one that should be here? Tell us about it for the finder's reward of the month. Send your discovery to lynda@okalrel.org

Michelle Milburn's beautiful cover for the Okal Rel Art Book distributed, in limited edition, at Chicon 7 in 2012. The art book was made possible by ORU patron Kathy Plett. David Lott facilitated its production.

Cover of Artbook for Chicon 7

On the left is cover art from the 2011 edition of ORU novella Kath, showing Kath holding baby Vondar. On the right is the 2011 version of cover art for ORU novella Mekan'stan.

22Oct/12Off

ORU Artifact #15: Mekan’stan Episode 8 on Youtube

The Okal Rel Universe has inspired many beautiful, curious, fun and touching moments, objects and re-mixes or interpretations over the years. This page celebrates them one by one. Found one that should be here? Tell us about it for the finder's reward of the month. Send your discovery to lynda@okalrel.org

Brianna Thomas (artist) and Jennifer Lott (adaption and voice) have been serializing Lynda Williams' novella Mekan'stan on youtube. The latest installment, released in Oct 2012, is number 8, where fighting breaks out in a burning dock.

Mekan'stan tells the story of how Ann comes to term with discovering Amel is also sleeping with Perry D'Aur. It was written, in part, to explain the Vrellish concept of mekan'stan. The story takes place during Amel's envoy period, between books 3 and 4 of the main saga.

2Apr/12Off

Stimulus/Response: Is the ORU becoming collectable?

Lynda WilliamsLynda Williams is the author of the Okal Rel Saga (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and editor of the Okal Rel Legacies series (Absolute Xpress). Part 7 of the Okal Rel Saga, Healer's Sword, arrives in 2012. Lynda's work features moral dilemmas in a character-driven, multi-cultural setting with radically different attitudes to sex and social control surrounding space warfare and bio-science. She also works as Learning Technology Analyst for Simon Fraser University and teaches a introductory web development course at BCIT.

Cover of the original Windstorm Creative edition of the Kath novella, with cover art by Yukari Yamamoto

Is the ORU becoming collectable?

Every now and then I spot one of the older editions of Okal Rel titles showing up on Amazon for more than the original cover price. I asked around the first time I saw this happen, and found out it's a wonky phenomenon. If you are still turning out new books, and have old titles that are out of print, now and then the booksellers will hike the price for your old titles to see if they'll sell as artifacts. I checked back a few weeks later and decided that was it. The crazy high prices had flatlined again. (The original blue cover Guide to the Okal Rel Universe published by Windstorm Creative peaked at something around $200 but I don't know if anyone ever bought it at that price.)

Lately, however, I've noticed there are fewer numbers of old editions available. Like the original Windstorm Creative edition of Kath, with cover art by Yukari Yamamoto. There used to be a few more of these on Amazon, for lower prices. Now it says there is one and it's being offered for $49.47.

Amazon bookseller price of used copy of the original Windstorm Creative edition of Kath novella

I'm starting to wonder if I should hang onto the two or three Windstorm Creative editions I still have in pristine covers. Or the battered original Guide to the Okal Rel Universe. Or even my copy of The Courtesan Prince, from Edge, signed by my publisher Brian Hades and containing the edits recommended by myself and a half dozen other people over the years since publication in 2005. Edits which I'm thrilled to declare will be going into the Kindle edition! (Goodbye evil 'Delm spluttered' on pg. 57 where it should have been H'Reth spluttering. Groan.)

I don't know if ORU artifacts are becoming collectable. But it's a delicious idea, because there are so many, with such interesting histories. From buttons by Kathy Plett, to Lisa O.'s wooden plaque made in wood working class. There are probably a few people in Prince George who might have my first ever copy of Mekan'stan, sold at Studio Fair, and embarrassing in terms of the number of typos, the production quality and the cover art. And just this December, there's Angela's present to me: Diff the Dragon, a novella from Amel's envoy period, written by herself, illustrated by Mel, and published by OkalRelsDaughter Press. (See Angela's vlog on Youtube.) There's the original, orange-cover-edition of Throne Price that came out pre-publication in a small print run. Brianna's draft art for the House of Em comic that floundered in the middle of my amiable separation from Windstorm Creative. Who knows. In the meantime, guess I won't throw out my copy of Richard Jansen's edits for Part 8: Gathering Storm ... although I don't know. Brian photocopied Richard's lovely hand-edited print out so perhaps the only collectible would be pages Richard wrote on, personally.

What makes something an artifact in a digital world? Interesting thoughts.