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.

18Mar/13Off

ORU Artifact #36 A Birthday Card

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

A birthday card from Mel Farrow

Mel Farrow b-day card

Mel Farrow, a friend of the Okal Rel Universe and chibi artist, gave Lynda Williams this birthday card around 2007 in the era when Lynda was reading aloud each new installment of the saga to her family and friends every weekend.

4Feb/13Off

ORU Artifact #29 – Arriving… Part 9: Holy War

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

Early warning signs of the arrival of Part 9:

Holy War Part 9

Early warning signs of the arrival of Part 9: Holy War, close on the heels of Part 8: Gathering Storm, as the Okal Rel Saga winds up to its conclusion in 2013.

http://www.risingshadow.net/library?action=book&book_id=19731

21Jan/13Off

ORU Artifact #27 – ‘Tis the Season

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

Okal Rel Dressed for the Holidays

Christmas Header 2012

In fall of 2012, web developer David Juniper rennovated the Okal Rel website and associated blog, Reality Skimming. He also dressed up the banner with a Christmas bow and later with fireworks for the New Year. An auspitious beginning for the year Lynda Williams finishes the ten-novel Okal Rel Saga! And the "story" stream on Reality Skimming opens a third outlet for fiction set in the Okal Rel Universe.

New Year's Header 2013
26Nov/12Off

ORU Artifact #20: Gathering Storm announced on Edge

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

Gathering Storm announced on Edge

Edge Healer Sword

November 2012 heralded the arrival of Part 8: Gathering Storm of the Okal Rel Saga. The art by Michelle Milburn features Amel's new romantic interest, Samanda O'Pearl, from the parochial Demish planet of Clara's World. Sam's in charge of getting Amel married off respectably, a goal in which she is challenged by shenanigans at Erien and Ranar's first Culture Exchange: a sort of intergalactic fair to improve communications and mutual understanding which is crashed by the Nesaks in the worst possible way.

Edge website

http://www.edgewebsite.com/

Edge catalog entry for Gathering Storm

http://www.edgewebsite.com/books/gatheringstorm/gstorm-catalog.html

EDGE Online catalog - Gathering Storm by Lynda Williams

EDGE Online catalog - Gathering Storm by Lynda Williams

10Oct/12Off

ORU Contributors #5: Brian Hades

Okal Rel Contributors: A series of profiles celebrating the people who've contributed creatively to the Okal Rel Universe.

Brian Hades, Publisher

Brian Hades, Publisher

Brian Hades is the publisher/owner of Canada's largest publishing house dedicated to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: EGDE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Hades' books have been nominated for Canadian, US and Australian literary awards such as the Sunburst, Aurora, Aurealis, ForeWord and Ben Franklin Awards. Hades is the first Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy genre publisher to have sold publishing rights to The Science Fiction Book Club of New York. Other co-publishing and licensing deals include the release of various USA hardback and paperback editions, the translation and publication of French, Italian and Australian editions, as well as the optioning of television/movie production rights and the co-production of an animated short movie based on the poems in i-ROBOT Poetry by Jason Christie.

When did you first encounter the Okal Rel Universe?

I first encoutered the Universe when Lynda and Alison presented THRONE PRICE to me for consideration. THRONE PRICE is the 4th book in the seeries, but it ws the first book finished. I liked the idea of a huge decology (10 books) series and, since I’m a bit of a risk taker, agreed to publish the entire saga. Book 7 just came out, Book 8 is sheduled for the fall of this year and books 9 and 10 will be out next year (2013).

How are you involved with the ORU? Has this involvment been a positive expeirence for you?

My involvement is that of publisher. I oversee that the edits are done, the production is complete and the finished books are distributed and offered for sale. It takes a lot of energy to work on such a long series of books, but each one holds its own reward and I can’t wait to have them all available (maybe in a boxed set).

What can you see in the Okal Rel Universe's future?

The future of the Okal Rel Universe in open to so many possibilities. Of course there is already an ongoing series of Novellas being published and there are the OPUS anthologies of short stories that allow other writers to contribute to the Okal Rel Universe. Spin offs could include plays, pod-casts, net-movies, etc. There is no real limit to how big the Universe might grow. This is one of those book projects where the author encorages others to “play” in the universe. My hope is that many many “others” do so.