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.

14Oct/13Off

Best of Scroll In Space

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

In sept 2013 Lynda was one of this group of writers who read, in Vanderhoof, at gathering arranged by author Doris Ray to celebrate the Best of Scroll In Space anthology compiled by Dr. Dee Horne.

Reading to celebrate the Best of Scroll In Space anthology

7Oct/13Off

TLC’s Lynda Williams receives real-world honour for fantasy work

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

Lynda's employer, the Teaching and Learning Centre at Simon Fraser University, kindly shared the news of her being one of a handful of finalists in the 2012 Prince George Regional Arts and Cultural Awards for fiction. Lynda's friend and fellow SF author Nathalie Mallet received the award. But it's always nice to be in the running.

TLC’s Lynda Williams receives real-world honour for fantasy work

30Sep/13Off

Author of sagas in the twitch speed era

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

Sometimes, Lynda despairs of interesting people with no time, in a ten-novel saga. But the joys of discovering kindred spirits out there in the world continue to make the experience of author-dom worthwhile!
Here's an article on being the author of sagas in the twitch speed era. It appeared on chiseries.blogspot.ca in July 2010.

Author of sagas in the twitch speed era

7Sep/13Off

ORU Artifact – Shepherds of Sparrows to production

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

Saturday, Sep 7, 2013, the edited manuscript for Shepherds of Sparrows by Hal Friesen was dispatched to Brian Hades of Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing for layout. Lynda shared this image, to celebrate, on the facebook page for Reality Skimming

Shepherds of Sparrows

Olivia and Voltan

The cover art, by Maja Madeline LaValley, is shown here against the background of a WORD search in the finished MS for "refugee" -- illustrating Lynda's ambition to bring the Okal Rel Universe to life through the creativity of multiple writers and artists. Where the art is concerned, the working title for the idea is multi-visioning.

Olivia and Voltan, pictured in the cover art, are bio-altered children fleeing an outbreak of hysteria in the backwater district of Grianach on Monitum following the slaughter of their science-transgressing parents. Nestor's around, out of frame. Nestor Tark is Hal Friesen's main character, introduced in a series of short stories in Opus anthologies. Olivia and Voltan are new to this title. Di Mon guest stars in Shepherds of Sparrows, as Nestor's friend and liege of his adopted house. They met as comrades in arms during the Nesak war that ending in the controvertial marriage contract between Horth Nersal's parents (Part 2: Righteous Anger).

18Mar/13Off

ORU Artifact # 35 – Edge Ad for World Fantasy Con 2008

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

The ORU was proud to appear in the Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing ad used on the website of World Fantasy Con 2008. Part 3: Pretenders is the title featured in the image below.

World Fantasy Con_Ad 2008

World Fantasy Con was held in Calgary, Alberta in 2008, which made it feasible for Lynda Williams to attend. It is usually in the U.S. Lynda was delighted to meet Guy Gavriel Kay at the event. Kay is an author she's read and enjoyed since discovering The Fionavar Tapesty in her youth.

18Feb/13Off

ORU Artifact #31- A Discussion on LinkedIn

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 Question to LinkedIn by Lynda Williams

Moral Responsibility

Lynda posed a question to the LinkedIn discussion group on Science Fiction late in 2012. Here's a snapshot of response to the topic from Jan 4, 2013.

The topic: Does fiction have any moral responsibility to readers and society at large? Responders may be invited to contribute to "Ethics in SF" on Reality Skimming.