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.

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.

13Aug/12Off

ORU Artifact #5: Climax of Mekan’stan

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 is the illustrator for the digital story version of Mekan'stan on youtube. Jennifer Lott adapted the text and read the pieces. Below, are a couple of still from the forth-coming episode at the finale of the story where Maverick and Ann rescue Amel from okal'a'ni marketeer, Snake. And we get a taste of why the space-faring culture of the Sevolite empire prefers swords to total warfare and is merciless toward the okal'a'ni who threaten habitat.

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Ann in her Reetion suit kicking Snake

Ann in her Reetion suit kicking Snake

Ann looks down on the chaos - Mekan'stan, Okal Rel Universe

Ann looks down on the chaos

30Jul/12Off

ORU Artifact #3: Hiding Low Video

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

Gary Renshaw created the Hiding Low video as an honorarium commission after a discussion with Lynda at a con in Calgary in 2007. The illustration of Amel contemplating himself in the mirror was Michelle Milburn's first piece of artwork for the ORU. Hiding Low was originally intended as the first installment in a digital story set in Amel's envoy period. Lynda planned three novellas, collectively known as the 'flight cycle', to chronicle Amel's attempt to escape the consequences of stealing his infant brother, Erien. Only the middle novella, "Never Again", was ever completed, in draft, describing Amel's stop over at an Okal Lumens reverie on a parochial Silver Demish world.

Hiding Low youtube installment. Origin: Produced and read by Gary Renshaw, based on text by Lynda Williams from unfinished novella series called 'The Flight Cycle'. Art by Michelle Milburn, circum 2007.