Rain

Priceless treasure from the sky,
Granting life when death was nigh,
Refreshing and enabling both
Imposing trees and undergrowth.

Gentle streams are fed and grow
Their joyful shimmering glassy flow.
Dusty fields turn rich dark brown
Around the peaceful market town.

Farmers grin and celebrate
And now are free to contemplate
What will grow on their good lands
And what they’ll glean with calloused hands.

Washing out upon the line
Is rinsed for free a second time.
Husbands look up from the bar,
“Now I don’t need to wash the car.”

Puddles bring young children joy
Greater than a brand new toy
Their mothers might not be impressed
At the state of their Sunday best.

Lawns awake and gardens bloom,
Woven on a verdant loom.
Vegetables and herbs en masse
Thrive beside the cultured grass.

Deserts turn to fertile plains,
Ripe with gently wafting grains,
Gulleys turn to raging floods,
Swirling dusts to viscous muds.

Barren cliffs to fragrant falls,
Silence to thronged wildlife calls.
All this and more the rains do bring,
Hence we now their praises sing.

The Superversive

Apologies for the lack of posts, my old computer was having more and more crashes and freezes, so I replaced it with a new notebook and am still in the process of setting things up again. One of the first things I did on my new precious on Friday was to give a brief skype interview to Jason Rennie, editor of the Sci Phi Journal and host of the Sci Phi Show podcast. That will be broadcast sometime in January after the next issue of the journal comes out, I’ll be sure to let you all know when exactly that will be.

On  a barely related note on Monday I went to the cinema for the first time in a long time to see Interstellar. I must say right now, if you haven’t seen it, go and see it, it is possibly the best film I have ever seen in my life. I daren’t go into any detail for fear of spoiling the experience for anyone who has not yet seen it, but I can say that it is spectacular, engrossing, insightful, inspiring, uplifting, a shining example of superversive art at its finest.

What is superversive art, you may ask?

Briefly, it is the opposite of subversive art, which seeks to tear down and undermine the values and structures of society in some way or another. Once society has been utterly subverted and its structures destroyed, there is nothing left to subvert, only to dig a deeper and deeper hole into despair and insanity. Superversive art aims to build over the top of the ruins, rebuilding the healthy values and structures, witnessing to deep truths and allowing glimpses at a higher reality far above the draining drudgery we have been told to starve our souls with.

The term in this meaning was coined by the ever awesome Tom Simon (author of ‘The Making of the Fellowship: Concepts of the Good in The Lord of the Rings’, in my opinion the highlight of Sci Phi Journal Issue 2, as well as many other excellent essays and books) back in 2003, but really took off this year with the advent of the superversive literary movement, headed by L Jagi Lamplighter, John C. Wright and other writers and creators far more talented and prolific than myself, sparked by this essay:

http://superversivesf.com/2014/11/27/art-courage-original-superversive-essay-tom-simon/

I hope that one day, some of my own work could be considered good enough to count as part of this worthy movement and play a small part in bringing fresh light to dark corners of this damaged but still beautiful world. Who’s with me?

Christmas Ordering Deadline for Nobility Among Us Paperbacks

I have been informed by the publisher that in order for deliveries to arrive in time for Christmas, printed copies of Nobility Among Us need to be ordered on or before Monday the 8th of December, i.e. this is the last weekend in which it can be ordered and be sure that it will arrive in time.