The City of Brass and Judgement in Moscow

I recently reappeared on Zaklog the Great’s Book Club, to discuss Rudyard Kipling’s prophetic poem about the horrors of socialism, “The City of Brass”, which was written decades before the Soviet revolution in Russia and can be found here:

http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_cityofbrass.htm

Our discussion can be followed below:

On a related note, the book mentioned at the start and end of the discussion, Judgement in Moscow, is now available for sale in both kindle ebook and paperback format. My contribution to that massive project involving scores of people was merely to unify the style and polish the English of the various translations from the original Russian.

Written by legendary Russian dissident and human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky with the help of thousands of top secret KGB and politburo documents smuggled out of their classified archives, Judgement in Moscow describes the various ways in which the Soviet elite manipulated, abused and deceived their own people, finding their propaganda to be far more successful with the international community than at home, with no shortage of willing collaborators in the West to spread and endorse their deceitful messages and knowingly or unknowingly work towards the Soviets’ foreign policy goals of total domination, as well as ensuring that billions of dollars of foreign aid would flow the Soviets’ way to prop up their regime, fund terrorist groups around the world and crush dissent at home. Filled with disturbing and sometimes amusing insights into the inner workings of the Soviet system and the insidious, bizarre mindset of party apparatchiks and members of the inner circle, it also follows the events that led to the downfall of the Soviet regime from their perspective as they clung to power tooth and nail, attempting deception on top of deception right to the end. There is a lot of information in this book that is not public knowledge, time and again many of my own misconceptions about the final years of the Soviet Union were shattered.

One major thrust of the book is about Nuremberg-style trials that were planned to take place, but through too much hesitation on the part of the immediate successor to the Supreme Soviet among other factors, they were reduced to a short-lived farce that didn’t resolve anything, and a supreme opportunity for Russia to heal properly was missed, with tragic consequences both for Russia and the wider world. In fact Bukovsky argues that this wasted chance to properly end the Cold War has resulted in it not ending at all, merely moving into a new phase, and when you see his reasoning, it’s hard to disagree. The many parallels to modern day events and movements will leave you uneasy.

Despite being a best seller in multiple languages, various major publishers succeeded in blocking the publication of this book in English for more than twenty years. One small human rights organization managed to gather together the people and resources to get it out there for the Anglosphere to see

Take a look for yourself to see what they were afraid you would find out, in paperback

or ebook format

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He is risen

On this most superversive of days,
When darkness was swallowed up by light,
When death was overpowered by life,
When despair was torn asunder by dazzling hope,
When guilt was washed away by innocence,
And access to holiness was opened to all,
We can sum it all up in just three words:

 

He is risen.

The Goddess Gambit, by B. Michael Stevens

http://bit.ly/GoddessGambit

Something is wrong in the Ziggurat. A city-state-fortress, built to be a shining beacon of hope for the surviving remnants of the human race. The last bastion against the swirling forces of chaos. Home to Jon 310-257, a super soldier, born and bred to fight for the purity of the planet, to keep Home safe, and to help bring about a brighter tomorrow under the honorable Chairman Accoba Warbak.
A shadow now crawls across the land, a wrongness that runs deeper than the Ziggurat’s vaunted goals. Esoterrorists have infiltrated the capitols surrounding Shanty. They are traitors, criminals, sworn enemies of Home and the safety it offers… or are they?
When Jon is contacted in the most surprising way by one of the enemy, he is unwittingly set upon a path that will challenge all his assumptions and beliefs, and will teach him what it truly means to be a hero for humanity.

The Goddess Gambit, B. Michael Stevens spectacular debut novel and book 1 in the No Gods, No Masters trilogy, is now available for preorder.

http://bit.ly/GoddessGambit

 


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Two New Superversive Releases and a Superversive Livestream!

Two new books were recently released by Superversive Press, A Case for Mary by David Knox, which is a non-fiction defense of the Orthodox Church’s position on the Virgin Mary; and Guard Training by Jon Del Arroz, a second short in The Rislandian Adventures series following the exploits of James Gentry as he trains to become a Crystal Knight.

Mary was a Virgin but did she stay a virgin after Jesus was born? Did she live a sinless life?

In his debut work, David Knox explores these and other questions that have become points of contention between Protestants and Orthodox Christians.

Using scripture, history, culture, and linguistics, A Case For Mary shines a light on how, and more importantly why these ideas came about, and why they may not be so unbelievable after all.

Spies and traitors everywhere!

Apprentice Knight James Gentry is used to a life of travel and adventure, but now he’s been assigned to stand guard for Princess Reina. Tensions mount with King Malaky, as James can’t keep his eyes—or hands—off the beautiful princess. To make matters worse, the Wyranth have discovered the location of the king’s retreat, and they’re coming to assassinate Rislandia’s royal family.

James must keep his heart in check as Princess Reina’s passions steam up for him in return. Negotiations for crucial aid to the kingdom could depend on Reina’s hand in marriage to another man. With his heart and the kingdom at stake, can James perform his duty for his country?


In addition, tomorrow at 3pm Eastern Time there will be a Superversive Livestream, no doubt discussing these two books and other seasonal topics. Be sure to head over to SuperversiveSF when the time comes to listen in.

Appearing on Zaklog the Great’s Book Club

I will be making an appearance on Zaklog the Great’s Book Club, discussing the poem The House of Christmas by G.K. Chesterton. He has previous had such illustrious guests as John C. Wright and Tom Simon. I cannot hope to match the education and wit of such luminaries, but hopefully my contribution to the discussion will rise to the level of entertaining or even informative.

The discussion will be happening on Sunday at 2pm Central US time/3pm Eastern/8pm GMT on this coming Sunday, December 16th. Zaklog’s youtube channel can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD_oHKfsbVhgW3qSQj4-Tbg

The poem under discussion can be found below:

The House of Christmas

By: G. K. Chesterton

There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay on their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.
Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honour and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.

A Child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost – how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky’s dome.

This world is wild as an old wives’ tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.

To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.

Speaking of Stunning Cover Art…

The cover art for Jon Del Arroz’s new space opera series was revealed yesterday, and it is a beauty.

Early review copies of this book will be provided to backers of the Starquest crowdfunding campaign at the Templar Squire level and above. With five days of the campaign left to go, it has just reached its third stretch goal, the full funding of the first three books in the series. If you haven’t already, check out the campaign via the button below