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“JOHN M. WHALEN’S THIS RAY GUN FOR HIRE… and Other Tales.”
This collection of short stories includes five sci-fi noir tales featuring 22nd Century troubleshooter Frank Carson. You got a job so dirty and dangerous nobody else will touch it? Get Carson.
In “Forever Eden,” Carson is hired to stop a mad scientist who has taken over a space lab so he can clone human slaves. “Tuqamari” tells the story of a dying oil magnate who hires Carson to negotiate an amnesty with the leader of indigents who’ve been fighting to get their lands back.
A wealthy industrialist hires Carson to deliver a ransom in an extremely unusual way in “Alexander the Great.”
Also included are four other tales set in the Tulon Universe, the same setting Whalen used in his full-length novel, THE BIG SHUTDOWN.
“The stories in this collection take place about 100 years before the events in the novel,” according to the author. “In a way, this book is a prequel to THE BIG SHUTDOWN.”
Exciting Sci-fi action and noir intrigue! “JOHN M. WHALEN’S THIS RAY GUN FOR HIRE . . . and Other Tales.”
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If you think things don’t look so good for Donald Trump now, you haven’t seen anything yet. As I predicted back in November Trump’s troubles, both legal and political, will not really get serious until this summer. As explained previously, Saturn the truth planet, the planet that represents the lesson of what you reap so you shall sow, was conjunct his Moon and opposite his Sun back in January just prior to his inauguration. Inklings of trouble reared their ugly heads then only to dissipate somewhat in February as Saturn, the reaper, moved on.
Despite yesterday’s hearings on the Russia connection and the alleged wire taps, most of Trump’s supporters remain in his corner, although Republicans in the House and Senate are starting to create some distance from him. But come early April, Saturn turns retrograde and makes a return visit from July through October to that sensitive area that it traversed in December. Once again the Moon and Sun will be subjected to Saturn’s withering attack. More revelations, possibly resulting from the FBI investigation of Trump and his gang’s association with powerful Russian oligarchs and power brokers, including Putin, may come to light.
The transit to Trump’s moon is ominous. The moon rules the area of his chart that the old time astrologers used to call the house of self-undoing. Most of his current difficulties are all self perpetuated. His “twitter impulse” opened up this can of worms. He himself called for a congressional investigation. Be careful what you wish for. The area of his chart ruled by the Moon also rules the danger of imprisonment. That will never happen. If he’s found guilty of anything he’ll cop a plea and just resign. But the Sun in Trump’s horoscope rules his Ascendant, the health center. It will be extremely stressed during that period as Saturn opposes. His health could suffer as a result of the stresses and pressures. It will take a great deal of strength and will power to get through it.
And don’t count him out yet. If there’s one thing we know about the Donald is that he is full of surprises. His sun was conjunct Uranus, the planet of rebellion, and shocking surprises, when he was born. Uranus is the Joker in the deck. The wildest things imaginable are possible. It’s going to be an interesting summer.
Here’s a link to my earlier blog and the November
Saw KONG: SKULL ISLAND. Meh. Terrific first hour. Second hour loses focus with too many characters and not enough real characterization.
Ending lacked the resonance of the classic original. Since this, like so many big-budget flicks today, is not a stand-alone film, but part of a bigger series, there is no real ending. Only a brief cessation of spectacle until the next installment begins. As a result there is no satisfying conclusion at the end, as when Robert Armstrong says: “It was beauty killed the beast.” As my son, J. Michael, said, every movie made today is a two-hour commercial for the next one.”
I think another problem was too many writers. Four I think. It was Kong meets Apocalypse Now. Throw in a World War II surviver still alive on Skull Island after 28 years. He was originally stuck there with a Japanese soldier, and in the film’s prologue they try to kill each other until a giant ape suddenly appears. Twenty eight years pass and the American vet (John C. Reilly) is still alive. The Japanese guy is dead. Big mistake. They should have kept him alive and every so often have him come out of the bushes to attack Reilly. You know, like Inspector Clouseau and Kato. Just a thought.
Not terrible, but falls short of the high bar set by Merrian C. Cooper and company. Oddly I saw this No. 1 at the box office movie at a Sunday 1:30 matinee in a huge Cinemark theater with state of the art 3-D and multi-track sound. Technically one of the best viewing and listening experiences I’ve had. But only 10 people in the theater.
Meanwhile . . .
Have you ever watched a movie and had the funny feeling you might have seen it before but you know absolutely, positively, you never did? Well, you might get that kind of feeling watching BROKEN LANCE, a big, sprawling western extravaganza from the 1950s in Cinemascope from 20th Century Fox. I explain why in my latest movie review up today on Cinema Retro.
Let me add a note here about a new review an anonymous reader from Brooklyn sent in to Amazon for my HUNTING MONSTERS IS MY BUSINESS. Anonymous said: “These short stories featuring Mordecai Slate are worthy of any horror story written.” That’s the kind of review writers want to hear. Makes it all worthwhile. Thanks, Anonymous.
Another reviewer (J H) recently wrote: “Worth the money.” That may be the highest praise of all, because I don’t know how many books I’ve read and wished I could get my money back. So thanks, JH.
If you’ve read any of my books and want to say something about them, good or bad, please feel free to send a quick review in to Amazon. Feedback is appreciated.
It’s been quiet over here for a while. That’s because I’ve been busy on a new project. I’ll have an announcement about it pretty soon. Meanwhile . . .
If you dig movie soundtracks, you’ll want to read my review of GARDEN OF EVIL today on Cinema Retro.This fifties western in Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound comes with an audio commentary by experts who explain why some of these older flicks outperform some movies today, and why so many soundtracks by today’s film composers sound so much alike.
In memory of Debbie Reynolds, here’s a review of one of her seldom-mentioned films from 1960, THE SECOND TIME AROUND an entertaining comedy-western.
You can read my review of THE GLORY GUYS on Cinema Retro today. The script for this film was written by the legendary Sam Peckinpah. I take exception to some of the comments made on the audio commentary by the “Peckinpah Posse,” who dismissed it as nothing more than a made-for-TV movie.