Carl Sagan & Benjamin Franklin Attend a Cosmic Party
by G G Collins (Copyright 2017)
Recently I watched “The Farthest: Voyager in Space.” Actually I’ll admit to seeing it three times. (Read my review here on Parallel Universe https://paralleluniverseatlarge.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/review-the-farthest/ . The late Carl Sagan played an important role in the Voyager project. If you haven’t seen it, it is playing on PBS.
While writing “Lemurian Medium” I went to the NASA website and looked at photos taken by Voyager to describe the planets as Reluctant Medium Rachel Blackstone took an astral journey to save a kidnapped friend.
Doing the research for this novel was quite fun. I ran across some notable people, namely Carl Sagan and Benjamin Franklin who both apparently believed in the possible existence of extraterrestrial life.
I wanted something lighthearted to occur during Rachel’s escape as it was quite tense at times. When she burst onto the astral plane she discovered it wasn’t the same plane she arrived on. But this level had a twist. There was a celestial cocktail party going on!
As she observed the varied types of aliens in all shapes and sizes, drinking colorful cocktails in odd vessels, and then she spied some humans like herself. There was Sagan and Franklin talking with beings from other worlds.
I wanted to honor them in some small way. Sagan was of hero of mine. Through him I became interested in the cosmos because he made it accessible. Cheers!
Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Re-Covered
Rachel travels to an ancient doomed land to rescue Stella Dallas, High Desert Country magazine’s beloved receptionist. It will take her special skill-set to pull it off in a hostile environment.
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Builder of Worlds
By G G Collins (Copyright 2016)
I never expected to be a builder of worlds and yet I’ve written two books where I needed to do just that.
Time travel is always tricky, but it’s also fun. In “Lemurian Medium” I sent protagonist Rachel Blackstone back in time via astral travel to the mythical (?) continent of Lemuria. I began reading about the continent that reportedly sunk into the ocean when a cataclysmic series of earthquakes and volcanoes broke up the island country and the sea claimed it.
When you ask people to buy into a paranormal or fantasy storyline, it’s important to include as much fact as possible, to lend integrity to the story. I began reading the works of Colonel James Churchward, who called Lemuria by another name; Mu. He studied monastery sources in India while serving in the British army.
After getting a basic idea of Churchward’s theories I read Frank Joseph’s book “The Lost Civilization of Lemuria: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Oldest Culture.” There are many creation stories and Lemuria is one for that part of the world. There is a museum in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan called the Mu Museum and is a tribute to the Motherland. In the Hawaiian Ethnic Art Museum in Oahu, there are carvings that seem to verify the existence of a golden race who survived the onrush of the sea.
To make the city realistic I researched the Romans from their garments to their communal toilets. In addition I read Shirley MacLaine’s dreams of Lemuria as she related them in her excellent book “The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit.” Her description of the Lemurians—some golden, some violet, and hermaphroditic—let imagination fill in the blanks. For homes I went with crystal construction with private areas being opaque. Rachel was surprised to learn she could communicate either from her mind or with the use of Lemurian seed crystals and crystal balls.
I needed a villain in spirit and chose Quetzalcoatl, a Mayan god who liked to dine on humans. It is thought that Lemurians who survived the end of their homeland took to the vast water and made their way to what is known today as Central America and to the southwestern part of the US.
When my research was complete I was no longer certain that Lemuria was a myth. I hope readers of the book can entertain that possibility as well.
Next Post: We’ll take a look at “Atomic Medium,” worldbuilding in a much closer era.
Chris the Story Reading Ape Blog Features Rachel Blackstone
You can find the story here:
Maybe Rachel will finally clue us in as to why she wears shoes she can run in. Did she really fly on a dragon?And what’s this about her being a medium?
Oh well, just see what she has to say.
“Reluctant Medium” Now Found on Two Top 100 Lists
Mystery>Supernatural>Werewolves & Shifters
Caution for Cozy Readers: “Reluctant Medium” does contain profanity and some mild horror, so if you’re a cozy purest, it may not be for you. But it also contains humor, adventure and of course, all sorts of paranormal story lines.
In the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series, Rachel meets with a different challenge in each book. In “Reluctant Medium” it’s an shape-shifting evil spirit. The second installment, “Lemurian Medium,” is an encounter with a Mesoamerican man-eating deity. In upcoming “Atomic Medium,” it is alien beings. Set during current day and The Manhattan Project during the 1940s, the tentative pub date is December 2014. The fourth will be “Anasazi Medium” where Rachel stumbles onto spirits while camping out with friend Chloe–if you can imagine Chloe camping out? She’s sure to have it catered.
At the heart of each book is the friendship between Rachel and Chloe as they work together to solve each supernatural mystery. Their assortment of “experts” continues to grow as they’ve expanded into crystals, astral and time travel. And Rachel will continue to have those strange experiences in bathrooms during the present and past.
Her cat Chile Pod and spirit animal Kiyiya try to watch out for Rachel, who remains reluctant.
Again, a big “thank you” to all readers who have taken the time to read the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries. And an extra thanks to all who made the time to write reviews. I appreciate it beyond words.
— G G Collins