Dennis Meredith, Mythicals

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Cover: Mythicals

Cover: Mythicals

MYTHICALS
Dennis Meredith
Glyphus LLC, November 15, 2018, Print: $16.95, ebook: $2.99
ISBN-10: 1939118298; ISBN-13: 978-1939118295
ASIN: B07H75YG5P

Meredith reports:

Sometimes a writer gets a totally off-the-wall weird plot idea that he just can't get out of his head until he writes the novel. That's how my new scifi/fairy tale, Mythicals, was born. As I recall, I was daydreaming . . . uh, I mean creatively conceptualizing . . . about the fabulous menagerie of creatures of legend, and wondering how I could write a novel about them. My science fiction filter kicked in, and I realized I could gin up a plot where they really existed as aliens on the planet. From there, it was a natural (to me) leap to having them be exiles and living among the natives via high-tech disguises I called flesh-suits.

Dennis Meredith (right)

Dennis Meredith (right)

Of course, I wouldn’t be satisfied with garden-variety fairies, ogres, elves, pixies, trolls, werewolves, angels and such. So, I re-invented the creatures to give them compelling back stories, vividly depicted home planets, and exotic customs that I hope readers will find surprising, funny, and/or satiric.

For conflict, I came up with the idea that these Mythicals realize the planet of their exile is ecologically doomed unless they take drastic action–a step they dub the Remediation–to reduce the population. Their weapon: orbiting electromagnetic pulse weapons that will blast the planet with intense radio waves and devastate the technological infrastructure. Some Mythicals advocate for the Remediation; others believe the planet’s species can be saved.

I was deep into writing when a huuuuge plot twist occurred to me, which of course I won’t reveal here. Suffice it to say, I guarantee the reader a profound shock to the literary system, I believe in a stimulating and deeply thought-provoking way. And as a bonus, here's a "true" tale surrounding the novel: http://www.ismellsheep.com/2018/11/author-dennis-meredith-saysewe-wont.html.

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Jan. 16, 2019

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