A university physicist accidentally contacts God while conducting experiments in quantum entanglement, a.k.a. spooky action at a distance. This is the first that God has heard of humans, and he soon learns that some of them are not happy with his creation.
That is a question you will have to ask my subconscious. When I saw the call for this anthology, I really wanted to write a story for it because I am a big Vonnegut fan. But I didn't have time. I was trying to get one daughter graduated from our homeschool and enrolled in college. Another daughter was about to get married and I think most people have a pretty good idea of how crazy that can be. And on top of that we were in the middle of a number of remodeling projects that were supposed to get done before the wedding. So as much as I wanted to write a story for this anthology, I decided against it. Then, the day after I made that decision, this idea popped into my head. I thought, that's nice, but I don't have time, so I ignored it. But the idea would not let go. Over the next couple days, parts of the story just kept pouring out, all while I am working on this other stuff. The next thing I know, I have a complete story, too much story for the word limit in fact. So I figured I don't have any choice. I have to write this. The central theme is about suffering, so I suppose my subconscious had a compelling need to address that.
Other authors, particularly the ones who have helped me cope with life; Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Douglas Adams, William Tenn, Hunter Thompson, to name a few. You may notice that those are all humorists. Not that I don't also love the works of other writers, but it has been the humorists that have kept me sane. You could say that I am inspired to do the same for other people.
I grew up in the Philadelphia area and got involved in politics at a young age. In my early twenties I was elected councilman and subsequently suffered an overexposure to deception, nastiness and corruption. In other words, reality. Stripped of my youthful idealism, I dropped out of politics and moved to Colorado Springs where I met a wonderful woman and we started a family.
I've had stories published in Galaxy's Edge and Amazing Stories Magazine. I also used to write humor columns when I was younger. A few of those can be found on my website davidakilman.com, which is also a good place to watch for forthcoming story announcements.
A story titled "Toasterpocalypse" is due out in an anthology in November. The tentative title for the anthology is Children of Edward Bryant, but that may change. I will post more definitive information on my website as soon as I have it.
I am currently reading Unidentified Funny Objects 6 edited by Alex Shvartsman for a review that I will be writing for Amazing Stories Magazine. As you might guess from the title, it is an anthology of humorous science fiction and fantasy. Funny stuff so far, but I am only a few stories into it. I am also in the middle of Thomas Shelton's 1612 English translation of Don Quixote. I am enjoying that, but it is slow going due to the antiquated language. If you haven't read Don Quixote before, I would recommend reading a modern translation.
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