following news article was reprinted on the Internet by
Businessweek.com on September 13, 2009, giving national exposure to two
books of mine that appeared in 2009--JUDGMENT DAY AND OTHER DREAMS and
MOTHER EARTH'S STRETCH MARKS. The article was originally published in
the Silver City Sun-News newspaper on July 21, 2009.
'Hooked on Sci-Fi:' Silver City author makes his fantasy a reality
City, New Mexico, Jul. 21--It's not common that an author has two books
published in one year, but that's just what happened for local author,
poet and scientist T. Jackson King.
who goes by Tom when he's not writing, has had his third and fourth
books published this year -- a long 13 years after the publication of
his last book.
Day and Other Dreams," a collection of 15 science fiction, fantasy and
magic realism stories, was published in April by Fantastic Books, out
of Blacksburg, Va. King's third book, a collection of poetry about
land, critters, the desert, class warfare, loss and memories titled
"Mother Earth's Stretch Marks," was published locally by Motherbird
Books of Silver City in March.
Wednesday, King will appear on Channel 17's The Morning Show at 8:15
a.m. to discuss "Judgment Day and Other Dreams." On Saturday, he will
do a reading and book-signing from 10 a.m. to noon at Wild West
Weaving, 211-D N. Texas St., in downtown Silver City.
award-winning journalist and former government archeologist, King, 61,
said the publication of his most recent book was the realization of a
read science fiction ever since the fourth grade. And after my first
short story appeared in the fifth-grade school newsletter, I was hooked
on Sci-Fi, science and learning everything I could," he said. "After
that, all I wanted to be was a storyteller to readers of all ages and
has had stories published in Analog, Science Fiction and Fact, and
Figment, as well as other magazines, but careers in journalism and
government archeology intervened before his first novel, "Retread
Shop," was published in 1988. That was followed up with a second Sci-Fi
novel, "Ancestor's World," in 1996.
his newly published collection, King said, "Six of the stories are
Earth-based, nine are space-based, all include humans, and many of the
aliens in the stories are as human as you or me." Three of the stories
have never been published before.
the collection includes a mix of science fiction, magical realism and
dark fantasy stories, King draws on his diverse interests in
archeology, cross-cultural anthropology, Jungian archetypes and world
Of the stories in the collection, King said, "They are all dreams that wanted to be real."
Eilert, owner Wild West Weaving gallery, where King will be reading
Saturday, said she particularly enjoyed a story in the collection that
was set in Reserve, New Mexico.
"He really brought out the culture of the area in that story. It was a magnificent way of preserving that," she said.
King read recently at a science fiction convention in Phoenix over Fourth of July
was great to spend time with fellow lovers of science fiction and
fantasy,' he said. "I've long thought that science fiction was the
literature of 'a hopeful future' and that was reinforced by lectures
from Arizona space scientists involved with probes to the moon, Mars
and the outer planets."
addition to his published novels, poetry collection and recent short
story collection, King has had short stories published by national and
regional magazines, along with several dozen non-fiction articles in
specialty journals and magazines. His archeology thesis was published
by the San Bernardino County Museum in 1976.
moved to Silver City in 2004. Before that he worked as managing editor
of the Eastern Arizona Courier in Safford and The Copper Era of
Clifton, Ariz. While reporting on crime issues in Clifton, a story by
King won the 2003 First Amendment Award by Arizona's Society of
Professional Journalists. He also worked for 15 years as an
archeologist for the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation,
National Park Service and Forest Service in the Southwest and the
Colorado Plateau. He is the father of two grown sons and a daughter.
is currently at work on several short stories, and another novel, this
one about a young orphan boy who scavenges in a garbage dump in a
future colony world, where the people and the culture are based on
South America. It is titled, "Little Brother's World."
Day and Other Dreams," is available online at Amazon.com and
BarnesandNoble.com. More information on King's books and stories can be
found on his Web site at http://www.sff.net/people/t-jackson-king.
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