Notes from An Alien

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Fiction Reflecting Reality ~ Does It Always Happen?


Some folks say that, no matter how unusual the characters are in a fictional story, they’re just shadows of the author and people the author knows.

Of course, there are other folks who don’t believe that last statement—plus, when you consider not just the characters of fiction but also the world those characters inhabit, fiction starts to seem very far from “reality”.

I quoted reality because there are those who consider certain fictional writings to be more true than the mundane life surrounding them

Now, to come down from the hill of speculation to the plain of specificity, let me remind my readers that my Friday posts are all part of the series Behind The Scenes of the novel Notes from An Alien and, even though the book is for sale in print and e-book editions, you can still have a free copy :-)

And, you might want to grab a copy and read it first (it’s relatively short) since today’s post does have SPOILERS.

When I was writing Notes from An Alien, I decided to give the Corporate World the practice of implanting devices in babies’ brains to be able to control their endocrine systems—cause wild swings in their emotions to drive them to use what’s called Simulated Recreation (virtual reality) to calm down, while unknowingly absorbing propaganda.

The implants were also used to pump up sexual desire to increase birth rates.

I didn’t realize I was, in a way, reflecting reality

While preparing to write a book of short stories to follow Notes from An Alien (those stories being replaced by these Friday posts), I was studying the endocrine system and found, on the Site ChemicalWatch, this study:

Call for action on endocrine disruptors by WHO/Unep report authors

The authors of that paper “…note that the vast majority of chemicals in current commercial use have not been tested at all for health effects, and that this ‘lack of data introduces significant uncertainties about the true extent of risks from chemicals that potentially could disrupt the endocrine system’.”

And, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, here is a definition of “endocrine disruptors”:

“Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.”

So, my novel, rather than having chemicals produced by corporations disrupting people’s endocrine systems, I had a Corporation using brain implants to do it

I brought up this issue of manipulation of people’s endocrine systems because of a comment in a previous Behind The Scenes post by John Pope:

“Since we can now ask whatever we want, why would, say, a short story about Brolan the corporate head, deplete from the overall bouquet of Notes From An Alien?”

So, here comes a little-known official study of the Angan Corporation Chief, Brolan Mexur.

[ The word “Mesh” is used for the Angian equivalent of our Internet—enhanced by electronic/Plasma interactions ]

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Post-Autopsy Considerations Concerning Brolan Mexur

>> for Release on Corporate Mesh ONLY <<

After Mexur’s seizure and demise, it was discovered the implant had suffered an alteration in its output characteristics. Studies are still proceeding to determine when the alterations began.

It is certainly known that Mexur was selected for his position as Corporation Chief based on his ideal abilities to enforce compliance in others. This personality trait was either inherent at birth and boosted by his implant or was solely activated by the implant.

Anecdotal evidence, as well as Mesh records, show a marked propensity for selective intervention in others’ lives (the following being only a selection from the full records):

* Age 5 — Subjugated a friend and ordered him to steal candy [cause adjudged as inherent at birth]

* Age 7 — Forcibly engaged in sex with a retarded girl and convinced her to kill herself [cause still being evaluated since, at that time, the Corporation was not inducing increased sexual activity in that age group]

* Age 8 — Implicated his parents in a theft of property [being evaluated for dual causes]

* Age 14 — Organized a group of friends to terrorize local merchants so they would provide free services [cause likely induced by implant]

* Age 17 — Subjugated a Mesh-Hacker and induced him to seed the Corporate Mesh with recommendations for Mexur’s own consideration for Corporate Service [most probably due to Mexur’s innate personality]

Studies continue to determine the level of interaction between certain individual’s inherent personality traits and nominal implant operation.

Current assessments indicate valuable prospects for increased Employee control based on potentiation effects of implant operation combined with innate personality propensities.

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I hope John likes that bit of Behind The Scenes about Brolan

Next Friday will be a post about the religions in Notes from An Alien and why religion was used as a prominent symbol

And, lest Jane Watson think I’m forgetting about exploring the symbolism of water, mesh, spheres, and forests, they will be dealt with—my Muse is just as active in these posts as she was in demanding what be written in the novel :-)

Last word:

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10 responses to “Fiction Reflecting Reality ~ Does It Always Happen?

  1. madiebeartri April 5, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Sometimes I use real events to tell a fictitious story. :) people watching is a great way to develope characters. Trying to guess what a stranger does for a living can be fun.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Oh, Madie, you are so right :-)

      When I was in high school, I used to take a bus to downtown Cleveland and sit sipping coffee in a certain restaurant—watching people and imagining what their lives were like and why they acted the way they did

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  2. Jane Watson April 7, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Wow! I loved this exposé of Brolan’s medical history and demise, because of course, to me, it just underlines that this book, set in another galaxy, is reality based fiction. I believe this kind of endocrine disruption is happening now in our society not by forced implant perhaps, but by other means of genetically manipulated food stuffs and ‘recommended’ drug regimes…we should never forget that fiction may seem like ‘a story’ but in actual fact most fiction is the pearl grown in the oyster of creativity from the grit of truth, as it is layered with shell and transformed into the beauty of story- but the truth is always there at the centre :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Oh, My, Jane!! How Beautifully Truthful: “…we should never forget that fiction may seem like ‘a story’ but in actual fact most fiction is the pearl grown in the oyster of creativity from the grit of truth, as it is layered with shell and transformed into the beauty of story- but the truth is always there at the centre :-)”

      Thank you for sharing that on this blog :-)

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  3. Jane Watson April 7, 2013 at 7:27 am

    And here’s a quote I like on this:

    “Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.” ~ Stephen King

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Whoot !!! :-)

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  4. Barbara Blackcinder April 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

    We must all be aware of the corporate manipulations for the sake of selling, which begins right with coercing us by affecting our emotions at various times. I’m glad your novel takes place in the distant future, that we don’t have endocrine implants and an altered mesh of plasma.. yet. But we certainly do have the media exposure that will certainly do for a plasma field for the time being.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Very perceptive, Barbara—Media does attempt the same end as the Corporate World’s Simulated Recreation

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  5. jalapenopopey April 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Now we are cooking with gas. I had a tad of compassion for him with the corporate mesh, but to study his autopsy has left me no longer sad he is gone! These Friday posts are the second book entitled companion to NFAA.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Well, perhaps, after sufficient time, these Friday posts can be collected into just such a volume :-)

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