Notes from An Alien

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The Fiction Game


Is fiction just a game authors play with readers?

Let’s look at some of the root meanings of “fiction” and “game”:

Fiction: something invented; a fashioning or feigning; to shape, form, devise; to knead, form out of clay

Game: joy, fun, amusement; participation, communion; people together

Seems like fiction, with its ability to invent ways, that can be fun, to bring people together, to shape and form situations that can induce communion, readers empathizing with characters, can actually be a valid and valuable game to play

Awhile back, I wrote a post called, World Crises And Fiction Writers ~ Can They Help Humanity?, which is worth looking at, especially for all the comments readers made.

In that post I was exploring the idea that fiction can be used to “enlighten” the reader about social/global issues; not to preach but to present, not to moralize but to model, not to solve but to impel creative response.

Today, I watched an amazing video about a teacher who created a World Peace Game for his fourth graders. The game is a fiction but the children take it very seriously; and, they resolve issues that most adults find baffling.

For all you writers out there, I think this video could also give you some creative ideas for how to simulate a story

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Global Issues ~ Notes from an Alien


I spend a significant amount of time in a virtual world, Second Life. I’m the Events Manager for a place called Book Island and I’ve been having live readings every Thursday of chapters from my soon-to-be-published book, Notes from An Alien (get a free copy with the link over there in the side-panel).

Well, I finished reading the chapters and will be changing the format of my weekly event next Thursday, the 28th of April.

We’ll be having consultations about the various issues the book raises.

On a recent read-through of the manuscript, to assure myself that I actually had a final manuscript, I made a listing of the major issues.

If this is your first exposure to what my book is about, here’s my elevator-pitch:

Notes from An Alien is a Documentary Novel about an alien civilization’s rise from

greed, corruption, and war to enduring peace.

 

Here’s a listing (by no means complete) of various issues the novel raises, along with the chapters having significant action related to the issue:

Corporate Greed – 1, 2
Corporate Control of Populace – 1, 2, 4
Religious Wars – 1, 2, 3
Prophetic Predictions – 1, 3, 5
War-Just/Unjust – 1, 10
Constant Expansion As A Solution – 1, 2, 11
Non-Religious Religions – 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 13
Military Control of Populations – 2
Rational Religion – 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11
Corporate Ecological Damage – 2, 4, 5
Material Realm/Spiritual Realm – 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19
Science and Faith – 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15
Spiritual Practice – 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11
Costs of War – 3, 4, 5, 10, 11
Governance – 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14
Oneness of All People – 6, 7, 8, 14, 16, 19
Economic Issues – 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13
Altruism and Sacrifice – 7, 9, 11, 17
True Peace – 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

I’m sure I’ll learn one heck of a lot about how to facilitate discussions and keep them from turning into arguments :-)
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