Fiction, Illusion, and Reality

Someone asked what fiction, illusion, and reality have in common. Well, if reality really is some objective thing out there, then illusion would be something that has the appearance of reality, but isn’t; and fiction would be the story describing the illusion, which of course, is mistaken for truth.

Short Story Collection

Wilkommen to a new collection of short stories by Mr. Stone called Collected Short Stories. There are ten stories in all and it’s available in ebook format from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and other ebook retailers. Here is a link. Order your copy and enjoy.

Review of The Xylanthian Chronicles

After completing Thomas Stone’s Xylanthian Trilogy, I’ve got to admit I am properly impressed. The Xylanthia books may be the best thing I have ever read. I know, I know, it sounds like a marketing ploy, or a plug for a friend, but it’s not because I mean it and by the way, I’ve never met Mr. Stone face to face. The Xylanthian Chronicles is chock full of interesting characters, fantastic situations, interstellar travel, adventure, and ideas I’ve never paused to consider.

The story begins with an interesting premise: a habitable planet (Xylanthia) is discovered in the Sirius binary system. One of the corporations that runs things on earth sends a team of explorers to record and document. They encounter a geophysical anomaly arising from the conditions in the binary system and some of the team end up traveling through time and space.

Meanwhile, dangerous swamp creatures start popping up and picking off the explorers. Oh, and they discover a new recreational drug derived from a curious substance that is somehow mixed up with the anomaly which turns out to be a wormhole.

Like all Stone’s stories, The Xylanthian Chronicles moves along quickly through one adventure after another. There are harrowing escapes from a wide assortment of dangers both on Xylanthia and Earth.

What a wonderful sci-fi tale reaching across three books and finally taking the reader to the center of the universe — The Galactic Center (which is the title of the concluding book in the trilogy.).

Beautifully written and unforgettable. Top book of the year as far as I am concerned.

Xylanthia Book Release

I am delirious to announce the release of The Xylanthian Chronicles, a sci-fi trilogy by yours truly, Thomas C. Stone.

The three books trace the adventures of a group of characters who start out as a team of explorers cataloging the flora and fauna of Xylanthia — a moon in orbit about a gas giant orbiting one of the binary stars at Sirius.

A gateway in time is discovered amid speculations on the nature of the origin of life on Xylanthia. Additionally, an enterprising lab technician derives a recreational drug from an alien substance and suddenly, we’re off to the races. That’s even before the transdimensional beings show up. Yep, that’s what I said. Transdimensional beings.

The three books, in order, are Xylanthia, Return To Xylanthia, and The Galactic Center. The Xylanthian Chronicles is written for a general audience with a suggested rating of PG-13. If preferred, each book is also sold separately.

quick peek at a masterpiece

I’ve had occasion to read maybe half of the Xylanthia trilogy including portions of the final book which he says isn’t done yet, but I have the big picture and it is marvelous! I have promised not to reveal any details but I can say the 3 book Xylanthia series is a reading experience; an extremely well-written, entertaining romp through Stoney’s fertile imagination, and I am quite certain I have never read anything like it before. There is a lot of action and it’s fun and thoughtful and the prose flows…

Karl tells me to just say what Xylanthia is about. Well, you’d have to read it for yourself. Maybe with a cocktail. I suppose you could say the entire, three book story is about a young woman making her way in a futuristic world. The first book, Xylanthia, is about her experience with a team of interstellar explorers on the planet Xylanthia orbiting one of the binary stars at Sirius.

I would definitely be interested in acting the part but only if Cameron directs.

I wanted to say more about the other two books — Return to Xylanthia and The Galactic Center, but Karl says I’ve said too much already.

The Xylanthia series could easily become my new favorite. Waiting for the release date? Hm?

“Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavor, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.”

– H.W. Fowler

Inquiring minds…

…wanted to know what I had planned for this 4th of July holiday weekend. They will likely be disappointed to find I am digging up my potatoes, painting four chairs (red), bathing the cats because they have fleas, and doing a little writing. So, I hope everybody has a great holiday. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and have a slice of watermelon. We’ll talk about Ken Kesey and Thomas Hardy.

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