Enclosed are the opening chapters of my novel, "An Ordered Rank of Pawns,
All Dressed in Gray," in Adobe .pdf format. This is the first
published volume (e-published :) of what I like to call an "enormous
world" series. Naturally, I owe a lot to PJF, in that respect.
I have a PJF story, that goes along with the novel, which, if ever
published in book form, will have a dedication to the inimitable Mr.
Years (many years) ago, when I was in my first burst of literary
creativity, I had this tremendously original idea, and was 100 pages
deep in what I believed to be the world's first scientific afterlife
story. You wouldn't believe how proud I was, of myself. Then, in my
regular shopping at the local bookstore, I picked up a brand new
paperback, by Phillip Jose Farmer, which was the first volume of the
Riverworld series. What a shock! A better mousetrap.
After decades, I returned to the theme, in a much different way, but I
never forgot that shock.
Therefore, in honor of my terrible experience :) I had to provide some
sort of acknowledgement to PJF. In the first chapter of my novel, one of
the characters wakes up, at the wrong time, to a very unusual situation
- not the same situation that Richard Burton found, but the similarities
Later on, in my enormous outline, I found a perfect excuse to include a
minor, but interesting character named Riverworld, but that's another
The entire novel, and the beginnings of its sequel, can be found as
recommended Science Fiction, at MightyWords.com. The sample chapters,
attached, can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
I hope you find the enclosure interesting.