Monday, August 8, 2011

I am going to try and keep this blog updated more frequently with information about current writing projects, planned writing projects and any works due to be published.

If you have viewed my bibliography page you may have noted that I listed two stories in the upcoming anthology Dr. Omega and the Shadowmen. One of the questions that may have occurred to you is, Who is Dr. Omega. To this I could answer simply yes, Who is Dr. Omega. This sounds like a line from the Abbott and Costello routine Who's on First. The parallel meaning for the phrase applies to both in my reply and in the comedy routine.

Dr. Omega is a character that was created by Arnould Galopin and published in a novel entitled Dr. Omega in 1906. It was translated into English in 2005 by Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier.

Dr. Omega is a elderly, somewhat irascible scientist who built a machine called the Cosmos. The cosmos has the ability to travel through time and space. The internal illustrations of the 1906 edition bear an uncanny resemblance to the first incarnation of a certain other time traveling doctor. You may know of Who I speak.

There is a theory floating around that Dr. Omega might be the same person as the other time traveling Doctor. Of course to speculate thus could get a person in trouble so I would never dare do it. Any similarities between the two characters is purely coincidental.

Both of my stories begin at the same time and place. Dr. Omega is taking his young traveling companion to the New York premiere of The Wizard of Oz. However when they arrive at their destination they discover that New York city has become drastically altered; in one version it is a dead city, in another it is an overpopulated dystopia. Before they can attend the film they must discover what has altered history and fix it. In doing so they also discover the true nature of Dorothy Gale's greatest enemy and uncover the mystery surrounding a famous pulp hero's origin.

Hopefully those who buy the book will enjoy the stories.