Miriam Newman is the author of heartfelt historical romances and adventure-filled science fiction tales. She's joining us today to share her new releases from DCL Publications. Let's give her a warm welcome. She'd love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question.
A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT by Miriam Newman
So, OK, the big holiday is over. The presents are opened, the dinner eaten and perhaps your tree is a little lopsided if, like me, you have a puppy. Well, she’s in housetraining, so it could be worse. I count my blessings that she’s a “she” and not prone to lift a leg. My last puppy chewed up all the Christmas ornaments along with the wrapping paper, cards and ribbon all carefully stored in my attic. I even tell the story in one of my books, Dancer Dog.
Another of my books is Season of Love, a Christmas anthology brought out a couple of years ago by DCL Publications. There are stories by Kate Hofman, Bill Haworth, Susan Blexrud and me. They’re all good stories, otherwise we wouldn’t have included them, but for the purposes of this post I’m going to consider my own. For the first time, at my publisher’s request, I tried writing science fiction. I hadn’t done it before and was pleasantly surprised at the outcome, Peace on New Earth.
In my story, colonists from a future Earth have left their overcrowded planet for the freedom and challenges of life on the planet Megasta. That life is literally hanging by a thread. Despite their massive technological achievements, the colonists have still been outwitted by Mother Nature which has brought along their ancient, inherent susceptibility to the measles virus which has spread to the indigenous population like a virtual plague. The natives, a nomadic people not too far past their planetary equivalent of our Stone Age, are beginning to die and they don’t plan to go down peacefully. In a last ditch attempt to preserve lives and fragile peace, med-techno Janelle attempts to successfully immunize a tribal chieftain, Aron, who has offered himself for the experiment in hopes of saving his people. This is a romance, after all, and of course you can guess at the outcome. World peace and a love affair. Sappy stuff, perhaps, but after all it is the Season of Love.
Aron is a sensitive and intelligent man even if he does still like a good spear for bringing down wildlife. He is impressed by the technology of the colonists, believing from what he sees that they are capable of almost anything. So when Janelle tells him that she envisions a future in which their people will live together in peace, he responds, “If you see it, I believe it may be so.” Such a simplistic statement…or is it? If we see peace, can we not achieve it? We have “seen” the atomic bomb, the first Moon landing, the cures for major diseases—things no one a hundred years ago thought were even remotely possible. If we SEE peace clearly enough and with a powerful enough vision, can we fulfill Aron’s simplistic yet profound belief that seeing a thing can make it so? In this Season of Love, what do you think?
Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been Miriam’s passion for as long as she can remember. She was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. She brings that background to her writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where she nurtures her muse. Her published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently she lives in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can view her books at www.miriamnewman.com.