ALWAYS DIVIDED, NEVER UNITED

ALWAYS DIVIDED, NEVER UNITED

AND OTHER STORIES DURING A TIME OF PANDEMICS AND POLITICS

Does President Joe Biden really have a “mandate” from the people? And if not, is that truly different from any other point in United States history? Did I have COVID-19? Will I ever know if I get it now? Were the acts of certain Congresspeople treason? What is the worst that can happen if we implemented every environmental policy? Is there something that would finally push non-Trumpers out of Republican Party? Could the vaccine be given by force?

These AND OTHER STORIES are explored and reflected upon DURING A TIME OF PANDEMICS AND POLITICS. Though we may be ALWAYS DIVIDED, NEVER UNITED, truth still has the ultimate value.

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254 DAYS TO IMPEACHMENT

254 DAYS TO IMPEACHMENT

THE STORY OF THE FIRST INDEPENDENT PRESIDENT

How can you change the world in 254 days or less? That is all the time between when the President of the United States takes the Oath of Office and when the budget is due. As a tangential sequel to “NEW & IMPROVED: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, we follow the aftermath of an election of a truly independent President. What happens when an idealist sits in the most powerful chair in the world while an entire bureaucracy fights to stay relevant? This mixed-media story and political thesis follows just that, beginning with what should be just a mundane inauguration ceremony that instead abruptly changes everything. From there, we follow the actions of the White House just as we would in the real world: through a variety of media sources and perspectives. When we reach that 254-day mark and a standoff ensues, the question simply becomes: can a new way of doing politics truly supplant the entrenched system?

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COMPENDIUM OF HUMANITY'S END

COMPENDIUM OF HUMANITY'S END

Humanity’s scientific and societal achievements have reached unprecedented heights and now people are populated on distant planets throughout the galaxy. Despite the vast distances and technology required, no life has been found at all—not even a microbe or a fossil of one. Colonists have never discovered an Earth-like planet, no matter how exactly close it is to the real thing, but work tirelessly to keep a fragile balance in the ones they have created through terraforming. If thousands of years have been spent looking for life to no avail, what would that do the psyche of those who have been tasked to find it? If we are truly alone in the cold emptiness of the universe, then is life a mistake?

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UNTITLED 1

UNTITLED 1

A device goes off, releasing a disturbing yellow and orange haze into the unsuspecting people attending a minor league hockey game at a small arena in a mid-sized city. Elsewhere, a similar device goes off at a box store in a rural town, another on a plane going from one small regional airport to another, another yet at a Keno plaza. Dozens of these devices go off, all at the same time, at unusual and low-quality soft targets all over the country. Some places have a few thousands inside, others no one at all. Only one FBI analysist saw it coming, but even he did not have all of the pieces and gets caught up in the release of one of the devices. But now that the damage has been done, can the perpetrator or perpetrators be found and stopped? And even if they are, have they already won?

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LOST RUMORS

LOST RUMORS

What would happen to you if you woke up to find several days of your life are completely missing? As you go out in the world and speak with others, you slowly realize this, but something more: everyone has distinct memories of you; and they do not align to who you think you are. Told entirely from your perspective, you have many questions: What is real? What is just a rumor or perception? How do you separate facts from fiction, and how do you even know which one is which? What does is mean about you personally? And, most of all, what are you going to do now?

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YELLOW BALLOON (Working Title)

YELLOW BALLOON (Working Title)

As humans set out to conquer other worlds in the Sol System, they have been dismayed to find that they must almost always live underground and have many health issues due to gravity and radiation. But there is one place where humans do very well: 55KM above the surface of Venus. There, humans live in balloons that are filled with a breathable mixture that keeps them afloat, temperatures naturally range from 20°c to 30°c, atmospheric pressure is like being on a tall mountain and is thick enough to protect people from space ionization, and the gravity is close to home. Venus’s upper atmosphere is the true haven for humanity’s expansion into the universe, but for some it is not enough. Now, the governments of Earth, Mars, and the other colonies want to create an even better paradise through a mass terraforming and spin changing effort that will open up the entire surface of Venus, something no amount of Yellow Balloons can offer.

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HERRENVOLK

HERRENVOLK

During World War II, Hitler managed to set up an underground lair that the Nazis populated with "perfect" people. As the war turned, the secret society was forgotten about and everyone who knew about them was killed. Nearly a century later, they are discovered by accident. As archaeologist, psychologists, historians, and others are exposed to the lost nation, they are impressed with how peaceful the Nazi descendants are and how well their society runs. The Nazis do not know much about the war and do not carry a hatred of other people. They just know they are the chosen ones destined to be the best.

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PARALLEL CHOICES

PARALLEL CHOICES

Universes 7834W78Q3478TO7 and 7834W78Q3478TO8 have had an exact parallel history since the beginning of time. This all changes in one moment when a lone man sees a small boy being beaten up in an alley. In one universe, the callous man lets the boy die and goes on with his life, while in another he saves him despite his heartlessness. This branches the two universes away from each other and on vastly different paths. One decision can decide the fate of the entire universe, yet how can one know it is the correct one? After all, the man may have saved the next Hitler or let the next Messiah die. How else can we know without visiting all the possibilities in the multiverse?

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STARBUILDERS

STARBUILDERS

Trillions of years into the future, the universe is so large and defused that none of the remaining stars can see each other because light is just too slow. The remaining sentient people live in artificial systems where they have built their own stars by hunting and harvesting hydrogen around the massive universe. In order for the people of the planets in these system to survive, gatherers must continue to go out to search for more and more hydrogen to feed the stars in a continual and growingly fleeting effort. Unfortunately, things are not going well and more desperate measures are being taken by rouge groups. As resources continue to dwindle in the universe, can groups oblivious to each other’s efforts not only find each other, but find a way to save the universe? Can they stop the people that see destruction and a new start as the only way? Or should they stop them, since ending the universe may be the only way to save them all?

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UNTITLED 2

UNTITLED 2

Boy meets girl. They hit off immediately, as if they have known each other forever. The connection is exceptionally strong, like nothing he has ever felt before. She not only understands his desires and needs, she seems to anticipate them. And then she seems to know things he has never said out loud. And then she tries to fulfil fantasies he has only had in his head and is actually appalled to see them in the real world. And then she will not relent. Now, boy is afraid of girl, but there is nothing he can do. She has imprinted on him, and there does not seem to be a way to stop her from becoming everything he thought he desired, everything he is scared of now.

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DECONSTRUCTING EVIL (Working Title)

DECONSTRUCTING EVIL (Working Title)

After a dictator is killed in an invasion from United States forces, psychologists and sociologists lament the loss of an opportunity to study the man alive and learn “What makes someone evil?” and "If there are more people like him, why have they not risen to power?”. Another man reading an article on the subject is inspired to begin his own ascent to world domination because—as he shares through his journal—wanting to save the world from itself is not an evil goal. If he is the only person who can save the world, and the only way to save the world it to take it over, would it not be incumbent upon him to do just that no matter the consequences?

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ELYSIUM CLUB

ELYSIUM CLUB

Before coming President of the United States, Harry S. Truman once—and only once—came and conducted a secret meeting at the exclusive Jewish social and business club the Elysium Club in Boston, Massachusetts. As a direct descendant of the managers and part-owners of the Elysium club, do I carry the secret to this day? And if I do, is the secret of any value? Who else in power came through the doors of the Elysium Club and partook of this same secret? And most of all, can you trust that I am telling you the truth, or am I just throwing you off from the real secret?

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THE EL-BIB (Working Title)

THE EL-BIB (Working Title)

‘1:1 And God took the most insignificant speck of itself, and that speck quickly expanded with chaos inside until after some time it fell apart.’ Such begins the first English translation of the religious book of our alien visitors. For the past twenty years, scholars have been working tirelessly to bring to the humans of Earth and the Sol System a detailed and complete understanding of this spiritual text, working closely with the “priests” on their home planet to be fully immersed in the sights recorded within the words. Here, the scholars have included detailed explanation notes for intended purpose and understanding, and where our languages do not have compatible translations. Rejoice, for the word given to our off-world friends is finally available to humankind!

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THE AFTERMATH

THE AFTERMATH

In a cliché ending, the scorned lover swoops in right before the bride and groom say “I do”. He has devastating things to reveal about the groom-to-be, but more importantly he has his love to share with the bride. The groom-to-be is shoved off, the lover steps in, the lover and bride marry, and it is over. The End! But what happens afterwards? And what about everyone else involved? In the days, weeks, months, and years that pass, we follow the officiant of the ceremony, the people in the wedding parties, the friends and attendees, and—of course—the discarded groom and the new couple. With such a dramatic and traumatic beginning, it is sure to have a lasting impact in the aftermath.

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GOMORRAH

GOMORRAH

Gomorrah has been utterly destroyed and almost all people are killed. The survivors and those not from there say it is God’s wrath for committing the greatest sin of the times: being inhospitable! After all, the way they treated traders and those living outside their walls was horrific, leading to people needlessly dying in the wilderness. How dare the people of Gomorrah not show sympathy to those coming to their gates and treat them as their neighbors! And what of those neighbors? What was life like inside of Gomorrah before the fall? Follow along with the ordinary lives of the people from Gomorrah as they interact with each other and—occasionally—with the world at large, and truly learn what was happening inside those protected borders.

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UNTITLED 3

UNTITLED 3

Teenagers are being murdered in the woods. On the run, our protagonist and only view of the events is trying to save her own life while avoiding becoming the next victim. Unfortunately for her, she can only stay ahead of the carnage for so long. Her time does come, but it is not the end yet! She has one fleeting moment before death overcomes her to relive it all, see the events in complete detail, and find how who has killed her and her friends... and why.

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NEW & IMPROVED

NEW & IMPROVED

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The United States government is broken to the point where we can no longer have a single discussion without claiming partisan favoritism. Perspective does not matter because the entire political process has become a quagmire where nothing happens. Why is it so out of control? Every side will blame each other, but where are the solutions?

NEW & IMPROVED: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA goes beyond the 230 years of how we got here. Instead, a myriad of amendments, laws, and policies are explored to show how we can do better. With these fundamental and forward-looking Constitutional updates, hope will be restored to disenfranchised voices and there can finally be a real conversation in the United States government!

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IN DEFENSE OF...

IN DEFENSE OF...

EXONERATING PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING’S MOST HATED

“Certain people, events, organizations, and storylines in wrestling history have gotten a bum rap. Some writers have presented overtly critical comments and outright lies as fact, and others have followed suit. Well no more!” This was part of the opening lines to every issue of the classic anthology series “In Defense Of...”, a 64-part exposé that fought to dispel the myths surrounding the Internet Wrestling Community’s most hated targets. Now, all 29 cases have been brought together under one title, edited into in a streamlined format, and buoyed with rare and never before seen bonus material! Join author, consultant, entrepreneur, and all-around defender of truth J.P. Prag as he sheds lights on much maligned professional wrestling targets. Remember: the trial is not over until the defense rests!

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