Thursday, December 7, 2017

Straight Chatting from the Library: Evolved by Archer Miller

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What is the favorite book you remember as a child? John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrows. I read the entire Martian series.

What is your favorite book today? I have two at the moment. Progeny by CL Fors and Dream a Little Dream of Me by Michael Kanuckel.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words. Evolved is a space epic centered on the conflict between normal humans and the Evolved.

What are you reading right now? Star Fox. A collection of short stories looking at the legacy of Zoro.

What books do you have on hold at the library? Stephen King on Writing Do you have any bad book habits? If you mean do I abuse my book like break the spine and dog-ear the pages or write in the margins? No.

E-Reader or print? and why? Print. I have e-books but I'm just old school.

One book at a time or multiples? Usually one at a time and I'm not a fast reader.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much) Bookmark, always.

Favorite book you've read this year? Dragon Princess by Jason Newman

When do you do most of your reading? I like a quiet house so usually late at night.

Favorite place to read? My easy chair with a good drink and a blanket.

Favorite genre? Science Fiction

Do you loan your books? What? I don't think I heard that correctly.

Favorite book to recommend? Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

How do you keep your books organized? By genre and by author.

what would make you not finish a book? If I found the writer was concentrating on following a formula set down by their publisher rather than relying on being original.

Keep books or give them away? Keep. Always keep.


Humanity has spread to the far reaches of space with The Golden Door, a planetary colonization monopoly, selling off every desirable and not so desirable planet to desperate settlers.

Each new world comes with new challenges, and to meet that challenge the children are evolving.

When Pieter, and other gifted children like him, become the target of government research they must fight not only for their lives but the future of their kind.


Mary’s telepathic shout jolted him out of a sound sleep. As his eyes opened flashes of blue light filled his room. He turned his head to check the common area between the cells. Arcs of lightening sizzled through the room. Kakogo cherta, he thought, watching the dancing discharge.

It’s Mike. He’s having a nightmare. Mary sounded frantic inside his mind.

Can’t you switch him off?

He can’t hear me.

Pieter stood and approached the barrier between his cell and the common room. The crackling discharge reminded him of a small Tesla coil his teacher brought to class. The lightning followed any hand or finger that touched the glass sphere. But this was on a scale he had never seen.

His eyes focused on the room across from his and caught sight of Joan watching the lights. They were all watching, too terrified to do anything to stop it.

Pieter pressed his hand to the clear wall and immediately the blue, static lights flowed to the spot. He felt no pain. The electrical discharge stopped at the other side of the wall, just like the Tesla coil in school. The pops and crackles from the common room made him wary. As he listened he could hear the electric lock mechanism on his door cycle on and off every few seconds.

Has he ever done this before? He asked.

Not like this, Mary replied. Not this bad.

Pieter listened for his door to open and pushed his hand against the clear panel.


Archer Miller emerged from the East Texas hill country and set his sights on finding the life of which few of his contemporaries dreamed. In 1974, he migrated to Boulder, Colorado to enroll at the Naropa Institute – now known as the Naropa University, a tiny Liberal Arts college founded by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and lineage holder, the Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-1987). Rinpoche was enormously influential in spreading the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism to the West.

Archer earned a degree in herbs and creative writing. He was a four-year Letterman on the Varsity Competitive Meditation Team.

After graduating in 1978, he took a year off to hike the Jack Kerouac literary trail. He became a top freelance gun-for-hire with dozens of ad agencies across the south and southwest. As a way to deal with the proliferation of Disco, he took up Zen Archery.

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