Trump Utopia or Dystopia Anthology
E-book Publication Date: December 25, 2017
ASIN: B078LRNRQM (Amazon Kindle), ISBN: 978-1-988416-19-9
Print Book Publication Date: March 22, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-988416-20-5
Warning! This book is full of alternative facts!
Donald Trump: 45th President of the United States, businessman and television personality, iconoclast and polarizer. This anthology is a time capsule which captures the hopes and fears, thoughts and ideas of writers from all over the world who were asked to share a story in which Trump is the muse. He does not have to be the main character, however, the story must show the type of world which might result from his policies.
The many worlds created includes:
* an app which requires self-sacrifice to prove that one is a true American;
* a wizard who can make dreams come true in exchange for good PR;
* a smart politician who created the wall to stop the zombies;
* Secret Service agents making difficult choices to save America;
* medieval kings demanding loyalty from both men and nature;
. . .along with people trapped in apocalyptic worlds containing vampires, a never ending trivia game show, clones, aliens and more!
Prepare to laugh, cry and become angry enough to fire the people around you (or maybe not)!
Creative and delightful… with a wide range of form and tone, fans of speculative fiction everywhere will find something to enjoy, regardless of their political affiliations.
– M.A. Beattie, PhD (Independent Scholar of Media)
Fiction is never more important than when reality “trumps” it in weirdness. The Donald as Wizard of Oz, Ivanka branding the moon, an army of DT clones, and with much more, this anthology of short fiction and poetry will make you think, make you laugh, and hopefully, help you survive the reign of Trump.
– Rick Searle (Affiliate Scholar of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and blogger at utopiaordystopia.com)
Essential reading/coping mechanism for The Resistance.
—Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks, Blocked by Trump since August 2015)
In this world of Alternative Facts, I can honestly say I read every word and loved it more than any book ever. Except the Bible and The Art of the Deal.
– Rocky Mountain Mike (HuffPost featured satirist, broadcaster, and musician)
About The Editors
|JF Garrard – Editor
JF is an editor and writer of speculative fiction (The Undead Sorceress, Ricepaper Issue 19.3), non-fiction (The Literary Elephant), as well as children’s books (Feeding The Kraken!, 3x Bilingual Series). She has been a speaker at various conferences on the topics of publishing, marketing, crowd funding, geek topics (science fiction, anime) and healthcare. Her background is in Nuclear Medicine and she has a MBA in Marketing and Strategy. In addition, she is a Marketing Consultant on the Editorial Board for Ricepaper Magazine, which is produced by the Asian Canadian Writers’ Workshop. She is interested in increasing awareness of diversity issues and breaking down cultural stereotypes through her dark stories. jfgarrard.com
|Jen Frankel – Editor
Jen is the author of the Blood and Magic series about young heroine Maggie Stuart. The first two books in the series, The Last Rite and The Red Ring, deal with Maggie at ages 13 and 16 respectively. The third (and penultimate), Heaven and Hell, will feature Maggie at age 23, living in Montreal and still struggling with her powers. Her podcast, Jen Frankel Reads Random S#it! is a great resource for all writers. Jen is also an avid screenwriter and an award-winning poet, as well as a great lover of fish, birds, cats, and all other living creatures. She even has a soft spot for human beings, provided they behave at least as well as their pets. jenfrankel.com
About The Authors
|The President’s Man – Shaun Avery, UK
Shaun Avery is a crime and horror fiction fan who has been published in many magazines and anthologies, most frequently as a contributing author to the popular Demonic Visions series of horror anthologies, now up to its sixth volume. He has co-created a self-published horror comic, more details of which can be found here: http://www.comicsy.co.uk/dbroughton/store/products/spectre-show/ and recently sold his first comic script, details of which are here: http://shanewsmith.com/allthekingsmen/contributors/shaunavery/
|The Cymbals of Progress – Emad El-Din Aysha, Egypt
Emad is an English-language academic, freelance journalist (political columnist and movie reviewer) and translator currently residing in Cairo, Egypt. While a British citizen, by birth, his parents are Arabs, Muslim by faith and English by natural predisposition. He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate education in England (BA, MA, PhD). His field of study covers international politics and Arab society. The two great loves of his life are history and science fiction. After years of procrastinating he thought he’d finally try his hand at SF, Arab-themed, and is already an active member of the Egyptian Society for Science Fiction. www.dailynewsegypt.com/author/e-aysha/ & www.cairoscene.com/WriterProfile/1112
|The Trump Brand – Marleen S. Barr, USA
Marleen S. Barr is known for her pioneering work in feminist science fiction and teaches English at the City University of New York. She has won the Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction criticism. Barr is the author of Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory, Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond, Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction, and Genre Fission: A New Discourse Practice for Cultural Studies. Barr has edited many anthologies and co-edited the science fiction issue of PMLA. She is the author of the novels Oy Pioneer! and Oy Feminist Planets: A Fake Memoir.
|History – Ross Baxter, UK
After thirty years at sea, Ross Baxter now concentrates on writing sci-fi and horror fiction. His varied work has been published in print by several publishing houses in the US and the UK. He won the Horror Novel Reviews Creation Short Story Award in December 2014. Married to a Norwegian and with two Anglo-Viking kids, he now lives in Derby, England. Ross’s author page can be found at on Amazon. His twitter address is @rossbaxter1
|The Trivia Room – Jared Bennett, USA
Jared Bennett is a writer from West Virginia who was inspired to create “creepy” stories after years listening to the tales of ghosts and demons that thrive in the Appalachian country-side. He can be reached at bennettjs29 at gmail.com or on Twitter @jaredbennett3.
|Truth, From The Heart – Gustavo Bondoni, Argentina
I am an Argentine novelist and short story writer who writes primarily in English. My debut Novel, Siege was published in 2016 and I have nearly two hundred short stories published in fourteen countries. They have been translated into seven languages. My writing has appeared in Pearson’s Texas STAAR English Test cycle, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, The Best of Every Day Fiction and many others. My website is at www.gustavobondoni.com.
|Twice Upon a Trump, Timothy Carter, Canada
Timothy Carter is a writer of far-fetched fiction for young adults and the young at heart (and mind). Born in England during the week of the final lunar mission, he has a great love of outer space and tea. Timothy is the author of The Five Demons You Meet in Hell, Epoch, Evil?, Apoca-Lynn and Section K. He lives and writes in Toronto with his cat. Click to see his Facebook Page & Author Site.
|The Apprentice – Eli Cranor, USA
Eli Cranor writes from Arkansas where he lives with his wife and daughter. His work is forthcoming in the Greensboro Review, and has appeared recently in BULL, Eclectica Magazine, and the Arkansas Review. For more information and a complete list of publications visit elicranor.com.
|Duty – Maggie DeMay, USA
The difficult part, the biography.
I’m an old cold warrior who never saw combat. I wore the boots and the uniform and when it was time to go home I got on a plane and tried to re-adjust as best I could. I have always wanted to write, only a thing called life seemed to get in the way. I moved to California, got married, bought a farm and raised goats until my husband and I had a disagreement over who had the best imaginary friend, got divorced, and moved to the middle of the desert and started writing.
|In Trump We Trust – Livia Finucci, UK
Livia Finucci has had prose and poetry published in anthologies and magazines such as Scifaikuest, Tales of the Talisman, Kepler’s Cowboys, Gears and Levers and Here There Be Dragons. She was nominated for the Dwarf Stars Award in 2014. She writes at the blog http://liviasmicrocosmos.blogspot.co.uk/ and in her free time enjoys botanical painting.
|The Business of Being King – Bryan Grafton, USA
The author’s stories have appeared in the books, The Prison Compendium, Tales of Canyon Lake, and One Hundred Voices volumes three and four. His stories have appeared regularly in Scarlet Leaf Review and every so often in Frontier Tales and some other online magazines. He is a retired attorney now living in Texas who took up writing while recovering from a broken foot about two years ago. His stories have appeared in Scarlet Leaf Review the last year, the most recent ones being “Dreaming of Diversity” and “Muslim Time”.
|The American – G Gray, UK
G Gray is a Northern Irish writer who likes to blur the boundaries between genres. In 2015, he achieved an honourable mention in the L.Ron Hubbard’s “Writers of the Future” competition. He has also published through Robocup press – Revenge; Hindered Souls anthology; and the upcoming Kids: Second Grade from Dark Chapter Press. A published author in both the horror and thriller arenas, he is working on his first full length Science-fiction novel. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gareth-Gray
|Avoiding Eyes – Jacob Guyon, USA
Jacob is a Colorado native who grew up in and around Ogden, Utah. He is a student at Weber State University, where he also works as a stagehand and sound designer at the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. He’s had poetry and short fiction published in the campus undergraduate literary journal, Metaphor. He’s been writing his entire life, inspired in part by a counter cultural social consciousness to which he was first introduced by the punk subculture. His efforts are usually in the form of poetry and short fiction, though he has a novel nearing completion.
|The Great Great Plan – Mathias Jansson, Sweden
Mathias Jansson is a Swedish art critic (AICA-member) and poet. As an art critic he is mainly focused on new media art and specially Game Art, i.e contemporary art inspired by video games. He is a writer for Swedish and international magazines and blogs as DigiMag, Gamescenes, Konsten.net and Konstperspektiv. http://mathiasjansson72.blogspot.se/
||#Trumptopia – Koom Kankesan, Canada
Koom Kankesan is the author of The Panic Button, The Rajapaksa Stories, and The Tamil Dream. He contributes comics journalism to Deconstructing Comics Podcast and Comicon.com. Feel free to listen or read at: deconstructingcomics.com and comicon.com.
Alt Death – Joanna Koch, USA
Joanna Koch’s short fiction has been published in journals such as Dark Fuse and Hello Horror, and in the anthology Game Fiction, Volume One. In addition to writing, Joanna is a visual artist and organic gardener, providing habitat for native insect fauna in her backyard near Detroit. She is an MA Contemplative Psychotherapy graduate of Naropa University and works as an advocate for women’s rights.
|Credibility Gap – Matthew Kresal, USA
Matthew Kresal was born and raised in North Alabama though never developed a Southern accent weirdly enough. He contributed the Sci-Fi Review column in the North Alabama arts & entertainment magazine The Valley Planet (his review of the novelization of Douglas Adams’ largely unfilmed Doctor Who adventure “Shada” is quoted in its US paperback edition). He had also contributed to numerous online publications including The Terrible Zodin and Warped Factor. His first piece of fiction, “Shadows Of The Past”, was published in Nosetouch Press’ Blood, Sweet, And Fears: Horror Inspired By The 1970s in 2016.
|King Donald – Art Lasky, USA
Art is a retired computer programmer. After forty years of writing in COBOL and Assembler he decided to try writing in English; it’s much harder than it looks. He lives in New York City with his wife/muse and regularly visiting grandkids. Art’s had stories published in Drunken Boat, Third Flat Iron, Decasp.com, Forever Night (the 2017 ANYDSWPE Anthology), 101 Words, The Lane of Unusual Traders, and Home Planet News Online. If you’d like to contact him: ALASKY9679 at YAHOO.COM.
|Huge – Michael Manzer, USA
Michael Manzer is a writer and ELL teacher who lives with his family in the Seattle area, where he reads lots of books, writes fiction, and thinks a lot about languages, aliens, space and magic and the future world he is imparting to his son. You can follow him on Twitter @nevtelenuriembr (a handle which makes total sense if you happen to speak Hungarian).
|A Brief Detour to Oz – Chris McGrane, Australia
Chris McGrane loves to write. He has received politely worded rejection letters from a number of prominent literary competitions, publishers and dating agencies. His work has appeared in several anthologies, most recently in the Stitched Smile Publications anthology Unleashed: Monsters Vs Zombies. When he isn’t dreaming of literary fame, he has a perfectly sensible office job.
|Tricks Are Not For Kids – Melissa R. Mendelson, USA
Melissa R. Mendelson is a published author and poet. Her writing can be found in the archives on Gadfly Online, and a variety of her writing is continuously published by Antarctica Journal News. One of her short stories has been published by the Hampton Literary Journal, and more of her poetry and short stories have been featured in Names in a Jar: A Collection of Poetry by 100 Contemporary American Poets; Espresso Fiction: A Collection of Flash Fiction for the Average Joe; Voices of the World: A Poetry Anthology; Beast: A New Beginning. She also recently finished writing her first Horror/Sci-Fi novel, Lizardian, and she plans to write her next novel called, Darkness Dreams.
||The Brief Reign of King Donnie the Awesome – Will Morton, USA
Born in the US, Will Morton lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Yvonne. He has received Honorable Mention three times from the Writers of the Future contest. His story “The Molly Armband” was selected for the Australian anthology All the King’s Men. His stories have also appeared in the ezine Third Flatiron and in small press anthologies. Visit him at his website www.willmorton.com.
A Town Called Unity – Ira Nayman, Canada
IraNaymanisaTorontohumouristwho…forgets to use spaces when he gets excited about a project. He has had five humourous SF novels published by Elsewhen Press, the most recent of which is The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There. His seventh collection of satirical news from alternate realities, Futures in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, has appeared on Amazon. New humour is published weekly on Ira’s Web site, Les Pages aux Folles www.lespagesauxfolles.ca.
|Trump Vs The Zombies by E. Reyes – USA
E. Reyes is the author of 7 Deadly Stories. He lives in Tucson with his wife and three children. Twitter @halloweeneddie, Author page: amazon.com/author/ereyes
|The Cure – Aaron C. Smith, USA
Aaron Smith is a family law attorney practicing in San Diego, CA where he lives with his wife, son and two pit bulls. He has previously been published in Microhorror.com, Liberty Island and PJ Lifestyles. His short story, “Agency Cost,” is included in the anthology California Screamin’. Follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aaronsmithauthor/ and on Twitter @AaronCSmith1
|Notifications – Brian J. Smith, USA
Brian J. Smith has been featured in numerous anthologies, e-zines and magazines in both the mystery and horror genres. His books Dark Avenues, The Tuckers, Uncle Bubby and Three O’Clock are still available on Amazon for Kindle. He lives in Chauncey, Ohio with his brother and four dogs. He can be found on Twitter under @BrianJSmith913 and on Facebook under Brian Joseph.
|Swan Song to a Gold-Plated Mausoleum – Priya Sridhar, USA
A 2016 MBA graduate and published author, Priya Sridhar has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years, and counting, as well as drawing a web comic for five years. She believes that every story is a journey, and that a good tale allows the reader to escape to a new world. One of Priya’s stories made the Top Ten Amazon Kindle Download list, and Alban Lake published her novella Carousel. Priya lives in Miami, Florida with her family and posts monthly at her blog.
|Trump Card – Ramona Thompson, USA
Ramona Thompson has been writing over 20 years. Her credits include work with Calvary Cross, Dead Snakes, Howl, Infernal Ink, Night To Dawn and many more. She is currently at work on a book and other various music projects. Readers/fans may stalk her on Facebook
|Trio Interstellar – DJ Tyrer, UK
DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing, was short-listed for the 2015 Carillon ‘Let’s Be Absurd’ Fiction Competition, and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Warlords of the Asteroid Belt (Rogue Planet Press), Strangely Funny II and III (both Mystery & Horror LLC), Destroy All Robots (Dynatox Ministries), Steam Chronicles (Zimbell House) and Irrational Fears (FTB Press), as well as issues of Tigershark ezine, and also has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor). http://djtyrer.blogspot.co.uk/ & http://atlanteanpublishing.blogspot.co.uk/
|Love in the Time of Trumpites – Wondra Vanian, USA/UK
Wondra Vanian wrote her first short story at the age of seven and has never looked back. An author first, Wondra Vanian is also an avid gamer, a photographer, a cinephile, and mother to an army of furbabies. She sleeps with the lights on, has music in her blood, and has been known to dance naked in the moonlight. For more information, visit: www.wondravanian.com
|Ma Gohardy’s Shop – Paul Williams, Australia
My published work includes two non-fiction books and over 50 short stories, plus articles on true crime and cryptozoology. Full details are on my website. I can be followed on Twitter. https://paulecwilliams.org/
|Celebrating the Presidential Election – Emenual Wolff, USA
A Michigan based poet, pianist, and performer who hosts various venues for artists to show off and sell their work, including full bands, acoustic sets, painters, photographers, filmmakers, and other crafts. Emenual has written, illustrated, and published a poetic anthology entitled MooNlight Howling: Poems from An Existential Anxiety Attack, which has been able to sell across continental boarders. “I don’t consider myself either a democrat or republican, but I’m a skeptic who’s passionate enough to express the political and societal dread we all inherently feel.”