Glow-in-the-Dark Radio #300!

Like listening to science fiction adventure? Join Writer, Reader and Host Mike Luoma for the 300th episode of Glow-in-the-Dark Radio! Mike reads from his books every week – right now it’s The Adventures of Alibi Jones! For this special 300th episode, you’ll hear chapters twenty-one, twenty-two and twenty-three of the novel Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur! Mike runs down the story so far beforehand, so you can enjoy the chapters even if it’s your first time listening in. There’s also a short “history” of the podcast, which began in the late summer of 2006.

Listen here.

Get Vatican Assassin & Vatican Ambassador for Free

Vermont Science Fiction writer Mike Luoma has recently updated the covers for his science fiction trilogy, and for the next couple of days on Smashwords, the books will be avaliable for free.

Here’s what they’re about:

Assassin: An assassin for the Pope struggles with his work’s inherent contradictions while trying to take care of “business” during an out of control interplanetary war in 2109. War between the west and Islam has been raging. We meet the Vatican Assassin Bernard Campion on his latest assignment: Assassinating Meredith McEntyre, Governor of Lunar Prime, the non-aligned city-state on the Moon! 

Ambassador: BERNARD CAMPION killed for the Pope in the ongoing war in 2109-10. But now the old pope is gone, and the new one is no friend to BC! BC helped Governor Marc Edwards rebuild Lunar Prime. Can he help build peace between The Universal Islamic Nation (UIN), The Universal Trade Zone (UTZ) and the New catholic Church (NcC)? And just what is the mysterious Project? And do aliens really want us all dead? 

You can head over to get Vatican Assassin and Vatican Ambassador here. You’ll need to sign up for an account, and input the coupon codes over on the site.

Vatican Assassin Trademark Row

In 2005, Mike Luoma self-published his first novel, Vatican Assassin, through Lulu.com, a space religious war set against the moon in 2109. It’s met with modest success for Luoma, who’s since written two followup novels (Vatican Ambassador and Vatican Abdicator), and is currently adapting the stories to audio and comic forms. To help, he set up the website http://vaticanassassin.com.

In February of this year, Charlie Sheen enters the picture: yes, that Charlie Sheen. In February, when the news just exploded about him, we saw a series of bizzare statements on the Alex Jones radio show, including:

“Guys, it’s right there in the thing, duh! We work for the Pope, we murder people. We’re Vatican assassins. How complicated can it be? What they’re not ready for is guys like you and I and Nails and all the other gnarly gnarlingtons in my life, that we are high priests, Vatican assassin warlocks. Boom. Print that, people. See where that goes.”

According to Luoma, it was a bit of a shock when he referred to himself as a Vatican Assassin, and when he began to use it in all of his followup interviews.

The worrying thing that came recently was the news that Sheen has reportedly been looking into trademarking some of the things that he rambled about, including, Vatican Assassin. With someone who’s published a book by the same title, Luoma was worried: “I reached out to a lawyer friend who told me I might want to register my own trademark or file a competing claim – both of which will cost some serious [money] I don’t have.”

Luoma found help with Twitter, in the form of author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, The Graveyard Book):

Further confirmation came in from author William Gibson (Neuromancer, Spook Country, Zero History):

It’s an intresting turn of events, and Luoma notes that he’s seen a slight uptick in people visiting his website and downloading his audio books. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear that the book is under any threat. For more information on Mike and his work, visit http://glowinthedarkradio.com.

VT Geek People to Follow

On Twitter? We’ve come across a number of people who’ve caught our eyes when it comes to Vermont geek-folk. Here’s a couple whom we’ve seen lately:

http://twitter.com/FrankMillerInk – Frank Miller: Raised in Montpelier. Miller is best known for his Batman, Sin City and other numerous comics, some of which have been made into movies.
http://twitter.com/cartoonstudies – The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in White River Junction offers a two-year course of study that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels and other cartoons. They’re currently accepting applications for the Fall 2011 term. Here’s their website: http://www.cartoonstudies.org
http://twitter.com/alchemistbeer – The Alchemist in Waterbury. One of the best places to get a drink in the central Vermont area, their logo features a mad scientist and occasionally, a geeky brew such as ‘The Flux Capacitor’ or the ‘Petite Mutant’.
http://twitter.com/hellosmalldog – Smalldog Electronics is the place to go in Vermont for all things Apple, in Waitsfield and in South Burlington. Their website: http://http://www.smalldog.com/
http://twitter.com/MikeLuoma – Mike Luoma. Radio personality, podcaster and author in the central VT area. Check out his website: http://glowinthedarkradio.com/
http://twitter.com/GMParanormal – Green Mountain Paranormal Society. They seek to explain the unexplained through strict research methods and an objective approach. Website: http://www.greenmountainparanormal.org/
http://twitter.com/BookShopArtist – Rick Powell, of the Book Garden in Montpelier. He’s also an artist, and has a fantastic selection of books in this great downtown shop.
http://twitter.com/anaismitchell – Anais Mitchell, singer/songwriter out of central Vermont, responsible for the 2010 album Hadestown, a masterpiece of indie-folk opera and greek myth. Here’s her website: http://www.anaismitchell.com/

Who else should be followed?

(Oh, and we’re here on http://www.twitter.com/GeekMtnState)