Dennis Meredith – Mythicals
They’re real: fairies, pixies, werewolves, ogres! They’re
Drunken journalist Jack March can’t believe his bleary eyes when he
stumbles onto a winged fairy! She vaults away into the night sky, and
his unbelievable—and unbelieved—encounter leads to a stunning revelation
that all the creatures of myth and legend are real!
Fairies, pixies, trolls, werewolves, ogres, vampires, angels, elves,
Sasquatch—all are alien exiles to the planet. For their crimes, these
“mythicals” are serving out banishment disguised in fleshsuits enabling
them to live among the planet’s natives.
Jack reveals their secret to the world, along with a horrendous
discovery: they have decided that the native “terminal species” must be
eradicated before it ruins its planet’s ecology.
In this riveting scifi/fairy tale, Jack joins with sympathetic fairies,
pixies, and ogres to save the planet from the mythicals, as well as the
mysterious alien cabal known as the Pilgrims.
Leaning against the bedpost, A’eiio had managed to slide the
flesh-suit up over her slim legs and up to her svelte hips. But pulling
it over the hips was another matter.
Her husband, was amused at the sight of her graceful fairy body, with
its flawless alabaster skin, gyrating in such a comical way. He sat on
the bench of the dressing table in their handsomely furnished bedroom,
carefully smoothing the special oil onto his wings. They tended to dry
out in the northern winters. The delicate musky aroma of the oil wafted
through the room, reminding him of home. It was both a blessing and a
curse that the Wardens allowed the exiles to the planet to import small
tokens of their life before their sentences. For now, he just enjoyed
the sensual oiling process and tried to ignore the pangs of
homesickness. They tended to intrude, though, like the memory of his
mother smoothing the oil onto his wings as a young one.
Dennis Meredith’s career as a science communicator has
included service at some of the country’s leading research universities,
including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the Universities of Rhode
Island and Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at the
nation’s major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has
written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on
science and engineering over his career.
He has served on the executive board of the National Association of
Science Writers and is a contributor to its magazine ScienceWriters. He
wrote the handbook Working with Public Information Officers, the NASW
handbook on media relations, Communicating Science News, the NASW
Marketing & Publishing Resource guide, and the Council for the
Advancement of Science Writing’s online Guide to Careers in Science
Writing. He has also served as a judge and a manager for the NASW
Science-in-Society Awards and the AAAS Science Writing Awards. He won
the latter award himself — for newspapers under 100,000 circulation — in
He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with AAAS to
establish this international research news service, which now links more
than 12,000 journalists to news from 6,000 subscribing research
He also consults on research communications. He develops and conducts
custom-tailored, hands-on workshops for groups seeking to enhance their
communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed
workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and
government agencies and laboratories.
He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968)
and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of
In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow “for exemplary leadership in
university communications, and for important contributions to the theory
and practice of research communication.” In 2012 he was named the year’s
Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
He is currently writing fiction and non-fiction books and writing for
such organizations as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is
author of Father Power (David McKay, 1975), Search at Loch Ness
(Quadrangle, 1977), and Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences
to Advance Your Work (Oxford, 2010).
His novels are the “science thrillers” The Rainbow Virus (Glyphus,
2013), The Rainbow Virus, Second Edition (Glyphus, 2016), Wormholes: A
Novel, (Glyphus, 2013), Solomon’s Freedom (Glyphus, 2014), The
Cerulean’s Secret (Glyphus, 2015), and The Happy Chip (Glyphus, 2017).
His novels seek to extrapolate real-world science into compelling
stories that speculate on their ultimate implications.
You are the head of the tourist board for your book’s world, how would you promote it to get people to stop by?
Enjoy all the benefits of our amazing Helper androids, as well as the… personal… services of our alluring Intimorphs.
What is your main character’s favorite animal?
Since he’s a former SEAL, probably a Great White shark
What are your views on sentient houseplants?
I believe in the concept of panspermia, in which Earth was seeded with life from the cosmos. And as a matter of fact, I’m planning a novel featuring invasive, alien, sentient plants!
Who is your favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence character, and why?
Robby the Robot from the seminal scifi flick Forbidden Planet. He was so cool and could synthesize booze! In fact, I actually met him (see photo)
Name three things that you think will be obsolete in ten years?
Supermarkets (because of home delivery)
Personal vehicles (because everybody will use shared rides)
Keys (because of biometric locks)
If you could have a wild whirlwind romance with any fictional character from an indie novel, who would that be and why?
Um… it would have to be serial romances with characters from my own novels. My dilemma is that all my novels have strong female characters whom I have become enamored of. There’s the exotic CDC epidemiologist Kathleen Shinohara [www.RainbowVirus.com], athletic geologist Dacey Livingstone [www.WormholesANovel.com], dedicated primatologist Abigail Philips [www.SolomonsFreedom.com], courageous nurse Annie Davis [www.TheHappyChip.com], and now android-slaying lawyer Leah Jensen [www.TheNeuromorphs.com].
Who is your favorite indie writer and book?
Me (immodestly, but honestly); The Cerulean’s Secret [www.CeruleansSecret.com]
What did you edit out of this book, and what did you (or will) do with that material?
In some cases, I totally geeked out on the computer stuff and put in far too much detail on how I thought the android operating system would work.
If I was the Genie out of my story, The Genie and the Breadsticks, what 3 wishes would you make? (I will fictionally grant them here.)
–To be able to write all the novels whose plots are spinning around in my head (I’m now up to 24!)
–To watch my wonderful kids and grandkids be incredibly successful and happy.
–To have all the exotic succulents I want to plant. (I’m a total addict to those plants.)
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Spinach and feta
What is the worst advice on writing that you have ever received?
To become a chemist and do my writing on the side. Fortunately, I got jobs as a science writer at universities, so I was able to write on the job *and* write novels and freelance on the side.
Check out all my fiction and nonfiction books, and my communication consulting, at www.DennisMeredith.com.
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