More Alternative Truths Goes to Orycon

More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance is back from a great weekend at Orycon in Portland, ready to send out more review copies (want one? contact us) and work with independent bookstores to get them their copies of the book in time for the holidays. (And there’s a Kindle sale for the holidays — the ebook version of More Alternative Truths is now just $5.99.)

A big thank you to Phyllis Irene Radford who graciously invited us join her book launch party for A Spoonful of Magic. With More Alternative Truths still on its way from the printer, Bob was marketing the first volume in the series, Alternative Truths, as well. Here are some photos from the weekend with both books (plus a shot of author Debora Godfrey, who’d held her own book launch gala earlier in the week).

The writers behind More Alternative Truths

51i1Zf7iAWLTo celebrate the book launch, we’ll be blogging about some of folks behind More Alternative Truths. You can see the full table contents here.

Editors Bob Brown and Lou J Berger have been posting some profiles on Facebook. Here are the links, with tantalizing excerpts:

Steve Weddle (“Remembering the Bowling Green Massacre”). His debut novel, Country Hardball, is published in North America by Simon and Schuster. The follow-up to Country Hardball, “South of Bradley,” appeared in the November 2015 issue of Playboy magazine.

Philip Brian Hall (“Conspiracy of Silence”). A former diplomat and teacher, at one time or another he’s stood for parliament, sung solos in amateur operettas, rowed at Henley Royal Regatta, completed a 40 mile cross-country walk in under 12 hours, and ridden in over one hundred steeplechase horse races.

Irene Radford (“Illegal Citizens”). Irene Radford is the daughter of a sailor man who saw the Far East before the skyscrapers buried the mysterious orient in western glass and steel. And the author of the new book A Spoonful of Magic.

Vonda N. McIntyre (“A Modest Proposal for the Perfection of Nature). Very few people, for instance, know that Vonda keeps a large personal menagerie of wild snakes, tame wolves, and cloned dinosaurs, plus a huge mole named Philby that sleeps on the hassock in her office, and a wolverine named Ursula, of which she is inordinately fond.

Melinda LaFevers (“The Healer”). Her father, a sociologist, studied mankind and society for well over 70 years. He was very able to predict the future, based on the past, and his predictions inspired her story.

K.G. Anderson (“The Right Man for the Job”). She’s written about vegetarian restaurants, the final days of the war in Vietnam, Johnny Cash, the drug paraphernalia industry, hazardous waste dumping, travel in Italy, cross-dressing, and how to choose a dentist. 

Susan Murrie Macdonald (“Donald, Where’s Your Taxes”). Inspired by the words of Walt Disney, Toni Morrison, and H. G. Wells, Susan called upon others to join her in the CREATE Initiative. “Sing. Compose. Write. Perform. Draw. Sculpt. Blog. Remind Americans of our better selves. Remember our rights and responsibilities as citizens, lest those rights be washed away.”

More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance is now available in ebook and trade paperback editions.

New Release: More Alternative Truths


A message from B Cubed publisher Bob Brown:

More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance is an exploration of the potential consequences of today’s politics in our daily lives. More than our individual lives, but our American identity.

This exploration defines this anthology. So many of the stories ask what has America become? What will it be in the future? Will it devolve into a Russian style oligarchy, or will we rise to the challenge and use our hearts, our minds and our votes to return to a rational democracy, of, by, and for the people. No one knows for sure. But these top-tier talented authors from around the world, from Philip Brian Hall to Bruno Lombardi to Jane Yolen give us their visions.

You will find the witticisms of Jim Wright exploring Donald Trump as Moses after presentation of the Ten Commandments. The mental genius of Edd Vick and Manny Frishberg as they give us Trump, tweeting his way across the solar system. There is much to laugh about.

There are serious visions as well. Brad Cozzens’s brilliant poem “America Once Beautiful” reaches poignantly from today’s reality into some salvageable vision of tomorrow that borrows from yesterday’s values. The poets in this volume, be they Brad, Jane Yolen, Gwyndyn T. Alexander or C.A. Chesse, bring new meanings to words and leave you thoughtful.

If you want a fun romp, jump to “,” by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, as she explores how important it is that political hacks not annoy witches. Or, if you prefer, K.G. Anderson’s “The Right Man for the Job,” in which a post-corporeal LBJ rides to the rescue.

There is something for everyone. Coping. How do we cope? This painful question is explored by three of our best and brightest. Jill Zeller, a woman who won’t write of Elves, has given us “A Woman Walks Into a Bar,” an affirmation of our own choices. Coping is also explored brilliantly by Karin L. Frank and Kerri Leigh Grady in their stories “HMO” and “Final Delivery.”

There are so many more great stories in this collection, I can truly recommend them all. If, however, you can only read one, then read “Small Courages,” and let it touch you, maybe bring tears of hope, as you see our world through the eyes of a child and find that we can survive. We will survive.

B Cubed Donates to the ACLU of WA

On July 6, 2017 three representatives of B Cubed Press, Karen Anderson, Blaze Ward, and Janka Hobbs, presented the first of what we intend to be many checks to the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

The donation represents a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Alternative Truths, an anthology that looks at the America that might be if the current political path continues unabated.

On hand to receive the check was Caitlin Lombardi, Community Relations Director at the ACLU of Washington. (Photo, left to right: K.G. Anderson, Caitlin Lombardi, Blaze Ward, Janka Hobbs.)

Should you have any questions or desire a review copy of the book, please contact Bob Brown, owner of B Cubed Press, at

The following text accompanied the donation:

In 1953, a nation was reeling from the unapologetic assault on free speech from the likes of Joseph McCarthy.  In answer came the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  It is in this dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn what books are reported, that we saw reflections of evil.

It was this world that we, who grew up in an America where freedom of the Press was sacred and the idea of burning books brought visions of storm troopers, could fear, but never imagine.

But oh, what changes a lifetime brings.  Ray Bradbury has left us and we live now in a world never envisioned as possible, where the President and his supporters regularly assault free speech and seek to limit the constitutionally mandated freedom of the press.  Where he stands at the podium and denounces the freedoms many of us served at home and abroad to protect.

We said NO!

We did what we could do in opposition to tyranny.

We wrote in the spirit of Thomas Paine.  In the spirit of free speech, we wrote.  And so was born Alternative Truths.

When we collectively decided to set aside a generous portion of the proceeds to the ACLU, we had no idea of the symbolic nature of the amount.  But today we presented the representatives of this staunch defender of our freedoms with the first installment of $451.  A symbolic number if ever there was one.

We made this decision jointly and freely because without the ACLU, it could be books like ours piled in the public square awaiting the match.

Without the ACLU, we could find that the freedom to express our views suppressed and denied.

So in the memory of Ray Bradbury, we stand against the stigma of the modern versions of McCarthy and those that would silence.  And we will continue to stand.

Thanks goes out to each and every writer, editor, and artist involved in B Cubed and Alternative Truths as we stand united in the name of Freedom.  True freedom that comes from making your ideas known, of speaking truth to power, and the ability to do so openly.

And as the ACLU has been in the forefront of the fight for, among other things, freedom of expression for nearly a century, we who are listed below support them as we freely express ourselves in fiction to the current crisis in American life.

B Cubed authors and contributors:

  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Alexander James Adams
  • Blaze Ward
  • Vonda McIntyre
  • Bob Brown
  • Bruno Lombardi
  • Cheyenne Summer Brown
  • Daniel M. Kimmel
  • David Steele
  • Diana Hauer
  • Vonda McIntyre
  • Gregg Chamberlain
  • Irene Radford
  • Janka Hobbs
  • Jim Wright
  • Joel Ewy
  • K.G. Anderson
  • Ken Staley
  • Larry Hodges
  • Liam Hogan
  • Louse Marley
  • Marleen S. Barr
  • Paula Hammond
  • Rebecca McFarland Kyle
  • Rick Dunham
  • Sara Codair 
  • Susan Murrie Macdonald
  • Victor D Phillips
  • Wondra Vanian                                                                                             
  • Bobby Lee Featherston
  • Susan Omberg-Carro

Don’t have your copy of Alternative Truths yet? You can read for free with Kindle Unlimited, or grab a paper back copy from today! As always, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the ACLU. Help us make the next donation even bigger!

Coming Soon: Alternative Truths

Alternate Truths Anthology was formed on February 23, 2017 when I, and many of my friends, asked what we could do. We could write, we could join that noble tradition of using the pen, to poke the powerful. Our pens became word processors and our ideas became stories.
Kellyanne Conway was not the first political operative to applying flexibility to truth. But she gave us the best ever description of the premise when she coined the phrase “Alternative Facts,” in describing what George Orwell had for all previous generations labeled as New Speak.

Like beauty, truth, especially political truth, is in the eye of the beholder, and for years Americans have tolerated the common elements of exaggeration and rhetoric from their politicians. But not since the early days of the nation has such a mockery of truth been made in the name of politics, and in that vein we present to you, Alternative Truths.

Alternative Truths is a look at the post election America that is, or will be, or could be. We attach no manacles to the word truth to bind it to our visions, but instead we free it to find its own way through the minds of the two dozen writers who have shared their vision of the future in either sensitively written allegorical tales such as Relics by Louise Marley, a woman who grew up bucking hay in Montana to a talented musical performer and successful novelist, or the raw humor of Adam Troy-Castro in his Q&A, which takes on the verbal veracity of Donald J. Trump.

Whomever or what ever you like you will find here with an absolute appreciation for the fact that we live in a great country where you can still publish a book like this, in part to the continued efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the ink of patriots.
And patriots these writers are, for they speak truth to power, and do so in the public square. And they do so because of the Constitution of these United States and the vigilance of groups like the ACLU. Because of this, we are treating the ACLU as a part of this work and a writer’s share of the royalties will be donated to their unending quest for the freedom of the American People to express themselves.

Phyllis Irene Radford & Bob Brown,
Editors, Alternative Truths