Chris Stevenson Word Wars Publication Date: May 2007 Publisher: Rain Books Inc. Canada ISBN: 978-1-897381-29-8
Chris Stevenson is a native Californian presently residing in Hemet, the dig site known as Valley of the Mastodons. His career has spanned such occupations as automotive mechanic and service manager, government security officer, and newspaper reporter and editor. At the age of 26 he discovered Twilight Zone Magazine and got the urge to write short stories. Shortly after he entered the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest and placed amongst the finalists. After a whirlwind of mediocre successes, including his book, Dinothon, which was nearly optioned for film, he put pen and paper aside. He’s just recently taken up splashing ink again, to continue the writing career he’d always dreamed of. Word Wars and Once Upon a Goddess are his first novels. Among his credits are: Auto Repair Shams and Scams (Forward by Ralph Nader), 1990, Price Stern & Sloan, Los Angeles--226 pages, non-fiction book. Garage Sale Mania, 1988, Betterway Publications, Crozet, Virginia--190 pages, non-fiction book. Word Wars, a SF novel, Rain Publishing Inc., Canada. Once Upon A Goddess, a Fantasy novel, Rain Publishing Inc., Canada. Fifteen short stories appear in various slick and small magazines--Amazing Stories, Space and Time, Doppelganger, Ouroborous, Alpha Adventures, Sycophant, Not One of Us. Quarter finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Two horror radio plays: The Summit, 15-minute play by Night Sounds, Embassy Cassette Inc., Santa Ana, California. Night of the Moa, 13-minute play. Three hundred and fifty newspaper profiles, stories and interviews with Sunset Publishing Anaheim California. Chris served as content editor for Sunset Publications for three years as well is a past member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
Chris Stevenson's Word Wars takes place in a futuristic society where the written word has been banned by the government. The populace is forced to read the color bar language, and is subjected to the cruel and unusual punishments doled out by the Continental Security Agency. The agency is hiding a deep, dark secret that would change the technological base of the world. Mikus Markus and a ragtag bunch of rebels decide to escape across country, just ahead of pursuing Slugs, to find a 118-year-old African American man, who knows the secrets of the original written word that was lost so long ago.