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May 7, 2011 Posted by TonyTeora in News

SciFi TV Series

Working with a Hollywood connected agency called Ambergate Associates. Eddie Kalish runs the company and has contacts out the ying yang.  He was Paramount's marketing director and worked on movies like Star Trek, Urban Cowboy, Pulp Fiction, James Bond and other stuff. He tells me he has a Star Trek Tricoder at home. For a SciFi fan, I'm drooling. (I'm gonna see if I can get this as part of a TV series deal). In any case, we've teamed up. I'm taking characters and some of the story line out of my latest novel 'Alien Ascension'  (should be out in a month or two). We are working on a TV Series treatment currently code named 'Falcon 51'.  It's a military SF story with a cool X-Files and Stargate like feeling.  We (or others) may change the name, but I like it.  When (and if) I get permission I'll post more about the story, but all I can say is that I think this is the coolest SF team I've ever assembled. I have to give Eddie a lot of credit because he's forcing me to think more creative than ever, and I can tell you, writing a TV Series treatment is a lot different than writing a novel. Lots of fun, but also lots of hard work. I'll update fans as we move along. Would like to get this series out, I know it sounds crazy but I look forward to watching it !

Tokyo Earthquake and Nuclear Meltdown Experience

Well, I recently got back from Tokyo. I was planning to continue my writing (at night) and work with a friend to do a software start-up (in Tokyo) during the day. I got to Tokyo late on a Tuesday and then on Friday, well, let's just say the world shook beneath my feet. I literally ran out of a building that was shaking and making popping sounds. I have to admit, most of the Japanese rushed out while I ran. I've never experienced an earthquake like this one, and I was told by some elderly Japanese that they never saw one like this either. A group of about a thousand of us assembled in a somewhat open area in Shinjuku Japan (trying to stay away from the tall buildings). This is a business area of Tokyo. We waited to see if any buildings would fall, and although a they wavered back and forth, none in our area fell (the earthquake seemed to be close to 3 minutes with lots of aftershocks). I was almost as surprised of the buildings not falling as I was of the earthquake. It was all sort of surreal. Then I had to figure out how to walk home as the trains and subways were completely down. It took almost 4 hours to walk home. On the way home it was strange, as there are 30 million people living all around in Tokyo. I was amazed at how polite and organized people were in their trek home. The streets were filled with people, and it reminded me of something out of saw War of the Worlds, but no panic. I never thought I would be a character in such as story as I usually just write this crazy stuff. I saw on a TV that tsunami's were coming and I was relieved in discovering I was many miles away from the ocean...then it occurred to me that my wife was visiting her parents, and they lived less than a mile from the ocean. Fortunately they live in Hokkaido and the geology kind of protects them. They had a minor tsunami that I was told missed their home by less than 100 yards, and the water was real low. They probably only had a foot or so tsunami while others got blasted with 30 to 70 walls of water. I stayed until I read that radiation levels had jumped to maybe 20 to 40 times background radiation. No I know I got more radiation flying to Japan and from a cigar I smoked, but at least those are my choices. I didn't like the fact that information was slow and I had no real clue as to what would happen with the reactors, so I flew to see my wife in Hokkaido. I hung out there for another week in relative peace. (I was waking up a good 3 to 5 times a night for smaller quakes, and our super market had shut down, water was disappearing, shelves getting bare for milk, bread). I wasn't sure where things were going so putting more distance between me and the broken nuclear reactors seemed like a good idea...although I think our planes route was over the Fukushima reactors...I heard we flew around the radiation, but somehow I find that hard to believe. In any case, I arrived glowing with excitement in Hokkaido and didn't trigger any Geiger counters...or there weren't any Geiger counters, don't recall, but I did make it to Hokkaido. I had a wonderful time eating great sushi and going out with my wife in the town. I found most people not that concerned about the reactors. I get the feeling people in Hokkaido think they are almost part of another country. I had planned to go back to San Diego with my wife, but she stressed that she was safe and wanted me to get to San Diego, get an apartment (and of course a day job) and then she would return. She's enjoying her time in Hokkaido and would rather stay there than our small mountain granny flat. Now, I admit I am not happy about this but I believe people should be free, and I am working on getting the apartment and job. I am hoping to have her back within the next two weeks. I know this sounds crazy but the Japanese are much more calm about the situation than I think any American could ever be. I tried to explain to her the dangers of radiation (as she's not that technical) and almost lectured her on the risk. She was stubborn and wanted to wait a few weeks while I get us settled in California. Although I have to admit, when my wife said California would get more radiation than Hokkaido. On my way to the airport I did some wind pattern analysis done by NASA and she was correct...Hokkaido looked fine for the next couple of weeks but California would get hit. I boarded the plane I realized that my wife might actually be smarter than I am. By the time I get the apartment the radiation here will have died down !! Here's a link to a TV interview I did with San Diego 6: I'll also add a line that I love from Dr. Strangelove regarding Nuclear Combat Major T. J. "King" Kong: Well, boys, I reckon this is it -- nuclear combat toe to toe with the Rooskies. Now look, boys, I ain't much of a hand at makin' speeches, but I got a pretty fair idea that something doggone important is goin' on back there. And I got a fair idea the kinda personal emotions that some of you fellas may be thinkin'. Heck, I reckon you wouldn't even be human bein's if you didn't have some pretty strong personal feelin's about nuclear combat. I want you to remember one thing, the folks back home is a-countin' on you and by golly, we ain't about to let 'em down. I tell you something else, if this thing turns out to be half as important as I figure it just might be, I'd say that you're all in line for some important promotions and personal citations when this thing's over with. That goes for ever' last one of you regardless of your race, color or your creed. Now let's get this thing on the hump -- we got some flyin' to do. Dr. Strangelove  

Alien Agenda: Fact or Fiction

Now I have to admit, that I've read books about UFOs since I was about ten or eleven years old.  When I was a kid I read the Air Force study Project Bluebook which said the Air Force stopped doing UFO research in 1970 (sure).  Now why would you stop investigating unidentified flying objects?  Some could be planes and new technologies from enemies. And lets just say for the sake of argument that the US really didn't ever find any strange alien maneuvering type craft (or part of blown up craft), does that mean we should forever stop  investigating strange phenomena? Of course all governments investigate these things. I find the government to be totally untrustworthy on the subject of aliens and ufos. That doesn't mean that every unidentified craft is some alien craft.  You know, when I read that the National Enquirer was the first 'newspaper' to break the John Edwards scandal, I thought two things: 1- The mainstream media is bought and paid for, and 2- The National Enquirer should get Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism. (They'll never get it as the jury is dominated by the bought and paid for news establishment).  So, you can't trust MSM. Most of us on the net already knew that. So where am I going here? Well, I know there are a lot of people researching the alien phenomena, but I felt that with my engineering and writing background, I could give a different perspective. As a scifi writer my mind is already open to the possibility of alien life, but as an engineer, I'm grounded in hard science. And since I now live in the American Southwest (San Diego), I thought I would do an investigative series on this interesting topic. My partner and I are calling it: Alien Agenda: Fact or Fiction.  Paul Giret, will put together the material once we finish taping, and we hope to hit up some really interesting people in the area. We're going to talk to folks and see what's really going on. Oh, and as Douglass Adams used to say, please, DON'T PANIC! If you're not open to alien life, or you feel this would destroy your religion, your morals, your values, etc, or you'd just panic, please stay away from this series. The Brookings Report put together by NASA in 1960 said people would question everything if mankind found an intelligent alien life. That was 1960. I think mankind has evolved since then and that the panic levels would be much lower. I believe we actually have much bigger problems on planet Earth than discovering that there really is intelligent alien life out there and that possibly some aliens have even visited Earth at some point in our history. (Or maybe they're here now?) But I wonder if they decided to visit Earth, does that preclude them from being called intelligent aliens? 🙂 We're hoping to put together 10 episodes that will be available online for purchase. We'll also throw out some free stuff for those not willing to support their local science fiction writer and video producer. We're gonna work hard to try and make each episode interesting, fun, and a learning event. And if we catch an alien in the process...well, we promise to let him go because that's just not being a good space brother.   Tony Teora

Tony Teora escapes (again) from 'Work'

Welcome to my new blog! Okay, so for anyone reading--I quit my day job last week. Yes, people say I'm nuts in a depression to quit my 'stable' job--but if you know me, you know it wasn't that hard of a decision.  On most days my job was a reasonably okay, on others, well...let's just say that sometimes the excrement hit the air conditioning.  Joking aside, I worked for a great company, and great people (mostly) but I wanted more freedom. Freedom as I've written is a funny thing--there's price to paid for any type of freedom.  In my latest short story, Roppongi, a young man wants his freedom. Actually, he's driven nuts trying to get his freedom. He's stuck in an underground off-world facility and just wants to see trees, clouds and get back to Earth. In the young man's search for truth he finds out that he's been living a life of illusion. Now, for all of us, aren't we all at times living in some kind of lie? Not wanting to know we should get more exercise? Believing we can still fit in our old pants when we should probably just throw them out or get some exercise. I've decided to go back to consulting which although not completely free, is a little freer than than the 'employee' of today's companies. Or at least I think so.  (If you see a cardboard sign in San Diego that says, 'Author--will write for food'  please put a dollar in my jar. ) I'll update everyone on my new writing projects and also a 10 episode investigative documentary video project called: 'Alien Agenda: Fact or Fiction'.  Those videos should start becoming available in June of 2011. Tony Teora