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David R. George III Imagines Living on Native Lands

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So the gods have returned to Earth. Cool concept. Now what?

I was invited to contribute to the first two anthologies of ReDeus tales, but my schedule wouldn’t permit it. Asked again to participate in the third volume, and finally having a window of opportunity, I jumped at the chance. I loved the idea of the various pantheons of gods coming back to their ancestral lands and seeking adherents.

When I cast about for my story, I initially struck on the notion of exploring what it would mean to be an atheist in a world populated by actual deities. Interesting idea, right? Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t the only one who thought so: the redoubtable Dave Galanter had already tackled such a story in his “Tricks of the Trade,” which appeared in the first ReDeus collection, Divine Tales. So it was back to the drawing board.

In searching for another tale to tell, I asked myself what it would actually be like living in a world where the gods had made themselves manifest. Would most people interact with them, or would they simply see them on television and read about them on the Internet? The latter seemed more likely to me, but it also made me question what people would think about the gods and how that would make them behave in their everyday lives. Certainly the majority of human beings today are religious, but they generally worship an unseen, unheard god. Would it make a difference if they got to see and hear divine beings, even if from afar. Continue reading

Process, Schmacess! Exploring Native Lands

KuppsHEADSHOT-2So the other day I was reading the first issue of a new comic book title–I can’t tell you which one since, like too many new comic book titles these days, it was another one of those  derivative post-apocalyptic concepts wrapped up in some flimsy new dressing that slips off my brain almost as soon as I’ve read it. Try to read it. Anyway, I got to the end of the issue (perseverance!) and found that the story was followed by several pages of text by the writer explaining the where and how of the creation of this piece of work.

You’ve read a hundred of them if you’ve read one: “It was a dark and stormy night when, like a thunderbolt, an image came to me. I didn’t know what that image meant until, days later I was talking to Sam Artist or Ann Editor and happened to mention it. They gasped. They cried. They genuflected. Didn’t I know what I had here? Well, let me tell you…!”

Okay, I admit, I’ve written my fair share of these “process pieces” over the years, but in my defense, I wrote ‘em for the bucks. At DC Comics, we got paid for writing text pages and, for a new series, it was either write some sort of blather about how it had come to be or forgo a couple hundred bucks for what was, essentially, a couple hours work. After a book was up and running and receiving mail from readers, it got even easier. Retype some letters, write some snappy responses, turn in your voucher. (And once OCR technology became affordable for the home user, it was just free freakin’ money.) Continue reading

ReDeus’ Third Volume Explores Native Lands

ReDeusLogoWhen the gods came back in 2012 and demanded everyone return to their ancestral homeland and worship as their forefathers did, they probably expected a mass exodus from the United States of America.

Of course, you don’t displace nearly 315 million people overnight. You also take into account that the world economy depends on the USA for services and goods that can’t easily be replaced or replicated elsewhere. Over time, accommodations have to be made; effectively cutting deals with the myriad Native America gods of North America.

This creates many fabulous storytelling possibilities for the gods and mortals alike and that is what we set out to explore in ReDeus: Native Lands, our third volume of stories. The book will debut at Shore Leave in August, a part of Crazy 8 Press’ second anniversary party.

Earlier this year, we released Beyond Borders, a chance to explore what was happening away from North America and we witnessed overcrowding in some places, despair in others. These first two decades after The Return have taken a toll, not just on the global economy, which was no great shakes to begin with, but also on man’s spirit. Continue reading

ReDeus: Beyond Borders now available!


We know how impatiently you’ve been waiting, and who can blame you? After all, we’ve been talking about this for weeks. But the moment is finally here, the wait is over–you can go out and buy ReDeus: Beyond Borders today!

Continue to thrill at tales of our world as it would be if all the gods had returned, and mankind was forced to adapt to the sudden, ongoing presence of all its pantheons as they battle for control. Buy a copy now and see how ReDeus creators Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, and Aaron Rosenberg—ably assisted by fellow authors Lorraine J. Anderson, Phil Giunta, William Leisner, Steve Lyons, Kelly Meding, David McDonald, Scott Pearson, Lawrence M. Schoen, Janna Silverstein, and Steven H. Wilson—portray a world where our every belief is challenged, and people must find new ways to be true to themselves even while obeying the rules and dictates of their restored gods.

ReDeus: Beyond Borders is available in print, as an e-book for the Kindle, and as an e-book for the NOOK. Join the gods today! Continue reading

Aaron Rosenberg’s Patchwork Divinity Beyond Borders

Aaron-Rosenberg-DuotoneWhen Bob, Paul, and I first came up with the idea for ReDeus, we started with a single, simple question: “What if it was modern day and all the ancient gods returned all at once?” A simple question with a very big,very complex, very far-ranging answer, to be sure, but that’s where all the fun is, right?

We talked about what would happen to the world and its people when they discovered that the gods were real, that they were physically back, and that they were every bit as powerful as the old myths claimed. We talked about which pantheons we absolutely knew we would have to talk about—the Greeks, the Celts, the Egyptians, the Norse—because everyone knew at least a little about them, and some of the smaller, lesser known ones that would be fun to play with exactly because most people didn’t know about them as much, if at all. We talked about which countries and regions each pantheon would reclaim—or try to—and where the obvious fights for territory would occur (how many pantheons have held sway over England, exactly?). We talked about the rule of monotheism, what would happen to Judaism and Christianity and Islam when all these ancient gods returned—and the One God didn’t. We talked about needing a neutral ground somewhere, and how that should be Manhattan, and how that came about. We talked about a lot of things. Continue reading

Paul Kupperberg Reflects on Truth and Lies Beyond Borders

KuppsHEADSHOT-2The interesting thing to me about getting older — or, as I prefer to think of it, “gaining life experience” — is the perspective it brings to my life and, by extension, how that perspective is reflected in what I write.

The other day, I was being interviewed for an article about Robotman and the Doom Patrol, a DC Comics’ character I first wrote in 1977 when I was twenty-two years old. The interviewer was asking me all sorts of questions about characterization and motivations, expecting, I guess, some sort of analysis of the character’s relation to the zeitgeist of its day … but which left me with the (not, in retrospect, surprising) realization that, at twenty-two, barely three years into a career as a comic book writer, I hadn’t actually had anything to say. I was writing a character who had lost everything, from his physical body to his best friends and comrades, and I had absolutely not clue one what loss of any kind felt like. I wrote what was, I hope (I’m afraid to go back and reread it to find out, knowing it’s probably going to be even worse than I remember) an adequate simulacrum of emotion, but the real deal? Naw. Wouldn’t have known how. Continue reading