The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns

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An eclectic new collection of twelve short stories, The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns offers a glimpse into important and universal themes in today’s culture while employing an enjoyable and unique approach. Excitedly telling the stories of a young reader, an Afghan girl and her alien pet, two freedom fighters, a stranded extraterrestrial, an elderly gentleman and his long awaited visitor, a Japanese boy, Purgatory’s exam room, a humanoid android, a resuscitated astrophysicist, and a few others, the book uses an assortment of amusing stories to connect readers to the deeper underlying messages. While the stories’ characters are all different, they must all take steps to overcome their particular situations, and how they go about it will affect their realities forever.The Calumnist Malefesto explores the universal themes of religious belief, love, acceptance, tolerance, hatred, and the nature of humanity. Employing science-fiction and semi-theological themes, these entertaining stories are conveyed with serious underlying messages. Many of these wonderful stories employ a lighthearted approach to soften the underlying dramatic nature of the messages. An excellent collection of stories that span a wide array of serious and insightful themes, this fantastic book will keep readers engrossed from the opening pages. Truly offering something for everyone, The Calumnist Malefesto runs the gamut between science-fiction, fantasy-theological, and plain fictional works. With underlying themes that bind them together, the book’s varying genres add a priceless excitement and flexibility to the messages that it’s trying to convey. Written in an accessible manner that makes it an easy and enjoyable read, this enlightening collection of stories is perfect for readers from all walks of life. Written to resonate with readers on many different levels, The Calumnist Malefesto offers multiple stories, with no clear focus, yet all with deeper, sometimes philosophical, meanings. From freedom fighters to stranded extraterrestrials, this amazing collection offers something for everyone to enjoy, while exploring the critical themes that affect us all. An excitingly eclectic mix of fiction, this wonderful collection will keep readers thinking long after the last page has turned.

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Benoit Chartier is a self-proclaimed deranged Canadian madman who spends his time writing off-the-wall prose and training a wild monkey army to carry out his tasks. He lives with his wife and unborn child in the mountains of Lake Chuzenji, Japan, where he’s quietly plotting a better tapioca pudding. 

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“Chartier presents 12 insightful short stories that address important issues using sci-fi, fantasy and theological themes. In this debut collection, each story couches moral messages in entertaining, satisfying stories. In “A Visit from Mr.Dark,” an old man bravely accompanies the personification of Death, relating his unconditional love of a partner he once lost. In “The Stars Like Virions,” the author presents readers with an emotionally gripping tale of a mother and son escaping a brutal husband and father, featuring a satisfying, out-of-this-world ending. Tantalizing in its childlike innocence, “Adeena’s Pet” explores greed and terrorism in the story of a tiny, gifted visitor from another world who saves the lives of a girl and her older sibling in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. In the dystopian “The Blues,” shape-shifting aliens run a post-apocalyptic Earth and use mobsters to sell humans mind-control drugs. In “Tin Man,” a detective and his android partner chase down a terminally ill doctor whose mind has been taken over by the very thing designed to cure him. Chartier’s simple style often conceals the skill with which he approaches deeply cerebral topics; the last story, “Interview,” takes aim at terrorism and religious, sexual and racial bigotry in a story in which souls are interrogated and judged by gatekeepers who were the targets of their hatred on Earth. Not all the stories are successful... ...Overall, however, Chartier delivers a fine collection that covers a full spectrum of engaging topics. A page-turning compilation of speculative short stories.”

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