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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fine Impartiality

Something has been tickling at the back of my mind, in these insane summer days when we can witness certain members of the American Jewish community criticize Hamas for form's sake before turning, with obvious relish, to their true object of contempt and disdain: Israel and its "disproportionate" response to being targeted with (at this writing) over two thousand missiles and dozens of tunnels dug with great ingenuity and effort and no other purpose but murder and brigandage. What does this fine impartiality remind me of, I asked myself? Then it came to me, a quotation that the bien-pensants ought to, but most definitely will not, understand and appreciate. Back in 1937 the great old-time American labor leader John L. Lewis, speaking of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, said:
Labor, like Israel, has many sorrows. Its women weep for their fallen, and lament upon the future of the children of the race. It ill behooves one, who has supped at labor's table, and who has been sheltered in labor's house, to curse with equal fervor and fine impartiality both labor and its adversaries, when they become locked in deadly embrace.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Come to the Heroes of Earth Book Party!

Host: Martin Berman-Gorvine, tel. 703-477-1824
When: Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 AM (during Balticon)
Where: Hunt Valley Inn, Parlor 1026, 245 Shawan Rd Cockeysville, MD 21031

When Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, he didn't expect to be greeted by seven-armed starfish from the planet Gliese 581d, much less to be offered a lift home by these imperialistic, monarchical, technologically superior "echinodermoids" from another star system. Explore with me the "alternate history" that would have resulted from these aliens' love of stability in government, leading to a present-day America that still has a president whose name rhymes with “Blixen.” Discover what it's like to be strip searched before you can enter middle school, how terrorists think, who launched the asteroid that killed that dinosaurs, and how echinodermoids eat matzah ball soup (messily). Fall in love with Gloria, the key character of Heroes of Earth and my previous novel, Save the Dragons, who is sometimes a redhaired lady, sometimes an orange tabby cat, and always the proprietor of a magic bookstore that offers entry to this and many other parallel worlds. And get a sneak preview of the many other projects percolating in the overactive imagination of Martin Berman-Gorvine.
***Heroes of Earth is due out from Wildside Press later this year.***

Monday, March 17, 2014

Charge of the Putin Brigade

With apologies to Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade":
"Forward, the Big Bad Bear!"
Is Vlad so unaware?
Not tho' the Leader knows
He might have blunder'd:
His not to hesitate,
His not to sit and wait,
His to spawn war and hate:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the Black Hundreds.