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Reality Skimming Press


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About Us

Reality Skimming Press is a micro-press perpetuating the Okal Rel experience beyond its founding 10-novel series. Discover the Reality Skimming worldview, where the meaning of life is explored through the celebration of good, the condemnation of evil and the exploration of all terrains in between.

 

 

 
 
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Okal Rel


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Okal Rel


What is Okal Rel?

The OKAL REL UNIVERSE is a science fiction phenomenon founded by author Lynda Williams, where fans embrace Lynda’s characters and concepts. What was once one woman's creation has taken on a life of its own, fueled by the creativity of many: fan and pro, artists and writers.

A quick look at the ORU bookstore will show you the wide breath of Okal Rel with a total of ten books in the main series published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing and twelve so far in the Legacies series produced by Absolute XPress. Reality Skimming, Lynda's open source blog, is a celebration of optimistic science fiction, showcasing the works of artists and writers both well-known and obscure. The Contribute page shows how to become published on the blog and how to contact about making it happen.

We hope you enjoy the ORU, and let yourself become entranced by this wondrous universe!

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The Press


Reality Skimming Press was conceived in 2013 via the purchase of intellectual property by author Lynda Williams from publisher Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy in order to perpetuate and continue expanding the Okal Rel canon. A micro-press, featuring creative pleasures, the press will slowly expand into other universes and projects as well. Currently in start-up mode during three-year term of purchase contract 2013-2016.

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The Press


Reality Skimming Press was conceived in 2013 via the purchase of intellectual property by author Lynda Williams from publisher Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy in order to perpetuate and continue expanding the Okal Rel canon. A micro-press, featuring creative pleasures, the press will slowly expand into other universes and projects as well. Currently in start-up mode during three-year term of purchase contract 2013-2016.

With Lynda's 10-novel Okal Rel Saga nearly completed, Lynda Williams decided it was time to pursue a new dream: publishing others who share her love of heroes.

"Optimistic SF is what I like," she explained her vision. "Stories that confront the work of being human with a will to find meaning in the struggle."

Her own work has been characterized as space opera because of the emphasis on the lives, loves and decisions of the characters. "Amel, Horth, Vretla and the rest of the cast are what it's about," she said. "I like to think of it as modem epic: the story of heroes confronting big challenges." Those stories play out against a background of socially and biologically constructed questions of sexual identity, status struggles among human and post-human sub-groups, and questions like the ethics of modifying personality through medical intervention.

Although writing has been a life-long preoccupation for Williams, leadership has run a close second. For example, she launched one of Canada's first public internet organizations in the 1990s as president of the Prince George FreeNet and a member of Telecommunities Canada.

"And I've always been interested in publishing," said Williams. "I managed an academic press in the mid-2000s (UNBC Press), produced an online literary journal for ten years (Reflections on Water) and have been running the Reality Skimming Blog, in its current form, since 2010."

Reality Skimming Press will start by taking over the Okal Rel Saga and Okal Rel Legacies series from EDGE during a planned period of mentorship and transition of up to twelve months. "Then, once the infrastructure is in place, we'll start to branch out into other titles."

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Optimistic SF


... strives to solve problems and raise spirits

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Optimistic SF


... strives to solve problems and raise spirits