Not just here in the Bay Area, but across the nation, the state of the economy is unprecedented;
According to EDD there are currently about 850,000 people collecting unemployment benefits in California alone. The majority of these are collecting on new claims, while much of the remainder are approaching the end of their recently extended federal extensions.
As of February 15, 2013, there have been close to 981,000 unemployed workers in California who have run out of all available benefits. These people are not usually included in most of the publicized job stats!
Like the rest of us, Steven Phillip has had a tough time of it. Without a traditional job for the last few years, he has devoted his extra time to writing.
In appreciation for the plight of the many unemployed still out there today, Phillip would like to offer everyone, working or not, an opportunity to read his book for free. It will be available during Easter week on Wednesday March 27th through Sunday the 31st. The link is posted below.
A product of the Bay Area in California and having grown up as a baby boomer on adventures with dreamers like Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, Roddenberry and Lucas, led Phillip down the road of "What if?" Science, science-fiction, fantasy, books, movies, television, the news; he has always been a fan.
With three adult children, all daughters, most of his previous literary work has been limited to articles which started out as essays for them, devoted to self-directed life improvement. And if children had originally come with an instruction manual, he may not have been motivated to write any of his dreams down for the benefit of others.
Considering the current popularity of electronic reading devices, new novels to read are very much in demand.
A Little About The Book
Fortunately, this has led to following his passion; to write a science fiction series of novels. In his current project, Phillip leans heavily upon ancient history, and borrows concepts from everything he has ever read, seen, heard, felt, and experienced;
Although his work often disagrees with the bias of his sources, at least in part, he has felt no remorse in adding a little bias of his own, keeping it interesting.
What this boils down to is that he could not have written his story without the indirect input from all of you reading about this!
Somewhat a non-conformist, and drawn to questions about the nature of life, led Phillip to studies focused on the sciences, psychology and philosophy.
Always in search of answers, Phillip imagines that the Milky Way is filled with co-existing exotics rather than with violent consumption-
His first published book in the series, Rhyma in the Ages of Mankind, (subtitled: Epic of the Crystal Demigods: Book 1) is great fun for today's more enlightened young adults. As classical SciFi occasionally snuggles with Harlequin, there is a little fun for everyone ... and a bit more boundary pushing than traditionally expected from science fiction.
Some concepts in his book may startle closed-minded readers and the occasional use of realistic language, violence, and sensual material is appropriate for most adults, but not recommended for minors.
As a former information specialist for the government, he knows that there are always things that one simply must not talk about. Just the same, his insight and the intrigue associated with such things is much better suited to fiction than to fact.
Still in the process of writing his science fiction series about the various species living in our part of the galaxy, Phillip is open to comments and suggestions which can be submitted through his blog at: CrystalSciFi.blogspot.com.
Granted this approach to unemployment may not always pays the bills; but the sense of accomplishment is a reward in itself. We all need things to feel good about these days!
So check it out now, or get it later for free! Rhyma in the Ages of Mankind in Kindle format will be available free of charge for only a few days, later this month. A link to its location at Amazon can be found at http://CrystalSciFi.com.