Jimmy Stu Lives! manages to incorporate its thematic and satiric elements into an adventure story so smoothly as to render these elements almost subliminal to the un-alert reader.
The Book has been published via the small independent publisher Penumbra Publishing and is available on Amazon and at local Book Stores as eBook and Paperback - 171 pages - released in May 2012.
About the Book
Jimmy Stu Sloan, minister of a nondenominational mega-church in Nashville, loses his faith in his old age.
He convinces his congregation and TV followers that God has a mission for him in the far future and wants Jimmy Stu preserved via cryonics after his death. 140 years after dying, Jimmy Stu is reanimated to find that his church has become a major faith, which views him as a prophet, that churches have assumed the functions of political parties, and the US has fragmented into spheres of influence controlled by various faiths.
Further, his church controls seven states in the upper south, and its leaders, who had not wanted him reanimated, would very much like to return him to "suspended animation." Jimmy Stu's efforts to survive involve him in mystery and new love, as he tries to confront the church he founded, deal with his own sense of guilt, and determine his place in the Twenty-second Century.
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- "I found this book to be both entertaining and thought-provoking with engaging well-developed characters. Author Kent McDaniel gives us a look over one hundred years in the future where Jimmy Stu finds himself reanimated from a cryogenically preserved state and in a struggle with opposing forces in a society where religions have become more involved in the political system. This future society is brought to life for the reader by the descriptions of clothing, transportation, buildings, advertising, etc. An exciting read! " - Mac Schuh (Amazon)
- "The new book by Kent McDaniel, "Jimmy Stu Lives," is fast-paced science fiction and lots of fun. Waking from a long, frozen sleep to meet his great-great-great-great nephew, Peter, Jimmy Stu sets off running from high-tech baddies in post-two-party America -- a land where sumo wrestling has become as popular as baseball, and with greatly altered church-state relationships. Take it on a plane. Take it to the beach. Take it to your favorite easy chair and enjoy. " - SeanPen (Amazon)
- "[...] The novel adds to the answer for what happens when we lose faith; what happens when faith gets corrupted; and what happens when God works in mysterious ways, even among the faithless. " - Richard Dengrove
- "[...] Fans of the subgenre Southern Science Fiction will have a good time following Jimmy Stu as he literally stumbles from one mishap to the next, all while trying to figure out his own place in this confusing future time and win the heart of self-sufficient, self-defensive Connie Lee. Jimmy Stu is the proverbial Everyman: just that this Everyman has a body newly generated from DNA scans of his cryonically preserved head. Enjoy. " - Ophelia Julien
About the Author
|Author Kent McDaniel|
The prologue for Jimmy Stu Lives! appeared in the January, 2011 issue of Rambunctious Review as a short story. Kent's short stories have also appeared in Downstate Story, Chaffin Journal, Palo Alto Review, Iconoclast, Allegory, M-Brane SF, Wild Violet, and Blue Lake Review. He publishes the zine Dumbfounding Stories for Southern Fandom Press Alliance, a venerable bastion of southern science-fiction fandom. He's a member of The Writers, a critique group in Glencoe, Illinois, and belongs The Chicago Writers Association, for which he reviews books at their Windy City Reviews site.
When Kent was 12 he told his mother he wanted to be a writer.
"Then you have to write," she said.
He gave her what he's sure was a blank look. She explained that a childhood friend of hers had always said that she was going to be a writer but never actually sat down to write. And never became a writer.
"So if you want to be a writer you have to write," his mom said.
So he did.
He writes every day, for the same reason that he plays guitar every day: If he doesn't he feels edgy.
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