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UIS English graduate publishes sci-fi story

March 13, 2007

Contact: Ed Myers, 217/299-2039, emyer01s@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD -- Edward Beekman-Myers, who recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a master of arts degree in English, is the author of "The Bliss of Oblivion," a new story published serially online by Prism Comics.

Myers is part of the site's regular rotation of writers, where he regularly contributes comic book reviews for their weekly "Queer Eye on Comics" feature. He is also the author of several short stories and two humorous science-fiction novels, The Totally Gnarly Adventures of the Galactically Bitchin' Comet Sweat! and its prequel, The Age of Anarchy, which served as his master's thesis and is available in the UIS archives. Currently, he is writing the second draft of a Comet Sweat sequel, Time Waits For No One. He also teaches English part time as an adjunct instructor.

Written as an assignment in an advanced fiction-writing class taught by Associate Professor of English Nancy Perkins during the fall 2006 semester, "The Bliss of Oblivion" tells the tale of a jaded superhero who struggles with the conflict of always trying to save a world that may not be worth saving. He finds solace and hope in the company of another super-powered individual, who just happens to work for the enemy.

"Since then," Myers notes, "the story has taken on a life of its own and it's growing into a full-length novel that expands on the two main characters' relationship and their battle with morality."

Prism Comics is a nonprofit organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered comics, creators, and readers. Part I of "The Bliss of Oblivion" is available at http://prismcomics.org/display.php?id=1351. The second half of the story will be published on the site at the end of March.

For more information, contact Myers at 217/299-2039 or CometSweat84@gmail.com.

 

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