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What’s on the Menu at LisMel Publishing in 2019?

Lisbon Tram with graffiti

Website Development:

An update of our website is the task at hand at the moment.

We’ve just changed our WordPress theme and also added some additional plug-ins and widgets to improve the functionality and the aesthetic for our site visitors. We appreciate your feedback on your user experience on our updated site and any comments you have are most welcome.

As always with all things technical, this remains a work in progress.

The overhaul of the website was overdue given that our primary focus has shifted to creating and publishing content rather than reselling books online. We designed our previous website to function foremost as an ecommerce store, but this is no longer our primary aim and has enabled us to experiment with a broader range of magazine style WordPress themes more suited to our needs as content creators and distributors.

Website Content:

The site will showcase our in-house publications like Russell’s self-published first novel Eye of the TimeGate and provide a platform for our upcoming publications and other projects. Visitors will be able to engage and follow these projects on our blog posts and on The Swamp Podcast  we‘ve embedded as a live feed on the site.

We’ve also added Disqus onto LisMel Publishing site to facilitate the engagement with our audience and provide an improved mechanism for audience comment and feedback.

Publications:

We plan to upload a series of short stories by Russell over the next few weeks including, The Butterfly Breeze, that was in part a prelude or off-shoot of Eye of the TimeGate. He is working on the second book in his TimeGate time travel series, which we plan to publish early next year. TimeGate fans can follow this publishing journey on The Swamp Podcast and The Swamp – New Adventures in Pop Culture website.

I’m also working on a few writing projects this year including LisMel, an interactive family history project that will also hopefully provide the research material I’m collating for my own first novel. The goal is to have LisMel ready for publication as an eBook later this year, and a first draft of the novel.

The Swamp Podcast:

Having updated and revamped the LisMel Publishing website, it seemed only natural to experiment with new a podcasting platform and recording process for The Swamp podcast show at the same time! We’ve moved our podcast hosting across to Anchor from Soundcloud to take advantage of Anchors integrated recording and marketing distribution channels.

Russell is finishing the post-production editing of the second part of a two-part year in review podcast we recently recorded. The episode should go up on Anchor later next week.

Again, we would welcome and value any feedback and comment from our audience on the quality of the recordings and ease of download with our migration to the Anchor platform experiment. Any feedback and comment on The Swamp’s  content and entertainment value is also appreciated and welcome.

Here’s wishing all our readers, visitors and listeners a happy and prosperous 2019!

Rui.

Cheers,

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Eye of the TimeGate

Eye of the TimeGate is an in-house publication and the epic new science fiction novel from our very own Russell Forden. The book is available as a hard copy publication or as an eBook in multiple formats suitable for most electronic readers.

Russell has written several science fiction stories and worked on other creative writing projects with LisMel Publishing. He lives in Melbourne, Australia and you can follow his upcoming publications and writing project on his Amazon Author Page or on his author blog at Stories in The Key of Time.

Russell Forden

He describes Eye of the TimeGate as; “… a social science fiction novel about, among other things, time travel into the past and the effect it has on the main characters (scientists all) and society as a whole. My aim with the novel was to tell a realistic story of time travel’s discovery, where the idea of time travel was treated as a real thing, rather than as a gimmick to tell some other story. I wanted to explore the social, political and psychological ramifications of time travel, much in the way Carl Sagan did it for first encounter situations with his novel Contact.”

Kathy Rodriguez is a geologist who has just lost her lover, John Hannebury, in an accident while investigating an unusual object discovered underground. Lina Thigpen is an experimental physicist who, with her colleagues at the Tesla Institute, helps to investigate the strange anomaly discovered by Rodriguez and Hannebury. It becomes apparent that, not only is it a time machine, but there are many more such machines – Timegates – in underground installations around the world. Lina and Kathy take part in the international time travel research program that is then implemented using the Timegates. But while commercial interests and the military constantly push to take over the program, both women are given opportunities of fulfillment beyond their dreams. Their stories culminate in a rescue mission that unlocks secrets that could change the world.

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Eye of the TimeGate

The Path To Totalitarianism

The Path To Totalitarianism
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3CR – Wednesday Breakfast Program

3CR -Wednesday Breakfast

This week we’re in conversation with Timothy Erik Strom, digital rights activist and author of the upcoming text Globalization and Surveillance, Jacob Grech, renegade activist and host of ‘A Friday Rave’ and Lizzy O’Shea, human rights lawyer and author of ‘Future Histories'(link is external) ; contemplating the global political trajectory towards greater states of totalitarianism.

“… the democracies of the future will change their nature; the quaint old forms – elections, parliaments, supreme courts and all the rest – will remain but the underlying substance will be a new kind of totalitarianism.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited, 1958

Bulding on Aldous’s profound foresight, the team discusses the current trajectory and future alternatives. We ask the question, what are we doing to lead ourselves down a path to totalitarianism?

“There are no new types of totalitarianism, just new technologies of control.” @JacobGrech(link is external)

“We need sovereignty over our own data.” @Lizzie_OShea(link is external)

“Are we putting the infrastructure in for a new class warfare?” @JacobGrech(link is external)

“Technologies are transforming the human condition.” – Timothy Erik Strom

“The techbros are not going to save us.” @Lizzie_OShea(link is external)

The conversation concludes with the idea that the future is not yet defined. It is emergent. And within that emergence anything is possible.

Stay tuned for follow up conversations about self-actualizing our futures.


Wednesday Breakfast

Wednesday 7:00am to 8:30am
Current affairs, media analysis, alternative media.
Presenter
Judith Peppard, William Mathews, Eiddwen Jeffery and Dean Shingange