I'm sure readers are aware of the efforts of 'Yes California' and other parties to have California secede from the United States. In the light of that state's increasingly frenzied, illogical, irrational liberalism, many in the US wish they'd do it . . . but don't predict a successful separation.
That's what gave rise to a new anthology put together by J. L. Curtis, better known to many as blogger Old NFO.
The blurb reads:
When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for many from the high Sierras to the Central Valley. Follow the lives of those who must decide whether to stand their ground, or flee!
- In San Diego, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Group One finds his hands tied by red tape, even as protesters storm the base and attack dependents.
- In Los Angeles, an airline mechanic must beg, borrow, or bribe to get his family on the plane out before the last flight out.
- Elsewhere, a couple seeks out the new underground railroad after being forced to confess to crimes they didn't commit.
- In the new state of Jefferson, farmers must defend themselves against carpetbaggers and border raiders.
Featuring all-new stories set after Calexit from JL Curtis, Bob Poole, Cedar Sanderson, Tom Rogneby, Alma Boykin, B Opperman, L B Johnson, Eaton Rapids Joe, Lawdog, and Kimball O'Hara.
- And in the high Sierras, a woman must make the decision to walk out alone...
Many of the contributors are my friends and fellow writers. I'm very glad they were able to collaborate on this project. (Yes, I was invited, but I'm so swamped by other work at present that I simply couldn't come up with a project worth submitting. It wasn't so much writer's block as writer's overload!) I've read the pre-publication drafts of many of the stories, and they're good. Highly recommended reading.
Amazon.com hasn't linked the editions at the time of writing, so you'll find them at these links:
Within a day or two, the first link should get you to both editions.