From William Mahler@email@example.com to nyc.general on Wed Oct 14 05:22:09 2020
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Hearing voices is largely man made
Read "Infrasound Transmissions" https://dennis.wickedlocal.com/entertainmentlife/20181012/fantasy-meets-reality-in-books-by-cape-cod-author-janet-morris
Read in it's entirety, it'll let you know that "hearing voices" is man made. She could be a character in a novel, but instead she writes them. Janet Morris of Centerville, born and raised in the town of Barnstable and a product of its public schools, has some 40 science fiction and fantasy books to her credit, many co-written with her husband Chris, as well as some historical fiction.
But for all their highly acclaimed works of imagination, she and Chris also have plumbed the depths of the very real world: military strategy through the use of non-lethal weapons. As the research director and senior fellow at the United States Global Strategy Council (USGSC) from 1989 to 1994, Janet Morris wrote several white papers about the use of non-lethal weapons such as psychological and digital warfare.
“Weapons of mass protection,” she called such strategies, “rather than chucking bigger and bigger rocks at each other.” In 1991, she visited Moscow, “where I saw Russian technology that no one in the West had ever seen before,” such as infrasound transmissions.
“The real cost of [conventional] war is the cost of rebuilding after it’s over,” Morris observed. So now she and Chris have their own tech company, which works with the US federal government and military on non-lethal weapons and long-term strategic planning.
The challenge in modern warfare, as Morris sees it, is “the containment of barbarism – but nobody wants to admit to being a barbarian.”
Naturally, Morris’s fiction explores the themes of conflict and power. And some it is eerily prescient. One of her novels written with Chris, “The 40-Minute War,” begins as Islamic terrorists hijack a plane and crash it into the White House – and it was written in 1984.
She said that her favorite of her novels is “I, the Sun,” a biographical novel about the Hittite king Suppiluliuma I, who reigned around 1350 B.C. “I took a crash course in Hittite before I wrote it,” she said of her preparation for the 1983 novel, and added of the king that “I learned more from him than from my whole time in Washington.”
She also reveres the Greek poet Homer, author of “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”. A bas-relief of him hangs in the Morris home.
Among her fantasy writings, she favors her “Sacred Band of Stepsons” saga of nine books (again, some co-written with her husband, 1985 to 2012). The stories explore sexuality (“Plato had suggested gay troops because if they loved each other they wouldn’t run away,” she said), including multisexuality and pansexuality. She also presents the presence of wizards and magicians as “true because that’s how people saw it.”
By the way, magic is a theme in Morris’s own life. She keeps one of those Magic 8-Balls on her desk, and said, “It’s guided every business decision I’ve ever made.”
Of writing itself, Morris said that it’s the characters that drive her work: “My characters talk to me. As long as they keep talking, you keep writing.” She credited a teacher, Robert Ellis, with giving her a “toolbox of writing skills,” and a friend, Martha Seeger (daughter-in-law of folk singer Pete), with connecting her with the agent who made her first sale.
As one more influence on her writing, she gave a shout-out to William Shakespeare: “You need a word, you make it up.”
The couple have more collaborations, too. Chris leads a rock band in which Janet plays the electric bass. And they share a love of horses, especially an almost extinct type of Morgan. “We’re trying to help save the breed,” she said. To that end, they have a farm in upstate New York where they breed Thoroughbreds, several of whom have won national and world championships. “Horses are my absolute joy. Magic. There’s nothing like exchanging breath with a horse.”
How did she come to love horses?
“I bought my first horse, Coco, for $175 at age 6,” she said, “from the Ellis family in Centerville. My parents let me earn the money by reading books and then writing reports for them. My parents taught me that there’s nothing I couldn’t do, and I think that’s the root of my idea of non-lethality.”
It may sound as though Janet Morris never stops. But she and Chris have a rich resource in their Centerville home: a picture window with a water view, where, she said, “There’s nothing to think about but tides and birds.”
Find more information on Janet Morris’s books online at: www.facebook.com/JanetMorrisandChrisMorris/
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