I have decided to retire Under the Suns. From this point forward, it will officially be out of print. If you always meant to get it, but didn’t, you had your chance you lazy good-for-nothing. Writing Under the Suns was important book to me. The toughest time of my life, losing my faith, was mine to endure alone. In the absence of friends who understood what I was going through, I made some up and wrote about them. I haven’t given up on it. I suspect it’ll be back in a new form at some point in the future after The Author is Dead is published.
My sincerest thanks to those of you who gave it a chance!
Now, I leave you with one of my favorite pseudo-scripture passages from the book:
The Gospel According to Dumbass, 5:1-20
The next day, the akigi gathered together and the Lord taught them in the fields of Tumtuk saying:
2 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they are gullible.
3 “Blessed are they who mourn, for they understand their lot in life.
4 “Blessed are the meek, for society is built upon their backs.
5 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they are easy to delude.
6 “Do not judge or you will be judged.
7 “Remember that there are no Gods, but me. Do not bicker about it endlessly. That is just the way it is.
8 “And do not take my name in vain.
9 “And honor your father and mother because you may need money from them some time.
10 “Do not murder unless you absolutely have to.
11 “Or steal. No one likes a thief.
12 “And do not bear false witness unless you are in a tight spot.
13 “And ask not what the Lord can do for you, but what you can do for the Lord.”
14 And he also said many other things, but it was not written down because he spoke too fast.
15 When the Lord had finished saying these things, most of the crowd was amazed at his teaching, 16 but some grumbled that he did not seem to live by his own words. Others did not know what he was talking about. 17 He called fire down on those who questioned him and then spoke to those who were still alive saying, 18 “You shall do as I say and not as I do unless what I do is righteous. It is acceptable to do what I do when I do things that are righteous. The things I do that are not righteous are simply tests of your righteousness.”
19 Hinnoben spoke saying, “Lord, how can we tell when you are being righteous?”
20 The Lord answered and said, “I just told you how.”