The Poetry of Chaos, Lust and Science

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Just as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy took us on a gleeful romp through existential musings on reality, life and the meaning of it all, science fiction's latest installment of mirthful, tongue-in-cheek philosophy is The Combat Poets of Maya, penned by Bill Johnson, about a war between a colony of artists and the bureaucrats who seek to control their expression for the good of society.

Just as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy took us on a gleeful romp through existential musings on reality, life and the meaning of it all, science fiction's latest installment of mirthful, tongue-in-cheek philosophy is The Combat Poets of Maya, penned by Bill Johnson.

Johnson describes the book as a project inspired and begun years ago, during a time when he was literally immersed within the fringe literary scene; sleeping on a foam mat in the back of a restaurant that hosted readings attended by some names that have become synonymous with "street poetry."

Populated by a host of colorful characters that slip blithely from high-tech battle gear to battling each other for a chance to share their latest prose and lusty obsessions, The Combat Poets of Maya dances the light-years fantastic while asking some age-old questions: What is art? And is art necessary to the human condition?

Set on a planet that's a fulcrum in the struggle between the stringent control of hierarchy and the necessary anarchy of free expression, Combat Poets of Maya mischievously delights in the lack of solid answers, using memorable characters within a stream of wry, fast-paced scenes to bring us to a resolution we would be fortunate to realize here on Earth.

This is the first published work of fiction by Bill Johnson, a writer well established within the Northwest as a story analyst, screenwriting teacher and non-fiction author of A Story Is A Promise; a book other writers swear by for understanding the essentials of good storytelling.

For more information about Poets, visit http://www.combatpoetsofmaya.com. To order a copy for $16.95, visit http://www.PublishAmerica.com, or email the author at [email protected] Mr. Johnson's web site, Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing (http://www.storyispromise.com), explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular books, movies and plays.

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