Barry Midgorden has known he would be experiencing life as an artist since high school. Though interested in various media, in college he was particularly attracted to the ceramic arts, making that and commercial art his emphasis. After graduation Barry spent fifteen years making a living as a full-time graphic artist and designer. In the mid-1990s he realized one of his dreams and took a position as a full time artist and teacher of pottery a spirituality support center. After a three month trip around the world visiting friends, museums, and sacred sites, he and his wife decided to move to Arizona, settling in Sierra Vista. Now Barry teaches pottery, drawing, and Macintosh computing classes, exhibits his pottery in local galleries, and keeps his hands in the graphic arts by working part-time as a graphic designer and by offering design and publishing services through Bazz Graphics.
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- The Wallingford Files: Last of the Firstborn
on Nov. 26, 2013
I was enthralled by this book. Though it’s classified as a SF novel, people who love spy novels or political intrigue should give this book a try. It takes place in the present and future, which is accomplished in an imaginative way.
Another thing that impressed me about the book was that it doesn’t use a lot of technobabble. The action takes place on Earth, not in space and the Sorians, who are the conquerors, use much of what already exists on the planet. They drive our cars and use our office buildings with their communication systems and computing devices.
While there are Sorian villains, not all of them are evil. The policy of the Empire is to create “meldings” on each conquered planet. Meldings are considered creations of the King of Sorion, and they are a combination of Sorion and native DNA. Not all meldings are loyal to the Empire. Not only that, the purebreds have differing points of view as well. There are the opportunist business men, those who are angling for political power, while others don’t like what their Empire has been doing, which is traveling the universe, conquering worlds, enslaving the population and stripping them of resources. The book crackles with political intrigue.
Finally, I liked the mystical aspects of the book. The flawed savior, the Heartbeat in the underground human outpost at Station Three, the Blade of Solan, and the Book that speaks to Wallingford. I’m looking forward to the next book to see what questions get answered.