Rik Johnston grew up in a small town in rural Idaho, dreaming of adventures in far off places. Instead of visiting those places, he created the places he dreamed of and the people who inhabited them on paper. Having been raised in the rich tapestry of the 70's and 80's, Rik was inspired by the great Science Fiction epics that were a product of the time and they served as an inspiration for the stories you can find here.
The Chronicles of John Alkali began as a series of short stories written in his teenage years, and published in his local newspaper in 1988. The current novels are a culmination and the evolution of those stories, brought to fruition through years of development.
What made you decide to become an author?
When I was young, I was very inspired by the cinema of the time, and felt that I could tell my own stories, just not in a theatrical medium. So I was writing these various stories, and didn't know it at the time, but it was all gearing toward something greater. For years, I've had these stories in my head, and needed to tell them in a way that was organized and interesting for the reader. So I decided sometime around 2012 to get serious about this, and start making notes and looking over old material that I had.
One of the stories that I wrote was a tale about a man who was cryogenically frozen and thawed out more than two-thousand years into the future. Another set of stories was about a team of space commandos who fought an evil cyborg, whose goal was the destruction of all mankind. Another story was about a smuggler from another planet who was marooned on an alien world. These ideas became the bedrock for "The Chronicles of John Alkali"
Would you consider your "John Allkali " series science fiction, fantasy, or somewhere in between?
I think there are elements of both, though I'm not a fan of super-technical science fiction. I don't understand why in the sci-fi genre that everything has to require an explanation of how it all works. I could write an adventure novel set on Earth, and the hero could get into a truck to escape, and the reader literally requires no knowledge of how the truck works, what propels it, what makes it go. That's because everybody knows what a truck is, and how it works, and in our world, we just get in the truck and go where we need to.
It's the same in the science fiction worlds I create. I don't feel that I need twenty pages to explain how a spaceship or a weapon works, as its written from the point of view of the characters, and it's important to take time out of the action to explain how something works, when it is just as effective to see characters just doing it, because they have an obvious familiarity with it.
But getting back to the question, I feel that probably the closest genre I could compare it to would be space opera, or space fantasy because it has epic struggles between good and evil, and transcends many generations in its complete telling.
John Alkali is reborn into a utopian future two-thousand years after his death. A perfect society exists without war or strife, he is a celebrity who knows the truth about the 21st century. John begins to learn that everything is not as perfect as it seems, and his destiny could either save mankind, or destroy it.
This is the first book in "The Chronicles of John Alkali".
When division in Tribe Relygioni causes a holy war, no Caravan on the planet Vinestrus is safe from the widespread effects of the conflict. Mani Singh's family was brutally murdered by a rival faction, orphaning him as a young boy. He sets out on a quest to sate his blood lust and restore honor to his family.
This is the newest short story in The Chronicles of John Alkali.
Chevria Timone is a spy who has taken a job to steal The Cypher of Migsaari, a code that could destroy one of the Human Tribes. Realizing that people are trying to kill her to obtain it, Chevria discovers that it is more difficult to dispose of code than it was to steal it.
This is the latest short story in The Chronicles of John Alkali
When The Usurper Serendipity catches sight of a space pod that she had forgotten about, she takes it to The Pockets of Nothingspace to open it up. What she finds inside is a human, and repairs his broken body to the best of her ability. What she did not intend was that she would almost instantly develop an emotional bond to this human, one that could change the course of a prophecy.
Tuesday Moxley is a girl with unique problems. Every night she dreams of fatal tragedies that eventually happen in the world around her. She is an outcast among her peers, the daughter of a drug abuser, and has seen many dead end therapy sessions.
But one October morning, Tuesday meets a boy who treats her like a person, and begins seeing a therapist who might have the key to solve her issues.
From The Chronicles of John Alkali, Ferntero Massala is a gambler and an artist who has been hired by a crime lord to counterfeit a painting. His journey takes him into the heart of enemy territory to gather the insight he needs to accomplish the task he's been hired for. But are his skills great enough to convince The Sphere of his elaborate forgery?
David Peatross is a man who has seen the best and worst that life has to offer. But when a jealous lover pushes him to his breaking point, he goes on the run. Tired of being hunted, he discovers a way to fight back, and is able to defeat those who would see him dead, but at the cost of himself. This is a short story in "The Chronicles of John Alkali".
An intergalactic conflict inspires disobedience from one of The Ichouli, creating a hidden Tribe of Humans who are imprisoned for many millennia inside a dead world. This is a simple tale of one girl's dreams to escape that world and see what The Sphere has to offer.
A story from "The Chronicles of John Alkali".
Throughout The Sphere, The Human Tribes have lived in peace for hundreds of thousands of years. But war looms on the horizon and they must unite or perish.
This guide is an introduction to the universe found in my forthcoming series of novels "The Chronicles of John Alkali", the first of which will be released in 2017 or 2018.
The adventure is only beginning.
Coffee & Philosophy: A Book of Poetry
on Aug. 04, 2016
This book is a quick read, perfect for a day at the park or the beach, when you're looking for something light and fun. I enjoyed the wit and humor in this simple collection of poetry. Give it a shot, free is a great price for the fun you'll have reading this.
The Balancing Act: The Importance of Balance in Architecture and in Life
on Oct. 18, 2016
A quick read! This piece was well thought out, inspirational and beautiful in it's presentation! I feel as if I opened a door to understanding something I hadn't really thought about before, and I could become better for it. It takes no more than 10 minutes tops to read this, and I would suggest this for others.
Poems in my Mind
on Oct. 18, 2016
This is a collection of really nice poetry. You can tell that the author poured his heart into these, and took his time to convey the message that he was hoping to. Tender and inspirational. Thank you for writing this.
Ramblings (Part 1)
on April 21, 2017
The title is right. The author says some thought provoking things, but it's wide and unfocused, unpredictable. It's an interesting read, if you can get into the writer's head.
More Coffee & Philosophy: Another Book of Poetry
on June 16, 2018
This entry is a witty and worthy follow up to his original work, in both style and substance. The meat and potatoes of this manuscript gives you glimpses into the writer’s mind and emotional state, mirroring the monotony of day to day micro adventures, but with a twist of sarcasm, a pinch of humility, and seasoned with a dash of faith.
This body of work is a reminder to me that less is indeed more, and that as we age and mature, that we find meaning in expression through methods we’ve never dreamed of. This work got me thinking again about my own creative expression, and how I will pursue it again, when the time is right.
A great read, quick, concise, and to the point. The Asian stylings are a good pairing with the author’s thoughts, keeping those thoughts strictly to a rigid syllabic format work for the life lessons and musings he is trying to impart. This will get revisited from time to time for me.