Max G. Bernard


Max G. Bernard is the pen name of a writer with around 45 years of writing, editing, publishing, and journalism experience. He wrote for student, "underground," and radical newspapers in the 60's and 70's. He lives in the Midwestern region of Woodstock Nation, and is residing in the 1960's until something better comes along. He is involved in writing science fiction, mysteries, weird cross genre stories, and semi-autobiographical pieces. A fan of Bob Dylan's music, Alfred Hitchcock's movies, and Philip K. Dick's science fiction, he is married, with two children. He is a fervent opponent of DRM (digital rights management) in publishing. He agrees with Tom Robbins that it is "never too late to have a happy childhood," and with the spirit of the statement, "Be realistic, demand the impossible."

Where to find Max G. Bernard online


The Big Circle
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Father Donahue always came to the orphanage to tell the children a story. And he gave them candy. The smallest child doesn't like the latest story. "He used to tell good stories, but they're all bad stories now." What is really going on when the children gather around Father Donahue in the story circle?
Learned Counsel and the Three Bears
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(4.00 from 1 review)
Baby Bear left the forest and went to town. Once there, he made some new human friends, helped shut down a city office granting hunting and fishing licenses, and became an advocate for the forest animals in a court proceeding to stop a greedy developer from cutting down the forest to build a condominium development. A story intended to be appropriate for precocious children, ages 7-107.
From A Madman Only: A Rant and Modest Proposal on Health Care
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medical insurance
The author proposes a bold three step plan: 1. Criminalize private health insurance. 2. Provide free comprehensive health care to every human being in the U.S. without enrollment, co-pays, deductibles, exclusions, or premiums. 3. Pay for it all out of general tax revenue. The insurance industry's worst nightmare, way beyond the mild proposals of "public option" or even "single payer."
Another Place, Another Time
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Five Stories. A short anthology of stories by Max G. Bernard. Four science fiction stories and a semi-autobiographical tale of the 1960's. Includes: "If Only," "Second Time Around," "Meeting of the Minds," "Warm Summer Night," and "The Reader Suffers the Loss of Dostoyevsky."
Meeting of the Minds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(2.50 from 2 reviews)
The inhabitants of Mars had a serious products liability claim to pursue against a human corporation. And a new law clerk on the Interplanetary Supreme Court, assigned to help write the opinion, faces a challenging task...
Warm Summer Night
Price: Free! Words: 660. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Changing Weather. A man and his dog. And an encounter. In the not too distant future?
Second Time Around
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
He sought to reach his destiny. But all these time travelers from the future kept trying to interfere. And he says: "I am not a crook, I am a ..."
If Only
Price: Free! Words: 640. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.75 from 4 reviews)
His future self told him his story would win awards. But he knew it was not to be. Not on this ordinary mundane world...
The Reader Suffers the Loss of Dostoyevsky
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,450. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Who stole my entire collection of Dostoyevsky's books during a party at my home one evening forty years ago, and why? A semi-fictionalized autobiographical account of the 1960's.

Max G. Bernard's tag cloud

1960s    alien life    autobiography    bears    bizarre    children    counterculture    courts    extrapolation    fairy tales    fantasy    health care    horror    humor    insurance    law    madman    medicine    memoir    modest proposal    nature    parody    politics    radical    rants    science fiction    short story    time travel    weird    writing   

Smashwords book reviews by Max G. Bernard

  • Jack and the Brilliant Professor on Feb. 18, 2010

    I really liked it. Like the best of children's stories, adults will enjoy it too! (I'm 62!). Brilliant!
  • Weight Loss Self Hypnosis on Jan. 28, 2012

    Detailed instructions on hypnosis for weight loss The author has written and published another book covering the topic of self-hypnosis in more depth and explaining how to apply it in a wide variety of contexts (that book is called Quantum Self Hypnosis). But if you are like me, sometimes you just want a plain and simple introduction to the subject limited to its direct application to the particular pressing problem that you have. As a diabetic who suffered a stroke a few years ago, few things are more important than controlling my weight, so I was pleased to see that Dr. Starr offers this ebook specifically targeting the use of hypnosis for weight loss. For me, as for many others, failure to deal with my weight problem could have tragic, if not fatal consequences, and I want too badly to see my two kids finish school and go out into the world to ignore the issue. If this is the major problem you need to work on, this ebook may well contain everything you need to get started and begin to make some progress. There is a description of how to induce the hypnotic state, a full length professional grade hypnosis session script which you can record to play back to yourself while under hypnosis, and complete directions for using the technique to maximum advantage. Given the quality of this tightly focused ebook, the very modest price is a great bargain.
  • QUANTUM HYPNOSIS SCRIPTS- Neo-Ericksonian Scripts that Will Supercharge Your Sessions! on Jan. 31, 2012

    Detailed hypnosis scripts with a positive, rather than aversion therapy approach Dr. Starr has written other books introducing the reader to the practice of self-hypnosis to combat particular personal problems such as weight loss, substance abuse, relationship problems, etc. This book goes beyond that and consists of plentiful full hypnosis scripts which can be used either by professionals in the field, or for self hypnosis use. She gives detailed suggestions for the ideal use of these scripts as well as presenting 2 master hypnosis inductions, needed to bring about the hypnotic state to make the beneficial use of the hypnosis session scripts possible. What is really good is that there are 3 hypnosis scripts each for addressing the problems of weight loss and stress reduction, common problems that a lot of people have. Unlike some quacks who seem to suggest an instant “cure” is possible for weight or stress problems, Dr. Starr is a realistic enough professional to acknowledge that these troubling maladies are ideally dealt with over time through a series of sessions, designed to get at he roots of the problems. Unlike some other authors who cannibalize one published general work on the subject and repackage portions of it to sell the same information again, Dr. Starr’s latest book presents all new hypnosis behavior modification scripts, with no duplicate from her more introductory book Quantum Self Hypnosis (other than what she describes as an additional “bonus” stop smoking script). I also like, very much, the fact that she takes a positive, present tense, and affirmative approach, rather than the approach of negative programming or aversion therapy that some use. Aversion therapy, I think, all too often just tries to condition a negative response to stimuli (you will feel nauseous or uneasy after smoking a cigarette or pigging out on ice cream) rather than trying to address the real cause for the problem in the first place and channeling the need or craving into a more positive direction.