Books are the Children and Ghosts left behind by Authors, not Tears in the Rain

Books are the Children and Ghosts left behind by Authors, not Tears in the Rain

Editorial Article and Special Presentation

by Jim Lantern

5:10 p.m. CT Saturday 14 March 2015

Timeglass Journal and The Lantern Journal


Unrecorded words spoken are like “tears in the rain.”

From Blade Runner (1982) Quotes…
Batty: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.”
Deckard: [narrating] “I don’t know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life – anybody’s life; my life. All he’d wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.”
Gaff: “You’ve done a man’s job, sir. I guess you’re through, huh?”
Deckard: “Finished.”
[Gaff throws Deckard his gun]
Gaff: “It’s too bad she won’t live! But then again, who does?”
Deckard: [narrating] “Gaff had been there, and let her live. Four years, he figured. He was wrong. Tyrell had told me Rachael was special. No termination date. I didn’t know how long we had together… Who does?”

Ridley Scott knows…

If Harrison Ford will stop crashing his planes on golf courses (logically done because that’s where the doctors are), then it has been confirmed he will return to star as Deckard in the long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner. Now we know from Ridley Scott why Deckard still lives. Same reason as Rachael.

Tears in the Rain. Beers in a bar – those days are long gone. But who knows what the future holds? Perhaps future generations.

Recorded and written words usually survive longer than spoken words left to memory. Some writings have survived thousands of years. Eventually, most are like grains of sand on a beach being hit by the tsunami of time. Nothing last for ever. Nothing physical.

Dead man walking
Dead man talking
Dead man whispers
Dead man writing
Ghost of me

After many years of intensive research, medical science has determined death can cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Therefore, it is strongly recommended people avoid death in order to maintain good blood pressure.

Some people get married and have children. Some leave money and property to the children when they die. They leave their children behind.

Some people, on a different path, have no children to leave behind. No living relatives. They die alone.

However, a book is a different kind of child, the child of an author, the creation of a writer (as well as a publisher), which is left behind – survives the passing of the author.

My main goal – since age 12 in 1968, when my father died at age 50, when I began reading science fiction paperback novels – has been to write and get published my own science fiction novel. Writing it is one kind of accomplishment. Getting it published is another kind of accomplishment – especially the old way of traditional literary agents and publishing houses for printed books. Anyone can get published now via ebooks such as with Amazon Kindle, so the market has become flooded. I reached my goal in May 2003 with my novel published as a trade paperback, then as an ebook in May 2004. Neither were successful. Becoming rich and famous was not included in the goal, anyway – I didn’t do it for fame or money. I did it because I wanted to share something of my alien soul, and to leave something behind that would last longer than my physical body. We are all aliens in spiritual form, just visiting this planet for a short time, and then we return to wherever we came from. So, yes, it is true, after all. Science fiction authors are aliens from other worlds. Where else would such ideas come from? This planet of apes?

A book may also be perceived to be like a ghost – part of the soul of the author – left behind, to wander the earth from reader to reader, then dust to dust.

Meantime, let the haunting begin…

~ Free to Read at WordPress ~

The Lantern Journal

Presents ~


a f t e r

Once Upon Another Timeline

A Full-Length Science Fiction Novel


Adventure, Alternate History, Romance, Space Opera, Time Travel

Written by

Jim Lantern


“For time travelers, of a kind, answers can come before questions.”

“We have found the aliens, and they are us!”


© Copyright 2015

by Jim Lantern, Lantern Science Fiction, Timeglass Science Fiction

All Rights Reserved.

The parts of this story may not be copied and shared

without the written approval of the author.

However, as of 1 January 2016, it is to be legally placed in Public Domain

when and where it may be freely copied and shared.

Of course, for time travelers, that’s not a problem.

Jim Lantern

Email –

Twitter – Jim Lantern @TimeglassZone

Or Contact Co-Administrator of The Lantern Journal:

Hawthorn Wells

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Twitter – Hawthorn Wells @HawthornWells

The story herein is a work of fiction, including characters, events, and locations. However, from the perspective of characters, this story includes observations and mentions of real people, events, and locations. Beliefs and views presented herein are from the perspective of fictional characters. Not all represent the beliefs and views of the author and publisher, although some do.

1 Me at OU duck pond bridge July 2008

Jim Lantern is my pen name for the Internet. James Charles Harwood is my true name, born 5 March 1956 in Wichita, Kansas. I moved to Norman, Oklahoma, 3 May 2008. I expect to leave Norman in the near future as result of the apartments complex I live at having been sold and is to be bulldozed for a new apartment building. There is a good chance now at age 59 I’ll soon die as my health continues to decline, and barely surviving on Social Security Disability benefits I could soon become out-on-the-street homeless. No living relatives. No children. This novel is what I leave behind. It is part of my soul. It is the ghost of me.

This novel was previously published under my true name and a different title as a paperback novel in May 2003, and then as an ebook in May 2004. Those are no longer available. I tried Amazon Kindle for a new ebook version of it in 2012 and was not satisfied with the results. It is now free to read in this form here at The Lantern Journal – a WordPress site.

This version is about 160,000 words in length.

The main genre of this novel is Science Fiction. The primary subgenres are Space Opera and Alternate History. This story includes: Adventure, Drama, Erotica, Espionage, Fantasy, History, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Parallel Universe, Parody, Politics, Psychological, Quests, Religion, Romance, Science, Space Travel, Spiritual, Suspense, Terror, Time Travel, Treasure Hunts, and War. Minimal foul language and violence. For contrast, there is some adult material involving the unusual sexual activities of liberal-minded characters who have alien souls, compared to the unusual religious activities of conservative-minded characters who have alien souls, as well as similar differences in their alien politics. Recommended reading, Wikipedia articles:

The greatest influence for this story is from the novels of Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey), H. G. Wells (The Time Machine and War of the Worlds), Robert A. Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land), Spider Robinson (Callahan series), Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (The Mote in God’s Eye).

Additional influence from Glen A. Larson’s Battlestar Galactica (original TV series), J. Michael Straczynski’s Babylon 5 (TV series and movies), and Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods? nonfiction book about ancient aliens.


“All we can imagine is probably not half as crazy at the truth.”

~ Arthur C. Clarke


HERE after: Once Upon Another Timeline

Free to read here at The Lantern Journal

[A password will not be required for access to this updated presentation.]



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Thanks for reading!


This same novel may also be read at Timeglass Journal. The posted parts there and other stories are password protected. The password for access is: clockwork

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