For years, writers and filmmakers have speculated about the possibility of the Earth being invaded by aliens from another planet. But what if the aliens have been watching us, infiltrating us via human collaborators, or even surgically altering themselves to look human?
Occupied Earth is a groundbreaking anthology that explores the idea of what the world would look like years after its conquest. 20 years after a successful invasion by the Makh-Ra, humanity still exists, only it has become subservient to a race of occupiers who govern the devastated planet. But, as much at things continue with some sense of normalcy, something has happened in the Mahk-Ra’s empire. Earth, once considered a strategic beachhead of major importance to the Empire, has been downgraded in its value. Things are starting to degrade. Our planet is the last place any self-respecting Mahk-Ra officer wants to be assigned. Yet, despite everything, life continues.
These stories bring us face to face with annihilation and show how we can pull ourselves back from the brink. Featuring Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Morton, Matthew V. Clemens, Howard Hendrix, Nathan Walpow and more, OCCUPIED EARTH is coming. Stay safe. Stay strong. Survive at all costs.
A California native, Richard J. Brewer has worked as a bookseller and bookstore manager for B. Dalton Bookseller and Waldenbooks, as well as the wonderful Mysterious Bookshop and its later incarnation, The Mystery Bookstore. In addition to selling other people's stories, he has become a storyteller, as both an actor and a writer. As an actor he’s been seen in numerous plays and on such TV shows as House, M.D., 24, and Daybreak, as well as narrating several audiobooks. In the Hollywood arena he has worked as a creative executive/story editor/script analyst for Interscope Communications, The Hallmark Hall of Fame, Signboard Hills Productions, NBC TV, and Silver Pictures, helping to develop and evaluate a wide variety of scripts for both television and feature films. He is the cocreator, coeditor, and story contributor to the critically acclaimed Bruce Springsteeninspired anthology, Meeting Across the River (Bloomsbury USA), and his latest short story, "Last to Die," was published in another Springsteen inspired anthology, Trouble in the Heartland.
Weaned on the images of Kirby and Steranko in comic books, and Hammett and Himes in prose, Gary Phillips also draws on his experiences ranging from community organizer, teaching incarcerated youth, to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. He coedited and contributed to the acclaimed Black Pulp, has short stories in the upcoming Asian Pulp and Jewish Noir, and wrote Big Water, a graphic novel about the fight for that most precious of resources. A reviewer said of his novella The Extractors, about a one percenter who steals from the one percent, "Gary never disappoints. Great plots and complex and interesting characters, McBleak being one of them." He lives in Los Angeles.