Freebies? Freebies? Why would Fitton give away audio books? Indeed….
Perhaps the author is magnanimous. Of course, he is… but that’s not the reason.
Ah, then these novels must be terrible, some leftover remnant of early efforts… partially true.
The Ancient Papyrus stories are very good, the dialogue makes sense, the settings are spectacular, and the audio output has merit.
When the Freebies were written the manuscripts were submitted to my agent. Whether a concerted effort was expended to circulate the books to various publishers is questionable.
The manuscript writing (on typewriter) is choppy, details are lacking, and character point of view sporadic. I had not engaged in the subsequent instruction from accomplished authors and professionals. The ancient papyrus stories, if edited properly, would take years to finish. I have numerous projects scheduled but still wanted the original stories out there. While recording, I did minimally update and refine scientific irregularities and obnoxious plot dragging.
So, why would Fitton give away audio books? No mystery… Simply for listeners to enjoy The Ancient Papyrus. I suggest for all to eat, drink and be merry... and enjoy.
The Apex of Power by Robert P.Fitton
Penning a first novel is not easy. Breaking the confidence
barrier and actually writing a book is the first hurdle. Growing up in the
sixties I was and still am an unabashed Star Trek aficionado. We became known
as Trekkies. Over and over again in reruns and audio recorded cassettes I reveled
to the deep space exploits and adventures of the captain and crew of the USS
Enterprise. When I began the Apex story in 1977, I typed the first and subsequent drafts
on a portable Smith Corona typewriter-a dictionary nearby. Mistakes were not
corrected with a backspace but with
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On Nantucket Island
Liquid Paper and White Out. The finished
product was a good Star Trek story. Not bad for a first try. Apex was good
enough to procure an agent in New York City. The novel made the rounds and came
close to being signed at Bantam Books.
The Apex of Power’s characters were indicative of the TV characters’ persona. Settings were pretty much in line with the show with some poetic license. My reference point for the book was the Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield and Gene Roddenberry and David Gerrold's The World of Star Trek. The novel was written in a teleplay point of view-as if seen on TV. Character point of view is sporadic, repeated words are numerous, and extraneous descriptions abound. The President of the Federation did not come into prominence until the roles of Robert Ellison and Jonathan Archer in the 1980’s and 90’s. The head honcho in Apex is the Chancellor- now the president in my recording.
To reconstruct The Apex of Power into a tight, polished novel would take considerable time with a sales and distribution dead end. However, putting Apex into an audio rendition was possible. I do not claim to be a mimic and have merely enunciated the emotions( Spock excluded) and motivation of crew and Klingon swine. The Klingons after the writing of the Apex of Power acquired a cloaking device.
Paramount Pictures Corporation and CBS Studios own the copyright to the series. So, I have no financial aspirations in getting this story out. I have my own projects. My only desire is that Star Trek fans enjoy what I have written.
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The Red Light District by Robert P. Fitton
1978 was a long time ago. This story is not updated to present day technology. Pay phones abound and landlines laced the landscape. Cars were big. With no Internet communication not instantaneous. People were tracked down not Google searched. Yet, human nature, albeit exposed to so much more today, remained fixed. Some say that this early Fitton science fiction story too bizarre or the government intelligence agencies of the mid and later 20th century were incapable of withholding projects from the public. The truth as John Denver wrote “is hard to come by.”
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The story, reminiscent of Hollywood's 1950’s science fiction motion pictures, spawned from the incredible revelations of the Church Committee in the 1970’s. Rogue elements of the intelligence agencies decided that they were the true guardians of the country and the people be damned. Add to this scenario Jim Jones and his "Peoples Temple Agricultural Project" in Guyana. Jones convinced the 900 members of his cult into “drinking the Kool-Aid,” sprinkled with cyanide, to an instant death on November 18, 1978. Dr. Paul Richards is a gifted scientist of similar charisma and his drug is used for compliance.
The original manuscript needs revisions and editing, some of which was done on the audio version. The Red Light District was circulated in New York City by my agent and then was promptly packed away, moving around the country, and is now resurrected on Cape Cod in 2018.
Fitton at the launch of the first space shuttle, Columbia
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A Noble Experiment by Robert P. Fitton
From a rediscovered manuscript written in 1979-80. And I do mean rediscovered. This typed manuscript went to New York and my agent. I kept a copy and sent a copy to compadre from UMASS. The agent began producing Broadway shows and I moved from Amherst to California. Between California and Cape Cod my copy of a Noble Experiment vanished. Alas, it was located in storage near D.C. and shipped to Cape Cod in 2017.
This science fiction saga begins in the less technical time of 1963. Bill Brady is a classic investigative reporter, based in Chicago. For years Brady has debunked the famous, but fraudulent UFO researcher Dr. Olin Von Grunkle. But now Von Grunkle has unequivocal proof: a filmed extraterrestrial ship returning with human abductees to earth. The obsessed Brady, plagued by anxiety and out of body experiences, sets out to prove Von Grunkle’s latest stunt as bogus. In his pursuit Mr. William Francis Brady is thrust into the real universe, alive with alien beings and fighting aged old conflicts. And he learns one significant truth: Without intervention the earth will self-destruct on August 31, 1992.
I wanted to address several themes in Noble Experiment. It’s a no-brainer in science fiction to blow up the earth. But this threatened terrestrial destruction is linked to choice and another favorite theme of mine- runaway technology. These alien beings are part of a long history of rules and law. It is this intransigence that insists they not prevent what they know will happen to earth in the future. There is a precarious balance even in our own lives about interfering versus allowing the freedom to make mistakes. In a Noble Experiment the entire human race is threatened at the expense of following the strict ancient law.
This novel is also about excess. Bill Brady’s obsessions encapsulate humanity’s excess. Brady fights for justice against the fraud and deception of those more willing to gain money and power at the expense of the truth. Lorna is a governor on Brady’s impulses as well as a hope for mankind.
In 1977 I marveled at the way Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss )and others were drawn to the extraterrestrials. I've even traveled to Devil's Tower itself. Imagine, I thought, walking into that alien ship and being a part of a totally alien civilization. Imagine I would because I never got to see Roy’s tour of the galaxy. Let’s combine this with Erich von Däniken. My mother bought von Däniken’s books, speculating and inferring how aliens infiltrated our world. This was at a time when I was enamored by Carl Sagan’s scientific view of the universe in Cosmos. So, I created Olin von Grunkle, an exaggerated character and brought Brady on the galactic journey I had longed for in Close Encounters… with the morality play of Star Trek.
Amherst, Massachusetts... 1979
Agent to Fitton: “You need to write what's selling, Bob. And horror stories are selling.”
was 1980. I ‘kindda’ followed his advice. My intention in writing My Other Face
was to inject the idea of ghosts, spirits and the walking dead into my writing.
The book evolved into a science fiction panoply of the living dead and opening
a Pandora’s Box of unknown physics. Before writing this novel, I read half a dozen horror novels
of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. It is not my nature to write graphic descriptions
of violence. But I do like suspense and tense situations in my books. My Other Face
In this bizarre cauldron is Marta DuPont Pendleton- vulnerable and frightened and cast into a horrific situation in an isolated New Hampshire town. Marta is in intense therapy and sees ‘flashes,’ black and white snippets of a skewed deadly reality. No one believes she is sane. I utilized the device of echoing her inner thoughts as she meanders back to what will be come the ultimate horror of her life in her husband’s home town of St. Argus, New Hampshire.
the novel Peyton Place’s wealthy and powerful Harrington family, the Pendletons
control St. Argus in My Other Face. Unlike Peyton Place no such gossip and
scandal resides in St. Argus. My Other Face is gory… but good.
Do not read on a midnight dreary, while you ponder, weak and weary.
When I was five years old I wanted to be a major league baseball player.
When I was six, seven eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen,
fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen…whoops…. Hmmm. Well maybe I wasn’t
going to the big leagues. But baseball was embedded in my head and
baseball zoomed into my books.
I like the unconventional melding of themes. Three main issues surround
the characters in Absolute Zero-The superstar with a vulnerability and
the acceptance or lack of it, the morality of a project gone rogue, and
the use of a bizarre technology for a nefarious purpose. Like any of my
science fiction efforts the characters are taken out of their everyday
lives and thrust into the phantasm.
This 1970’s manuscript again reflects the technology of the time. More importantly the moral issues have evolved over the years. The lead character is in a personal crisis (which draws him into the phantasm) where he challenges the values of his own life. It is the perpetual conflict between business bullies and individual fulfillment. I was strongly influenced by Rod Serling’s Patterns and most assuredly by poor James Daily in the Twilight Zone’s A Stop at Willoughby. The rogue project required some study. At the UMASS library I read many books of the grizzly and quite cruel use of the electric chair. Finally, in Bryan Kerry I decried the moral hypocrisy I saw in society, and despite increased tolerance that moral hypocrisy still exists today.