Alternate Truths Anthology was formed on February 23, 2017 when I, and many of my friends, asked what we could do. We could write, we could join that noble tradition of using the pen, to poke the powerful. Our pens became word processors and our ideas became stories.
Kellyanne Conway was not the first political operative to applying flexibility to truth. But she gave us the best ever description of the premise when she coined the phrase “Alternative Facts,” in describing what George Orwell had for all previous generations labeled as New Speak.
Like beauty, truth, especially political truth, is in the eye of the beholder, and for years Americans have tolerated the common elements of exaggeration and rhetoric from their politicians. But not since the early days of the nation has such a mockery of truth been made in the name of politics, and in that vein we present to you, Alternative Truths.
Alternative Truths is a look at the post election America that is, or will be, or could be. We attach no manacles to the word truth to bind it to our visions, but instead we free it to find its own way through the minds of the two dozen writers who have shared their vision of the future in either sensitively written allegorical tales such as Relics by Louise Marley, a woman who grew up bucking hay in Montana to a talented musical performer and successful novelist, or the raw humor of Adam Troy-Castro in his Q&A, which takes on the verbal veracity of Donald J. Trump.
Whomever or what ever you like you will find here with an absolute appreciation for the fact that we live in a great country where you can still publish a book like this, in part to the continued efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the ink of patriots.
And patriots these writers are, for they speak truth to power, and do so in the public square. And they do so because of the Constitution of these United States and the vigilance of groups like the ACLU. Because of this, we are treating the ACLU as a part of this work and a writer’s share of the royalties will be donated to their unending quest for the freedom of the American People to express themselves.
Phyllis Irene Radford & Bob Brown,
Editors, Alternative Truths