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BIOGRAPHY: Luther Siler lives in Northern Indiana with his wife and son and an assortment of pets.  He writes about space gnomes and Mars.

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August 15, 2022: the Tycho, the most advanced interplanetary craft ever designed by the human race, launches from Earth on an expedition to Mars. The Tycho carries four passengers, soon to be the most famous people in human history.

February 19, 2023: The Tycho loses all communication with Earth while orbiting Mars. After weeks of determined attempts to reestablish contact, the Tycho is declared lost.

2027: Journalist Gabriel Southern receives a message from a mysterious caller: “Mars.” Ezekiel ben Zahav isn’t talking, but he wants Southern to accompany him for something– and he’s dangling enough money under his nose to make any amount of hardship worth it.

SKYLIGHTS is the story of the second human expedition to Mars. Their mission: to find out what happened to the first. 51X7vJ8S0SL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_

Troll evictions! Dwarf pirates! Daring rescues! Angry gods! Impossible technology! Oversized bars! Pissed-off ogres! Disrespectful spaceships! All this and a mild disregard for proper wound treatment!

THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES, VOL. 1 is a novella-length collection of six short stories set in a common universe. Combining elements of space opera-style science fiction and high fantasy, THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES tell the adventures of Brazel, Rhundi, and Grond, a gnome/halfogre team of smugglers.

THE PLANET IT’S FARTHEST FROM: A simple job in a saloon goes poorly for Brazel.
THE CLOSET: Brazel and Grond are hired to teach someone why gambling can be a bad idea.
YANK: Dwarven pirates. ‘Nuff said.
REMEMBER: Brazel and Grond are hired by one of the galaxy’s most powerful people for a suspiciously easy job.
THE CONTRACT: Rhundi tries to get through a simple business negotiation without anyone being shot.
THE SIGIL: Brazel and Grond encounter something horrifying on a frozen rock in the middle of nowhere.

51yHchbYJTL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_“Go rob that train.” Nice, normal. An everyday heist.

But nothing is ever normal for Brazel, Grond and Rhundi.

A simple act of motorized larceny quickly explodes into a galaxy-spanning adventure for the two thieves. Blade-wielding elves, a fast-moving global war, a secret outlaw space city, incomprehensible insectoids and one impossibly lucky human are just the start of their problems. And that’s before they learn that someone from Grond’s past has gotten the Benevolence involved…

What is happening on the ogrespace moon Khkk?

Who are the Noble Opposition?

And what is the secret of THE SANCTUM OF THE SPHERE?


Space gnomes! Halfogre chess masters! Adolescent amateur smugglers and angry dwarves with horns! TALES, Volume 3 of Luther M. Siler’s THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES, returns the series to its short-story roots. Featuring eight all-new stories set in a universe sure to appeal to fans of both fantasy and science fiction, TALES expands the Benevolence Archives with stories of events set from the early days of our heroes’ careers to just after the events of THE SANCTUM OF THE SPHERE.


Luther M. Siler’s long-awaited book about teaching, SEARCHING FOR MALUMBA collects nearly 150 of the best of his essays and blog posts from 15 years of writing about American urban education. Alternately hilarious, sad, furious, horrifying, and touching, as well as frequently profane, Siler’s writings shed a light on the reality of teaching in America’s urban schools during the reign of the No Child Left Behind Act and the rise of standardized testing. Available as an ebook and in print.


A last stand against ultimate evil. A refugee from outside of time. A corrupt governor and a graveyard of wronged spirits. A technological breakthrough that could change human culture forever, or end it entirely. An executioner listening to a genocidaire’s final statement. And a door, hanging in the air, a door that must never be opened. These and other tales await you within BALREMESH AND OTHER STORIES, a novella-sized collection of short stories and microfictions in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. links:







295 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for visiting my blogs. I have several more.
    64, 65 in December. Been married for 37 years. Three adult kids. Two adorable grandchildren. I wash the dishes. My wife loves to cook and uses a lot of dishes. I am a compulsive writer. and never tell a lie.

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  2. Love your “About” Me? Am a retired teacher, have two kids, encourage my husband to cook and love to stretch the truth. Annnnd after 3 months on the road am still happily married. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. Aw, thank you! I actually took that with my phone while I was driving down the road. It was last winter and an oddly dark day. Ice clung to the trees and they were laying low. It’s such a haunting photo that it matches the place. The place itself is haunted I’m sure.

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  4. Thanks for liking my ‘Technicolor Mind Chatter’ blog – it’s always a buzz to see the WordPress email that says so and so thinks your post was awesome. I love writing, always have scribbled short stories, done courses but life, career and family came first it wasn’t until my later years that I really got myself together and published. I love the leanness of your words, as a character said in Muriel’s Wedding (if you haven’t seen get it out its a great Aussie movie) ‘you are awful Muriel but I like you!’ Mary Atkins Author ‘Finding your Voice’ non fiction and first time novelist ‘Losing You.’

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      1. Dead Poets’ Society, film from the 80s about prep-school boys who were learning ~from Robin Williams!~ how to find and let loose their own barbaric yawps. Sort of “To Sir With Love” from the other side of the tracks.

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  5. p.s. I’m drooling a litle bit … I tend to do that when I bump across a particularly interesting blog. Looking forward to having time to come back and exercise my browsealisciousness. Looks tasty.

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  6. LOL, I love your “about” information. Thanks for liking one of my posts!!! Appreciate it. I will take some time and meander through yours. It looks fun! Best to you!

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  7. Thanks for the like! I am a teacher as well, and my students are never quite sure if I am telling the truth or messing with them yet again. That’s the fun part of the job! 🙂

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  8. Hey, thanks for checking out my blog! I appreciate the Like. I’ll take all of those I can get. I feel ya on the renovation stuff. Man, people just don’t get it unless they’ve done it. Speaking as one who has. Have fun with it! Thanks again for stopping by!

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  9. You are a gem to like my post today on Tide Line Still Life! Thanks so much. I am especially appreciative because your snow photos make me feel much better about the state of the weather here in NJ! Seriously, your blog is a delight. I too am an educator, photography lover, and occasional essayist. Your work is a treat! Best, Maggie

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  10. Thank you for the like on The Math of Politics post. I see you like cooking so you might want to check out the post “Let’s Getting Cooking” on my blog. There are a few gastronomically intense yet pleasing recipes there.

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  11. You’re married and you tell lies…now I understand why you have decided to remain anonymous…Just kidding! Thank you for the like on my post!

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  12. I appreciate that you’re being yourself in your writing and make no apologies for it. Love this blog and thank you for stopping by mine, as well.

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  13. You sent me a message on twitter at @blackangelreads for some recommendations. Twitter won’t let me answer you as you don’t follow me… weird too, cause it let me compose my message before telling me I couldn’t send it… Anyway, you can check out my blog for some recs on the subject you were asking about. 🙂

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  14. Looks like I got my cast of characters confused. The never came from you and not Frank. How long have you been teaching middle school math? I struggle with middle schoolers, but as a sub I struggle with them because of that.

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  15. I teach French, Spanish, and English (all ages). I teach Spanish at Rochester College (probably because I have my Ph.D. in French, and it seems to be a rule of thumb that you’re always asked to teach the “other” language. Teaching kids is not my thing, but they do remember what you taught them years later, if not right away, and they do have perfect accents. Adults ask the same question over and over and over, and they never study. College students are probably the best, provided they’ve had the language through high school, and even before. I use all my languages in my writing too. That’s fun. Do you teach now? Or, are you like my friend Charley, whose wife works very hard every day, while he writes volumes of stuff on into the wee hours of the night.

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  16. In the movie, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, Francie Nolan’s teacher (after Francie spins a yarn about twins who are going hungry so she can get a free pie that’s somewhat crushed) tells her that lies aren’t lies if they’re if they’re written (media excluded), that they’re stories, that she has something called imagination. Your line describing yourself as writing horrible lies reminded me of this.

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  17. infinitefreetime,

    Thank you for “Liking” the post “Angel In The Sand”. Streets Of Our World. on my photography blog

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.

    We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,

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  18. Thanks for liking my post and checking out my blog. I absolutely love your blog. So glad you’re writing a book. Your writing is hilarious. I’d recommend anything you wrote to everyone. It’s totally addictive.

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  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ll be following—you have a great sense of humor. Also, I like that you photograph food as-is. The pretty food photography bloggers are annoying as hell. Does it taste good? That’s all I care about!

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  20. I’m sorry I haven’t had more time to spend on my own blog or yours. I’ve been teaching a class a very nice students, who must be mentally deficient in some way. I just hope I can get them through their final exam so I can have the sequel to this class next fall. I need the money.

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  21. Hi there! Thank you so much for checking out my blog. It’s always great to have someone like on a post. More importantly, it leads me to other blogs like yours. I absolutely love your irreverent style of writing!

    Thanks again,

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  22. Thanks for liking my post! I read some of your blog about the hashtag, and loved it! I like your honesty, and the willingness to throw your opinion out there! I will come back and read more after I mow the lawn. My wife will kill me if I don’t get out there and sweat while mowing our weeds!

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  23. Wow, took about a year and half to page down to ENTER a COMMENT! Well worth the time. Appreciate your visit to my post. Thanks for the LIKE and I love Sci Fi and have become a minion.

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  24. Thank you for stopping by and giving a star on my post. You post “In which Kill Me With Your Brains” made me chuckle and smile – a wonderful way to start my day, thank you! You got a follower here.

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  25. Thank you for stopping by my very new blog and liking my first post. Really appreciate it! And your post called “On making friends” made me smile with the little kid trying to kick the ball and your focus on aiming to be better at community building. 🙂

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    1. STAR WARS is rather openly the initial inspiration for BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES, but I’d point at John Scalzi and Michael Sullivan for having left a mark on other bits of it here and there as well. Thanks for the look! I hope you like the book, if you’re willing to try it out!

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  26. Thanks for your visit on my blog. When I visited your blog I was taken back because the creature was so ugly. I guest being a poet the dark side is where the inner growth waits. Like Beauty and the Beast, the Beast is ugly but Beauty sees more.

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  27. Hello, Luther, thank you for liking “Beyond Your Own Front Door” on hisdeeplove.
    I will have to come explore your blog. I can tell it’s one that will require a good cup of coffee and some time.

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  28. Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your weblog? My website is in the very same niche as yours and my visitors would definitely benefit from some of the information you present here. Please let me know if this okay with you. Thanks!

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  29. One more email response from you and I am read to invite you to have access to Sourcerer. Or you can just confirm right here on this thread that the email I am using is the one tied to your WP account, and I will send the invitation when I see your response. You can check the email at your leisure. It’s just more chatter about the post pitch and a one-sentence policy thingy that you already know.

    Also I know April is a long time from now, but I’ve got The Walking Dead reserved for you for the A to Z Challenge if you want it. If enough of our current & past contributors agree, we’re doing A to Z at Sourcerer this year, and April is going to be an awesome month. Once I see who is on board, probably in about a month, we’ll have a free-for-all for the open days, and I will commit to filling in the ones that nobody else wants. Potentially, we could have eight bloggers posting over there in April during a blogging event that’s guaranteed to bring new readers if we can sell them on how good we are.

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      1. All right. Done deal. Sending you an invite and there will be an announcement before your first post runs.

        I only send contributor invites on the first go. Will give you the privileges you need to load art once you accept and we confirm that it’s you. Minimizes the risk of a missed keystroke and whatnot.

        Will also create a byline category for you and a standalone category for your blog, if I don’t already have one of those.

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  30. Going to try your next post on Sunday. Several reasons:

    1. Neither Will’s didn’t do as well on Friday as I expected and yours didn’t do what I thought it would on Saturday. Yours did all right for a Saturday post, but it should have done better because buzz and something new.

    2. Theoretically, Sunday might be a better day because it’s closer to air time, and so more interested people goofing around waiting for it to air.

    3. The Sunday crowd are the readers I am most sure of. They tune to follow the progress of my evil schemes and because when I learn something new about social media, I share it with them. They may or may not like a Walking Dead post, but they’re an understanding bunch.They won’t mind if I bump my Sunday post to Monday or move it to my own blog. Especially not since I’m doing this it to get more reads for you and Will. And they may or may not like your blog, but your potential to find regular readers who aren’t already reading you is higher at S. on Sunday than on Saturday, is what I think

    4. Unless it absolutely tanks on Sunday, we’ll keep it that way until Doctor Who is over and then I’ll figure out what to do, scheduling-wise, and also, this gives you a tiny bit more time 😉

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    1. One one hand: you can schedule the post whenever you like, or move it around until you’re happy with where it ends up. I don’t have an ego about it; whatever you want. That said: I just checked, and it’s the highest-traffic post of the week by eighteen hits. How good did you expect it to do? 🙂

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      1. Ah. Post hits. I am not sure I looked at post hits.

        I should be more rigourous about that. And now I am puzzling over what I should actually do and how much I really know about all this, hee hee.

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  31. So, 12 of those 18 were today and yesterday. I wish I knew how many it got on Sunday. Also, I truncated that post way early, and no idea how many front page reads it got aside from what the daily numbers tell me, and they’re skewed by search hits, but going to make an educated guess when I am done writing this.

    I think what I may do this week is post twice on Saturday. Yours early, because that’s when people will be looking for it, then the Doctor Who a few hours before airtime. Inclined not to mess with a good thing this early in your run. Then hit the social media again on Sunday, because I have the next round of that stuff drafted for that already.


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