I was happy to be invited as a participant at WorldCon 2017, which was in Helsinki last week. Here are the pages from the WorldCon website, and also pdf files in case the website is taken down. I enjoyed moderating a panel with notable authors Cixin Liu, Ken Liu, Zen Cho, and Ehud Maimon. And I enjoyed presenting the Prometheus Award together with fellow Libertarian Futurist Society member Steve Gaalema to Finnish author Johanna Sinisalo. The organizers in Helsinki did a great job bringing in 7,323 sci-fi enthusiasts making this the 2nd largest WorldCon ever!
my bio pdf:
jc profile worldcon
my bio pdf with expanded panel ‘Writing from Home and Writing from Diaspora’:
panel at worldcon
my bio pdf with expanded ‘Prometheus Awards’:
prometheus at worldcon
‘Democracy Society 2’ is delayed because my fight to expose the 2009-2014 EBRD cover-up of Russian Mafia fraud in Latvia is still consuming a lot of time. The good news is that I am moving forward with thriller novel ‘KGB Banker’ with co-author William Burton McCormick, planned to be published in 2018. Here I am with Bill at ThrillerFest in New York City.
William Burton McCormick, who is collaborating with John Christmas on a new thriller novel “KGB Banker,” has been recognized by SleuthSayers.
SleuthSayers is a website for “professional crime-writers and crime-fighters.” Bill’s short story “Voices in the Cistern” was included in SleuthSayers top-ten list of short stories for 2016. Congratulations to Bill!
SleuthSayers Top 10 List
I was, again, a judge for the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus Award. I will also be a judge for the 2017 award. Hopefully, my complicated schedule will allow me to resign after that and finish writing “Democracy Society 2.” Meanwhile, it’s an honor to serve as a judge and evaluate some of the best new libertarian novels.
William Burton McCormick, following success with his novel “Lenin’s Harem” published in English and Latvian, has moved out of Latvia and announced a new novel. He is writing “KGB Banker” inspired by the true exile experience of John Christmas. Christmas is the whistleblower against the “Latvian Proxy Network,” a group of KGB-linked bankers involved in the disappearance of assets from banks in Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Moldova. Christmas has faced an unlikely adversary which is the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As more and more banks in the region have been cleaned out by Kremlin-linked gangsters, corrupt local officials have received assistance from the EBRD to falsely blame the bank failures on the United States and Sweden. McCormick will do the writing, however Christmas will be recognized as co-author because he is assisting with history, themes, and structuring.
I was a judge this past winter for screening novels for inclusion as finalists for the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus Award. I highly recommend membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society for all fans of novels with libertarian themes.
I plan to be a judge again next winter, before getting back to work on “Democracy Society 2.”
Writing is my first passion, however in 2015 I continue to be delayed by various battles of self-defense that hopefully will be resolved soon, not least my still-escalating battle against the failed democratic government of Latvia which is still insanely fighting to make the bank pyramid fraud which I have been trying to stop since 2004 grow larger and larger.
John Christmas visited Union Station in Washington, DC, which is an important location for “Democracy Society 2”:)
This new novel might be completed in 2014, however more likely in 2015.
Seems my fictional character Ivan Ivanov has a real-life equivalent. Who says my novel is satire?
BTW – I still intend to complete “Democracy Society II” which is already outlined with new controversial themes.
Democracy Society has been included in the Amazon.com “Listmania!” list of novels by authors inspired by Ayn Rand:
In certain ways, the novel is consistent with Objectivist ideas. For example, the “good” characters follow reason and the “bad” characters follow mysticism.
In other ways, the novel is opposite. The “good” characters have enlightened self interest inclusive of profit motivation. The ones who have businesses believe in making profits by satisfying customer demand, unlike the hero of Rand’s Fountainhead who refused to do what customers wanted:)
And, the most important difference? Rand believed it was possible to convince all humans to use their brains and abandon mysticism/socialism. In the world of Democracy Society, it is clear that most people cannot be educated and therefore should be banned from voting.
Author John Christmas with science fiction fans at Worldcon 2012 (“Chicon”). Democracy Society 2 is underway. Progress was good over the summer, but completion is probably a year away.