Hey! I Designed the Back Cover Text on a Book That Was Just Published


The front cover designed by Krista Dedrick Lai. You can order the book from Amazon by clicking here.

Neat huh?

In an amused tone, Kaplan offers gentle science fiction that is sympathetic to the human condition. The first chapter, “Escapade,” features Gomer and Muriel Ackerman, a retro couple in the mid-21st Century who are searching for old-fashioned values such as privacy in a twentieth-century settlement but do not get what they bargained for. In “A Dementia Returnee,” their friend Virginia becomes one of the first people cured of dementia but who runs into an unexpected detour to complete health. Later in the book, Gomer’s wife dies and he seeks consolation from a custom-designed robot that satisfies in some ways and does not in others. In the last chapter, Muriel’s grandniece Beatriz discovers extraterrestrials in another solar system who must be stingy with words in order to survive. If you too are a curiosity seeker, you will find yourself with kindred spirits within this collection of interrelated stories.

Layout 1Here’s the part I like…. I designed the text on the back cover. Notice my name on the bottom after the cover artist? Oh, you can get the book from Amazon by clicking here. And you can read all about the cover artist, Krista Dedrick Lai. Now, I should go read the book!




About Karen Kaplan…

Karen KaplanBiography
Karen B. Kaplan has an unusual background for a science fiction writer: she a hospice chaplain and instructor of English as a Second Language. She has always wanted to write sci-fi with a compassionate touch, rather than portray the wars writ large and nasty robots found in dystopian scenarios. In her most recent book, Curiosity Seekers, Kaplan cooks up a blend of irony and an exploration of spiritual values such as privacy and the need to be heard. She enjoys surprising and entertaining readers by finding humor in the most unexpected places. In one of these interrelated stories, a grieving man tries to circumvent his grief by ordering up a robot that looks and acts like his wife. But complications ensue when her sexuality as well as other traits differ from the “original” mate.

While serving hospices in New Jersey and New York for seven years, Kaplan visited over 4,000 patients and their families from all walks of life. That is when she wrote her first book, Encountering The Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died. Even in the context of hospice Kaplan is always alert to quirky anecdotes. “I always have an eye out for it,” she says. “I remember a funeral where the deceased’s niece looked at the grave and said, ‘Auntie, you sure have been fussy about apartments. But you’d better be satisfied with this one, because it’s gonna be your very last.’” When she was ordained in 1992, she became one of the first 200 female rabbis worldwide and earned board certification as a healthcare chaplain in 2007.

To follow Kaplan’s most recent writing see her blog, Offbeatcompassion or follow her @chaplainkkaplan. She would love your suggestions for her next science fiction adventure.

Glen Charlow in The Threepenny Opera @ Spotlighters Theatre

Jan 13 – Feb 5, 2017
Tickets – $22.00
Ten Spot Thursday: Jan 19 – Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, Jan 29
For Tickets you can go to www.Spotlighters.org

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Happy 65th Anniversary, I Love Lucy!


On October 15, 1951, Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred were introduced to the world. The rest is history! Happy 65th Anniversary, I Love Lucy! Sixty-five years have passed since the first episode, “The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub,” debuted on a Monday night on CBS at 9pm, and Lucy still remains a worldwide phenomenon to this day.

Originally running from 1951 to 1957, I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the most influential sitcoms in history and was voted in 2012 as the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’, ‘Best Comedy of All Time’, and ‘Funniest Scene of All Time’ (“Lucy’s Italian Movie” grape stomping scene) in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine. I Love Lucy also holds the record for highest Nielsen share achieved in television history, as 98.6% of households watching television tuned in to watch Little Ricky, the fictional son of Ricky and Lucy Ricardo, become introduced to the world in the episode ‘Lucy Goes to the Hospital’. Lucy has never been off the air, and every minute of the day someone, somewhere in the world, is laughing at the timeless antics of Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred!

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.” – Lucille Ball