TV Episode “Discards” (Nov. 1997) Remembered

On his website, home of everything spy-related, Wes Britton posted an article about the Diagnosis: Murder episode “Discards”. Originally airing on Nov. 13, 1997, the spy-themed episode guest-starred Robert Vaughn, Patrick Macnee, Robert Culp, and Barbara Bain, all cast members of various 1960s spy series.

And now Mark Alfred discusses the episode in his blog entry “I Wouldn’t Call Them ‘Discards’!”, including a copy of the TV Guide article, “Wry Spies”, an interview with the spy guest-stars.

Click here to read Mark Alfred’s blog post.

Click here to read Wesley’s article “Behind the Scenes of Discards” on

New Facebook Group for Britton Reviews

In addition to writing books, Wes Britton also reviews them! His reviews are now posted in the Facebook group “Wes Reviews”.

The group is open to every Facebook member.

To keep up with Wesley’s book reviews, click here to join the group “Wes Reviews”.

Dr Britton on Comcast

On March 12, 2004, Dr. Wes Britton appeared on Comcast Tonight, a local cable television program airing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Do You Believe?

By Karina Kantas

Do you believe in UFOs? Have you ever seen one or know of someone who thinks they have seen a UFO?

Are we alone?

These simple questions raise a lot of answers.

Well, if you take it literally, the word UFO stands for “Unidentified Flying Object”. It does not refer to spaceships or flying saucers. So, yes, there could be an object in the sky that you can’t identify.

In fact, I heard from a friend recently who lives in Greece. Her family was on the balcony watching these white stars flying across the sky, one after another almost in a straight line. They were not shooting stars and they were not aircraft as there was no noise, and of course, with the Coronavirus, there wouldn’t be any planes in the sky. The family watched these strange lights for over ten minutes before they finally disappeared. It wasn’t until the following day, when the local discussion started on Facebook, that they found out the International Space Station had passed over Greece, and what they saw were many satellites.

Going back to UFO sightings; why are most sightings recorded in America? Do aliens think America is the capital of the world? I’m sure certain politicians like to think it is.

I’ve seen mysterious flashing lights in the sky, but haven’t thought twice about it. I like watching a good classic science-fiction movie such as John Carpenter’s The Thing and Ridley Scott’s Alien, and let’s not forget about the tear-jerker for kids, ET directed by Stephen Spielberg. Then you have the Star Wars franchise and Star Trek, and I cannot mention the award-winning movie, based on the book by Frank Herbert, Dune. So many amazing science-fiction books and films out there for us to devour.

But it still leaves the questions, Are we alone?

Well, we know from scientific proof that there is life on other planets. What do these life-forms look like? Green men, jellied blobs, Lizardmen? Who knows? I guess we have to leave that to the imagination of the writers and directors of movies and books. And who is to say that in another universe, a solar system there are life-forms just like us. A planet, just like Earth but with aliens – A Beta Earth.

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Coronavirus and Tales of Future Passed

By Dr. Wesley Britton

Very quickly after the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic began, I realized everything had changed for writers of futuristic fiction, especially all of us who have written post-apocalyptic stories. For one matter, before this pandemic, virtually everything we put into future-set stories was completely speculative. We based what we created on projections drawing from the best research we could find.  Now, we have a baseline to work from, drawing from international experience on virtually every level: medical, economic, political, religious, environmental, sociological, and very personal, certainly psychological.

Before COVID-19, there was a deep well of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature we can now consider for comparisons between fantasy and reality. Stephen King’s 1978 The Stand or Michael Crichton’s influential 1968 The Andromeda Strain were examples of a genre grammaticizing virus outbreaks resulting from alien incursions, scientific accidents, as well as deliberately released terrorist attacks or war gone amuck.

From Atomic Age giant monsters to wayward comets to 21st century walking dead, we got cautionary tales about what might happen if we don’t do this or don’t do that. We were warned that humanity could pay a heavy price for ecological neglect, scientific carelessness, or unawareness of what weaponized plagues could be released if we’re not carefully watching groups willing to put our planet at risk to reach their nefarious goals.

Of course, a much older tradition goes to The Book of Revelation where Armageddon is what God has had in mind all along. Distinguished authors who have dealt with fictional pandemics in particular include Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley, who published  The Last Man in 1826; Jack London’s 1912 The Scarlet Plague; Richard Matheson’s popular 1954 I Am Legend, and Gore Vidal’s 1978 Kalki.

I thought of all this when I watched the horror of coffins of unknown people being dumped into mass graves in New York.  That was something I had used as a fictional trope in my futuristic Return to Alpha (2017) on an earth impacted by climate change as well as waves of weaponized plagues released by Islamic terrorist groups. One question at the core of my novel, and many others by other writers, is how would humanity handle post-apocalyptic life? Few such novels in a very wide genre paint optimistic portraits. Humans tend to largely revert to barbarism, or at least primitive tribal communities often cut off from the rest of the world led by powerful men with women as slaves or near-slaves. Deadly competition dictates who gets what resources.  Frequently, our reliance on technology is reduced as in Machine Sickness: Eupocalypse Book 1 by Peri Dwyer Worrell where nearly every material on earth with any petroleum polymers from shoes to computers to transportation of all kinds breaks down.  One word sums up what many futurist writers envision: grim. One recent example of such unrelentingly dark forecasting is Maxwell Rudolf’s The Arkhe Principle: A post-apocalyptic technothriller (2017).

Now, we are going through an experience that changes everything.  Writers will now have to touch what COVID-19 did as it impacts all of human history like nothing since World War II.  To paint a believable future, the COVID-19 virus will have to get at least a passing mention in futuristic fiction as it will be a serious turning point in earth history.

Subscribers to Wes Britton’s newsletter will get an exclusive scene in the upcoming edition written for a post-apocalyptic short story featuring detective Mary Carpenter. It follows the ideas expressed in this “Coronavirus” essay describing how COVID-19 has affected earth – with a surprising twist at the end.

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Wes Britton Interview with Johnson and Clark ~ April 11, 2020

On Saturday, April 11, 2020, Ian Johnson and Ron Clark will talk with Wes Britton on The Weekend Show (Part 3) over the internet radio station Chat and Spin, located in the United Kingdom.

In the U.K., The Weekend Show airs from 7 pm to 11 pm.

In the United States, Wes Britton will join the program at 5:10 pm Eastern, 4:10 pm Central, and 2:10 Pacific.

To listen to the interview, click here to go to the Home Page of the Chat and Spin website, then click on the “Listen Live” button. The player will open in a new window. Click the “Play” button to listen to the broadcast.

Interview with Wes Britton ~ March 24, 2020

Join authors Wes Britton, Karen Magnan, and Donald Firesmith Tuesday night, March 24, 2020 as they chat live through Facebook with Jasveena R. Prabhagaran of International Book Promotions.

The event will take place online at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, and 6 pm Pacific.

Wes will discuss the importance of reading during the current global crisis.

To view and listen to the conversation – and ask your own questions – click here to open the Facebook page for International Book Promotions.

Karen Magnan writes for children. Click here to visit her website. Donald Firesmith is the author of several books of speculative fiction. Click here to visit his website.

“Behind the Pen” with Wes Britton ~ January 2020

Author assistant Karina Kantas interviews many of her writer clients for her series Behind the Pen, and in January, 2020, Wes Britton joined her in conversation.

The 50-minute interview covered many topics, including his Beta-Earth Chronicles series of science-fiction books, his future plans, the state of the publishing industry, and how difficult it is to get your name and books out there.

The interview may be viewed here on YouTube.

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