Steve Alten Newsletter
October 2009
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To my Jewish readers - Happy New Year. It was thirteen years ago that I signed a publishing deal for my first novel, MEG. Nine books, six publishers, and three movie deals later, and my career continues to be a rollercoaster ride. Fortunately, I am blessed with loyal readers, who continue to add Light to my work. I can never say it enough, so I'll just say it again: THANK YOU.

Enjoy the update!

Scariest Book of 2009: THE SHELL GAME paperback

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama had an opportunity to demonstrate bold leadership at the world's highest-level summit on climate change. Obama's stated commitment for the US to finally engage with the rest of the world in tackling the climate crisis was laudable. Unfortunately, his words belied a true understanding of the challenges we really face. Perhaps he should have read The SHELL GAME. The SHELL GAME delivers a message that all Americans need to understand - that Peak Oil is real, that the world's oil reserves are running out, that the "clean coal" technology President Obama talked about in his speech is a pipedream manufactured by the fossil fuel industry, and that 9/11 was all about securing Iraq's oil reserves and building eighteen military bases to position the U.S. for the next invasion - Iran. Peak Oil is a term that refers to the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. Most experts believe Peak Oil occurred in 2005, and that the world's oil reserves are indeed running out. What's especially frightening about this "novel" is that the storyline seems to be playing out every week in the news. Perhaps this is because the author's resources included top-notch investigators, oil experts, and contacts in foreign intelligence agencies who knew about 9/11 months before the attacks. Their warnings to the U.S. government were soundly ignored. Why? Because invasion plans for Iraq had already been drawn up, and the Bush Administration needed this new "Pearl Harbor event" to make their case to invade Iraq. Now these same contacts are warning the public about the next terrorist event by delivering the message in a best-selling author's suspense novel. And what is this new event? According to The SHELL GAME, a nuclear suitcase bomb will detonate in a major U.S. city before the 2012 Presidential election, and the enriched uranium will be traced back to an Iranian enrichment plant - the very same enrichment plant unveiled by President Obama on September 26th at the Climate event in Pittsburgh. Which city will be devastated? Better read the book.

Steve Alten will be at Spooky Empire 2009 convention Oct. 10-11

The event is at the Wyndam Orlando Resort in Orlando. I will be on three panels: Sat: 11:00 CRITTERS & CREATURES WITH ATTITUDES; SAT. 5 PM: Terror from the Deep (booksigning 6-8pm); and (tentatively) SUN. 1 PM on a CRYPTID panel. For more information about the event, go to the below link. Hope to see you there.


This is EASY! Just for entering you will receive a signed poster of Angel feeding at the Tanaka Oceanographic Institute. The top 30 winners will be characters in the third book of the Domain trilogy AND receive posters as well. Like the MEG 5 contest, this is all about uploading our newly revised SHELL GAME movie trailer to YouTube, blogs, etc. To view the new trailer and enter the contest click the link below.

Living Tips: Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

4. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

5. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom-and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

6. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door-understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

7. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)

8. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

9. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

10. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at

11. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

12. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

13. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

14. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

15. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

16. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

17. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

18. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in. Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs; and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job. Reader's Digest Contributing Editor Janice Lieberman shared these and more tips on the Today Show

*IF YOU HAVE A LIVING TIP YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at Put LIVING TIP in the subject line.

Spirituality Tips: Libra:

In the coming month of Libra, there will be a series of planets converging that will take us out from under the covers, that will force us to have to face things that we have never faced before. We are going to have to go to a place inside of ourselves where all our illusions and delusions can change into reality. and for some of us it will be a very difficult time. It can manifest as changes in a relationship or changes in the way we view things, but basically, it will bring us closer to the spirituality that we all seek. This period is one of the best periods for spiritual growth, that is, if we do the work. However, if we choose to avoid the work, our relationships and finances can be very difficult and stressful. The idea is that in this month of Libra, if things are not how we want them to be, we need to view them very differently. The most important thing that we have to offer is that which we can share, and the concentration that we need to have is not to say, "You have to help me because I am this or help me because I am a victim," but "help me to find the strength that I can do more, to become more for others." Remember, there is a balance of negatives and positives, and even though there are many negatives that we have, we must fill the other side of the scale with positives to balance it with. Be mindful that everything you see around you is a gift, and nothing you see around you is "yours". --Karen Berg

RECIPE of the Month: Rosie's Sticky Wings

24 CHICKEN WINGS (ABOUT 4# -- cut off the wing tips) YOU CAN ALSO USE DRUMMETTES FOR THIS DISH. 2 CUP SOY SAUCE (preferably Kikkoman) 1/2 CUP DRY, RED WINE (Chianti, cheap is okay) 1/2 CUP + 1 TBL SUGAR 1/4 TSP. GROUND GINGER 1/4 Cup SESAME SEEDS (OPTIONAL)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Half wings at the wing tips for another recipe. In small saucepan, heat remaining ingredients over moderately low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Place wings in pan with sides, pour liquid over wings and place in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning wings halfway through. This is a great side dish, eaten hot or cold.

*IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at Put RECIPE in the subject line.

MEG: Hell's Aquarium - Last chance

The last collector edition hardbacks of MEG: Hell's Aquarium are selling out, and there will be no second editions. The paperback is set to debut (Tor/Forge) in Summer 2010. If you never read the novel, you are in for a treat. If you are a collector, grab another copy. Once a MEG movie deal is announced (praying) they will go fast.

MEG 5: Night Stalkers:

The release of the last novel in the series will coincide with a summer MEG movie. I am hoping for 2011.

MEG movie update:

Every piece of the puzzle is complete except one. I'm hoping an announcement will be coming in time for the November newsletter. . .but I have no control. Mongo only pawn in game of life. (Blazing Saddles).

That's it for now.


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