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* [[AliensInCardiff Aliens in Columbus]]: Thoroughly discussed by Stan while out on the Skydeck.

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* [[AliensInCardiff AliensInCardiff: Aliens in Columbus]]: Columbus: Thoroughly discussed by Stan while out on the Skydeck.


''How to Build a Skydeck'' is a science-fiction novel by Southern author David L. Bradley, written in 1998 and re-published in 2012 through {{Amazon}} for both paperback and digital download. Described as "a pre-Digital Age tale of black and white, rich and poor, pot-smoking aliens, angels and God," the small-town setting and blue-collar characters lend themselves to a very heartfelt and insightful story of race, class and philosophy in a type of science-fiction that's hard to come by.

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''How to Build a Skydeck'' is a science-fiction novel by Southern author David L. Bradley, written in 1998 and re-published in 2012 through {{Amazon}} Creator/{{Amazon}} for both paperback and digital download. Described as "a pre-Digital Age tale of black and white, rich and poor, pot-smoking aliens, angels and God," the small-town setting and blue-collar characters lend themselves to a very heartfelt and insightful story of race, class and philosophy in a type of science-fiction that's hard to come by.


* TroubledProduction: According to WordOfGod, the original book would have been LostForever after paperback copies ran dry and the manuscript was lost. It was only after a fan sent the author a CD-ROM copy that Bradley was able to re-work the book for an UpdatedRerelease.

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* TroubledProduction: According to WordOfGod, the original book would have been LostForever lost forever after paperback copies ran dry and the manuscript was lost. It was only after a fan sent the author a CD-ROM copy that Bradley was able to re-work the book for an UpdatedRerelease.


Stan Davis is a nineteen-year-old white laborer working on an all-black construction crew in the DeepSouth town of Columbus, Georgia in TheNineties. After getting kicked from the nest, he moves into a trailer park renting a room from an older woman named [[CoolOldLady Rebecca.]] Through [[TheStoner the power of cannabis]] he becomes fast friends with his dorky, middle-aged neighbor Pete, who reveals to Stan that he may not be all he seems. Meanwhile, [[MenInBlack two Feds]] named [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Delacroix and Dickerson]] are being sent on a mission down in Columbus on mysterious orders from their superior to locate a person using a strange machine known only as The Device. Can Stan manage to realize his place in the Universe before the Feds complete their mission? What is the Device and who are they after? And where is Pete getting all his good pot?

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Stan Davis is a nineteen-year-old white laborer working on an all-black construction crew in the DeepSouth town of Columbus, Georgia in TheNineties. After getting kicked from the nest, he moves into a trailer park renting a room from an older woman named [[CoolOldLady Rebecca.]] Through [[TheStoner the power of cannabis]] he becomes fast friends with his dorky, middle-aged neighbor Pete, who reveals to Stan that he may not be all he seems. Meanwhile, [[MenInBlack [[TheMenInBlack two Feds]] named [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Delacroix and Dickerson]] are being sent on a mission down in Columbus on mysterious orders from their superior to locate a person using a strange machine known only as The Device. Can Stan manage to realize his place in the Universe before the Feds complete their mission? What is the Device and who are they after? And where is Pete getting all his good pot?


* TheStoner: Almost all of the "good guys" enjoy the herb, which harmed the novel's publicity when it was first published, with WordOfGod stating,

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* PunchClockVillain: Delacroix and Dickerson are [[JustFollowingOrders just doing their jobs]], and have no idea who their target is or what the Device even does.
* TheStoner: Almost all of the "good guys" enjoy the herb, which harmed the novel's publicity marketability when it was first published, with WordOfGod stating,


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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Delacroix and Dickerson fit those role, though they're given more characterization than most examples. Chapters devoted to their point-of-view might even make them [[VillainProtagonist Villain Deuteragonists]]


* [[AliensInCardiff Aliens in Columbus]]

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* [[AliensInCardiff Aliens in Columbus]]Columbus]]: Thoroughly discussed by Stan while out on the Skydeck.


* TroubledProduction: According to WordOfGod, the original book would have been LostForever after paperback copies ran dry and the digital copy was lost to a hard drive failure. It was only after a fan sent the author a CD-ROM copy that Bradley was able to re-work the book for an UpdatedRerelease.

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* TroubledProduction: According to WordOfGod, the original book would have been LostForever after paperback copies ran dry and the digital copy manuscript was lost to a hard drive failure.lost. It was only after a fan sent the author a CD-ROM copy that Bradley was able to re-work the book for an UpdatedRerelease.


* [[AliensInCardiff Aliens in Columbus]], anyway.

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* [[AliensInCardiff Aliens in Columbus]], anyway.Columbus]]


* AliensInCardiff: Well, [[DeepSouth Columbus]], anyway.

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* AliensInCardiff: Well, [[DeepSouth [[AliensInCardiff Aliens in Columbus]], anyway.


->"Marketing the book was a challenge. Agent after agent told me what a great book it was-- especially, what a great first novel it was--, but they all declined to represent it, for reasons you probably understand, if you've read the thing."

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* TokenMinority: Stan struggles with being ostracized from all of his co-workers due to being the only white boy on the labor crew.

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