Steve Alten's Late April 2020 Newsletter
To my readers, MEGheads, fans of The MEG movie, fellow JAWS & shark fanatics, Jurassic Park followers...and just people like me who prefer our monsters wet and toothy:
For months I’ve been posting bits and pieces of a documentary that deals with the rescue and raising in captivity of a real MEG pup. Is she real? You tell me!
Okay, okay… in reality this is just a teaser to a “pet” project I've had in mind for 20+ years and finally decided to make happen. For the last 7 months I've been working on a new prehistoric sea monster universe – completely independent of both the MEG novels and movie yet including several Megalodon and other prehistoric sea creatures long-thought extinct. Like all stories, entry into this new universe must start with a premise that – while not very probable must at least be scientifically feasible in order for the reader – in this case viewer – to lose themselves in it. Those of you who read my novels know how much research I put into each story – this is no different. The island where these ultra-high tech aquariums are located is real, its unique warm mineral waters are factual and documented, and this is where our back story begins 8 years ago… brought to you in a 2-part pilot that will lead to a regular bi-monthly web series at www.MEGisland.com In fact, I’ll be inviting some of the top action-adventure authors to start their own new series set against this amazing backdrop.

But there is much more at the site. This is a virtual aquarium park like none you’ve ever seen. You can ride a monorail around the park, stay in a luxury suite that backs up to our MEG tank (pleasant dreams), or check out each daily highlight: FEEDING TIME. We have an amazing team of writers, directors, actors, and special effects artists that bring everything to life. Just watching these nightmares of nature swim around in their tanks is soothing…
And we’ll continue to populate Sea Monster Cove with new animals as – 5 miles to the east, 7 miles down, and a 1.4 mile descent through a fissure lies a lost sea – the Panthalassa. You’ll be able to join our teams as they stalk, capture, and bring these monsters up to the lagoon.

You see, the hot mineral waters that are feeding Maug Island’s lagoon (fact not fiction) originates from the same subduction zone that created the Mariana Trench and its volcanic islands. As in every Steve Alten story, my team of artists and engineers have designed everything on the island so that it REALLY WORKS. No petroleum-fueled boats are allowed in the lagoon, we are 100% green.

We’ve had many challenges to overcome – including filming during a pandemic lockdown. We expect to open in June, but that could be tweaked back. We won’t start the official countdown until we have something amazing, but we’ll never be satisfied. We have a long list of new features we want to add WITHOUT adding to the monthly cost of membership, which run about fifty cents a day.

Fifty cents? Really?

Yess, MEGheads, this is my gift to you – my most loyal readers.

Now I really need your help with 3 simple requests:

First: Spread the posters and trailers everywhere.

Second: Go to www.Megisland.com Add your name to our email list so we can alert you to new trailers. Teasers, and Part 1 of the pilot for WHERE SEA MONSTERS ROAM.

Three: Click on the Indigogo link and contribute $1 dollar. Not $5 or $10 (though the perks are cool) but definitely NOT $100 (the site refused to launch unless we added that damn offer). The one dollar donation helps offset the costs of production which can be very expensive, but if you want the BEST effects, they cost the most money. (thankfulIy we recruited MEGheads who are incredibly dedicated to the success of the project.) That dollar donation will also earn the first 20,000 contributors V.I.P. perks once we open (to be announced).

STAY SAFE!

Steve Alten
MEGIsland Teaser Debut!
Imagine a new form of web entertainment – an interactive experience where visitors can observe the most terrifying sea creatures that ever lived, each housed in the most advanced aquariums ever conceived, and the animals and people react and respond to your presence. Add to that several adventure series set against the same backdrop, independent yet interwoven, written by best-selling authors and supported by motion picture-worthy special effects.

Be the first to view our teaser:
Holy Hell’s Aquarium! Lost Sea Discovered BENEATH the Sea Bed
As I said, it’s all plausible.

A rare freshwater reserve has been discovered underneath the sea off the coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Read the complete article here.
May schedule for The Steve Alten Project:
MEG: Angel of Death 1.1. SURVIVAL, UNDISCLOSED, and an all-new version of GOLIATH 2020 are available for reading in the library (no charge) at

May 10: Changeover Day: HARLEM SHUFFLE, a laugh outloud comedy will be available for reading.

May 16: on the facebook page: LIVE with Steve Alten 3-4pm est. (new members please contact Kelly Rollyson at kellyrollyson2020@gmail.com
Recommended Read:
The Last Odyssey by James Rollins
To save the world and our future, Sigma Force must embark on a dangerous odyssey into an ancient past whose horrors are all too present in this page-turning thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins that combines cutting-edge science, historical mystery, mythology, and pulse-pounding action.
Living Tips: Vitamin C to prevent &
treat Corona Virus
I debated long and hard whether to post this, but there is a reason Chinese physicians are using vitamin C on patients and why China is ordering massive amounts. Like every other subject, there are countless internet articles that both agree and disagree. And please don’t throw snopes.com back at me. Until a medical study is published specifically testing vitamin C against the Covid 19 virus is published, they’ll contest the claims. Legally, that is the safest approach.

Am I taking Vitamin C? Absolutely. So is my wife and kids. I chose to share the info with my readers because I care about you. You choose the best course of action for yourself. What won me over were 3 things: A). My medical source works with dozens of doctors and has ears in China. B). There are published medical studies that date back 60+ years that proved high doses of vitamin C kills viruses (note: I never said cures the common cold – it doesn’t). How high a dose? My source says 2,000 mgs a day to prevent, 9,000 mg a day to kill the virus. In either case he said try to spread it out to avoid diarrhea, which leads to the third reason C). The only drawback is a loose stool, which is temporary. It’s not like Trump pushing a drug that can kill you (Hydroxychloroquine… try it! What have you got to lose? Geez.)

For those of you who will attack me with, “Come on, Steve. If this was true, why would this vital info be kept from the public?” Oh, I dunno… maybe for the same reason our governor allowed spring break to happen so thousands more could be contaminated here in Florida… money! Why must governors bid against one another and the Federal government to get respirators and masks? Do you think suppliers and drug companies want to compete with eating an orange?

Music Video of the month:
Sunrise by Gordin Lightfoot
“Sometimes I think it’s a sin when I feel like I’m winning when I’m losing again…”
Laughs of the Month:
In the last 2 months I received 2 emails from readers about the joke selection. One was from the parent of a young fan who chastised me and told me I could do better. I apologized, however…

PARENTS: IF YOU HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN RECEIVING MY NEWSLETTER, PLEASE TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF TO READ THE JOKES FIRST AND DECIDE WHETHER THEY ARE APPROPRIATE. I WRITE ADULT FICTION AND I SELECT HUMOR THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR MY READERS (no F bombs, no elicit smut). BUT I AM NOT LIMITING MY LAUGHS TO CORNY KNOCK KNOCK JOKES… although there was one in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, told by Tom Hanks’s character, that was funny and somehow apropos.

KNOCK KNOCK
WHO’S THERE?
GO F*** YOURSELF.

Ha, gets me every time (Hey, Tom Hanks said it, not me!)

Send hate mail to me at Meg82158@ol.com
"How long are we supposed to practice social distancing, because my wife keeps trying to get back into the house?"
And this… Thanks MRM
IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82159@aol.com  Put JOKE in the subject line.
Recipe of the Month:
Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs
Ingredients:
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil

Instructions:
Directions: Lay chicken thighs into the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker. Whisk soy sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, and basil together in a bowl; pour over the chicken. Cook on Low for 6 hours.

*IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG82159@aol.com Put RECIPE in the subject line.
Finally…
Your monthly dosage of smiles, brought to you once again by the 3 wise men… I mean, 3 wise guys.
Thanks again for supporting my work,
Steve Alten, Ed.D.
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