Some authors have "fans." Considering the nature of the NEBADOR stories, that idea didn't seem right. Also, the author wants interested readers to focus their thoughts, questions, and comments on the stories, not on the author. For these reasons, the author pondered the situation until the Muses whispered the idea of honorary citizenship in Nebador.
This is, of course, one of those subtle kinds of citizenship that does not conflict with political, religious, or any other kind of citizenship or membership.
The following people have read at least one book of the NEBADOR series, and have asked the author to place their names on this list of honorary citizens. This list is for those young people, and a few young-at-heart, who are listening for the Muses, or whatever they choose to call their sources of inspiration. They may be listening in order to write their own stories, or maybe just to better understand the universe.
At this time, messages may be sent to this address:
(This email address is not a button. It must be READ and ENTERED into your email application. No attachments over 1MB, please.)
"Lonesome George" was the last Galapagos giant tortoise. We think he was about a hundred years old when he recently passed away. He lived with us for the last 40 years of his life, learning many things about us that can only be seen by someone with his patience. Perhaps he was "just" a giant tortoise. Perhaps he is now reporting to his fellow universe citizens some information about us that could not be gained any other way. That is not for us to know.
Andre, 13, Switzerland
"I discovering these stories to be very interesting. Especially I think they are a very interesting showing of the sacred universe. I considering becoming a priest so this is very important of me. I reading four of them this moment and waiting to get a fifth. I know I am a citizen of the same universe these books do describe. I sorry english is my third language. I will await your acceptance of my interest."
Mary Anne, 11, Australia
"I started with book9 ebook but then i just HAD to read them all. I have trilogy 1 now and am waiting for 2 and i NEED to be a citizen. I think if i had just started with book 1 i wouldnt think they were so good but cince i know where its going...book 9... i KNOW that im going to learn more than school (dont tell any one).
Love, Mary Anne"
Jenine, 17, Earth
"I'm really interested in saving the Earth but at first didn't think these book had anything to do with that. A friend told me keep going, and I now see that the personal power thing is so right for finding the courage and power to get ready to go to war with those idiots who would destrroy the Earth for a few dollars. I'd like to be a nebador citizen but I'll never stop being a citizen of Earth."
Lydia, 13, Russia
"I am learn english quick I can. I want to be diplomat. I like story that easy for read but had good idea. I am citizen I think. I hope book 3 on birth day. Thank you."
Mark O'Connor, California
"Yes, I want to be an honorary Nebador citizen!"
Jason, 11, Florida
"These are good storys. i get the feeling there not just madeup. poking on the website..want to be citizen. im religus and some storys bother me but these are good. got book4 rest for xmas i hope. jason"
Kathleen, 14, Iowa
"I'm in a TAG class and I asked the teacher about books that were really really deep and she handed me book one. At first I wasn't sure cause some of the stuff in its pretty simple but I got book two from a bookstore. Bam! I'm doing trig and it makes sense! Book three logic! Book four I'm flying! I'm in book five right now but six in ordered. Please please please make me a citizen and if a ship's ever going to Satamia save me a seat!"
Shadow, 17, Wyoming
"Ok so Ive been getting the books from a scolarship for YEARS now and now im reading the WEBSITE like crazy so i guess its in my blood you know so OK i guess i should be a citizen too---if you dont mind a wild girl who like bufalo more than people---except a few people---like the old wise woman who told me about these but shes in the sky land now."
Catalina, 15, Mexico
"I work very hard learn english. Nebador books easy, not many big words. I study web page too. We use telephone for internet and many pages not work. Nebador work. I want be citizen and learn more and read more. Thank you!"
Ryn, 13, California
"I met the author on a train last year and he gave me book 1. NOW i've read all 5 and i KNOW what their about and most of you wont GUESS. These r the most importnt books I've ever found more important then school books! I want to be a nebador citizen and EVERYthing else i can do to get there!!!"
Nikita, 14, Oklahoma
"My teacher got book1 from you and she didn't get anymore BUT I DID. i hated school befor but these are making it al make sense BUT not why they think. Im getting better grads but not why they think. i want to be citizen pleze-and I want a little ship like that!!!"
Karen Buchanan, 15, Quebec
"I won the writing contest so I guess I'm a part of Nebador now and it's a part of me. Mon prochain conte, je le voudrais écrire en français."
Artemis Girl, 15, Ontario
"I don't pretend I'm Artemis herself, because shes a Goddess and I'm just a girl, sort of her apprentice. The deep woods are my home away from home, have 3 treehouses, just finishing the last one. I'm getting good with a bow but my first kill is still ahead. My boyfriend is trying to keep up, but not too hard. He really helps with the treehouses. The blogs are great and my parents are getting ready for the same stuff. Its cool how the books are all about growing up but not teachery like some stupid school book. I'd jump on the Manessa Kwi if I could, but I know I can't so I'll be an honorary citizen right now."
Clarissa, 11, Alabama
"Ive been reading since I was 6 and this is the best. Its me. I just got book3. PLEEES make me a citzen. Im reading all the web pages. I promis to read them all. I want the NOTES for my birthday-the real books. pleees tell me more."
Jenny Quinlan, Ireland
"I think it's important for every adult out there to realize there's still a kid version of yourself trapped somewhere inside beneath the layers of stress and responsibility and priorities. Perhaps the fact I never attempted to push away that part of myself explains why I get along better with kids than most adults my own age, and why I can be so moved by such a story as Nebador presents. Today's youth are our future and I'd love to see them being exposed to positive lessons like Ilika demonstrates rather than wasting their time on dribble like Twilight or reality television. Consider me a citizen!"
Pamela, 12, Wales
"I would like to be a Nebador citizen please. Nothing even school has made me see the pieces of my life fit together like these books and my dreams are starting to come clear. I'm 11 almost 12 and live with lots of sheep around so I like Buna but I don't think she will get on. But I'm different then her too and I would get onto the ship."
"Pixi is 9 and goes to the website everyday. Pixi is a CITIZEN now right? Pixi loves the books. Pixi loves Boro. Hes like my big stuffed bear."
Tom, Patti, Belinda, and Joshua, 2 adults, 14, 11
"We're a homeschooling family. Since the state is always trying to get us for our 'crime' (we really relate to Ilika about that), we won't put up a picture. We're very religious, but not in the ways of Bible thumpers. We believe God gave us brains to look deeply into our very beautiful universe. These books are following our values well, and the kids love learning from them, so you can think of us as Citizens, as long as it doesn't conflict with God's Kingdom."
"Everyone would laugh if they knew I still read young adults stuff but I'm learning more from these books then school. Please hurry with book 3. I'm a fan or whatever."
Felix, 13, Colorado
"Its not my real name but Im totally into Cats. It started when my idiot little brother pushed me off the garage roof and for a second i thought I was going to die but i landed on my feet and didn't get hurt. Now cats own my soul...mostly big Cats. And i think Rini is the best, so i'm a citizen okay?"
"I'm a teacher so I must be very careful, and cannot share my picture or real name. I work with at-risk young adults, and have long been impressed by programs like Outward Bound and NOLS that challenge young people to take responsibility for themselves in environments that give them immediate feedback (which usually means wilderness). These books have that theme strongly, and I will be recommending them to some of my students, and to concerned adults. Please consider me a supporter."
Yukika, 18, Japan
"This is a very beautiful story from which I am learning very much. It will be very nice to able to ask question from the author. I much like Mati for her courage even although she had nothing but pain before. Please make me a citizen."
Terri, 12, Nevada
"This feels really real and you don't make promises you can't keep. I hate myspace and things like that cause they promise lots of friends and it doesn't happen unless you'r pretty or funny. I'm serious and I want to know all about things. I love science and math. No one likes people like that. I'm not a vamp-lover and not going to be one. I've read 1 and 2. Please put me in the citizens. I like Tera because we have almost the same name and there are donkeys near my house."
Tabitha, 11, The Woods
"Tabitha isn't my real name, but thats ok right? I use it alot. And thats a pic of Wednesday Adams that I LOVE. Shes my hero. I live by woods and i love to hang out there which freaks out my mom. Shes always trying to make me into a little lady but instead i'm like Wednesday. I TOTALY understand Sata trying to be not afraid of things but I had to do it ALONE. When I was 8 I started playing on the edge of the woods and by 10 i was all over the place. I would SO want to be on Ilika's crew! I'm getting the deep notes and i want to be a citizen. Tnx."
Sean, 13, Quebec
"Hi. They say I'm gifted but I hate school. It's cool to read about kids getting out and learning by being in the world. Most stories, you can tell if they are nice and safe and parents watching over them (boring) or if theyre totally fiction. Nebador crosses the line and I love it! Count me a fan, or a citizen."
Running Cat, 14, Idaho
"I'm a girl with spots, just like my favorite animal (guess!) I've always loved running in the woods so I got this nickname and it's ok with me. i go alone because no one can keep up with me. And I take a book because I can't run all day. It is so great to find a story that pulls you along to be stronger and smarter. I want to join and I'm warning you, I'll have questions. Can't wait for Book 3!"
Gina, 16, British Columbia
"Just read book 2, hardback but it was worth it. I see where this is going and its the same place i'm going so count me in!! i don't know if i want to put up a pic. Gota go read book 1 again. thanks."
Hannah, 14, Washington
"Even my dog loves these books!"
Abby, 18, Washington
"All things that happen to us, good or bad, happen for a reason. Whether it unfolds for the benefit of you or another, be sure that every heartache and joy will work out. This truth appears time after time in this series."
Deborah, Washington & Canada
"Nebador exists! Inasmuch as our personal reality is distilled from the real or imagined events of our lives, there is much to be learned from the adventures of Ilika and his crew."
"Honorary Nebador Citizens Cecelia Harper and her daughter, Catherine, are two of Jonathan Colby's first book critiquers. In addition to reading (and loving) the manuscripts, Cecelia is a Christian, a mother, a dancer, an actress, and a spunky coworker. At the law office in Portland, Oregon where she works, Cecelia is the "Plant Mom" of the Plant Recovery Room and Hospice. Cecelia and Catherine met Mr. Colby through an ad in the Oregon Mensa's monthly newsletter, and they eagerly anticipate the publication and World Wide Love and Acceptance of his books."
Cecelia passed away on 22 September 2016 after battling cancer for about 15 years.
Catherine, 12, Washington