“The book American Gods wishes it was.” --Despina Durand

Monday, July 15, 2019


Good news, American writers of indigenous-hispanic background (Native American, Chicanan, Latina/o/x) born in the USA or from Latin America residing in the USA! Somos en escrito is doing a second annual Extra-Fiction Contest. And I'm going to be picking the winners again. All the details on the prizes, rules, and how to enter are on the link.

So go ahead, blow my mind.

Thursday, July 11, 2019


My novel-in-progress Zyx; Or, Bring Me the Brain of Victor Theremin is roaring along as I grab time to work on it as I run the gauntlet of my life. Since I don't always write linearly, I often go back, rewrite, rearrange, so I ended up adding something to the original opening section that I posted last year (I'm leaving it up for you cultural historians out there). This new opening gives more of a clue to the craziness to come:
Victor Theremin woke up in the middle of the night needing to piss.

It pulled him out of another dream where Death came to him as a candy skull-faced Catrina. She had glowing, ectoplasmic breasts on her naked rib-cage, nipples dripping black milk that smelled like fresh-cut peyote. What could lurk between her legs?

Friday, July 5, 2019


The Fourth of July was on Chicanonautica's watch over at La Bloga.

So we looked for America:

Democratic hopefuls tried to speak Spanish:

Some Latinos are for Trump:

And we ended up on Whiskey Row:

Monday, June 24, 2019


Good news fans of the time-honored physical book experience. Unfit Magazine Vol. 3, with my story “PeaceCon,” featuring my futuristic lucha libre character Steelsnake, is available in paperback for $3.99.

What the hell, here's a link to the site where you can buy it. Facebook seems to think that the site violates their community standards, so they won't allow links to it.

This is similar to what they were doing to La Bloga, refused allows links to it for years, then it mysteriously and abruptly stopped with out an apology or explanation as to what the infernal violations were.

Violating community standards is the story of my life.

Better include a link to the link where you can buy Unfit Magazine Vol. 3, just in case.

Guess Unfit really is “Fiction that isn't fit for 'Them.'”

Or as editor Daniel Scott White said, “I named it Unfit for a reason.”

Friday, June 21, 2019


Chicanonautica reviews Lisa M. Bradley's The Haunted Girl at La Bloga.

It's got poetry:

And blurs the line with prose:

Aztlán desert weirdness:

And teratomas:


Monday, June 17, 2019


It wasn't long ago that I didn't know what an ebook bundle was, now my work is appearing in them without warning. For example: My story “Guerrilla Mural of a Siren's Song” part of Marty Halpern's anthology Alien Contact, is part of the $15 or more deal of Humble's Science Fiction Bundle!

If you didn't know, “Guerrilla Mural” is the story I exploded in my first novel Cortez on Jupiter.

Here's a preview:

I take the stick like an Aztec priest wielding a flint knife, or that cop swinging his baton on that cool, starless night years ago in L.A.--crushing the buckle from my gas mask into my skull, leaving a cute little scar on my scalp that I shaved my head for months to show off.

You also get other volumes of science fiction, and there's only a few days left—do it now!

Friday, June 7, 2019


A new story about my postcyberpunk luchador Steelsnake is out, and you can read all about it in Chicanonautica, over at La Bloga.

It extrapolates on lucha libre:

And the peace business:

And war:

It gets violent:

Monday, May 27, 2019


He didn't want to give the guards one more chance to beat him to a bloody pulp. It would have made them far too happy. The dragons tattooed on his bruised arms and shoulders twitched and asked, What's so funny?

That's the first paragraph of my story, “Skin Dragons Talk,” originally published in the March 1998 issue of Science Fiction Age and later reprinted in Mothership: Tales From Afrofuturism and Beyond. It's set on a moon colony run by yakuza where an intelligent virus from deep space causes all hell to break loose.

For a limited time, Mothership can be purchased along with similar Afrofuturistic book as part of The Afrofuturism Bundle. You also books by Nisi Shawl, Bill Campbell, and many other books that take back the future and the imagination from white supremacy. What are you waiting for?

Friday, May 24, 2019


Chicanonautica is about Latinofuturism over at La Bloga.

Because I took part in an oral history project for the Smithsonian:

The National Air and Space Museum to be exact:

Got me thinking about futurism:

Can it get Latinoid?

Monday, May 13, 2019


I sold another story! It's called “PeaceCon”--a slapstick comedy about social unrest and mind control starring my post-cyberpunk masked luchador, Steelsnake. It'll be in Unfit Magazine Vol.3.

Some of you may remember Steelsnake from my story “Novaheads” that can be found in the anthology Super Stories of Heroes and Villians, edited by Claude Lalumière.

And you can read a sample of “PeaceCon” now!

Meanwhile, stay tuned. I'll let you know how to get the whole thing as soon it's available.