THE DERANGED ADVENTURES OF FLASH GOMEZ IN THE 20TH CENTURY

THE DERANGED ADVENTURES OF FLASH GOMEZ IN THE 20TH CENTURY
Click on the above for the Introduction, follow the links to synapse-scorching climax!

Friday, March 20, 2015

CHICANONAUTICA MEETS ALTERNATE REALITY POLITICS AND PURE ENTERTAINMENT



Diversity in sci-fi/specfic is getting controversial, over at Chicanonautica, in La Bloga.

So here's Nalo Hopkinson on the subject:


Also, Plan 9 From Outer Space is evoked:



As well as, Strange Tales of Science Fiction:


So relax, conflicts are inevitable:

Monday, March 16, 2015

CONFESSIONS OF A LAZY WRITER



I admit it. I've been lazy the last couple of decades. I haven't been writing as much as I should, and have been waiting for editors to come to me, rather than tracking them down and breaking down their doors.

But, then, editors have been coming to me.

Not long ago, I thought my writer career was over. I was just a guy with a bizarre hobby, and a lot of monsters living in his Id that needed an outlet. So I'd write a little bit here and there, eventually finishing a story, then the hard part would come – where to send it. It would often take me years, decades to sell a story.

But then I managed to sell about as much during this period as I did back when I was knocking myself out trying to attain the holy grail of being a professional writer.

These days I wonder if there really is such an animal.

But things have changed. Thanks to La Bloga and Digital Parchment services, I'm no longer terminally obscure. I've been discovered by academia. Rumors of literary importance are circulating.

I've also noticed my wife looking at websites of new markets. She's selling to them.

I've downloaded Microsoft Word onto my iTouch, and am writing during my breaks at work. This is starting to feel like a profession again.

Or at least a pleasant delusion.

Friday, March 6, 2015

CHICANONAUTICA REPORTS ON REVOLT ON BLACK AND BROWN PLANETS




Chicanonautica reviews Brown and Black Planets and sturs up revolution over at La Bloga.

Esteban Jordan was doing Chicanafuturistic soundtracks way back when:


Fela Anikulapo Kuit was Afrofuturistic before Afrofuturism:


Yes, things are happening in places like Nigeria:


And Mexico:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

VICTOR THEREMIN RAMPAGES AGAIN!



Yup. Another Victor Theremin story, “Where Civilizations Go to Die,” has been unleashed on a shell-shocked world. And you can read it free online! In Bewildering Stories Issue 609.

For those of you don't know about Victor, he's a science fiction writer who has lost track of where the science fiction ends and his life begins, probably because some Singuarity-spawned artificial intelligences are using him to figure out humanity.

If you're curious, you can read another story in the series – also free online: “Hindenburg's Vimana Joyride” in DayBreak Magazine.

For some money that will go to the American Diabetes Association, you can buy James Palmer's Voices For the Cure anthology, and read “Human Sacrifice for Fun and Profit,” the very first Victor Theremin story.

For more money, Rick Novy's 2020 Visions, has Victor in “Radiation is Groovy, Kill the Pigs.”

If this wasn't all enough, I just started another story – that looks like it'll probably be more like a novella or (GASP!) a novel: Bring Me the Brain of Victor Theremin, that will take this madness as far as it will go.

Because things just haven't gotten crazy enough for me.

Friday, February 20, 2015

CHICANONAUTICA DOES AN ANCIENT CHICANO SCI-FI WISDOM POST-GAME SHOW

That's right, I talk about my class at UC Riverside's Writers Week over in Chicanonautica, over at La Bloga, and here we're doing something a little different.

I got to see some stuff from the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy:


Here's some more about the Eaton Collection:


And there's a whole YouTube playlist!

I also took some pictures in Riverside that didn't make it into the Chicanonautica piece: 

Here's the Mission Inn parrots:


Some flowers, that aren't far from the parrot cage:


And a nearby fountain:


And a statue of Frank Augustus Miller, founder of the Mission Inn, with a parrot:


Back at the Eaton Collection, this ancient Colombian printing press would make a great steampunk/alternate universe prop:

Friday, February 6, 2015

CHICANONAUTICA FACES THE YEAR OF ANCIENT CHICANO SCI-FI WISDOM:



This Chicanonautica, over at La Bloga, besides announcing that you can now read the first chapter of Cortez on Jupiter for free, is about writing:


Ancient Chicano wisdom:


Short stories:


And art:

Monday, January 26, 2015

ANCIENT CHICANO SCI-FI WISDOM BY THE RIVERSIDE


 Look out! Ancient Chicano Sci-Fi Wisdom will be coming at you at the 38th Annual Writers Week at the University of California, Riverside. I'll be teaching a master writing class on Feb. 4. The knowledge I've picked up from decades of writing will be free for taking.

Or, to put it in proper sideshowese:

"Step right up, folks! We've got one of the weirdest mutations to come out of East L.A. here for your examination -- a Chicano with sci-fi growing in his brain! Don't be afraid! Come on, get a good, close look! We're pretty sure his rare condition isn't contagious . . ."



Friday, January 23, 2015

CHICANONAUTICA! CHARLIE HEDBO! HIGH AZTECH! BLASHPHEMY!


That's right, in Chicanonautica, over at La Bloga, your humble Chicano cartoonist celebrates Charlie Hedbo, High Aztech, and blasphemy.

Just to make things clear:


Is happening in your town?


In Ireland, it's art:



So, let's respect all religions:


Monday, January 19, 2015

2015: OFF AND RUNNING



Awk! We're over halfway through January, 2015 and I haven't let you Mondoites know what I've been up to. Better get to it, then.


I've been doing a lot for the new Digital Parchment/Strange Particle Press versions of my books, and my story collection, Pancho Villa's Flying Circus. You'd be amazed at what has to be done, not to mention dreaming up and commiting publicity.

That includes another blog, and my Tumblr, Ernest Hogan. I should probably add links to my blog page.

I've also been writing a “Chicanonautica Manifesto” for Aztl├ín: A Journal of Chicano Studies.


Yup, it's academia, or at least the parts of it concerned with things Latino/a and the decolonialization of science fiction. You can read all about it in Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction edited by Isiah Lavender III, specifically in Lysa M. Rivera's essay “Mestizaje and Heterotopia in Ernest Hogan's High Aztech.I'll write more about the book when I finish reading it.


Another academic connection is that I've been asked to do a master class on writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror with an emphasis on the Latino/a angles for University of California, Riverside's Writer's Week. It's pretty damn soon, so I better get my act together.

My career has not only risen from the dead, but threatens to go running amok across the landscape. And I haven't even mentioned all those unfinished projects, writing and art, that are left over from last year.

I better get to work, and watch out for all the political turmoil flying around as art gets weaponized and entertainment gets politicized, and the future breaks out all over in a dazzling array of manifestations.

Friday, January 9, 2015

CHICANONAUTICA WONDERS IF WE'VE BEEN DISCOVERED



As we hurtle into 2015, Chicanonautica, over at La Bloga, wonders about 2014, the year science fiction discovered diversity.

After all, all that stuff back in the Ninteen-Hundreds was just the beginning:


Now Latinos are in the future:


And women are sci-fi:


Not to mention Afrofuturism:


So get ready for things that are really alien: