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Sunday, November 28, 2010


In Chicanonautica (at La Bloga) this time I review Norman Spinrad's Mexica, and discuss why an important novel about one of the pivotal events in the history of this continent is only available in English as an ebook. We merrily leap from the Conquest of Mexico to the Electronic Revolution. And, as usual, here's some extras . . .

First, Norman visiting another revolutionary border:

And one of my other favorite versions of the Mexican Conquest from Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain:

The theme song from another revolution that has never gone out of style:

Here's another look at my "Burning Temple" illustration. It was inspired by the Aztec glyph for "conquest" -- which was a burning temple, because the first thing the Aztecs did when conquering a city was to burn down the temple. But then again, a burning temple can also be symbol of revolution.


  1. Cool temple.

    I recently learned that A.E. van Vogt's 1950 novel The House That Stood Still is about a pre-Toltec stone building in California and its connection to the planet Mars. Check out this beautiful cover art for the 1966 Italian edition:


  2. I read THE HOUSE THAT STOOD STILL. Great pulp! And that Italian cover is wonderful. It would make a good cover for one of my books. Hm . . .