are also stories by editor M. Christian, publisher Jean Marie Stine,
and Chris De Vito.
published a thoroughly deranged magazine back in the Nineties called
Fuck Science Fiction
(yeah, it was as crazy as it sounds). He also published – in a
one-shot called Proud Flesh–
a sequel to The
Frankenstein Penis, called The Dracula Vagina.
The Dracula Vagina is
not currently available. I guess all you fans of this degeneracy have
something to look forward to . . .
my gonzo here. The memories keep popping – exploding. I'm
struggling to keep up. This is going to be more of a Picasso portrait
than an academic landscape.
yeah, he was an influence on me. When I found his work in science
fiction anthologies in the library, they stood out from the pack and
stuck in my memory. It was in one of his stories where I saw the
term “son of a bitch” in print for the first time. I identified
with The Martian Chronicles –
when we moved from East L.A. to West Covina, our house was on a tract
that was surrounded by empty, ploughed fields – it could have been
they showed us this film at Willowood Junior High, Ray Bradbury:
Story of a Writer. That office with walls full of books seemed
like paradise (my house looks like that now – there are even lots
of masks). That was the first time I got the idea that I wanted to be
a writer, that I could be a writer – a dangerous thing to
happen in an adolescent brain.
seemed to be everywhere: Television, magazines, books . . . and he
seemed to be on top of it all.
found out that one of the weird science fiction magazines I was reading
was published a block and a half away from my house. I knew the
editor's son from school. My neighborhood had its own sci-fi
publisher – anything was possible!
L. Crawford – and his wife Peggy – published and sold books as
well as magazines, and soon got into putting on science fiction
conventions. Another world to explore. And Ray Bradbury was there.
Peggy knew just about every science fiction writer I could name. They
were friends with Ray Bradbury, and others. At their conventions, I
not only got to hear him speak, but sometimes had dinner at the same
table with him and the likes of A. E. Van Vogt, Edmond Hamilton,
Leigh Brackett, George Clayton Johnson . . . my teenage mind was
in California in the early Seventies, Ray Bradbury seemed to be
speaking everywhere. Through both fandom and school I attended many
of his lectures. They were always electrifying experiences – he had incredible energy that could get great, crowded halls of people
excited. He was like his own fabled Mr. Electrico. I always left
feeling that I could go out and do anything.
first Mount San Antonio College Writer's Day, he and Harlan Ellison arrived late –
there was almost a riot.
known as a science fiction writer, he never let that limit him. He
wasn't intimidated by Hollywood, New York, fine art, or “literature.”
He could put down presidents before it became a national pastime. He
was always trying something new, working in new venues.
was always a guy who liked comics and monsters.
told me that he had just gotten a rejection slip. Afterwards, I went up
and asked to see it.
just like the ones they send me,” I said.
autographed it and gave it to me.
helped get me through my years of rejection. When I met Emily, I gave it to
her. Later she passed it on to another writer friend.
college, I heard professors talk about him as if he wasn't a “real”
writer – that he was a kind of sideshow they would dangle in front
of the vulgarians, hoping to pull a gypsy-switch and introduce us to
“literature.” I wonder if they ever realized that it was they who
were the sideshow.
still writing, and facing the future, under the influence of Ray
am still writing. It just doesn't seem like it these days. I'm not
sure what word would be appropriate: Apocalypse? Revolution? I can't
seem to come up with a nifty sci-fi term . . .
disease still affects me. Fiction bubbles out of the dark reaches of
my brain, clogging up my psyche, acting like a dangerous drug. They
call it creativity, this monster that runs my life.
like crime, it does not pay, so I have a part-time job that sucks up
some of my energy and time. When you're a part-timer, your schedule is
fluid and irregular. This makes the fantasy of being the clock-punching,
working writer damnear impossible – you have to go at it
hit-and-run, like guerrilla warfare.
that with the fact that I'm easily distracted, and I keep finding
myself up to my ears in fascinating weirdness, and it's a minor
miracle that I get anything done.
last decade or so I've found that it takes me longer to write short stories.
This is partly because there are no markets out there clamoring to
buy them for huge wads of cash. I keep coming up with ideas that
I have to put aside because they go through
radical changes, diverging from their original inspiration, making me rethink them as I go along. What starts
out avant-garde ends up retro-steampunkish when it's finally
least I can report that after writing a story, I can publish it faster. No more writing something and having to wait ten or twenty
years for a market to come along.
insane as it seems, I'm working on two novels: a futuristic
bullfighting dystopia, and a fantasy about the PreColumbian ball
game. Neither have any hope of selling to the traditional publishers,
but I've given up that decadent scene. The bullfighting
book takes top priority, since it has been percolating in my
subconscious for years and is giving me an excuse to be an online
aficionado. The ball game book is going to require more research –
there is literally a lost world to explore.
Both of these projects have sports themes. I never intended to become a
time travel/archeological/gonzo sports writer. These things just sort
of happen. Fate gets imaginative. That's when you know you're really
not doing is worrying about being commercial. I don't care about the hot new trends. I don't want to write what “they” are all buying. It used to be
you'd go to a convention and the writers would all be saying you were crazy or doomed if you
weren't working on military science fiction, sexy vampires, and/or YA wizard epics. All those are fizzling now. I
don't know what the next one will be, and I don't really care.
another apocalypse going on out there. Bookstores are going the way
of the dinosaur. Houghton Mifflin has declared bankruptcy. Expect
other publishers to follow. How can you be “commercial” when the infrastructure that supported all those conceits is collapsing?
keep on writing. It makes me feel good.
I'm a happy addict, and I am determined to have fun.
that if I'm having fun, sooner or later people will want to buy in on
it. This delusion keeps me going.
is a recombocultural Chicano mutant, known for committing outrageous acts of science fiction, cartooning, and other questionable pursuits. He can’t help but be controversial. Everything he does offends or causes psychic harm. Rumor has it he’s doing it on purpose. Some people think he’s funny. Read on at your own risk . . . His novels are CORTEZ ON JUPITER, HIGH AZTECH, and SMOKING MIRROR BLUES. his short fiction has appeared in AMAZING STORIES, ANALOG, SCIENCE FICTION AGE, SEMIOTEXT(E)SF, SUPER STORIES OF HEROES & VILLAINS, WE SEE A DIFFERENT FRONTIER, and MOTHERSHIP: TALES FROM AFROFUTURISM AND BEYOND.
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