Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Good news, users of ereading devices other than Kindle: My novel Smoking Mirror Blues in now available through Smashwords, so you can get it in other formats. And it's only $0.99!
And you can get the same low price on Kindle.
Support the Ernest Hogan Defense Fund!
at 4:51 PM
Monday, February 18, 2013
2013 has had me running around in all kinds of crazy business. I didn't have a lot of time to surf the online carnaval coverage. Luckily, the YouTube channel Carnaval Completo made things easy for me.
Here's some of my favorites:
First, here's a giant snake, some spectacular aerial shots of Sambadrome, and a fantastic take on Latin American history:
Next, we start wiith a giant robot lion, and go on to sci-fi eye fry:
And this one can only be described as Edgar Rice Burroughs on acid:
Make my visual cortex smile all the way down to my hypothalamus!
at 7:35 AM
Friday, February 15, 2013
One of the stories I sold is “Pacho Villa's Flying Circus” – a post-steampunk adventure. So, here's a Hollywood version of General Villa dealing with a new technology:
That story also features Nikola Tesla:
The other story I sold is “Novaheads,” a post-cyberpunk take on masked Mexican wrestlers. Meanwhile, Mil Máscaras has come out in a new movie:
And what could be more in the Aztec Valentine mood than Santo battling witches?
at 9:57 AM
Monday, February 11, 2013
Frankly, my dears, I enjoyed the living hell out of Rudy Rucker's latest novel, Turing & Burroughs: A Beatnik SF Novel. Just look at the title: Turing – Burroughs – Beatnik – SF . . . a recipe for some kind of brain-slamming ecstasy. And it delivers!
Yes, it really is a novel about Alan Turing, one of the men who brought us into the computer age, and William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and seminal figure of the Beat movement. It is science fiction and takes place in beatnik spacetime.
It brings all these elements together in an adventure with two renegade homosexuals and skugs (Turing's living biocomputational inventions). It transcends sex, sexuality, and race, reminding us of Astouding Science Fiction's influence of Burroughs, and putting a spin on history that will make the conspiracy theorists happy.
It's cutting edge, but reads like excellent classic science fiction.
Okay, the hallucinatory joys of skuggery and biocomputational transformation would have been a horror that the government would be justified in destroying in a traditonal Fifties sci-fi novel. This is a different viewpoint, more William Burroughs than John W. Campbell, but at the same time Rucker gives us a joie de vivre – or maybe I should say joie de weird – that is his own, and quite contemporary.
And you don't have to be a Burroughs/Beat scholar to enjoy it, though those in the know will be impressed at how Rucker can write in Burroughs' voice.
This is a book for the 21st century beatniks living in the new underground. Or, as Rucker has Allen Ginsberg say:
"New pariahs! The queers, the commies, the Blacks, the dope fiends, the jazz musicians, the mad, the abstract painters, the unions, the Beat poets . . . and now the skuggers."
There was a time when science fiction was such a thing. I think it's time it became that again.
Note that Turing & Burroughs was self-published rather than a big release from a New York publisher. The dying world of traditonal publishers wouldn't dare touch it, even though its appeal is to multiple crossover markets that could make it a bestseller. The corporate world is too busy chasing old formulas that are out of sync with our transmogrifying world.
They are afraid. And it's their loss.
So buy yourself a copy, read it and spread the word. The world will be a better place for it.
at 6:51 AM
Friday, February 1, 2013
We’re seeing OVNIs -- UFOs -- this time in Chicanonautica over at La Bloga with a look at Hispanic UFO lit, and one of the wildest lucha movies ever.
Meanwhile, here’s more on the first reported case a man having sex on flying saucer:
And it looks like more than volcanic rumblings are happening in Mexico:
How many UFOs are actually drones?
So, amigos, keep watching the skies, and the border!
at 7:33 AM