Thursday, January 24, 2013
2013 just keeps on keeping on!
“Novaheads,” my post-cyberpunk take on the masked Mexican wrestler genre featuring a dangerous chili-based drug will appear in Super Stories of Heroes & Villains. Look for it in August.
There's more about “Novaheads” and Steelsnake, my luchador hero, but let's save that for later . . .
at 3:23 PM
Monday, January 21, 2013
I'm off and running this new year, new baktún, with another story sold.
“Pancho Villa's Flying Circus” – a post-steampunk spaghetti western with Pancho Villa, Nikola Tesla, and airship, and death rays – will be be in the anthology We See a Different Frontier edited by Djibril al-Ayad and Fabio Fernandes.
It should be hitting the bookshelves in July.
at 8:23 AM
Friday, January 18, 2013
Chicanonautica, over at La Bloga, gets chased by the ghost of Buffalo Bill to the World Wide Wild West Show. And look at the video extras I found:
Who would have thought that there was a song about Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, written by Ernest Hogan, Father of Ragtime, for his 1907 Broadway play, The Oyster Man?
The Indian attack leapt from the Wild West show to the western movie. We haven't seen a lot of it in recent decades, but here's a 21st century variation from England:
Shades of Vargas Llosa's The Storyteller, there are still uncontacted tribes out there, though governments don't want to believe in them:
Be careful when seeking spiritual enlightenment in places like Sedona, Arizona:
And of course, these days, even cowboy culture has been translated into native languages:
at 6:54 AM
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Cuallioso news, namiquetzime! And some nigrománticoa, too – heh-heh!
There's a video interview of me at Latinopia.com. It was shot in the Venusian Jungle Garden, here at the Hogan hacienca. I shoot my mouth off about High Aztech and Chicano science fiction.
So, I better get to work, and hurry up and get that ebook ready . . .
And, there may be some other cuallioso High Aztech news soon, so stay tuned, namiquetzime!
at 11:37 AM
Friday, January 11, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
This time, Chicanonautica, over at La Bloga, is a post-apocalyptic Happy New Year concerning what I'm going do as a Chicano writer living in Arizona in 2013.
For our video extras, I'm presenting the work of some other Latino artists, with suitable surreal and sci-fi overtones.
First, let me recommend Misterio en las Bermudas, one of the most incredible end-of-the-world movies ever. It also has Mil Máscaras, Santo, Blue Demon, Atlantis, alien forces, and the Bermuda triangle. The plot is so convoluted that I'll have to see it again, and write about it later . . .
Meanwhile, in post-Katrina New Orleans, José Torres-Tama creates performance art out of a new Latino experience that's stanger than a lot of fantasies of disaster-ridden futures:
Here in Arizona, El Moises is creating fantastic murals that appear in a commercial for the state lottery:
And for some brain-slamming reading, here's Guillermo Gómez-Peña On illness, the human body, performance & quantum physics:
“People tell me this storyline is no longer science fiction; it’s the way most people relate to the world nowadays.”
Hang onto your somberos, it's gonna be a wild ride!
at 12:01 AM
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Whenever someone asks me what I'm doing, I immediately think, Uh-oh, better check my blog . . . I'm usually focused on what I'm doing at the moment, and can't remember all of the projects that I'm juggling. If I scroll down the blog, I'm reminded. What did we do before such things?
Looking back through Mondo Ernesto of 2012, I'm rather amazed. Damn. I actually got a few things done!
My biggest accomplishments have been putting out my novels Cortez on Jupiter, and Smoking Mirror Blues as self-published ebooks. It was an adventure with a steep learning curve. I feel somewhat prepared for whateverthehell I'm going to have to deal with as a writer in the near future.
And yes, High Aztech is in the diabolical works . . .
Also in the ebook arena, my infamous story “The Frankenstein Penis” is available in M. Christian's weird erotica collection The Love That Never Dies.
Who knows? Maybe its even more outrageous sequel, “The Dracula Vagina” will be remanifesting soon.
I also made contact with Latinopia, The Future Fire, and Federico Schaffler. We're all conspiring to do some serious cultural decolonialization, to chew a few holes into the Tortilla Curtain, and to otherwise make life on this planet more interesting.
Barriers are breaking down. A translation of my story “Guerrilla Mural of a Siren's Song” just appeared in the Polish science fiction magazine Nowa Fantastyka. The global barrio is becoming a reality.
And of course there's all that unfinished business. I'm not ashamed of not having done it all. I'm proud of it. If you don't have unfinished business, you aren't working hard enough. Where's your ambition?
So in 2013 I plan to publish High Aztech as an ebook and also do a collection of my short fiction. Then there's that futuristic bullfighting novel, and the fantasy about the pre-Columbian ball game. And I have these short story ideas. To further complicate things, Paco Cohen and Victor Thermin have been demanding my attention.
There's even more, but over the years of bashing myself bloody as a writer, I've become superstitious about these things until they've achieved a certain amount of solidity.
I'm gonna be busy. At the very least, I'll have me some fun!
at 12:00 AM