writer and getting published give me a great deal of pleasure. Sure,
it would great if it made me rich, but as I go about my non-writing
business, so I can scratch out a living, I often have a smile on my
face. There's this satisfaction that nobody can take away from me.
never explain this to people who don't have it.
I end up a writer? I'm not really sure.
ago, in a creating writing class, the teacher said, “If we're lucky,
one person in this room will get published.”
what? It was me.
don't really know why it was me. I wasn't the best writer in that
room. It might have been that I wanted to be a writer more than the
others. I did dedicate my life to it. Made sacrifices. And I never
always lead a quixotic life, tilting with windmills, like a crazed
explorer searching through the jungle for a fabled lost city. It's
the way you make dreams come true.
It ain't easy. Not everybody can do it. Most people never have that
smile I get when I think about what I've done. It's easier to give up and lead a normal life.
it like to live this way? I recommend the documentary House of the
Tiger King, with Tahir Shah
demonstrating what it's all about:
don't have time for that, here he is talking about the film:
it may look like I'm sitting at my desk, doodling away at the
computer, but I'm really tilting with windmills and searching
through the jungle.
the Twentieth Century, when I was growing up, science fiction movies
were a rare thing. You had to be on the look-out for them. I'd catch
all I could – even the bad ones, which were most of them. There was
a lot of talk that good science fiction movies may not even be
science fiction movies are almost a dime a dozen. They're everywhere. It's hard to keep up with them. I must admit, I don't bother
with a lot of them, even though they seem good. They're not a big
deal – just another sci-fi movie.
I do run across one that I like – especially when I haven't seen
much social media chatter about it, I gotta review it.
remember seeing trailers a while back, thinking “that looks good.”
But everybody does special effects these days. They all look good.
my wife and I caught it on Netflix, and were blown away.
Report has a documentary look
and feel that keeps making you think that it was actually shot on
location, even though you know that's impossible. My brain was
actually fooled into thinking it was real, while with most science
fiction movies these days, in the back of my mind, I know it's all pixels
dancing around. I was fooled, that is the true art.
has an ingenious script that cuts back and forth in time – editing,
not time travel, as in the documentary structure. It builds suspense,
and keeps you guessing. It was edge-of-the-seat excitement rather
than, “how clever, I feel intelligent for sitting through this.”
hard science fiction – a very rare thing in movies. Yeah, there
are things that could be nitpicked about, but then, that's part of
the fun, isn't it? Europa Report
is the real thing, what people have been saying was impossible for
you a taste of the wonder of what really
could be out there, dares to demonstrate that some things are not
only worth risking your life, but dying for.
somehow the world isn't going wild over this movie. I don't
understand a lot of my fellow humans.
happened to 2013? Seems it was just getting started a while ago. Now
nobody is talking about the gross misreading of the Mayan calendar.
been staggering around in the cool air and the dazzling desert light in a bit of a daze. Things are crystal clear and surreal. But isn't that
the way they usually are? For me at least . . .
and I were on a desert hike. A Jewish family – men in yamakas and
ties, women in long skirts and sneakers – came down the trail in
the other direction. The patriarch rushed up to me and said, “You
know everything, right?”
think I know everything. Everyday I encounter things I didn't know.
Why would he assume I knew everything?
it's the white beard. It makes me look like a wise man, even though
I'm more of a wiseguy. I'd shave it off, but it
makes a good disguise. And disguises come in handy in this crazy
we've go this whole new year to deal with, and it's chock full of
things to do, and explore.
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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