Galactic League keeps bodies on tap for him on all their planets, so
they can send him to “hot spots” (that's Cold War speak for
places that could go commie) to bring “law and order” and
“sanity” through methods that could be considered terroristic –
like assassinating the president of Earth!
if in 1955, the editors of Amazing
looked out at America's leather-jacketed, switchblade-weilding
youngsters and came up with a hero for them. It's not exactly “Rock
and Roll hoodlums storm the streets of all nations” like in William
Burrough's Naked Lunch,
but it is action-packed pulp sci-fi sprinkled with wild, crazy ideas, just the sort of things to have in hour hand-held device for
diverting chuckles as you navigate our chaotic, riotous 21st
Futures Past Editions is offering the first three Johnny Mayhem
stories for free. Better get it before they come to their senses.
way too long I have another book deal. I also participated in my
first conference call. Yeah, I'm a primitive – I still don't have a
all about a multi-book deal with Digital Parchment Services, Inc. My
novels and a short story collection will be published as both ebooks
and print-on-demand paperbacks. High Aztech
will be first, followed by a short story collection. Cortez
on Jupiter and Smoking
Mirror Blues will come later.
will be on a new imprint that might be called Strange Particle. They
haven't made a final decision on that yet. I'll let you know when I
get the news.
have another imprint that has a brand-new website, Future Past Editions, that features “Off-Trail Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.” They have some ebooks for a limited time, available for
It will be a
pleasure to be published by people who are fans of my work and are enthusiastic about promoting it. I've tried doing it all on my own,
and I've seen the limits of that. I look forward to getting their
advice and support.
books will have additional material, interviews, behind-the-scenes
pieces, and what ever else we can come up with.
before the release of the new High Aztech,
I will be shutting down the Kindle and Smashwords editions. So if you
want a complete collection of all editions of my books, buy them now.
was also a writer, a traveler, and an undocumented anthropologist who
really knew how to cherchez le weird and present it in bite-sized
packages, first as newspaper cartoons, then in books, on radios, in
film, and on television.
wasn't afraid to leap into what these days we call new media.
Remember, when he started drawing Believe It or Not!, the
newspaper comic section was something new.
it turned out that weird sells.
was in some ways a successor to P.T. Barnum, though rather than the
Art of Humbug, Ripley always presented his oddities as the truth and
challenged the public to prove him wrong. He even questioned
well-known “facts” – explaining that, for instance, Buffalo
Bill never shot a single buffalo (they were all North American
a lot of ways, he was ahead of his time. His personal, informal
approach to journalism foreshadowed the gonzo style of Hunter S.
Thompson, travel writers like Tahir Shah and David Hatcher
Childress, and mondo documentaries. His lifestyle was a like a preview of Hugh Hefner's
Playboy Philosophy. When he drifted into political commentary, he was
an early version of Rush Limbaugh.
today's standards, he had some racist and sexist attitudes. But he
did love Asian women, and China. He also celebrated other cultures,
and introduced them to the American public, though some may object to
the sideshow style.
he loved the oddities he exploited, always feeling a bit odd himself.
He managed to “create a brand” – to use a trendy term – that
went on after his death, and is still going strong.
must admit, he was an influence on me. My wife and I live in a house
full of masks and strange artifacts. We go on road trips, and always
cherchez le weird.
if I could just find a way to package and sell it . . .
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.
John Ottinger III: "an excellent collection." Steven H. Silver: "explore what it means to be alien in different ways." The Guardian called it, "an excellent snapshot of modern SF." Library Journal says it's, "a choice volume for sf fans and a good introdcution to extraterrestrial encounter stories." Bookish Ardour: "some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today's most exciting genre writers." Paperback or Kindle. Includes GUERRILLA MURAL OF A SIREN'S SONG!
Includes the twisted Ernesto classic, THE FRANKENSTEIN PENIS!
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Buy: 2020 VISIONS
Victor Theremin takes on the Border, radioactive marijuana, and the Singularity in RADIATION IS GROOVY, KILL THE PIGS
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In: Analog July/August 2011
DEATH AND DANCING IN NEW LAS VEGAS -- a new Paco Cohen, Mariachi of Mars story -- Scientifically Bookish calls it "delightfully crazy . . . strange, danceable, rebellious" --in LOCUS, Lois Tilton says it's "pretty gonzo" -- Craig Reade of cxpulp.com says, "This one was weird" -- and SFRevu.com says it's "very enjoyable."