Thursday, September 24, 2015
I'm on newsprint again, and being of my generation, it feels good. (You kids that need to can Google “newsprint.”)
Copies of News from Sector 2337, No. 2, Summer & Fall 2015 have made their way to me. It features a piece by me, “A Calaca in a Spacesuit: Confessions of a Sci-Fi Artist” – that will appear as a Chicanonautica entry at La Bloga in the near future – illustrated by damnear life-size reproduction of my drawing “Inner Space Man.”
There's also an interesting article, "Chican@futurism, Ernest Hogan's High Aztech, and Tenochtology” by Josh Rios and Anthony Romero, that says a lot of nice things about me and my most infamous novel:
Chicano sci-fi novelist and short story writer, Ernest Hogan, is a future schemer par excellence who maniacally produces at the intersections of speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, amateur anthropology, and technoculture.
Hogan, not unlike his protagonist in High Aztech, is a vehement cartoonist, doodler, note-taker, and writer – or better put, an amalgamation of all these.
As for tenochtology, it's:
. . . a word and concept created in the tradition of High Aztech's Esperanto language – a mixture of slang, Spanish, and Nahuatl – is meant to give credence to a varitey of Chicano/a activities and resulting objects.
. . .All Chicano/a practices, objects, and forms of knowledge count as tenochtologies: the application of Chola style make-up and its attendant devices, Zoot suit draping, monumental murals, masa and salsa, conjunto and norteño, cowboy boots, Ballet Folklórico, and pack trains. What kinds of futures do these objects offer up?
It does kinda sound like what I do. Maybe I should put tenochtologist on my résumé.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
You go on vacation, and things keep happening and piling up, until instead of a series of neat little news items, you a have a wad of interconnecting stories. I better get along with this before something else comes in and demands to be included:
Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell is out, and it's chock full of interesting essays and stories, including my own “Guerrilla Mural of a Siren's Song” that may not have had its freewheeling style if not for Chip's influence.
It's also the story that I later exploded – I went around saying I stuck a stick of dynamite up its ass and took notes about how it came splattering down all over the place – into my first published novel, Cortez on Jupiter, that can now be purchased in ebook or trade paperback, produced by Digital Parchment Services.
And yes, their edition of High Aztech is coming soon, stay tuned for details!
TFFX, the ten year anniversary anthology from The Future Fire, is coming. I wrote what I thought was a commercial for it; they called it a short story. “A Low Ride with Victor Theremin.” (I sure wish the Victor Theremin story I'm working on would stop trying to turn into a novel.) I also wrote a piece of flash fiction, “Xiomara's Flying Circus,” that will be in the anthology, and they put it up on their blog.
“Xiomara's Flying Circus” is a sequel taking place ten years after my story “Pancho Villa's Flying Circus” that originally appeared in their anthology We See a Different Frontier.
Soon “Pancho Villa's Flying Circus” will be available in another anthology, Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West -Volume 1, edited by Cynthia Ward. After all, I did write the story as a spaghetti western.
Pancho seems have become my Santa Muerte/Juan Malverde-style patron saint, because Pancho Villa's Flying Circus will be the title of a collection of my short fiction that will come out from Digital Parchment Services in the near future.
And now that I'm back in the saddle, I'll keep sending out updates as the news comes in.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Ponce de León searched for the Fountain of Youth:
Coronado was after Seven Cities of Gold:
Aguirre went mad over El Dorado:
And Cabeza de Vaca went on a different trip: