Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Rabbit Hole

Welcome to the eastern edge of the west. If you believe in climate change or global warming, that shimmer in your rearview isn't just the sun on the blacktop. It's the curtain that separates our plane of existence from the ones on either side of us.

So this week came the announcement that gravitational waves had been detected. Albert Einstein was RIGHT. Can any of us really say we're surprised? The man had some kind of insight into the way the Universe works that no one else has ever been able to come close to. There are a couple of names from science and physics that the general public are familiar with: Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. But none of those men have done the same Great Work that Einstein did. It's possible they may yet but it would defy precedent if they did.

Still, GRAVITATIONAL WAVES. That's the thing that's produced by two black holes colliding. The stuff of science fiction, isn't it? It means the world, the Universe is as weird and wild as any novelist or TV or Film writer imagined. It's all possible now. It means that there is a unifying theory of Everything out there and those standing on the shoulders of giants in respectful awe are going to find the things that will excite and probably terrify us.

It means that we are even smaller than we think we are. And for Americans that's really, really frightening. We won't be the the center of everything sooner or later. That's why some are predicting the end times and some are pushing for missions to Mars. What more should we be doing?

Caring for our fellows, of all faiths and persuasions is the big one. If there's a larger Universe out there and there are possibilities for us to expand into it, we'd damn well better get our collective shit together. We are only as good as the least of us. We should not be found wanting if we were to be judged as we have judged so many.

Rod Serling got it right. So many times he got it right.

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I'm continuing to revise The Cold Distance before it goes to my editor. It's a blast as I'm adding things like sense descriptions and scenery. I tweeted over the weekend that I'm finally seeing the book on the page that I've seen in my head over the last four years.

I've been told not to do too much to it before I send it off but I can't help it. I'm making it better and better. I know I am. I'm so proud of this book.

And yet, it's a little like cleaning the house before the maid comes to clean.

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I can't wait to tell you the special bits concerning the release of the book but I have to. There are pieces that aren't quite done yet and it's up to me to ensure that everything's in place. If there's a downside to self-publishing it's that I have to manage everything.

For some authors that means really, really pushing hard on social media. Four, sometimes five times a day (or more!) they're sending out messages that are essentially 'read my book!' with links to their Amazon home page and clips of the oftentimes really bad cover.  I'm hoping I don't have to resort to that. I'll be appearing several places in and around my home area to launch the book with the big party being at Kansas City Comic Con in August. If you want to find me before then, good luck. There are only a few appearances on the books.

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Here are some stories I can easily endorse:

Scott Snyder's and Jock's WYTCHES from Image Comics. God, it's so fraught with horror in the first volume.

Nnedi Okorafor's BOOK OF PHOENIX. Talk about a vision of the future that is from a very different point of view than what I'm used to. It's also, ALSO, terribly plausible. Read it. Open your mind.

Cullen Bunn's DEADPOOL books. 'Nuff said.

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Finally, I don't really care about the Grammys in general. I used to, back when I was playing music. Now, though, it's gotten so obviously incestuous that I can't be bothered with them.

Besides, they ignored Failure's The Heart Is A Monster totally. Didn't even make it into the alternative category. Sigh. Once again a band I like and who is at the height of their powers is ignored by the Recording Academy and its voters. 

Bah.

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So I mentioned I would be appearing a few places here and there and yon later this year. I've started a list in case you're curious. This coming weekend I'll be at Empower Comic Con in Topeka on Saturday only. That is if things are confirmed as I expect them to be.

And that's all for this week. I hope you get to enjoy some intemperate weather this coming week. It should scare the hell out of you, though, that we'll be hitting 70 degrees in February in Kansas.

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