Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020


Greetings!

A truism among educators is that the only stupid question is the question that remains unasked.  And this is true for the most part, but only when the questions are small questions.

When it comes to the larger questions, the things that we really want to know about and understand, when we ask our question, by the time we get an answer it is always too late.

It is late, and hopes, often, have died, and love, frequently, has been lost, and death has come quietly or harshly, as it often does, and taken away the things that we love to a place where we will never see them again. 

We should get in the habit of not asking the larger questions, but instead, seeking out the answers for ourselves. By doing this, we free ourselves from time and the constraints that come with it. 

And when we get our answers, hopes are fulfilled and love regained and the dead things that we loved are suddenly alive in a place of life everlasting which is easily reached when we are eventually allowed to join them.

JLS


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020


My new book: Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson can now be pre-ordered.

It is available from my publishers, and also, on Google Books, Amazon, Waterstones, Thrift Books and Walmart.com.

Please pick up a copy- it was fun to write & you will enjoy reading it (books that are fun to write are always fun to read).

In the book, I demonstrate that there is ultimately little difference between alien indifferentism & alien inclusionism in the fictional works of these three great writers; the robots and the VR idols evolve into monsters whose actions bring about outcomes which are every bit as terrifying as anything in Lovecraft’s work.

Best wishes everyone!

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020

 Greetings Friends!

The Incommensurable means anything “out there” past the  imagined parameters of space & time.  Similarly, the incommensurable can be used to refer to anything that isn’t human and could never be human, and likewise, for anything incompatible with the human-centric, irrespective of how valiantly individual humans labor to humanize it.

H. P.  Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson see the incommensurable for what it is and, more importantly, for what it isn’t.  This is exactly what I have tried to do (and I think succeeded in doing) in my new book Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson.

If you are interested in the incommensurable and in knowing more about it, please check out my book.  You can pre-order it everywhere- Amazon, Zero Books, Google Books & various other online sites.  You can get it even at Walmart (I still can't believe that Walmart is carrying my book!)

JLS 

                                           

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Friday, July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020


Greetings Everyone!

My second book Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson will be released on October 30, 2020- a delightful time for a book release when autumn is at its height & Halloween is right around the corner.

Please pre-order a copy- it is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Zero Books, Google Books & various other online sites.  Here is a link to the Walmart site (I still can’t believe that Walmart is carrying my book!- I love Walmart).

Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols provides fun & definitive, cutting-edge interpretations of Lovecraft & Asimov’s works, and a thorough, penetrating analysis of William Gibson’s fiction right up to his Peripheral series.  By the way, Gibson has just published his second book in the Peripheral series, Agency.  It is a great book- a kind of prequel to the first entry in the series.

If you want a good introduction to Gibson’s world & his particularly dark, stimulating sf visions, then you should read my new book- it will get you up to snuff on understanding & appreciating Gibson, who is still, in my view, the #1 sf writer in the world. 


JLS

Saturday, June 6, 2020

June 6, 2020



At the end of May, I did my first YouTube interview for my new book Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson.


The interview was with Douglas Lain of Zero Books Livestream; we had a stimulating discussion about my book, space, time, quantum physics, magic, occultism & the eventual fate of the universe.

Please check it out!







Friday, May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020


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My new book: Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson can now be pre-ordered; it is available from my publishers, and also, on Google Books, Amazon, Waterstones, Thriftbooks and even Walmart.com.  Please pick up a copy- it was fun to write & will be a lot of fun to read.

I demonstrate that there is ultimately little difference between alien indifferentism & alien inclusionism in the fictional works of these three great writers; the robots and the VR idols evolve into monsters whose actions bring about outcomes which are every bit as terrifying as anything in Lovecraft’s work.

Best wishes everyone!

JLS


Saturday, April 11, 2020

April 11, 2020


Easter Morning

She stood in front of the tomb, thinking. The stone had been rolled aside. The tomb was empty.

There was nothing there.

So, she left. She walked in the woods. And the birds were singing. And the dawn was breaking.

It was early spring.

It was, in many ways, Him. And in other ways, it wasn't.

After a time, she became tired & laid against a tree and fell asleep.

Then, the angels came.

They had come to take her with them, if she had been unable to go further. But she was dreaming & she was happy. So, the angels left.

On Earth, the bliss comes & goes, comes & goes.

And the angels accept this.  And she accepts it.

John L. Steadman