Friday, May 6, 2022

May 7, 2022

Greetings Everyone!

Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics, expresses optimism that humankind will survive any apocalyptic event in the future.  But this will only happen if (and this is a big "if") individual humans achieve "Type IV Status"- which means that humans must learn to manipulate at will the space-time continuum.

H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov & William Gibson- the greatest science fiction writers of all time- each proposed their own versions of the Type IV human being.  

You can read all about this in my recent book: Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson!

JLS

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JHFJQ8N/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0





Friday, April 8, 2022

April 8, 2022

 Hi Everyone!

Please read the following passage from H. P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West-Reanimator” and then ask yourself: Is this just an example of morbidity (there are similar passages scattered throughout Lovecraft’s fictional works & he was, indeed, a rather morbid man).

 Or: Is there something more - is this, as Michel Houellebecq insists, Lovecraft against the world, against life?

Or: Is something else going on here?

 What do you think?  

 “I can still see Herbert West under the sinister electric light as he injected his reanimating solution into the arm of the headless body.  The scene I cannot describe- I should faint if I tried it, for there is madness in a room full of classified charnel things, with blood and lesser human debris almost ankle-deep on the slimy floor, and with hideous reptilian abnormalities sprouting, bubbling, and baking over a winking bluish-green spectre of dim flame in a far corner of black shadows.”

JLS



Sunday, March 20, 2022

March 20, 2022

Greetings Everyone! 

Spring is here!  A time for reassessment of our lives, our goals & our relationships.  A time, also, for renewal, for the pursuit of knowledge & perfection!

If you get the chance, check out my two books!  They are for the spring & for all seasons- for all seasons can inspire us to reassess & pursue perfection.  

My books are easy to understand, jargon-free & fun to read.  And they make the perfect gifts for friends & family members.

So check them out on Amazon, or any other online or real-time bookstore. 

And, of course, they  are essential reading for anyone who is a fan of the great New England horror writer H. P. Lovecraft & for readers who like science fiction, horror & fantasy literature.

Happy Spring to All!

JLS

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011T57HKU/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

Saturday, February 19, 2022

February 20, 2022

The Inhuman Mind expands from No-Thing, Nothing & Nothingness into Apocalypse.  And this is much more appalling than the lesser apocalypses imagined by human minds.   - John L. Steadman


 

           

Thursday, February 17, 2022

February 18, 2022

 Greetings Everyone!

Recently, I was a guest on Miami Ghost Chronicles, a weekly paranormal talk show hosted by Marlene Pardo Pellicer.  The podcast interview has been uploaded to Stories of the Supernatural on Spreaker.

Marlene & I discussed a wide range of delightfully weird topics, including my newest book Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson.

Please listen in or download!

JLS

https://www.spreaker.com/user/miamighostchronicles/john-steadman






Tuesday, January 25, 2022

January 26, 2022

 Here's a recent Amazon review from Sir Readsalot about my new book!

“Nonfiction books of this variety are few and far between. High concept and academic, yet accessible. Specific, yet covering all required bases and sticking a solid landing.

This book expanded my thinking on the subjects of aliens, robots, and VR – all quite common sf topics and, if I’m being honest, got me excited again to think of these things as much more than tropes, but as deliberate conversation pieces within our fiction.”

I hope you will agree after you read the book! So please pick up a copy!  

https://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Reality-Science-Fiction-Lovecraft/dp/178904510X

JLS

Sunday, December 26, 2021

December 26, 2021

On December 23, 2021, 7:00-8:30 PM EST, I was a guest on Miami Ghost Chronicles, a weekly paranormal talk show hosted by Marlene Pardo Pellicer. The show is devoted to unravelling the mysteries of the paranormal world and discussing “just plain weird stuff”, as she puts it, with authors, experts and those who have witnessed the unexplained.

Marlene is a native Miamian and an author of fiction and non-fiction books. She is also the producer, host and narrator of the paranormal talk show, Stories of the Supernatural and  podcast shows Nightshade Diary, Supernatural StoryTime and the blog author of Stranger Than Fiction. She appeared in S1E1 of Paranormal Survivor which presently airs on Destination America and Netflix, and S1E12 of Haunted Hospitals which airs on the Trvl channel.

Marlene holds a Master of Science degree in Human Behavior & Health. She is a certified master hypnotist and considers herself a subconscious behaviorist and had a private practice for many years. She founded Miami Ghost Chronicles in the 1990s, and considers herself one of only a handful of "hardcover paranormal investigators" who work under what she calls the "dungeon" approach, which is little or no reliance on technology to research the unseen world of the paranormal. She has worked mainly with research groups in Florida, but she has also assisted other organizations and private clients across the country.

Marlene & I had a lively hour & a half discussion on a variety of topics: life, the afterlife, the necessity for believing in something “larger than oneself” and, of course, the core topics in my book.  In particular, we talked about “real” and so-called artificial intelligence & speculated about whether or not robots or VR “idols” will ever achieve a level of mental acuity comparable to humankind.

The interview will be uploaded to Marlene’s website (and YouTube) in the immediate future.

https://www.miamighostchronicles.com/

JLS