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

 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

December 15, 2021

 Greetings Everyone! 

This Christmas, why not give the gift of knowledge- weird, wonderful knowledge- which is the best kind!   My books are easy to understand, jargon-free & fun to read.  And they make the perfect gifts for friends & family members.

The prices are the best that they have ever been, so check them out on Amazon and any other online or real-time bookstore.  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.

My books look good together under the Christmas Tree- red, gold & black and sparkling with speculative wisdom & light!  They make good stocking stuffers as well.

Merry Christmas To All!

JLS

https://www.amazon.com/Lovecraft-Black-Magickal-Tradition-Influence/dp/157863587X

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

Monday, December 6, 2021

December 6, 2021

Greetings Everyone! 

Christmas is on the way & it is time to think about getting the perfect gifts for friends & family members.

Why not give the gift of knowledge?  And what better than weird-knowledge?

Think about giving the gift of my two books.  They are essential reading for anyone who is a fan of the great New England horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and for readers who like science fiction, horror & fantasy literature in general.

My books look good together under the Christmas Tree!  Red, gold, black & sparkling with speculative wisdom & light!

JLS

https://www.amazon.com/Lovecraft-Black-Magickal-Tradition-Influence/dp/157863587X

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






Monday, November 15, 2021

November 15, 2021

 Greetings Everyone!

My second book - Aliens, Robots & Virtual Reality Idols in the Science Fiction of H.P Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson - has just been reviewed in the prestigious DePauw University journal Science Fiction Studies by E. Mariah Spencer, Vol 48, No. 3 (November 2021), pp. 600-604.

Please use the link below & then log into the JSTOR digital database to access the review. 

Professor Spencer flatters me by referring to my “masterful storytelling ability” & recognizes that, in the final analysis, the readers of my book (and of the remarkable works of Lovecraft, Asimov & Gibson) must come up with their own interpretations of what an “alien” really is- and perhaps more importantly, decide how the genuinely alien entity differs from entities linked to specific “markers of otherness” – such as ethnicity, gender, race, disability & age- all of which are, in my view, merely human-centric associations.

Best wishes to all of you!

JLS

https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5621/sciefictstud.48.3.0600?refreqid=excelsior%3A435b19a8aeabd74db8011c9048c6e653

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021

Greetings Everyone!  

Autumn continues.  The skies orange and ash gray at twilight; the  leaves brown, yellow & red as they fall from the trees; all working their magic as the season declines & moves towards winter. 

This is the perfect time to check out my two books!  They are essential reading for everyone who is an autumn person & a fan of the great New England horror writer H. P. Lovecraft.

And, of course, for readers who like science fiction, horror & fantasy literature.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/178904510X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vamf_tkin_p1_i1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/157863587X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vamf_tkin_p1_i0