Wayback Hair Machine

Because people ask for proof. Here is a picture from my days on the comic book convention circuit (circa 1990). Back then I had long hair–actually had hair– and was not only clean shaven, but sans glasses as well. I now look like the professor who should be teaching my old self.

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Sharlokh and Dr. Watt-ZENN

Since Mirrormaze has officially released, I thought I would note a few things about Sharlokh and Dr. Watt-ZENN, whose tale “The Dragon’s Nest” appears in the anthology.

Sharlokh and Dr. Watt-ZENN are an obvious SF-version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. They are the intersection of my interest in mysteries and SH, and my own SF universe. Decades ago I had written another mystery series set in this universe which was much more action-adventure themed and superheroic. I wanted this one to be more true to its SH roots, plus more street-level, noir, and grittier than the other.

This series takes place on Carnon, which is a human-settled but independent world in the Imran Cluster. It is a large planet which is a melting pot of alien races, as it lies on the fringes of Humanspace and serves as a port and trading center to other stellar civilizations. Sharlokh and Dr. Watt-ZENN run an independent detective agency in the city of Vanceville and help solve crimes that often involve humans and aliens, which thus fall in the gray areas outside the jurisdiction of the various human and alien police agencies.

Sharlokh is Koror, an alien reptilian race which is the most powerful in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Koror were once enemies of humanity and we even had a massive Galactic War with them, but eventually a peace was reached, and now Humans and Koror work together in a mutually beneficial, albeit uneasy, peace. This series takes place during that peace, and both Sharlokh and Dr. Watt-ZENN are veterans of the Galactic War. Sharlokh is a former military police detective who has continued his work after leaving military service.

Dr. Watt-ZENN is human, a former military surgeon who was grievously injured during the Galactic War. He became a cyborg with a rare AI-brain interface. The ZENN device, which occupies half of his head, stands for Zygopleural Encephalopathic Neural Net– a supercomputer that allows him to record and access data from almost any form of computer system. This has proved a very useful tool in his detective work with Sharlokh.

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The Mirrormaze

We have officially entered the Mirrormaze! On December 8th the anthology became fully available for order on Amazon and via the publisher’s website, Fractured Mirror.

Please, order a copy for you and your reflections today!

“We find ourselves in a very strange place.

“Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate. It’s taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the “real” world then somewhere else. Somewhere better. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.

“Come navigate a labyrinth of visions, illusions, nightmares, and fantasies. Explore the nascent genre of dreampunk with 22 of its finest authors as they examine and transform the dreamscapes that we call our lives. Get lost among the twists and turns, ascending to the upper limits of both wonder and dread.

“Do you dare enter the Mirrormaze?”

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Capture Starlight

Capture starlight
Hold a supernova
Bask in the rosy glow of a nebula
But never, ever forget
Me and all that we

(TCF 2020)

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Once More Into the Breach

I have work in a new superhero anthology releasing December 8th. It is already available for preorder. Once More Into the Breach: Atomic Gods and Monsters, Volume Two.

The ATOMIC GODS AND MONSTERS anthology series features forgotten heroes from the atomic age who only appeared in reprinted stories under new names. The contributors to the series are a mix of pros and fans who share a love of public domain characters.

The other authors contributing to this anthology include Jeff Deischer, Terry Alexander, Robert Hudson, Jr., Edward County, Don Richards, Art Sippo, Mark Marderosian, Edward Lee Love, and Sebastien Gallois.

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Who’s Who in New Pulp

I was honored to be included in the encyclopedia of New Pulp authors.

Edited by Ron Fortier, the pilot behind Airship 27, this guide is described thus:

THE ETERNAL PULPS! Since the days of Homer, people have naturally loved a good story. From the oral traditions of heroic sagas all the way to the traveling minstrels of the Middle Ages and the Penny Dreadfuls and Dime Novels of a burgeoning new continent. People have always enjoyed action adventure yarns. Then in the 1930s they evolved as garishly painted monthly magazines printed on rough, cheap paper and they were christened the Pulps. Today their heritage continues in both the hundreds of paperbacks that entertain the masses as “popular fare.” There’s nothing high-brow here, just plain old-fashioned entertainment as a new 21st century generation has picked up the mantle to continue those amazing tales. In these pages you will find…the 222 Writers, Artists, Editors, & Publishers who together are —THE WHO’S WHO OF NEW PULP!

Even better news about this encyclopedia is that all proceeds from it go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Order a copy today on Amazon!

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Enter the Mirrormaze

I am pleased to announce that our Dreampunk anthology Mirrormaze is now available for preorder.

Amazon.com: Mirrormaze: A Dreampunk Anthology eBook: Jones Jr., Cliff,  Jones Jr., Cliff: Kindle Store

“We find ourselves in a very strange place.

“Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate. It’s taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the “real” world then somewhere else. Somewhere better. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.

“Come navigate a labyrinth of visions, illusions, nightmares, and fantasies. Explore the nascent genre of dreampunk with 22 of its finest authors as they examine and transform the dreamscapes that we call our lives. Get lost among the twists and turns, ascending to the upper limits of both wonder and dread.

“Do you dare enter the Mirrormaze?”

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