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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New Golden Age for Archaeology

I have been thrilled by the boom in archaeological discoveries in recent years. As I have discussed elsewhere, this has largely been driven by the increasing sophistication of technologies, such as satellite imagery, LIDAR, and supercomputers that allow everything from environmental modeling, to the reconstruction of ancient buildings, and the AI decoding of languages.

These discoveries have been especially evident in the truly astounding revelations in the Maya world of tens of thousands of new cities with hundreds of thousands of new buildings discovered. Likewise, satellite revelations coming out of Egypt have been remarkable–especially given the longheld sigh that “everything major and important had already been discovered there.” Likewise, one of the positive notes coming out of the grim decade of Central Asian wars was the use of satellite tech to uncover ancient cities, roadways, waterways, and other long hidden structures.

Underwater discoveries have also been astounding, with submerged cities being discovered from the Mediterranean Sea to India, hundreds of shipwrecks in the Black Sea being mapped and explored, and ancient paleolithic hunting sites and megalithic structures found along the floor of the North Sea. The search has only just begun, as we start to look at submerged lands from Indonesia and Madagascar to the new continent off the coast of New Zealand.

I am so excited new books and TV specials are emerging that cover everything from the latest DNA studies of mummies to the updated studies of the impact of environmental, pandemic, and dietary/genetic health of ancient peoples (such as The Fate of Rome, by Kyle Harper.) This presents a much clearer, more rounded view of the decline and fall than was ever possible before.

Whereas before archaeological discoveries often relied on educated guesses, great hunches, and sheer luck, now we can peer beneath desert sands, jungle canopies, or even oceans, to uncover archaeological sites, so that we can focus our work. This has allowed the dawn of a whole new era of discovery. I believe this is truly a new Golden Age for archaeology.

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Rediscovering Lost Civilizations and Found Adventures

I have successfully moved my old review series, “Lost Civilizations and Found Adventures,” back over to my website. It ran in 2017 on Bibliorati. LCFA has it’s own heading now (see above) and most of the older reviews are here.

Hopefully I will be able to add new entries to the series soon–as time allows.

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