Friday, February 21, 2020

The CIA, Remote Viewing, and Holospheres

A brief excerpt from Monad Mantis' 2-15-20 Medium.com article entitled "The CIA Admits Psychic Abilities Are Real, But Cannot Figure Out The Science Behind It":
According to a CIA document declassified on 08/07/2000 titled “Coordinate Remote Viewing (CRV) Technology 1981–1983,” submitted to the organization August 4 of 1983, coordinate remote viewing “utilized through the methodologies that have been developed…works with remarkable precision,” but the individuals who submitted it admitted that they were “unable to explain in conventional terms why it is that the co-ordinate serves as a stimulus in the manner it does.” Nevertheless, they were convinced that David Bohm’s model of quantum mechanics provided a potentially plausible explanatory hypothesis for the mechanisms that make it possible.
David Bohm was a controversial yet brilliant luminary in physics who argued that the entirety of the cosmos is populated with quantum black holes that lead from the “explicate order” of spacetime to a realm that transcends space and time which he referred to as the “implicate order.” These black holes were termed “holospheres,” and hypothesized as the mechanism which connects the implicate order to the explicate order. From the perspective of the remote viewer, it is possible that the signal line we acquire is mediated by these holospheres, which connects us with an implicate order that is conceptually more or less identical to the Eastern concept of “Akasha” or the “Akashic records,” as articulated in the work of writers such as Swami Vivekananda. The explicate order in which we ordinarily live and move and have our being is “unfolded” from this implicate order and houses the world of ordinary objects and consciousness, which includes what remote viewers known as the liminal, subliminal and subconscious orders.
Bohm’s “implicate order,” he hypothesized, contained sub-quantum variables that were responsible for the alleged “hidden variables” that made quantum phenomena so unpredictable. In this respect, he was not merely engaging in quantum mechanics, but sub-quantum mechanics, which he believed contained the key to understanding how the universe unfolded from a kind of Universal Mind that pervades the entire cosmos at all times.


To read Mantis' entire article, click HERE.

"If there is a universal mindmust it be sane?"

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Harlan Ellison's THE GLASS TEAT & THE OTHER GLASS TEAT

Apropos of nothing (or perhaps everything), what follows is Harlan Ellison's introduction to the 2011 Charnel House Omnibus edition of THE GLASS TEAT & THE OTHER GLASS TEAT, two of Ellison's best works of nonfiction....

Harlan Ellison - Welcome To The Gulag - The Compleat Introduction


 
Both of these books are also available in more affordable paperback editions. THE GLASS TEAT (1970) is available from Amazon HERE... and you can still buy used copies of the original paperback edition of THE OTHER GLASS TEAT (1975) from HarlanEllisonBooks right HERE.



Saturday, February 15, 2020

Clint Margrave's LYING BASTARD


My friend and colleague Clint Margrave has just announced the publication of his first novel, LYING BASTARD. I wrote a blurb for the book, as you can see below:

Though it won't be released until May 1st, LYING BASTARD is now up for pre-order on Indiegogo and Amazon. 

Earlier this month Clint posted the following message on Facebook:

My publisher Run Amok Books is kicking off a campaign to raise money for the promotion of my new novel, LYING BASTARD. Those of you who have asked how you can pre-order the book, this is the place. Contribute now and receive a perk, such as a signed hardcover or paperback. Any support would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

If you're interested, pre-order the book right HERE. The Indiegogo campaign continues until February 24th!

Monday, February 3, 2020

BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE Has Been Nominated For a Rondo Award!

The official ballot for the 18th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards has just been announced, and I was pleased to discover that my latest book, BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE (co-written with Gary D. Rhodes), has been nominated for "Book of the Year"! I'm delighted to be included on the same list with such excellent books as THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS AND THE LOST LEGACY OF MILICENT PATRICK by Mallory O'Meara, JAMES WARREN: EMPIRE OF MONSTERS by Bill Schelly, and THE BIZARRO ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FILM by John Skipp and Heather Drain.


I'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank the inimitable Michael Kronenberg for going above and beyond the call of duty in designing the eye-catching cover and interior layouts for BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE... and to filmmaker Larry Blamire for his illuminating introduction!

If you want to vote for BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE, you must first click HERE (to view the official ballot), then follow these simple directions prepared by journalist David Colton, perennial Burgomaster of the CLASSIC HORROR FILM BOARD:

Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom's only classic horror awards -- decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee below is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2019. So add your voice and help make a difference.

HOW TO VOTE:

-- All voting is by e-mail only. Simply copy this ballot (cut-and-paste into an email and marking your choices with an X or highlighting works fine). We know that can be awkward so you can also just type out your choices. Send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, March 29, 2020.

-- No, you do not have to vote in every category. Vote for all, one or a few.

-- One vote per person, please. Every e-mail must include your name to be counted. All votes are kept strictly confidential. No e-mail addresses or personal information will ever be shared with anyone.

-- Again, TO VOTE e-mail your picks to taraco@aol.com
 

Finally, thanks as always to the thousands of fans, pros and friends who have voted year after year. We look forward to hearing from you again. Let's make RONDO XVIII the best ever.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Is Someone Using "Chameleo" Technology to Abduct Victims?

Attention, CHAMELEO readers! I recommend checking out George Knapp's recently released interview with MISSING 411 author David Paulides in which the two discuss the possibility of "CHAMELEO technology" being used to "abduct victims" in our national forests. Click below to see this excerpt....
 

Is Someone Using "Chameleo" Technology to Abduct Victims?


  
Click HERE to see the rest of this interview.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Acoustic Levitation

From Matt Simon's 1-28-20 WIRED article entitled "How to Levitate Objects With Sound (and Break Your Mind)":

Along with personal jetpacks for every man, woman, and child (sure, why not), levitation is one of those conveniences that sci-fi has long promised us but has yet to deliver, other than magnetically levitating trains. But at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, physicist Chris Benmore and his colleagues are levitating objects with an unlikely tool: sound. It's called acoustic levitation, and after breaking your brain with what seems to be an optical illusion, it's poised to deliver advances in pharmacology, chemistry more broadly, and even robotics....

To read the entire piece, click HERE.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Welcome to 2020!

What follows is a brief excerpt from Alison Flood's 1-17-20 Guardian article entitled "Sci-fi Magazine Pulls Story by Trans Writer After 'Barrage of Attacks'":

A science fiction story that repurposed the transphobic meme “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” as its title has been removed from the magazine Clarkesworld following a “barrage of attacks” on its transgender author.
Isabel Fall’s story, which was published in Clarkesworld earlier this week and quickly went viral, opens as the narrator describes how they “sexually identify as an attack helicopter”. “I decided that I was done with womanhood, over what womanhood could do for me; I wanted to be something furiously new,” Fall writes. “To the people who say a woman would’ve refused to do what I do, I say – Isn’t that the point?”
Some readers felt the story was transphobic, with some accusing Fall of being a troll. There was also a raft of positive reactions from writers including Carmen Maria Machado and Phoebe North, who wrote an essay praising the story: “Thank you for making me feel seen and heard. We don’t get a lot of ourselves in fiction. We often only get scraps. This was more than that. A mirror.” However, due to the criticism, Fall asked Clarkesworld to remove the story from the monthly science fiction and fantasy periodical.
To read Flood's entire article, click HERE

This second excerpt is from Conor Friedersdorf's 1-19-20 Atlantic article entitled "The Talented Victim Is Not the Point":

The National Book Award finalist Carmen Maria Machado declared herself “crushed” and “angry” at “a trans sf/f writer being excoriated for writing a messy, gorgeous, interesting story,” and defended “stories that are dangerous, weird, jagged, ambitious,” because “art that bites off more than it can chew” can variously “change your temperature, provoke your heart, crack open your brain.” Sometimes, “what seems, to you, to be a failed experiment is actually not a failed experiment at all, and has provided someone else with brain-cracking or heart-provoking or temperature-changing,” she continued, and sometimes that value “only becomes clear in retrospect.”
Needless to say—or maybe not—short stories that are ahead of their time will be lost if their early critics succeed in creating an artistic landscape where ostensibly flawed work is quickly disappeared.
The science-fiction writer M. L. Clark urged better modes of engagement. “When a work *unsettles* you, & you have misgivings about whether the message is clear or ‘correct,’ absolutely, you should talk about it! Name how it falls short for you!” he wrote. “But also: allow it to be broken for you w/o asserting that its jagged edges can *only* be used as a blade, NOT because we shouldn't resist poor messaging, but because *effective* resistance doesn't just take the form of vehement public outcry & denunciation.”
The Vox critic Emily VanDerWerff opined, “This is a story with a lot––maybe too much––on its mind, and to see it written off as agitprop is sad. Art that only celebrates the bravery of trans people, or our fortitude in the face of all we must endure to be ourselves, is fine. But art should embrace our weakness, our shame, and our doubt, too. To insist otherwise is its own kind of prejudice [...].

The left, as distinct from the right, has long dominated high and low art. To its credit, it has used that position in part to tell humanizing stories about historically marginalized people that increase understanding and empathy. America is a more inclusive place as a result. But I don’t know that a salutary tradition running from the films of Sidney Poitier to Will and Grace to Transparent and beyond can endure if Millennial creators and succeeding generations allow their art to be policed by the most essentialist, intolerant voices; or if they are persuaded that deleting a piece of fiction is more ethical than discussing it in the open if anyone at all feels harmed by it; or that it is wrong to truthfully relate one’s own experiences if they are in tension with political orthodoxies.
As Wesley Morris observed in an October 2018 essay:
Art might not have the privilege of being art for art’s sake anymore … It has to be art for justice’s sake … So we wind up with safer art and discourse that provokes and disturbs and shocks less. It gives us culture whose artistic value has been replaced by moral judgment and leaves us with monocriticism. This might indeed be a kind of social justice. But it also robs us of what is messy and tense and chaotic and extrajudicial about art.
The controversy over “Attack Helicopter” is another case study suggesting that rejecting “art’s for art’s sake” in favor of “art for justice’s sake” doesn’t necessarily yield more justice. It may help no one, harm many, and impede the ability of artists to circulate work that makes us think, feel, grapple, empathize, and learn. Americans will always seek out, discuss, and be moved by art that is messy, tense, and chaotic, whether the censors of any moment like it or not. If liberals stop producing art like that, illiberals of all sorts will fill the breach.

To read the rest of Friedersdorf's article, click HERE.

If you want to read Isabel Fall's story "I Sexually Identify as An Attack Helicopter," you can find it right HERE

This third excerpt is from Jane Ridley's 1-16-20 New York Post article entitled "Missouri Librarians Could Be Jailed for Loaning ‘Age-inappropriate’ Books":

Librarians in Missouri who loan “age-inappropriate” materials to children could face jail time if a controversial proposed bill is passed.
They would be forced to pay a fine or spend up to a year in prison if they refuse to comply with the proposed new rules designed to protect kids from sexual content.
Republican state Rep. Ben Baker wants panels of parents to decide what content is suitable for minors, with any public libraries that ignore the panels’ edicts stripped of funding.
His proposal has been attacked by critics as “a shockingly transparent attempt to legalize book banning.”
“The main thing is, I want to be able to take my kids to a library and make sure they’re not gonna be exposed to something that is objectionable material,” Baker told local news station KOAM. “Unfortunately, there are some libraries in the state of Missouri that have done this, and that’s a problem.”
Titles that have come under fire in Missouri over the past decade include the award-winning “Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie, which includes references to masturbation; Kurt Vonnegut’s profanity-laced “Slaughterhouse-Five“; and “Speak,” a young-adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about the rape of a teenager.
“Every reader and writer in the country should be horrified, absolutely horrified, at this bill,” James Tager, of the freedom of expression group PEN America, said in an interview with the Guardian.
Tager said the planned move is “clearly aimed at empowering small groups of parents to appoint themselves as censors over their state’s public libraries.”
He added that books containing sexual themes, LGBTQ characters and explorations of the impact of sexual assault could be “on the chopping board if this bill is passed.”
“The fact that a librarian could actually be imprisoned for following his or her conscience and refusing to block minors from access to a book, that tells you all you need to know about the suitability of this act within a democratic society,” said Tager, PEN’s deputy director of free-expression research and policy.
His sentiments were echoed by the Missouri Library Association, which said it was opposing the bill since it will “always stand against censorship and for the freedom to read.”
To read Ridley's entire article, click HERE

And now, a timely quote from the late Ray Bradbury....

"War begets war. Destruction begets destruction. On Earth, a century ago, in the year 2020 they outlawed our books. Oh, what a horrible thing--to destroy our literary creations that way! It summoned us out of--what? Death? The Beyond? I don't like abstract things. I don't know. I only know that our worlds and our creations called us and we tried to save them, and the only saving thing we could do was wait out the century here on Mars, hoping Earth might overweight itself with these scientists and their doubtings; but now they're coming to clean us out of here, us and our dark things, and all the alchemists, witches, vampires, and were-things that, one by one, retreated across space as science made inroads through every country on Earth and finally left no alternative at all but exodus."

--Edgar Allan Poe speaking to the ghosts of Charles Dickens and Ambrose Bierce in Ray Bradbury's short story "The Exiles" (collected in THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, 1951)