Hanging Out with Spartak!

Important people want to be seen with the star of The Chronicles of Spartak–Rising Son. Spartak is certainly not shy, more of an action adventure hero and he enjoys audiences and readers of all ages.   And he had a blast at his launch party at the San Francisco Public Library, a time he could relax […]

Spartak Makes His Public Debut!

Sixteen-year-old Spartak Jones was the center of attention at my debut public reading of The Chronicles of Spartak–Rising Son.  He is the protagonist, a teenage icon for freedom in the 22nd century as well as being photogenic and a strong silent type in the superhero Hollywood tradition (as shown in the photo on my deck).  […]

Slavery in 2016. The average cost of a slave is $90. Probably more in the U.S.

Slavery is not legal anywhere, including the United States, but it happens everywhere.  In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery.  Yet most major studies indicate it thrives there.  And it does in America.  There are believed to be more slaves in the world today than at the height of […]

Free Spartak!

Give him a home! Yes, today Spartak is out there, fighting for freedom in 2115, a teenage athlete and slave in a twisted America. And today, I am out there with him as a published author, his creator. And it’s a little scary. Sort of like the first time I ran for public office wondering […]

An action adventure about 22nd century slavery and a heroic protagonist with a fluid sense of sexuality

I admit being totally transfixed by this photo of a bald eagle. I saw one some years ago, alive and defiant, perched a few feet away at a library fundraiser for our new Environmental Center. The raptor had been injured and was brought by caregivers who were restoring it to health. They kept misting its eyes to keep it calm. I couldn’t look away.

This is the symbol of America. Ben Franklin preferred the turkey. In a letter to his daughter in 1784, he said the eagle was of bad moral character and the turkey far more respectable and “a true original Native of America.” Personally, I’m glad he lost on that issue. A turkey face is just not the same.