Sunday, May 8, 2016

Cannot wait for Anime Next in Atlantic City the weekend of June 9-12! I'll be there promoting my upcoming science fiction story, handing out business cards to other people there.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Update

Finished editing Chapter 1 of Book 1 for "Sojourn." Will probably have this done by summer. I am very excited about all this and am really looking forward to publishing this book.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The 'Dead or Alive: X3' Threats and the Implications on Creativity in America: A Special Report

As you all probably could have guessed, I'm an avid video gamer who enjoys playing all manner of electronic games. I'm also a science fiction writer and a huge proponent of free speech rights for everyone. So, when I saw what happened in response to the upcoming title 'Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball 3' I was deeply disturbed and honestly quite horrified. As some of you may know, 'Dead or Alive: Beach Volleyball' is a spin-off of a popular fighting game produced for the SONY PlayStation systems; the Japanese-made games are known for their highly sexualized, violent and edgy content, not unlike some of the characters I have created for my upcoming book, 'Sojourn.' Well, shortly after the game was announced by its creators, the studio received a series of threats directed at the lead game designer, threatening acts of terrorism against SONY Corporation and the murder of several high-ranking content producers at SONY, and their families. The police traced the threats to three young women in Northern California, who had written a 500-page manifesto online detailing a long list of 'horrors' committed against women throughout history, claiming that this "slaughter" must stop and that they were willing to go to "any extreme necessary" to ensure that women were 'liberated' from misogyny, outdated gender roles and male oppression, among other things. SONY Entertainment was targeted because they believed that the game, 'DOA X3,' was the 'ultimate evil' and represented everything that they despised. They planned to launch acts of terrorism in public places if the game was ever released in the United States. Terrified that people would die if the game was released in the West, today, SONY announced that DOA X3 would not be getting an English language release in America or Europe, for fear of 'outrage and terrorism.' Listen, I'm all for equal rights and progress, but this is just wrong on so many levels. It appears that, at least in this case, social justice is backsliding into the same fundamentalist radicalism that created ISIS and Al-Qaeda...and this is happening right here in the U.S.A. WAKE UP. This is NOT ok. If we are ever to truly live in a free society, people need to be ok with things that make them feel 'uncomfortable.' If you don't like something, don't buy it.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

'Sojourn' update.

Meeting with my editors tomorrow to discuss progress on Book 1. In the meantime, I've been working on Book 2 and preparing that to submit to editors once Book 1 is published. The screenplay is coming along well too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Major Concepts in 'Sojourn:' Transhumanism

One of the biggest concepts explored in my upcoming book, 'Sojourn,' is the ability to upload one's mind to an artificial carrier; I.E., transhumanism, something that will be possible some time this century. Some of the technology needed for this already exists, and there are hundreds of very intelligent people that take this idea very seriously. Take, for example, the 2045 Initiative, founded by Russian mogul Dmitri Itskov. The majority of the characters in 'Sojourn' occupy avatar bodies very similar to the ones the 2045 Initiative is currently developing, and the only issue with creating these things is currently funding. This is going to cost more money that even Itskov has, and he is going to need generous funding from many other sources. So far, this has not gone over well. However, I think my book could change all that. The problem with this concept is that most people have no idea what it even is. Whenever I talk to anyone about 'transhumanism,' they think it has something to do with transgendered people, or something like that. I think that if people see it in movies, books and popular media, they will start to get more and more interested in the concept and therefore be more likely to support such a venture as the 2045 Initiative or Ray Kurzweil's plans for Google, both of which are aiming for a 'Singularity' by the mid 2040s.

Friday, November 6, 2015

'Sojourn' excerpt: 'Takada's Cult of Love.'

In my upcoming book, 'Sojourn,' one of my main female characters runs a bizarre sexual liberation cult that focuses on a mixture of bondage sex and various religious themes from Islam, Christianity and Judaism. One of her most famous 'rituals' that she performs is a mocking reenactment of Christ's crucifixion, where she ties a willing victim to a cross and repeatedly has sex with him, while on the cross. The entire ritual is a mockery of how Christianity puts its practitioners in a sexual straightjacket, forbidding even something as benign as masturbation, let alone something like this.

Excerpt from 'Sojourn': 'Takada's Dark Fantasies involving the Prophet Mohammed..."

“Well, the example I gave from my own life was the fantasy I have about the Prophet Mohammed and his wives. In the dreams I have, I travel back in time using Republic warp technology and entering the Prophet's home in the dead of night. As I enter, I sneak into the chambers of his wives, dressed in my finest Draconis Marunae Tropica styles, holding a knife in my hand. I lean down to each woman as she sleeps and put the blade to their throats, slitting them cleanly and licking... the blood from the knife edge. Once they lay dead, I creep into the Prophet's chamber and awaken him with a whisper in his ear. Within a few seconds, he is under my spell, and all night long I violate him in every possible way, cleansing the filth of Islam from his body and changing the history of the world for the better. The point I try to make here is that humans have the same animal instincts as any other species, however, our society and culture has dulled these instincts to the point where we think of ourselves as superior to all other forms of life. My stories and actions prove that we are not. Any species that has the arrogance to call itself anything more than an animal is rather ridiculous to me.”
Ai Takada, 'Sojourn.'