A. Carter - novelist
A. CARTER - NOVELIST:
Welcome to the
awe-inspiring and official
web site of world famous Canadian
Science Fiction novelist, aging author, boy genius, futurist,
literary theorist, poète maudit, troubled visionary, and
writer Mark A. Carter.
Have I left anything out? Oh right
... and I'm handy
too, which is a rarity among the so-called
I created this
web site as a venue to share my anecdotes and to express my opinions
about this, that, and the other
or to otherwise rant. And,
yes, I also created this web site to promote my
books, essays, fiction, literature, novels, stories, tales,
If you want to
merely exist in your happy, happy, happy, censored, homogenized,
and uninspired "Cloudcuckooland",
a term coined by
Aristophanes in 514 BCE,
in his comedy The Birds,
then stick your head in the sand elsewhere. Otherwise, this web
site is sure to corrupt you with ideas.
OMG. So, buckle up
because my rants and ravings often
go to Hell in a handcart. And if you read them, you are
doomed to join me on the tormented
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."
- Edgar Allan Poe
I have edited
and reprinted an article for your
edification written by Joel
Achenbach from The Week
entitled "Why top scientists
are so worried about intelligent machines."
In my previous
rant I reflected on Vancomycin-induced
hallucinations and alien invasion.
I've done a bit
of spring cleaning, here some code
... there some code ... to make this web site a little
more user friendly. Particularly,
I have reduced the size of my intro pages. And I've done a bit
of writing as well about, you guessed
it ... Science Fiction.
rant to kick off 2016
alludes to some of the things I have been through over the past
three years. Moreso, it explains
why all of us seem to be spinning
our wheels and getting nowhere. Remember, I referred
to "revolution without resolution"
So, Happy New
Many of you have
e-mailed me over the past
year asking if I have I written a new novel. Thank you for your
encouragement, enthusiasm, and praise. Sadly, the answer is no.
I've done no new writing. But, then again, neither has
Shakespeare. Apart from writing a few
rants to entertain you, I have not begun a new
novel. But, there is one coming. Rest assured. Something
is definitely swirling around inside my head. For the time being,
my web site ramblings will
have to suffice.
I believe it
is my obligation, as a so-called high
priest of literature, to write well, to set an example
of polished writing, amid the sea
swell of swill out there on the internet. It is especially
important nowadays, during this new
literary dark age where semiliterate
Neanderthals with attention deficit disorder scrawl their
electronic one-liners with
their thumbs replete with errors all
over God's green Earth, and consider themselves published.
Heaven help us all. And damned be the
Devil that invented the exclamation point.
And yes, writing
books is my full time job, and then some. How could it be anything
but an obsession that occupies every waking and sleeping moment
of my life? J'écris donc que
je suis. For the uninitiated, that's a play on
René Descartes' "I
think therefore I am." Instead, I have written:
"I write therefore I am."
In other words, I would like to believe that my writing
I hope you find
my web site anecdotes, opinions, rants, stories, and tales amusing.
Feel free to link to any page of this web site from your own.
Read my books and send me your feedback. Start a discussion group.
Be inspired to look at the world differently. And
spread the word, baby, about my rants, me, my books,
and this web site, s'il vous plaît.
In case you've
been sleeping for a few years and have just awakened, or have
been away for twenty years
on a long sea voyage, or just arrived from a prolonged journey
through space and time, today
There you go. I'm living the dream, baby.
you proceed, you may be forced to think. It's not illegal ...
have written a little something for those of you who are needlessly
condescending and obnoxious when you discover that I am a novelist.
for those of you who think novel writing is easy, and you could
do it too, I've written a wake up
Read: Tripping the Light
Let the fiction