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Welcome to the awe-inspiring and official web site of world famous Canadian Speculative 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 Literati. Ha.

Years ago, when I sat with Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and told him that I was an aspiring Science Fiction novelist, he lit another Pall Mall, took a long drag on the cigarette, and spoke while he exhaled. What he said was this: "Young man, be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Then he went on to tell me how he had mysteriously been classified as a Science Fiction novelist himself. And he was vexed by it. Some thirty years have passed since that meeting. And here I am. Alas.

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If, after discovering that I am a Science Fiction or a Speculative Fiction novelist, your first, burning, and utterly ambiguous question is: "What kind of books do you write?" then you have missed the point. And as the CHANCE card in the Parker Brothers board game Monopoly sometimes commands: Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. Go directly to: Tripping the Light Fantastic and read what I have to say about kind and that kind of people.

For the rest of you, 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, novels, stories, and tales. There you go. I'm living the dream, baby. So, let the fiction begin.

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 is .

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WARNING:  If you proceed, you may be forced to think. It's not illegal yet.

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 downhill ride.

"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." - Edgar Allan Poe

WHAT'S NEW? Polymorphous perverts gaming and texting on their cell phones instead of interacting with the people around them is the subject of my latest rant. Read: Antisocial.

Not since the 1968 film The Green Slime are Coming has a film been made with outer space as the backdrop that is so utterly devoid of a story. Yes, I'm talking about the 2013 film Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuarón Orozco. Read my rant: Gravity.

More than being a good story teller, the good writer must first be a good liar. Yes, I said liar. The concept of Impossible Probabilities and Probable Impossibilities all comes down to an admixture of truth and lies and lies and truth that a good writer must use to manipulate the reader. Read: Fiction Bubble.

OTHER RECENT RANTS: Christmas 2013 has just come and gone. Nevertheless, for those who care to read it, I have included the Nativity chapter from Hephzibah of Heaven. In it, I describe the Son of God descending from Heaven to Earth with four sister Seraphs who have been assigned to protect him while he walks among us as Jesus of Nazareth. Read: Edict.

Dismissed, maligned, and ridiculed Science Fiction writers and SETI scientists rejoice. New research indicates that twenty per cent of the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy have Earth-like planets in the habitable zone. That's 8.8 billion Earths-like planets in our galaxy alone. And there are billions of galaxies. Read: Earths Everywhere.

What the world needs now is a different type of propulsion system to get us off this ball of wax. Read: Conceptual Breakthrough: the need for faster-than-light speed.

NASA takes its Science Fiction and its science seriously. Read: NASA warp drive.

What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is, of course, that Science Fiction came first. Read: Future War.

As a ghoulish pre-Hallowe'en treat for my avid readers, I have taken a second look at some old material. Read: Doomsday Revisited.

Do you suffer from writer burn out? It happens to us all. Don't fear it. Embrace it. Understand it. Read: Writer's Block.

ALSO: Frankenstein, Recycling, Thought Crime ...

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.

Also, 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. Read: Sexting.

But I get ahead of myself.

And yes, writing books is a 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 defines me.

CURRENT BOOK RELEASE:

Tellusian Seed and Thea of the Seraphim have been translated into French at long last. They are available in Trade Paperback and in Kindle Edition.

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Hold onto your hat. There are more books by Mark A. Carter - novelist. And yes, Virginia, they are written in English.

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For those of you who are out of the loop where my books are concerned, here is the scoop: Hephzibah of Heaven is the Mythpunk novel that began it all. It is about what once was, what is, and what shall be.

It is about a Seraphim in love with Christ at the time of the crucifixion, who punishes mankind for what he has done to her beloved; and, in turn, is banished from Heaven and forced to walk the Earth for two thousand years. It is about good versus evil and how human beings fit into the mix. It is about the end of the old world and the beginning of the new. It is about belief.

Thea of the Seraphim is the Mythpunk prequel. The first part of the novel is about Angels, Demons, God, Lucifer, and the War of Heaven that once was. And the second part is about a young human girl named Alex with a passion for dioramas that alter reality who is stolen from our world by Satan to change Hell. And it is about our part as Dream Warriors in the War of Hell that continues to this day.

And Tellusian Seed is the Mythpunk sequel. It is about the first creature outside of Heaven to evolve into a God. It is about a human girl on the New Earth who travels to Heaven as Quetzalcoatl, meets God Almighty face to face, and receives his blessing. And it is about her timely return to Heaven as Tezcatlipoca, when all is said and done, to perform the ultimate task. And then ...

WHAT'S NEXT?
Psycho-Thrillers, French translations, and my first Book of Rants ... oh my. Read: Coming Soon.

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