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 Literati. Ha.

Mark A. Carter - novelist

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  Creation of Adam, by Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, painted as a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel circa 1511-1512

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 writing in Windsor, Ontario, of all places in the known universe. My physical location doesn't matter as much nowadays as it may have decades ago. The resources available to me through the internet have made living and writing feasible anywhere. And it isn't my external environment that is important to my writing anyway. It is all about what is going on in a head that is usually out there like Pluto.

When people ask me where I live, I am tempted to say, with a tip of the hat to Rod Serling: "I am imprisoned in the Outer Limits, with day trips to the Twilight Zone for good behavior." Nonetheless, but mostly because I live in a beef and potatoes working town, it is now my turn to be vexed with the label:  Science Fiction. People just don't get it although it exists all around them. Alas.

If, after discovering that I am a Science Fiction novelist, and I get this all the time, your first, boring beyond belief, burning, utterly disingenuous, weird and wonderful question is: "What kind of books do you write?" then you have missed the point entirely. And I am forced to quote Josephine Saxton who posed the question, "Did your mother only breast-feed one of your heads?"

As the CHANCE card in the Parker Brothers board game Monopoly 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, essays, fiction, literature, novels, stories, tales, and tomes. There you go. I'm living the dream, baby. 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 .

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

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.

WHAT'S NEW? For those of you who have e-mailed asking why my novels aren't out in hardcover, I have heard your laments.

Thea of the Seraphim is now available in professional US trade hardcover binding with 100# full color gloss dust jacket, black and white interior ink on 50# cream paper, blue linen hardback with gold spine, and 178 pages for $39.95 USD.

Support independent publishing: Buy Thea at Lulu.com.

Tellusian Seed is now available in professional US trade hardcover binding with 100# full color gloss dust jacket, black and white interior ink on 50# cream paper, blue linen hardback with gold spine, and 192 pages for $37.95 USD.

Support independent publishing: Buy Seed at Lulu.com.

I have been waiting for months for the North American release of Jupiter Ascending. And I attended its premiere performance. Read my film review: Jupiter Ascending: stink, stank, stunk.

To refute Arthur C. Clarke's opinion that machines will never be able to think, I have reprinted an article from CNN about the synaptic, supercomputer brain, the size of a postage stamp, that has just been created by IBM. Read: IBM Builds Brain.

In response to the news earlier this year that Google is now in the robot business, I have been on an android, intelligent machine, and killer robot stint of late. It made me revisit some research material I have had kicking around since the days of my graduate work. And so, in light of my recent obsession, I have edited an essay by Arthur C. Clarke that is still applicable today. Read: Can a machine think?

In case you've had your head stuck in the sand, robots are indeed coming fast. And I don't mean maids to tidy your dwelling. I mean military robots of all kinds. Did you know that the next war is expected to be a robot war? Policy is being discussed now. I have reprinted an article for your edification. Read: Killer Robots.

I watched the film The Machine recently and was impressed with the message. So, I have written an anatomy of the film, to educate readers who have only recently submerged themselves in Science Fiction, about how our fascination with robots began and how it has progressed to this point. Read: Anatomy of The Machine.

Be scared. Be very scared. Armies all over the world are developing killer robots at an alarming rate. And it does not bode well for us human beings. Yes, I'm talking Terminator, baby. And if you are relying on movies to show you advanced robot technology, forgetaboutit. They are way behind showing you the real deal. For your edification, I have reprinted an article by Physicist Louis Del Monte. Read: Robot Takeover.

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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.

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.


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


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 ...

Hardcover Editions, Psycho-Thrillers ... maybe, and my first Book of Rants ... oh my. Read: Coming Soon.

Now you know.

from the imagination of Mark A. Carter - novelist

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