Ernest Hogan is the author of Cortez on Jupiter, High Aztech, and Smoking Mirror Blues, as well short fiction in Analog, Amazing, Tales of the Talisman, 2020 Visions, Space Horrors, Flurb, and other publications. He is working on ebookization. His progress can followed on his blog, Mondo Ernesto: http://www.mondoernesto.com, and his Chicanonautica posts on La Bloga: http://labloga.blogspot.com.
This is going to take some time travel: back to my early days as a writer, as an artist, as me. Back to my hometown of West Covina, in SoCal, just down the San Bernardino freeway from Los Angeles. It was the dreary, post-Watergate mid-Seventies.
You think things are bad in this recession?…it ain’t nothing compared to the life in the smothering fallout of Nixon. People actually thought that the world had come to an end. The future? What’s wrong with you, kid? There ain’t gonna be one! Science fiction? You gotta be kidding!