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Uncle River

Uncle River
Uncle River
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Uncle River's cultural Speculative Fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing Stories, Interzone, Absolute Magnitude, Talebones, and the Year's Best Fantasy anthology, among many others. Places to look for his fiction in 2005 include Analog, Tales of The Unanticipated, Space & Time, Challenging Destiny, and Hadrosaur Tales.  He has had work on the Preliminary Nebula Ballot, and been a finalist for the Sturgeon Award.  Trained in Jungian Analysis and holding what he believes to be the world's only earned Ph.D. in Psychology of the Unconscious (Union Institute, 1974), Uncle River has lived as a hermit/writer in the mountain Southwest for the past 25 years.

Prometheus: the autobiography (Crossquarter Publishing Group, P. O. Box 8756,
Santa Fe, NM 87504, www.crossquarter.com, 165 pp., trade paperback, $13.50 +
$1.50 shipping.)  A history of Western civilization from the view of Prometheus, in
myth, story, fact, philosophy, and rant.  What sort of world does a culture produce,
which both requires individual consciousness and treats it as a crime?

"Prometheus: the autobiography acquires a numinous character from the way he
conceives and develops it with foresight and insight...". . . R. K. Singh, The
Contemporary Research Indica (India)

"We have few sages among us, what with all the distractions in the world, and
this sagacious tale needs to be heard and heeded, around campfires, in coffee
shops, and in History of the World, Part MMIII undergraduate seminars." . .
.Kathleen Kesson, Professor of Education, Long Island University

"Prometheus goes back, way back.  He's the ur-shaman, the insight-bringer,
who first organized the Cosmos for human perception....worth attending." . .
.Tom Easton, Analog Science Fiction And Fact.


Set in the real New Mexico ghost town of Mogollon where Uncle River lived for
five years, the fictitious "Mogollon News" began as a column in the Silver City
Enterprise, at the time New Mexico's oldest continuously published weekly
paper, in 1985.  The "Mogollon News" was a regular feature on Public Radio
Station KRWG, Las Cruces, from 1986-90, and has appeared as a column in several
regional newspapers.  In the nineties, it ran as a regular feature in the award-
winning British experimental Speculative Fiction periodical, BBR. Sufficiently authentic
to back-country life that Uncle River's local postmaster wondered why she didn't know
the people whose tales appeared in the paper, the "Mogollon News" series is now
complete, and compiled into book-manuscript format.


Thunder Mountain, (Mother Bird Books, 1213 Durango, Silver City, NM 88061,
www.motherbird.com, 189 pp., trade paperback, $11 + $1.50 shipping.)  Set in
the fictitious Thunder Range of remote Southwestern New Mexico, Thunder
Mountain "explores how the land can live and how human spirits can bond with
the land" (BBR). On the fringes of contemporary American society, Thunder
Mountain is a tale that calls forth the essential distinction between moral values of
both honest conventional people and honest outlaws, and the criminally immoral of
whatever style.

"Uncle River transcends mere authorship to become an authentic voice of the
abused land." . . . Paul DiFilippo, Asimov's Science Fiction

". . . a new sort of creature, perhaps related to magical realism, which I hope
gets positive notice in both of its home worlds - New Mexico regional writing
and science fiction...The way the book is structured makes an important read,
which is good since the story is pleasant and brings laughter and tears at the
right places." . . . Don Webb, The New York Review of Science Fiction.


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