Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A Wonderful Contest: Win A Copy of HARD DRIVE

This is really fantastic: the great folks at Tickle.life have put together a contest to be judged by
little ol' me - and the prize is a copy of my new book, Hard Drive: The Best SciFi Erotica Of M.Christian!

What's even more fun is that the contest is to write a story about what kind of technology you want to see in the future!

So get writing and maybe you'll get a copy of Hard Drive!

Check out the details in this flyer -and to submit go to Tickle.life here.




Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hard Drive: Thanks so much, Lisabet!

This is beyond special: check out this very-lovely write-up my pal Lisabet Sarai posted about my new book, Hard Drive: The Best Sci-Fi Erotica of M.Christian!

Here's an except - for the full thing just click here.


When I heard about the release of Hard Drive, M. Christian’s newly released collection of science fiction erotica, I offered to put up a post for him on my blog. However, I soon realized it would be disingenuous to pretend that he was just another author, that this was just another bit of social media promotion. I’ve known M.Christian for a long time—at least fifteen years—and I’ve always been a fan of his erotic fiction.

No, scratch that. I’m not a “fan”. That implies slavish adoration. I am a discerning and appreciative reader. He’s one of the most imaginative and versatile authors I’ve encountered. He writes everything from horror to romance, sci-fi to stroke. He can create believably erotic scenarios involving characters who are straight, gay, lesbian, and completely unlabeled. Even after all these years, he can still surprise me.

We’ve read and reviewed each other’s work over the decades. He has edited my stories for his collections; I’ve done the same for him, including his single author altruistic erotica volume Coming Together Presents: M. Christian, which supports Planned Parenthood

So I can’t really claim to be objective when it comes to M. Christian. He’s not only a valued colleague but a friend.

Still, you should believe me when I tell you this book is a treat. Hard Drive collects the best of his speculative erotica tales, a genre that’s one of both his favorites and my own, published over his long career.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Sexual Futurism Celebration Continues: Great Review of Finger's Breadth!

This is so very, very, VERY cool: check out this lovely review of the audiobook version of my queer erotic sci-fi novel Finger's Breadth from Gay Book Reviews!

You can order the audiobook here - and the ebook version is also available on Amazon.


I am generally bored with the extensive sex scenes in a contemporary romance genre but I love gay erotica, the cradle of the boys’ love genre and all LGBTQ sub-genres that have been resulted from the mother-father of the LGBTQ fiction.

We can have long discussions about broad disparities between the genres and sub-genres and their missions but, without appearing too vulgar, no doubts, the main target of erotic literature is to arouse the reader sexually.

To write GOOD erotica is not easy, don’t underestimate it. Not only sexual fantasy has to be impressive in its own way, but the PLOT itself and the WRITING have to be in har­mo­ny with each other. M. Christian with his Finger’s Breadth met all the criteria for a fascinating erotic novel. Not what I expected, but it made this book even more impressive.

I won’t qualify it as horror, but I read not too many horror books to be a judge. There is a touch of romance, suspense, psychological thriller and a social satire. It is kinky and philosophical. Erotic. Terrifying. Fascinating. Disturbing. Intriguing. Haunting.

A gay community of San Francisco is terrified, anxious and insecure. A maniac is at large with an eye for mutilation. No one is safe from him. He drugs his victims and cuts off the top of their little fingers. Cops and freelance agents are hunting him but all they have are dead-end leads. The number of gay men with nine and a half fingers grows up and with it a spirit of solidarity. You have still 10 fingers? Maybe you ARE the Cutter?

We learn from different men and the way they deal with the fears and handle their lives in these gloomy times. It is like an analogy of a short stories that in some way are connected with each other. But WHO does it and in the first place WHY. Don’t expect a clear statement at the end, don’t hope too early that you get it, and you know what is going on here. Very intriguing.

I listened to an audiobook, and I would like particularly to mention an extraordinary writing style that A.A. Ron, the narrator, emphasizes even more.

It has an invisible strong rhythm that is SIMPLY impossible not to hear. Very creative and captivating.

A.A. Ron did a fantastic job. I have to admit, it was not love from the first tone. His style appeared a bit robotic. But once the story started to unfold, his voice grew on me and I asked myself how I couldn’t have seen it from the very beginning.

I’m glad to discover M.Christian, a new interesting writer of erotica genre. My first but for sure not the last book by the author.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A SexualFuturist Celebration: Future Of Sex


I've had a lot of writing gigs over the years but my all-time favorite has to be Future Of Sex! How much of a favorite? Well, check this out I just wrote my 200th ARTICLE for them! Rock and roll!

Check out all of my articles here: https://futureofsex.net/author/m-christian.

Monday, July 2, 2018

In The Puzzle Palace

Check it out, folks, my new hobby - a cyberpunk (ish) art blog: In the Puzzle Palace!  I'm also putting some of my artwork up on my Instagram as well.  

Here are some samples:





Monday, June 25, 2018

HARD DRIVE - And The Winner Is ...

After asking everyone here on my site as well as with people on Tumbr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook the verdict has come in ... and the winner for the cover of my upcoming book,
HARD DRIVE: The Best Sci-Fi Erotica Of M.Christian is...

Ta-da!



Stay tuned for more info on when 
HARD DRIVE: The Best Sci-Fi Erotica Of M.Christian 
will be available!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Hard Drive - Help Me Pick A Cover!

This is flat-out AMAZING!  Frankie Hill at Sizzler Editions has always done fantastic covers but this time ... well, wow and more wows: Frankie has done not just one but THREE staggering covers for my upcoming collection, Hard Drive: The Best SciFi Erotica of M.Christian.

The problem is I have no clue which one to pick!  That's why I'm asking the three or four people who are nice enough to still be checking out my site to help me choose. 

So just share in the comments which you like the best and that will help me make my mind up!

Cover 1:


Cover 2:  


Cover 3:

Friday, May 19, 2017

FIVE TO THE FUTURE - Only .99 for a limited time!

Here's your chance to read the very fun (if I do say so myself) anthology I put together with Ernest Hogan, Emily Devenport, Cynthia Ward, and Arthur Byron Cover - especially as, for a short time, it is now just 99 cents ... and FREE if you have Amazon Unlimited.


TOP 100 IN SF ANTHOLOGIES AMAZON KINDLE -5 THRILLING PEEKS INTO THE FUTURE FROM 5 VISIONARY WRITERS!

What will tomorrow look like? Here are five speculative answers from top science fiction authors.

Another outrageous act of science fiction by self-described “recombocultural Chicano mutant” Ernest Hogan, a soul-touching tale of furry friends and bittersweet affection by Emily Devenport, a neon-highlighted '80s love letter to a classic anime by Cynthia Ward, a multi-dimensionally kaleidoscopic tale of love beyond reality by Arthur Byron Cover, and M.Christian’s standout novelette about the Soviet-era practice of smuggling Western music impressed onto discarded X-rays.

The contributors:

M.Christian‘s published fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers, erotica and even non-fiction. His fantasy and science fiction have appeared in Talebones, Space & Time Magazine, Skull Full of Spurs, Graven Images, Horror Garage, Song of Cthulhu, and other science fantasy publications. The best of his short SF/H/F has been published in the collection Love Without Gun Control. Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Mike Resnick has hailed M.Christian’s sf as "unique and truly fascinating." In addition to writing, he is a prolific and respected anthologist whose credits include The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi), and many more.

Arthur Byron Cover is the author of the Nebula-nominee novel Autumn Angels, part of his Great Mystery trilogy, a saga of godlike men—which also includes An East Wind Coming, a novel pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper. His short stories have been widely anthologized, and often selected for The Year’s Best Horror Stories and other collections. He has also written works set in the Buffyverse and in Asimov’s Foundation Universe.

Emily Devenport is the author of Shade, Larissa, Scorpianne, EggHeads, The Kronos Condition, GodHeads, Broken Time (which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award), Belarus, and Enemies. Her newest novels, The Night Shifters and Spirits of Glory, are in ebook form on Amazon, Smashwords, and more. She is currently working on a novel based on her popular novelette, “The Servant.” Her short stories were published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Full Spectrum, The Mammoth Book of Kaiju, Uncanny, Cicada, Science Fiction World, Clarkesworld, and Aboriginal SF, whose readers voted her a Boomerang Award (which turned out to be an actual boomerang).

Ernest Hogan is a six-foot tall Aztec leprechaun who was born in East LA back in the Atomic Age. Because he is the author of High Aztech, Smoking Mirror Blues, and Cortez on Jupiter, he is considered to be the Father of Chicano Science Fiction. His short fiction has appeared in Amazing Stories, Analog, Science Fiction Age, and many other publications.

Cynthia Ward has published stories in Asimov's Science Fiction, Shattered Prism, Weird Tales, Athena's Daughters (Silence in the Library Publishing), and other anthologies and magazines. Her stories "Norms" and "#rising" made the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2011 and 2014. She edited the anthologies Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West Volumes One and Two for WolfSinger Publications. Her short alternate-history novel, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, is now available from Aqueduct Press.

These prescient and creative minds join forces to offer you a don't-miss anthology of the year!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hollow Pursuits: A Review Of Ghost In The Shell (2017)



It may have taken me a bit of time, but after seeing Rupert Sanders’s 2017 Ghost In The Shell on Friday I’ve finally come up with what I think is the perfect word to sum up the experience.

Sadness.

Not that the film itself is depressing, per se, but what it says about the producers--and what they think of their audience.

Ghost In The Shell’s Long History

As a matter of full disclosure, I am a pretty hardcore Ghost In The Shell aficionado.  I enjoyed Masamume Shirow’s manga when it first came out, way back in 1989 -- though, not understanding a word of Japanese, I had no idea what was going on.  I saw Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 film opening weekend in the US -- and the same with his sequel, Ghost In The Shell: Innocence.  I’ve seen every episode of each TV incarnation of the franchise: Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex; Ghost In The Shell: 2nd Gig, and Ghost In The Shell: Arise.  I could call myself a completist but I have yet to see the Ghost In The Shell on stage.  And, yes, that’s a real thing (in Tokyo in 2015).

So, suffice it to say, when I heard that my beloved Ghost was going to be Americanized--and be whitewashed by having Scarlett Johansson in the lead--I was more than a bit skeptical.

And, guess, what, I was right: the new Ghost In The Shell is, to be pretty obvious, a shell of not just what it came from but what it could have been.

But that’s not the sad part.

A Quick Guide To Ghost In The Shell

For those unfortunate not to have read or see anything of the original Ghost In The Shell franchise, here’s a quick synopsis of the basics: in the near future when augmentations and enhancements have become commonplace, even to the point of many people having completely artificially bodies (save for their brain) “Major” Motoko Kusanagi is a member of Public Security Section 9: a Japanese anti-terrorist task force specializing in cyber-terrorism.  A full-body cyborg, the Major is possibly one of the most kick-ass anime characters out there--and considering how many anime characters to more than their fare share of ass-kicking that’s saying a lot.

Public Security Section 9 is headed by gruff but brilliant Aramaki and also includes the mostly human Togusa; the (literally) steely-eyed sniper, Saito; Pazu, who may or may not be a former Yakuza; and a few too many others to name.  Finally there’s Batou: who comes pretty close to the Major when it comes to posterior-impacting.

Yet More Whitewashing

Back to the new film, let’s begin by getting the whitewashed elephant out into the open.  When Hollywood is already getting some much deserved flack for consistently casting white actors and actresses in the roles of established non-white characters the decision to put Johansson in Ghost In The Shell was at best foolish at worst completely insulting.

You could almost (almost!) look beyond the decision if the film handled it creatively.  Instead, and I won’t get into spoiler-territory here, the big reveal is even more disturbing.  It’s as if those involved were laughing at anyone who had voiced any concern about the casting.  Even more troubling is that they invented a character, Ladriya (played by Danusia Samal) whose only existence seems to give the cast more diversity.  

Does It Stand Alone?  No

Believe it or not, I actually can screen out the everything that came before 2017’s live action Ghost In The Shell: seeing it without really seeing the manga, the movies, the shows--everything that came before it.  

And, guess what, it still doesn’t work.  

The dialogue is so bad it’s almost a Mystery Science Theater 3000 audition tape.  One particular scene makes me wince in retrospect: a conversation among the Section 9 members that seems to drop the painfully outdated term “cyber” a dozen or so times--it’s as as if the screenwriters Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger were laughing at the source material.

Then there’s the actors actually speaking this dialogue.  Sure, you have some top-notch talent involved--including Japanese legend 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano as Aramaki--but they all seem to be on the verge of looking at the audience with a “can you really believe I’m saying this?” expression.

Scarlett Johansson is pretty, but then she always is, but instead of being a supposedly custom-built killing machine having a crisis of identity she instead always in need of a long nap.  In what were no doubt supposed to be scenes of intense and meaningful self-discovery I kept expecting her to give out a long, deep yawn.

Then there the visuals.  Sure, some of them are pretty, but other films did a much better job of depicting a gritty urban future.  Much has been said of the production values and I do have to give credit to Weta Workshop for some fine SFX but when a painfully trite moment of direction, or an equally painful line of dialogue interrupts, all the pretty pictures are just so much lipstick on a pig.

Then there’s the direction, and while this isn’t the source of my sadness it’s getting damned close.  Practically every seen in the new Ghost In The Shell is a direct copy of a scene from the original animated film, the sequel and even various episodes of the assorted TV series.  Like a scene in the new film?  I’ll bet you hard currency that it’s either based on or maybe even a complete copy from a previous, and so much better, iteration of Ghost In The Shell.  

A homage is one thing--but I’m surprised the director hasn’t been sued for cinematic plagiarism.

And now we get to this reviewer’s above-mentioned one word description of the live-action Ghost In The Shell.

In A Word: Dumb

You can say lots of things about the the manga, the original film, the sequel, the various TV versions and I’ll pretty much agree with you: slow, impenetrable, tedious, confusing … even pretentious.  But one thing you could never say about any of them is that they were stupid.

To put it bluntly: the new live action Ghost In The Shell is painfully stupid.  

In addition to the production’s infuriating disregard for concerns about the whitewashing, and a plot that pretty much mocks anyone who expressed it, the film makes practically no sense.   From the opening cards to the last line the film is clear that it doesn’t just disrespect it’s audience but thinks it’s too stupid to understand what made every incarnation of Ghost In The Shell so fascinating.

Instead of exploring--as the other films and such do--what it means to be ‘human’ (especially if the only thing left of you is your brain), dealing with complex and intriguing ideas like the vanishing mediator and a stand alone complex, metaphysics … and even the afterlife, the new Ghost In The Shell has a frothing villain, Cutter (played by Peter Ferdinando), who shoots characters for no reason except to shout at the audience “I’M EVIL.”

To resort to a rather silly, but apt, cooking metaphor: the new film took everything from every version of Ghost In The Shell, put it into a blender, hit frappe, and then pushed it through a strainer.  Except, instead of getting the juice of what makes Ghost In The Shell so memorable and magnificent they gave us the nasty pulp.

Want further evidence?  Perhaps one of the most beautiful moments in Mamoru Oshii’s original film, and echoed in his Ghost In The Shell: Innocence, is the opening: the elegant technological ballet that’s the creation of a cyborg.  Set to Kenji Kawai supremely beautiful music the scene, to this day, elicits a deep-body shiver of awe.

And then there’s the Americanized version: a pale--okay, let’s call it whitewashed--version set to, of course, a paint-by-numbers Western-type soundtrack.  They do use the original Kenji Kawai music, though--at the end, over the credits … when people are leaving the theater.  

It’s like a final screw-you to the fans.

To be fair, Mamoru Oshii--director of the two anime films--has come out in favor of the new film.  And for those who are total purists I give a gentle reminder that the Japanese love to reinvent their movies and shows--and that every version of Ghost In The Shell has done that, and then some, many times.

I can’t speak for the legendary Oshii but at least when the Japanese relaunch and recreated Ghost they did it always keeping what makes every film and show to great: Intelligence.

Yes, this is a sad film: a testament to how little Hollywood thinks of you.  Clearly, they are saying, you aren’t smart enough to understand Ghost In The Shell.  So here’s some explosions, lots of gunfights, pretty pictures, a bad guy to hate, and a sexy white woman who can drool over.

It Actually Could Have Been Good

What’s even more infuriating is that the film could have been wonderful.  Give the reigns back to Oshii--he’s done live-action before--bring the music of Kenji Kawai to a new audience.  

I’d even accept Scarlett Johansson as the Major … and before you throw those rocks let me explain: in the movies and the series the Major is a full body cyborg, her shell is often referred to as a stock model, chosen not for aesthetics but performance.  There’s even a scene in the original film when she sees what appears to be a doppelganger of herself-- except it’s another person wearing the same style body.  Why not have a scene where she explains that all that’s important is her “ghost,” her consciousness, and that the body is just one that suits her needs?  Hell, in the series she’s even worn male ones.  You could even have a fight with an adversary that’s also wearing a Scarlett Johansson body.

There are all kinds of things this new film could have done.  It could have been as memorable and haunting as the films, full of fascinating concepts, interesting characters, stunning visuals, amazing music … but, no: we have a dumb movie created by people who think that’s what Western audiences are.

Love Your Ghost

If there’s a ray of sunshine in all this is that this film might intrigue a few people, enough to check out the original animated films and the various TV versions.  

If you do I think you’ll be in for a truly special experience.  Just one though: it will make you think.

And, believe me, that’s a wonderful thing.