"Decline and Fall of Alternative Civilization" is G. S. Oldman's debut novel. He won't reveal the number of Midwest motorcycles and skateboards he's destroyed, but he has published poems and essays in zines that barely existed, wrote for newspapers, contributed to journals like Thrasher, No Mag, Forced Exposure, Flipside and Option. Filling spaces in X-rated prose and film scripts, however, convinced him not to take his clothes off. In the 1990s, he served time in the backrooms of arts and music promotion in Austin, TX (since someone had to write those blurbs, bios and phony reviews) but after Hurricane Katrina, he escaped back to the heartland where all hell did not break loose, and no one could claim the wreck of the Deepwater Horizon was his fault. Mr. Oldman now lives somewhere in Michigan searching for secret U-boat bases.