Rainbow's parents met during the Summer of Love. He was conceived and born in the back of a VW Bus. When he was one, they attended Woodstock (Rainbow was particularly impressed by Grace Slick's awesome voice).
As the years went on, his parents brought up their love child to be an environmentally conscious liberal embodying peace in the world. In the fullness of time, he became an environmentally conscious reactionary who believes in peace through superior firepower. Today, he fixes servers for a living but would prefer to be a supervillain plotting world domination on a remote volcanic island.
Becoming a dictator is a tough career change to pull off, so he channels his evil genius into creative writing. Mostly it is science fiction and fantasy parodies, and he aims for the golden mean of cheesiness which makes a story so bad that it's good.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started Episode 4.135557 a few years back, and it's been sitting on the shelf for a while. I've wanted to do story with space pirates for quite some time; there was an episode of Lost In Space that took the concept seriously, and it was so cheesy that I had to give the concept my own spin. The nucleus of the first part is the idea about the emergency reserves of biomethane used to power the rocket. The latest word on the Hubble Constant is that the universe is likely Euclidean, but the Riemannian theory had currency when I wrote it, so I'm sticking to it and that is the imprint the story has from the time I wrote it. The perspective that I'm writing from is 1947; this was the dawn of the Cold War, when the starry-eyed optimism of the postwar years gave way to the fact that "Uncle Joe" wasn't quite as friendly as the American public had been led to believe by the Roosevelt administration. Soon after, the USSR launched the first satellite, conducted their first nuke test (you're sure swell, Mr. and Mrs. Rosenberg, and your pals too!), and it wasn't long before we were biting our nails and worrying about ICBMs; my story captures the shift in perspective at that juncture of history. The computer technology is fairly plausible as of 1947 (though of course we have better tech now), and the BSOD was one I had worked on (though I changed one of the parameters). The speech about piracy was (ahem) inspired by a real-world young inventor annoyed about people ripping off his software. (I can't blame them too much, since he was charging five hundred bucks in mid-'70s dollars for a BASIC compiler. I'm only charging the price of a cheeseburger for my story, which also took a lot of time and research.) That sets the stage for the piracy metaphor, and as for the young inventor, he's now as rich as God.
How do you approach cover design?
I do have some artistic ability, but it takes me a very long time to come up with anything good. And I haven't picked up the art pencils in ages. Anyway, I'd like to say I slave for hours over the design with Corel Draw, but that wouldn't be the truth. For Episode 4.135667, I got some public domain images from NASA and whipped it together in MS Paint. Stir, whip, stir, whip, whip, whip, stir.
In this epic tale of thud and blunder, eight youths pretend to be in a generic medieval-style fantasy world, frequently interrupted by arguing about the role-playing game's prissy rules and driving each other up the wall. When one of them casts a spell for real, what happens next makes one of those corny 1980s books warning about the "dangers" of role-playing games seem like a walk in the park.
The sexual revolution changed the face of society, including the game of courtship. The dating scene has become very difficult for most men today, especially for those unaware of the new rules. Relying on outmoded advice, pop cultural conventions, and other misinformation will leave you behind. Take the Red Pill, find out how the game really works, and move your social life into the fast lane.
Two besties, a nerd and a redneck jock, go on a trip. The nerd discovered his Jewish heritage and is taking it up to eleven, the jock recently became a devout Muslim. Their destination is Jerusalem. Religious bickering and romantic rivalry heat things up from the beginning. Their goofy classmate goes off the rails and declares himself to be the Second Coming. Then things get much weirder.
After Ronald Reagan disappears mysteriously, another California entertainer joins the 1980 primary: Charles Manson. In the summer of 1969, he was discovered by a music promoter and his rise to stardom began. When he turns his attention to politics, his spin doctors go into overdrive to clean up his image, while conventional politicians scramble to keep up.
A couple recently moved into a master planned gated community, kept up to exacting standards by aerial surveillance, "helpful" bureaucrats, and of course the vigilant HOA. But having to worship a parking meter seems a little much. This farcical satire of suburbia illustrates that totalitarianism isn't always an iron-fisted dictatorship (yet), and it may be closer to home than one might think.
By day, Jack works for a petty tyrant at a dead end job. His version of night life is beer and TV at his filthy apartment. His minimalist approach to hygiene leaves him with no social life, so he takes matters into his own hands (for once only figuratively). But he gets quite a bit more than he bargained for when he answers the ad for "Simulacrum Spanish Fly" in the back of Wanker Magazine...
A dorky genius and a knuckle-headed linebacker take a prototype spaceplane out for a three hour tour. The navigational computer crashes, they're hopelessly stranded, and the jock ate too many beans. But at least the nerd is far from his greedy creditors and especially his control freak wife. Then he discovers the horrifying reason why he hasn't made a plug nickel from his super duper invention...