Born in 1952, G.A. Matiasz was a late hippie and an early punk. He began self-publishing at 17 with a high school underground newpaper, and burned his draft card at age 18. Essays from his publication Point-Blank/San Diego’s Daily Impulse have been reprinted in Semiotext[e] USA, the Utne Reader, and War Resisters’ League’s short-lived youth publication SPEW! He has also published essays in Against The Wall, the New Indicator, Draft NOtices, and the San Diego Newsline. His first science fiction novel End Time: Notes on the Apocalypse was published by AK Press and was reprinted in Portuguese by a Brazilian publisher, Conrad Livros. He lives in San Francisco, where he write a monthly column of news analysis and political commentary for Maximum Rocknroll under the name “Lefty” Hooligan. 1% Free is published through his business 62 Mile Press.
Jesse Steinfeld questions charismatic local activist David Pickett’s suspicious death as unrest mounts in the San Francisco of 2023. Mayhem, rioting, murder, and the Mission Commune explode, bringing the city to the brink of social insurrection. Jesse realizes nothing is as it seems when today’s full-tilt street politics collide with tomorrow’s slow-motion apocalypse in this speculative mystery.
War and civil war rage across the globe. The US is fighting a counterinsurgency war against Zapatistas in southern Mexico. In a small town north of San Francisco, draft-aged Greg Kovinski, and fellow anti-war college students, gain possession of enough bomb grade material to build a nuclear weapon. Civil unrest explodes and Oakland rises in revolution to become the 21st century’s Paris Commune.