Archive for May, 2011

“Consciousness includes human mental processes, but it is not just a human attribute. Existing outside space and time, it was “there” “before” those two words had any meaning. In essence, space and time are conceptual artifacts that sprang from primordial consciousness. The reason that the human mind meshes with nature, mathematics, and the fundamental forces described by physics, is no accident: we mesh because we are a product of the same conceptual expansion by which primordial consciousness turned into the physical world. The difficulty with using basic terms like “concept” and “physical” is that we are accustomed to setting mind apart from matter; therefore, thinking about an atom isn’t the same as an atom. Ideas are not substances. But if elementary particles and all matter made of them aren’t substances, either, the playing field has been leveled. Quantum theory gives us a model that applies everywhere, not just at the micro level. The real question, then, isn’t how to salvage our everyday perception of a solid, tangible world but how to explore the mysterious edge where micro processes are transformed into macro processes, in other words, how Nature gets from microcosm to macrocosm. There, where consciousness acquires the nature of a substance, we must learn how to unify two apparent realities into one. We can begin to tear down walls, integrating objects, events, perceptions, thoughts, and mathematics under the same tent: all can be traced back to the same source.”

— How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe

Stone-Age Love

Just throwing up one of my favorite Frank Frazetta paintings today. 


BLACK GATE #15, a huge issue with my story “The Vintages of Dream” inside, is in the mail as you read this. It’s also available for downloading as a PDF file at:  So whether you like your fiction on paper or onscreen, BG’s got you covered.

I’m particularly pleased to share this issue with two of my good friends, Darrell Schweitzer and Fred S. Durbin. And there are so many other great stories and so much great artwork, I can’t stress it enough: This is the mag to get.

Here’s a preview of the art that goes with “The Vintages of Dream,” my story of a two-bit rogue who hits the bigtime when he robs the tower of a wine-making wizard. It’s a heist tale with an ironic edge and plenty of strange sorcery.

Ken Burles did a terrific job with the illustration:

“You are not a passive observer in the cosmos.
The entire universe is expressing itself through you at this very moment.”