Each of us was asked to provide the inspiration beyond their Science Fiction story in the collection Hey, That Robot Ate My Baby. This is mine.
This Protean Love:
Adelita Marie Salazar, the last living border agent of her precinct patrols the Tierras Oscuras, the Dark Lands, in search of her missing brother, encountering killers, and refugees, human, and machine in a futuristic world where the nature of reality is as uncertain as her future.
This Protean Love began as a solemn prayer, a spiritual love letter to the Mexican women who have fought and died defending their people. I carry their images inked to my skin, and taped to my walls. They are my witness's and my guides.
Women like Maria Santos Gorrostieta, Erika Gandara, and Hermila Garcia
My connection to these women, and this struggle is intimate, and not abstract. It's a deeply personal one. They are kindred spirits. (Erika Gandara below)
Nothing I could ever write will ever be as powerful as they were in that final moment when they refused to bow, refused to abandon their people. They are heroes in an age where we are desperate for them.
The name Adelita represents the archetype of the warrior woman (Soldaderas) of Mexico and connects to a proud tradition.
I wanted to explore concepts of love, and faith, of duty, and the nature of God and Gods place in our future, as well as acceptance of all life in the symbolic rich tradition of classic literature like Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain and Herman Melville's Moby Dick. This Protean Love is layered with dense numerological coding, and esoteric symbolism. Many books focus their theme on the spiritual but do not use occult or spiritual structures or ritual within the piece itself. They are stilllifes of the numinous, but are not designed with numinous techniques. This Protean Love's structure is metaphysical.
The last and crucial influence is Janelle Monae
The ArchAndroid was the humble template for which I have built This Protean Love upon.
In this work with the Wondaland Art Society she immaculately combined three important things: a deep, dense social-conscious message, a spell-bounding sci-fi visionary story, with beautiful music and art.
This Protean Love is a beam of light born out of a very deep, personal wound. It is the celebration of the female as a source of inspiration, and power. This Protean Love is my introduction beyond the realm of Noir vignettes, and my introduction into the Zelmer Pulp fold.
The print version is out now for Hey, That Robot Ate My Baby!