Sunday, January 16, 2011


After a too-long absence, Savage Steve Willner unleashes this phantasmagoria of psychedelic madness on the interwebs. If all of this digital gadgetry was invented for anything it was to take us into the deepest inner reaches of the collective unconscious that Steve is able to reach. Note such initiatory mindmemes as the morphing pattern fields, which I once thought were a little quirk of my own damaged brains.

There's a brand spanking new interview up with yours truly on UFOMystic. The theme is the sadly shrinking common ground between sci-fi fandom and the Weirdness communities, and a review of some of the most powerful collisions between the two (PKD, Quatermass, etc.). Read all about it here.

It was quite a busy week or so. Aside from the UFOMystic confab, there's a string of new SHRnR interviews up for your listening pleasure:
There's a big piece on the Voice of America website that you can read (and hear) here. Some distinctly non-Secret Sun type comments going on there. Is it my imagination or are huge swathes of the Internet beginning to resemble Dante's Inferno? By huge swathes I mean the comments sections on all of the major websites. Click here to listen.

Then I did a very indepth interview with Cosmic Gnostic that covered some of the rock 'n' roll stuff in the first half. In the second half we really dig into the foundations of The Secret Sun and the whole concept of pop culture scrying. Click here to listen.

Then there's New Realities, which digs into the spiritual dimensions of music, rock 'n' roll specifically but not exclusively. We talk a lot about culture formation and the shamanistic undertones that inform it and drive it all along. Click here to listen.


  1. Thanks for posting that

    I saw every single archetype
    or religious symbol known
    to mankind in that piece.

    As a Catholic I was not offended
    and enjoyed all the references
    to Christ.

  2. Awesome. I've got so much going on at the moment, but I can always find time for the Secret Sun. Will definitely check out the interviews.


  3. Finally! Chris Knowles meets Alan Steinefeld.

  4. Real total war has become information war -- it is being fought now...


    What happened here?

    Did the angels, those non-earthly, non-local intelligences, force Kelly's consciousness into resonance with a language pattern coded into our very DNA?

    Dr. Dee Meets the ETs

    During the spring of 1581, John Dee had a close encounter with an angel. He was praying in the chapel of his Mortlake home when a sharp rapping sound drew him to the curtained windows. Throwing aside the drapes, John Dee came face to face with a shining being floating a full 12 feet off the ground. The being gestured for Dee to open the window. When he did, the shining figure handed him a smoky quartz egg about the size of a baby's head. Dee took the quartz egg, and the figure vanished.

    It is easy, from a modern perspective, to dismiss this incident as a superstitious legend, but the crystal still exists, on display in the Manuscript Room of the British Museum. Dr. Dee kept careful records and made notes almost obsessively. We have notes on the construction of his other scrying glasses, as these types of crystals were known, but nothing, except the above incident, about the smoky quartz egg. Even Dee's first biographer, Meric Causabon, who was anything but sympathetic, simply reports the origin of the crystal without comment.

    However strange this encounter may be, it is the use Dee made of his angelic gift that is the crux of the story.

    John Dee was born in 1527 and his formative years were colored by the religious turmoil brought on by the Reformation. Dee's family, through which he would later claim distant kinship with Queen Elizabeth, arrived in London in the wake of Henry Tudor's coronation as Henry VII. His father was a gentlemen's gentleman for Henry VIII, and John Dee's character was molded in a climate of religious protest and reaction. By the time he went up to Cambridge at fifteen, he was searching for a resolution to the problem of religious authority, seeking a type of spiritual science that could supply insight into the workings of nature by infusing the natural world with mystical meaning.

    After studying at Cambridge and Louvain, Dee achieved the status of renaissance celebrity in 1550 with a lecture on mathematics and the spiritual aspect of number at the University of Paris. During the reign of Edward VI, Dee became involved in the political maneuverings around the throne and by the summer of 1555 found himself in prison on an unspecified ecclesiastical charge. Catholic Mary, "Bloody Mary," had succeeded the young Edward and times were tough for Protestant mathematicians and magicians, especially for those known to have cast horoscopes of the Queen. Dee spent three months in prison. His cellmate went to the stake, as did over six hundred others, for witchcraft and heresy.

    Dee survived his trial and lived to joke about it with his new patron, Queen Elizabeth I, who was also accused in the plot. Soon after her coronation, he was proclaimed the Royal Astrologer and given, specifically, freedom from ecclesiastical harassment. Dee settled in at his family home, Mortlake, which would eventually house the largest library of its time in all of Europe. Only the great national collections of the next century surpassed it. In the early 1580's Dee listed over 4000 thousand volumes, 3000 printed books and over 1000 in manuscript. The libraries of Oxford and Cambridge together numbered less than a quarter of that total. Mortlake acted as the Elizabethan equivalent of a university research center, and it was said that the library contained the whole of renaissance thought.

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  5. Dune Quotes -- Part 1


    The Waters of Life

    The Waters of Life are flowing down

    From heavens' mounts in sacred streams,

    Refreshing bodies and spirits and souls,

    Of those of us who love to dream . . .

    The Waters of Life are washing over

    This blood-soaked earth of bitter strife,

    Diluting pain and fear and death,

    Transmuting darkness into light . . .


    Dune Quotes - Dune: A world beyond your imagination

    "I will not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total oblivion. I will face my fear; let it pass over me, through me. And when it is gone I will turn my inner eye to the path it has taken and there will be nothing. Only I will remain."


    "He who can destroy a thing, controls a thing."

    .:Paul Muad'dib:.

    "Not in the mood?! Mood's a thing for cattle and love play... not fighting."

    .:Gurney Halleck:.

    "There is no single set of limits for all men. Universal prescience is an empty myth. Only the most powerful local currents of Time may be foretold. But in an infinite universe, local can be so gigantic that your mind shrinks from it."

    .:Paul Muad'Dib:.

    "There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry, elegance, and grace -- those qualities you find always in that which the true artist captures. You can find it in the turning of the seasons, in the way the sand trails along a ridge, in the branch clusters of the creosote bush or the pattern of its leaves. We try to copy these patterns in our lives and our society, seeking the rhythms, the dances, the forms that comfort. Yet it is possible to see the peril in the finding of ultimate perfection. It is clear that the ultimate pattern contains its own fixity. In such perfection, all things move toward death."

    .:"The Collected Sayings of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan:.

    "There exists no separation between gods and men; one blends softly casual to the other."

    .:Proverbs of Muad'Dib:.

    "Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself -- a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred."

    .:The Apocrypha of Muad'Dib:.

    "This is the fallacy of power: ultimately it is effective only in an absolute, a limited universe. But the basic lesson of our relativistic universe is that things change. Any power must always meet a greater power. Paul Muad'Dib taught this lesson to the Sardaukar on the Plains of Arrakeen. His descendants have yet to learn the lesson for themselves."

    .:The Preacher at Arrakeen:.

    "Humankind periodically goes through a speedup of its affairs, thereby experiencing the race between the renewable vitality of the living and the beckoning vitiation of decadence. In this periodic race, any pause becomes luxury. Only then can one reflect that all is permitted; all is possible."

    .:The Apocrypha of Muad'Dib:.


  6. Dune Quotes -- Part 2

    "I think what a joy it is to be alive, and I wonder if I'll ever leap inward to the root of this flesh and know myself as one I was. The root is there. Whether any act of mine can find it, that remains tangled in the future. But all things a man can do are mine. Any act of mine may do it."

    .:The Ghola Speaks -- Alia's Commentary:.

    "There exists a limit to the force even the most powerful may apply without destroying themselves. Judging this limit is the true artistry of government. Misuse of power is the fatal sin. The law cannot be a tool of vengeance, never a hostage, nor a fortification against the martyrs it has created. You cannot threaten any individual and escape the consequences."

    .:Muad'Dib on Law -- The Stilgar Commentary:.

    "It is said of Muad'Dib that once when he saw a weed trying to grow between two rocks, he moved one of the rocks. Later, when the weed was seen to be flourishing, he covered it with the remaining rock. "That was its fate," he explained."

    .:The Stilgar Commentary:.

    "Peace demands solutions, but we never reach living solutions; we only work toward them. A fixed solution is, by definition, a dead solution. The trouble with peace is that it tends to punish mistakes instead of rewarding brilliance."

    .:The Words of My Father: an account of Muad'Dib reconstructed by Harq al-Ada:.

    "To know a thing well, know its limits. Only when pushed beyond its tolerances will true nature be seen."

    .:The Amtal Rule:.

    "The person who takes the banal and ordinary and illuminates it in a new way can terrify. We do not want our ideas changed. We feel threatened by such demands. "I already know the important things!" we say. Then Changer comes and throws our old ideas away."

    .:The Zensufi Master:.

    "Ultimately, all things are known because you want to believe you know."

    .:Zensunni Koan:.

    "Answers are a perilous grip on the universe. They can appear sensible yet explain nothing."

    .:The Zensunni Whip:.

    "The true warrior often understands his enemy better than he understands his friends. A dangerous pitfall if you let understanding lead to sympathy as it will naturally do when left unguided."

    .:The Bashar Miles Teg:.

    "Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders."

    .:Law and Governance -- The Spacing Guild Manual:.

    "When I set out to lead humanity along my Golden Path I promised a lesson their bones would remember. I know a profound pattern humans deny with words even while their actions affirm it. They say they seek security and quiet, conditions they call peace. Even as they speak, they create seeds of turmoil and violence."

    .:Leto II, the God Emperor:.


  7. Dune Quotes -- Part 3

    "A sophisticated human can become primitive. What this really means is that the human's way of life changed. Old values change, become linked to the landscape with its plants and animals. This new existence requires a working knowledge of those multiplex and cross-linked events usually referred to as nature. It requires a measure of respect, for the internal power within such natural systems. When a human gains this working knowledge and respect, that is called "being primitive." The converse, of course, is equally true: the primitive can become sophisticated, but not without accepting dreadful psychological damage."

    .:The Leto Commentary After Harq al-Ada:.

    "No matter how exotic human civilization becomes, no matter the developments of life and society, nor the complexity of the machine/human interface, there always come interludes of lonely power when the course of humankind, the very future of humankind, depends upon the relatively simple actions of single individuals."

    .:Tleilaxu Godbuk:.

    "Corruption wears infinite disguises."

    .:Tleilaxu Thu-zen:.

    "Many things we do naturally become difficult only when we try to make them intellectual subjects. It is possible to know so much about a subject that you become ignorant."

    .:Mentat Text Two (decto):.

    Dune (1984) Trailer - The original cinematic Trailer from 1984

    Dune - Special Editon - 1984 - Intro special version

    Dune Main theme and Take My Hand-End Credits Song

    DUNE Soundtrack Medley - Dune motion picture vinyl album

    Frank Herbert - Interview on TV

    DUNE: An Interview with Frank Herbert & David Lynch Part 1

    1983 publicity interview for the motion picture release of Frank Herbert's book Dune

    Video tribute to Frank Herbert and his epic novel "DUNE"

    Dune a Spice Opera Part 1/2
    Dune a Spice Opera Part 2/2-
    Dune 1989 "The Ending"

    Dune is a science fiction franchise which originated with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Considered by many to be the greatest science fiction novel of all time, Dune is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history, created by Frank Herbert

    Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. Although a short story author, he is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels.