“Here’s a premise for a science fiction story: Living among us are parts of an organic computer, a huge mobile memory bank, equipped with all the data needed to answer any request put to it, with an instantaneous response triggered by the question. The cells of this memory bank are unknown to each other–and you may be a part of it.”
Mike Hodel 1980
For those Sci-Fi fans who knew and listened to my brother’s KPFK radio-show, “HOUR 25” (now on the Internet) I thought I would post the below email, just received. Here is “Miguel’s” e-mail to me along with Mike’s article, published by him in 1980.
Mucho Gracias- Miguel!
Dear Mr. Hodel,
I just finished reading Black Dahlia Avenger, back-to-back after reading the third novel in the Stieg Larsson’s Millenium series — and I had the same problem with your tome: I could not put it down.
I realized early on in my reading of BDA that I very briefly knew your brother Mike — when I was 15. I was a science ficiton fanatic while growing up in Glendale as well as a budding journalist. During the summer after 9th grade (1980), I decided to work full time (I could type super fast) and use all that money to launch my publishing empire. The result was a four-sheet teaser with a full page advertisement from Omni Magazine (that I somehow finagled from Bob Guccione, Jr.) and then a 24 page first issue — but unfortunately nothing after that. As part of that issue (which featured articles from great writers such as A.E. Van Vogt, Octavia Butler, Forrest J Ackerman, etc.), there was a one page article from your brother that I am pleased to attach.
Anyway, bravo on your book, it took “muchos cojones” to write that.
(click below for full article)