Written and Illustrated by Madeira Desouza
…more than out of this world – it evades comparison
Baja Clavius is a queer science fiction—science fiction by gay men for gay men—about a time travel agency codenamed Moon Men Deep Inside (MMDI) located beneath the crater Clavius on the moon.
This is similar in storytelling style and tone to the works of Russell T Davies (Cucumber and Banana, Doctor Who and Torchwood on the BBC), and, to the works of author Christopher Trevor.
In this book you will experience radically different storytelling from standard cause-and-effect fiction. One recent comment about my stories says it clearly: “Your kind of stories are truly not found elsewhere.”
Set a few hundred years from today, Baja Clavius transports you to a world not like our own. Gay male time travel agents are valued for the work they do. These time travel agents are doing noble work that they believe will save our species. However, in the real world in which we presently live, the time travel agents’ behaviors are considered immoral and illegal. Is the future of the human species worth using immoral and illegal behaviors?
Baja Clavius is not like any storytelling you have experienced. You will be unable to set this book down once you start reading it!
Many images are uncensored and explicit. The collection includes descriptions and many bonus images. All the images are posted online and are available free. The Baja Clavius book is available in your choice of two formats from Amazon:
Download the 2018 sequel.
We may all easily recall Desperate Housewives, the 2004 to 2012 television series on the ABC network. But, we may not be sufficiently savvy to perceive desperate white supremacists in these United States. Perhaps this commentary will shed some light on the topic that may become a network television series, too, in the not-so-distant future on Sinclair Broadcasting Group nationwide for rednecks everywhere.
Look no further than to Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 to find clear-cut and very obvious examples of desperate white supremacists. Unfortunately, I suspect that after this commentary appears online, there may be other examples elsewhere outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I easily would anticipate such a violent outburst in the great state of Texas, for instance.
In August 2017, I happened to publish a fictional story that stands as an antithesis to desperate white supremacists. I offer this to anyone who is against desperate white supremacists. What I wrote is entitled Baja Clavius (link).
I am not attempting to cash in on the debate over white supremacy here in my country. I happened to have lived in the Commonwealth of Virginia for nearly 20 years, but now I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. What I wrote took decades to finish starting back in 1990. This work (finally!) was completed years before Trump promised to “make America great again” and other such blatant pandering to desperate white supremacists going on these days here in our beloved country, the United States of America.
If you are reading this you deserve to have an alternative to the pandering to desperate white people by Trump and his kind even if you happen to be one of those desperate white supremacists. Trump got elected primarily because white people in the United States were sincerely and undeniably afraid of being displaced culturally and politically by blacks from everywhere and by Hispanics from Mexico, in particular.
Whether Trump believes any of that pandering propaganda he espouses is beyond my expertise to discern. He may be brilliant. He may be insane. Who knows? I am not qualified to make that determination either way. So, you have to judge Trump for yourself.
But, I am qualified to write Baja Clavius as much as anyone is qualified to write science fiction nowadays. I promise you that this work of science fiction is an alternative to hatred of blacks and Hispanics.
Baja Clavius is an alternative to the commonly-held belief in these United States in an interventionist deity. He is popularly known as God the Father and/or God the Almighty.
If you believe the undeniable genius of the Dutch artists of the Renaissance, then you already believe that this interventionist deity sports a big white beard and has blue eyes. And, yes, of course, like the Dutch Masters, God in Heaven above has light-colored skin.
This Dutch-defined interventionist deity of certain Caucasian origins lives “up there” somewhere in another dimension otherwise known as Heaven. At God’s side is his only son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, there’s also a third deity as well. He is named the Holy Ghost. He completes the trinity that we all are supposed to worship if we are expecting to be going to Heaven when we die.
I was under the age of 10 when I was socialized (i.e., forced through years of brainwashing) to believe that these three gods-in-one are the basis of The One True Church. In comparison, all other religions are known to be “fake news” but we didn’t have the gall to use that sorry phrase back in the 1950s which Trump (who is older than me) believes was the sole time that American was, indeed, what he calls “great.” What Trump means, of course, is there once was at that time in these United States that had far less of cultural impact of black people as well as people from Central America. Those days are gone forever and cannot be ushered back by anyone.
I was born and raised in California. There I met many black people and people from Mexico, specifically. So, because of my upbringing in California, I naturally have a died-in-the-wool suspicion of people (like Trump) who were born in New York City. Nor do I accept the lies I’ve been sold about black people and people from Mexico.
I learned to think for myself. I learned to evaluate people based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin or their country of origin.
Happily for me, over the decades I have met many wonderful people who were born in New York City who someone did NOT turn out to be chiefly arrogant and aggressive but lack sufficient content of character as do Trump and all his offspring.
My writing and my 3D digital art, and, especially Baja Clavius are, taken together, intended as a celebration for those of you out there who think for yourselves and who have learned the secret of evaluating people for their content of their character. But, who am I? Well, the honest truth is: I am a white gay male atheist over the age of 65 who was born in the leftist state of California.
I am not the only writer who’s science fiction storytelling depicts a world in which there is no God. My novel Baja Clavius (link) tells the story of a world about 300 years from now in which a top-secret agency based deep inside the moon uses time travel to the past to control and manipulate people. The time travel agents use a time machine to get to the past and there they manipulate people’s behaviors and actions. The unfortunate people who get manipulated by the time travel agents have their free will taken from them. My novel explores what would happen if such a powerful agency actually existed that could take away people’s free will.
What if I had chosen instead to write about this futuristic world that happened to be like our world in which God does exist? How would I, as a writer, deal with God’s response?
In this thought experiment, let’s suppose that God is an interventionist deity like many people believe is true. We would rightfully expect that God would intervene (or should intervene) so that a top-secret time-travel agency would not succeed in taking away people’s free will.
When I was in my youth, I was assured many times that God wants people to have free will. How anybody mortal could possibly know what God wants is a question for which I never got a credible answer, however.
But, I was taught during my formative years the foundational truth that God would never just sit back and let anyone take away people’s free will. If God did nothing in response to attempts to take away people’s free will, certainly humanity might start perceiving that God was dead. Or, if God were still alive, and God did nothing to stop the taking away of free will, humanity might expect that God was not doing a very good job. Moreover, I accepted what I was taught as a kid: God is divine and God never makes any mistakes whatsoever.
I grew up believing that having free will was not necessarily a gift from God. It more accurately is a responsibility. If someone has the free will to choose to be bad and to do bad things, then the outcomes of that person’s behaviors must be seen as rooted in their choice to be bad and to do bad things. Free will means freely choosing. It is not possible for anyone who has free will to be bad and to do bad things by accident.
Yet, it was not possible for me to miss seeing how religions teach that God punishes bad people and their bad behavior. God gave everyone free will, yet religions make it very clear that anyone can be punished for making free choices in life that go in directions that religions tell us God really doesn’t want. Similarly, many people also believe that God rewards good people and their good behavior, too. God gave everyone free will, yet religions make it very clear that anyone can be rewarded for making free choices in life that go in directions that religions tell us God really does want.
So, I ended up becoming very confused. if religions teach that God punishes and rewards people based on their choices, then what is it exactly that is “free” when considering choices? A “free” choice would be such only if there were no payoff as a result of, or connected to, the choice, right? Put another way, can you really be considered “free” to choose to be good and to do good things if you are compelled by religion towards good as a payoff or reward?
I came to believe that there’s a whole lot of “buying” or “bribing” by religions taking place in our world. There are basically two sides to these transactions. One side emphasizes religion’s promises of a reward. The other side focuses upon the religion’s threats of punishment. Some religions seem to survive just fine without killing people in brutal ways like beheading them. Others not so much.
I inevitably came to wonder: Is it possible for any person to choose to be good and do good things—or to choose to be bad and do bad things—without any consideration of religion or the belief in God? Are the concepts of “good” and “bad” (or “right” and “wrong”) rooted exclusively within religion or the belief in God? Why can’t we figure those things out on our own?
And so it was that I wrote my novel Baja Clavius–to explore a world in which there is no God and watch what happens when human beings who do not have free are controlled and manipulated by a top-secret agency. Are the people in that science fiction world able to figure out “good” versus “bad” or “right” versus “wrong”?
Las Vegas sex worker Vincent Wauneka, a Navajo Indian. He is a character from the science fiction time travel adventure novel, Baja Clavius by Madeira Desouza.