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About Finn Briscoe
That's pretty stuffy, so let me make it quick: Shit happens!
My first novel is God Is A Mortician, which I call punk sci-fi. It's a book of religious, sexual, and political satire written around an improbable love story between a human and an extraterrestrial beauty, mocking the sci-fi genre itself. Then there are two series of creative nonfiction (fancy name for memoir with a twist). The first is Fun Lovin´ Finn, hippy adventure and humor that takes us back to the pot-smokin', rock 'n rollin' 1970s. The second one, Finn on the Farm, is composed of more poignant tales of the childhood adventures and misadventures of a boy growing up on a farm. Everything is written in a sardonic voice that Finn Briscoe just can't shake.
The two goals I have when I write are (1) enjoyability and (2) something to think about. I hope to give you as a reader the chance to find either or both in the pages published here.
If you care, my academic background includes a B.A. and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Amherst College and UT-Austin, respectively, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, leading me to become a multilingual techie in my professional life before embarking on my career as an author.
My short stories have been published in Calliope Literary Journal, Jokes Review, cc&d, and nagarimagazine.com, the latter in Spanish.
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God Is a Mortician is an irreverent novel of political, religious, and sexual satire, written as absurdist sci-fi. A fast-moving, comedic drama told as a history lesson to the narrator’s son, there’s sex with Jesus, a strong white president who happens to be an albino gorilla, and three aliens from the planet Mortice who extract energy from the semi-intelligent Earthlings through religious worship.
Bubba, who is God to the Jews and Christians, develops an addiction to Peruvian ceviche. Another Mortician, the beautiful Sho-Shota, falls in love with our human protagonist Miguel, the ceviche chef brought to heaven by God to serve the delicious dish for eternity. Threatened with eternal life in heaven’s kitchen, our human hero and his Mortician lover hijack a spacecraft and shag their way around the Milky Way with Butch, a Mortician pilot obsessed with alien reproductive habits. Big-balled brainiacs called Gonaddians oversee the Morticians, and ridiculous bit players mirror some of today’s political anti-heroes. The narrator’s son doubts the veracity of the history lesson, but his dad insists on its significance, and he’s inescapably drawn into the story.
Readers say they’re reminded of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and have commented that the style and story resemble elements of Vonnegut and Hunter Thompson.
★ ★ ★ With scorching commentary on organized religion, our broken political system, and humans’ trashing of this beautiful planet, there’s something ridiculous or disturbing on almost every page. ★ ★ ★
If Mark Twain were a baby boomer coming of age during the Vietnam War, maybe he’d have written about the adventures of Finn Briscoe. But since the great Missouri scribe is long gone, Finn himself is doing his best to carry on the literary tradition of his native state.
Buckle up, you’re in for a wild ride. With Nixon invading Cambodia and campuses all over the country going out on strike, two eighteen-year-olds and their sixteen-year-old sidekick are risking their freedom in Mexico and Arizona for fifty pounds of reefer madness.
When their car breaks down in Atlanta and they’re short on cash, they hole up at the Salvation Army and try to find a new ride while protecting the only possession anybody cares about: his friend Stan’s fish.
Will these teenage hippies find a ride, get ripped off, or make it safely to Florida with the fish?
Don’t miss the provocative book club discussion questions at the end.