J.M. PORUP: AMERICA TODAY IS LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE SOVIET UNION UNDER STALIN
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
J.M Porup was born in USA, but now lives in Uruguay. He isn’t agreeing with many things in his motherland and isn’t afraid to speak about them. Our next featured writer published a lot of books. We will present to you his last one Dreams Must Die.
– What is your last book Dreams Must Die about?
– The time for dreaming is over. Jimmy Shade kills dreams. It’s his job. As a member of the elite Dream Police, he defends the Collective against that poisonous nocturnal ooze. But when Shade gets infected with a dream, he finds himself on the run from his former colleagues. He must choose between his love for the Collective–and the dream he cannot live without.
– Why did you decide to write the story?
– We, the ruling West, have sold our souls for technology. Faust is us. Goethe spotted this trend two hundred years ago, and Oswald Spengler made it the central point of his magnum opus, The Decline of the West.
What is our ultimate destination? A world of all-powerful technology in which every gram of our humanity has been rubbed out, and we are left hollow shells of human beings, machines ourselves. That’s what Dreams Must Die is about. Increasing interconnectivity, combined with the near-future likelihood of brain implants–and what’s more, brain implants connected to the Internet, make a Collective-style singularity a probable outcome. The human being is a herd animal. And the herd shuns the innovator, the creator, the artist, the scientist, the inventor. What ironic consequences can we expect when we give the herd total power to shout down dissent, not just in the public arena, but in the offending dissident’s brain?
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– Jimmy Shade is a good man who wants to do the right thing. He wants to obey. But he also feels love and hate, and his compulsion to understand his suppressed humanity leads to his undoing.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– Six months.
– The United States of Air: A Satire is one of your most popular books. What may we found inside?
– The United States of Air is a satire that makes fun of the NSA. The National Sewer Agency is spying on the homeland’s toilets, looking for food terrorists…
Food Enforcement Agent Jason Frolick believes in America. He believes in eating air. He struggles to get the food monkey off his back. As part of the Global War on Fat, his job is to put food terrorists in Fat Camp.
When a pizza dealer gets whacked in the park across the street from the Thin House, the Prophet Jones himself asks Frolick to investigate. For the first time ever, Frolick solves a murder–but what he finds out shakes his faith. Will he ever be able to eat air again?
– Who are you?
– I am a novelist, hacker, and dissident.
– What are your writing habits?
– I get up early and write for several hours before anyone else is awake.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book and do you plan another one?
– No writer on earth is ever happy with the sales of his books.
I expect to produce a book or two a year for the rest of my life. Readers who would like to know about new releases are encouraged to sign up for my mailing list: http://www.JMPorup.com/mailinglist.html
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I’m giving it away! Readers can download Dreams Must Die for free from all
online retailers, except for Amazon. (Kindle users can download the .mobi
file from Smashwords.) The only thing I ask in return is to leave a short review on Amazon.
– You have big experience in co-writing of books. What is the difference between publishing just by you or with some other authors?
– Writing a guidebook for Lonely Planet is a top-down exercise. The big boss gives me a detailed blueprint of what to write. I fill in the blanks Writing a novel, on the other hand, is building from scratch.
– How you ended up living in Uruguay?
– Pot is legal here. Haven’t you heard? 🙂
– You traveled a lot, what is your personal Top 3 selection of the best places on earth?
– Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay
– You called yourself an American dissident in exile. Why you don’t like your own country?
– America today is little different from the Soviet Union under Stalin. People forget the 1936 Soviet Constitution was one of the fairest in the world. It also bore zero relation to how people lived their lives behind the Iron Curtain.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be? (Don’t forget to answer)
– Where can audiobook fans listen to your work for FREE? On Podiobooks, of course: http://podiobooks.com/contributor/j-m-porup/ Or splurge on Audible: http://www.audible.com/search/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_1_srNarr?searchNarrator=J.+M.+Porup&qid=1410714593