Sometimes it’s beneficial to see who you’re dealing with, and so here I present various stages of my writing career.

MDS Fall 1962 The author of the first Jack Commer story, Voyage to Venus. This school photo may well have been taken at the same time as the Jack Commer inception in September 1962.
MDS Spring 1967 This rather supercilious-looking author from Spring 1967 has no doubt just finished his bloodbath junior high school story about a teenaged basketball star who blows up entire sports arenas, a plot from which Ocean Singe Horror was nostalgically developed in 2008. This photo was taken about a year after I abandoned the childhood version of The Martian Marauders.
MDS April 1972 The mature Rice University college student, editor of The Wiess Crack and renamed Orange Rhinoceros by his peers (that really is an orange rhinoceros in his pocket), posing behind the Wiess Crack typewriter.
Mike and Nancy, April 1973 Mike and Nancy at Desolation Row, late April 1973. In fact I’m virtually certain this is Monday evening, April 30th, as I remember us watching Nixon announcing the resignations of Ehrlichman and Haldeman on television as Watergate was heating up. You can see we’re fascinated by this development. To Nancy’s left are copies of The Death of Wiess College Crack, the last issue of junior year at Rice.
BassGuitar-Larger The newly-minted novelist (Nova Scotia and The Fifty-First State of Consciousness) photographs Nancy holding a bass guitar sculpture the author made for a 3D Design class at Rice, December 1973.
MDS in the Gaspar Garden, 1983 The author at our Gaspar (Dallas) rent house garden, July 1983. At this time he was working on the putrid failure The Galaxies Groan Within, a botched attempt to rewrite a much better initial work, Zarreich, a novel which alas probably remains unwritable even though it produced the story The Roadblock.
MDS at Gaspar, escaping The Galaxies Groan Within, 1983 Again at Gaspar in July 1983, the author pretends to know how to play bass guitar, probably trying to escape the horrors of The Galaxies Groan Within. But a good novella, Awesome Beauty of This Earth (later retitled The Psychobeauty) is gestating at this time.
MDS at Texas History, 1990 The author during work on the novel Sortmind, clipping newspapers at the service desk of the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library, ca. 1990. A library patron took this picture, and I’m still not sure why as I had no idea who he was. But he came back a few days later and gave me the print.

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