Emergence of Spiritual Sci-Fi
by Michael Arthur Finberg
The Evolution of the Planet:
earth has been evolving into a global brain for quite sometime
now. The cyber-revolution started by Shannon, Weiner, and Von
Nuemann has now created a science fiction scenario featuring
what Teilhard de Chardin called the emergence of the Noosphere.
A layer of psychic skin around the planet that is conscious
of Gems is a book about the earth's mind. The world's nervous
system if you will. Forty Immutable Parables is a book about
the mind of our ever-changing universe. Alien is a poem about
scary dreams concerning this universal mind. And Little Monk
is a book of dreams for spiritual adults. And Ginger Smudge
is a book of dreams for spiritual kids. I write dream books
for spiritual people.
The Evolution of Spiritual-Sci-fi:
origin of spiritual-sci fi came from my days as a university
student at UC Berkeley. I was a member of the World Future Society
where I met Buckminster Fuller and a then unknown congressman
named Al Gore. The future was speculated about with great relish
from multiple angles, cultural, technological, economic, and
political. Fritjof Capra described the move from a Newtonian
Cartesian mechanistic-reductionist world to a more fluid one
based on multiplex layers of systems which were often imponderable
to the rational mind.
time at the Esalen Institute further reinforced this new world-view,
but from a more exclusively psychic angle as I began to see
the universe as a web of thought prone to constant change. It
was not too far a leap from this experience to one which then
fully embraced Buddhism and all kinds of shamanic thought. But
I could not ignore the technological changes around me and began
to see the digital and psychic evolutions as different dimensions
of the same thing.
fusion of two holistic visions followed me later during my long
pilgrimage with advanced masters. Often visions of aliens and
other forms of extra-terrestrial life crept into my meditation.
What the full meaning of these visions was could only be speculated
upon. But on a deeper level a strange psychic and emotional
integration was forming inside me.
The Roots of Spiritual Sci-fi:
Truby, my screen-writing teacher helped plant the seeds of spiritual
sci-fi indirectly. John's ideas about high concept genres such
as fantasy, mythology, and fantasy along with their impending
global relevance pointed me towards a new and exciting artistic
direction. All these high-concept genres had a future in the
global entertainment arena. I felt I was part of this and began
experimenting with different combinations of film theory and
writing styles. I wanted to reflect a multi-layered approach
to art. Especially one that combined Buddhist ideas of mind
with science fiction scenarios.
personal and global appeal of this new kind of genre excited
me quite a bit. The high concept title was big enough to include
other kinds of artistic off-spring. Little Monk and Harvest
of Gems vol.2 were the first preliminary attempts at writing
spiritual sci-fi. Harvest of Gems vols. 3 and 4 were the big
break-out works, however. Forty Immutable Parables and Alien
were the climax of this new literary evolution along with many
of my later poems. Spritual sci-fi took about ten years to fully
mature: 1993-2003. Ginger Smudge and most of my poetry echoed
this maturation process too, as mind and matter sciences began
to fully fuse in my artistic imagination. Spiritual and moral
dimensions could also no longer be avoided.
The Strategy of Spiritual sci-fi transmission as verbal art:
vast new literary vista opened up suddenly without warning inside
my startled mind demanding new kinds of exploration. It was
a vista that reflected not just the birth of a new literary
genre, but the transition from one historic age to another.
The ushering of a global age based on mind science taking precedence,
but not eliminating the sciences of matter. All this change
was taking place within a context urging new kinds of moral
and spiritual values to safe-guard the age from newer and more
lethal dangers. Dangers which were now planetary in scope and
which demanded a critical stepping back in the collective mind
towards extra-terrestrial vantage points.
aliens existed or not was irrelevant. An alien view was what
was still needed to look at global problems from a bigger perspective.
It was a powerful mind experiment. This fusing of futurist and
new age trends and concepts. It also led directly to a seamless
strategy of artistic implementation and transmission that slowly
evolved organically inside my mind with the latest
technological trends on the planet.
The Actual Experience of Spiritual sci-fi transmission:
spiritual sci-fi a hot property evolved quite slowly, but after
a few years really cool messages about our planet's future could
no longer be held back. It was all about looking at critical
signals and aggregating them through words in many different
genres. Salinger, Kerouac, and Joyce were pressed into service,
but with Buddhist and sci-fi sonics and vistas. Beat and avante
garde spiritual sci-fi was then born. Ginger Smudge and Little
Monk led the way with spiritual sci-fi for kids and adults with
lighter reading habits. Alien and Forty Immutable parables finally
burst the old molds and began a completely new form of the emerging
the publishing of my works on the web and later into paper-backs
with Print on Demand technology mirrored my artistic evolution
with the new wired digital environment emerging out of Silicon
Valley. Which was not too far from many of the spiritual places
in my then growing monastic network. Finally, the bold step
of finding and evaluating a a global and crack team of editors
and translators was the next step. This team or global group
mind was guided by me with daily group e-mails. The translations
were completed despite the loss of our financial backer and
the beginning of a severe global economic recession. Many of
the group e-mails of this project can now be seen in the letters
section of this website.
translation project became a forum for my ideas and also a test
of spiritual sci-fi's world-wide appeal. The results were encouraging.
There was delight and awe among the translation team as they
struggled with the translations across the planet in a three
year time span. The whole project was against conventional publishing
wisdom since not a single book in English had been yet sold
when the project was started.
the difficult promotion and brand-building phase began late
last year. It was done and it is--still being done mainly through
word of mouth in e-groups specializing in modern literature,
sci-fi, and fantasy. No radio interviews or book reviews in
the regular media have happened yet. But it's only a matter
of time before some savvy people in the older media forms finally
wake up. This website made under truely heroic and difficult
conditions by our webmaster will certainly make this happen.
Spiritual sci-fi as a business for the production and
selling of new multi-media categories and brands:
at spiritual sci-fi are now totally committed towards becoming
the new leader of this new genre born just in the last decade.
We are determined in capturing the word spiritual sci-fi in
the minds of readers all over the world. Literature in every
genre: epic poetry, lyrical poetry, novels, kid's books, short
stories, and screenplays have now been written in this new genre.
also welcome all followers in this new genre. We salute leaders
in the older high-concept genres like Star Wars and Harry Potter
who have helped pave the way for this new hybrid genre. But
we are the real thing when it comes to spiritual sci-fi and
our books all have a unique identity as they now start to spread
across the planet mirroring along the way its emerging global
mind. We have complete faith in our vision.
Seeing both Macro and Micro Histories from a Distance:
The Novelty and Leadership Potential of Spiritual Sci-fi as
Literary Genre and Cultural Transformer:
at spiritual sci-fi feel that we are now filling a perception
hole inside the earth's collective mind. A filling that's urgently
needed today. We are filling this hole with a new genre in the
right place and at the right time. We are contrarians going
in the opposite direction of all established literary and publishing
trends. We are also quite proud of this.
filling a cultural hole and going against the established grain,
we hope to awaken and delight many people on this shrinking
planet. A shrinking planet that is also expanding the minds
of it worried inhabitants sometimes in a painful, but playful
way. We know have something fresh for the global media to chew
on. We also have faith in this vision and in the creations that
have come out of it. It's a gut-feeling and it feels good to
be first, even if we're not completely sure where we are heading.
We're the first on this ski-slope and it's a truely great feeling.
The fusing and Mirroring of both Planet and its Artistic
have a long-term commitment to spiritual sci-fi. Regular sci-fi
in the mind of the public involves UFOs and mysterious technology,
we have re-wired this image with new concepts from spiritual
literature such as powerful, but all loving gurus, the idea
of cosmic pilgrimage, and also the necessity of meditation.
different kinds of reader are now starting to over-lap as New
Age and high-tech ideas begin to fuse and form a new high concept
genre, one with great global appeal. The whole formation and
translation process is merely a reflection of the planet's own
evolution. Nothing, more, nothing less. This discovery occurred
for me in 1994 with my literary breakthrough. But the positioning
breakthrough occurred just last year.
symbiotic relationship between the planet and its inhabitants
has occurred in a world of complex and noisy change. Making
it hard to see at times, the simple truth. Spiritual sci-fi
is a fusing of saintly and alien perspectives on a daily practical
basis. What was once on the edge will soon be in the mainstream;
and just in time too. We are in a unique position now to help
bring this forth and we also know it will have broad appeal.
The Feedback Cycle between the Planetary Mind and its Artistic
are focusing on the word spiritual sci-fi in order to magnify
the entire genre itself. Combining the spiritual and the high-tech
paths in a cool way is a Finberg specialty. We are staking a
claim now inside the vast global mind and we encourage others
to follow us. We are offering readers something totally different.
We have started out as rebels and we hope to become leaders
quite soon. We are trying to keep things simple in an increasingly
complex and global environment. We welcome both kids who need
easy reading and lovers of the abstract arts and more difficult
always takes time for a new kind of cultural focus to take hold
and also for a new genre to be then fully understood. Also for
word of mouth to spread. So we welcome now all ages and all
generations, all races and all religions. Also both genders.
are simply just a feedback device for our evolving planet. Creating
a new literary market with vast new multi-media possibilities
has really been only a by-product of this creative process.
For the more we work on our exciting vision, the more we have
a sense of its total inevitability. That it's a vision whose
time has come and that it will simply not fail. Our focus then
is predicting today where the future is going to be and as a
consequence this focus is now also helping to make it happen.