THE STUFF OUR DREAMS ARE MADE OF/an overview of how science fiction changed the world. Includes Newt Gingrich and Reagan saying outrageous predictions o...more THE STUFF OUR DREAMS ARE MADE OF/an overview of how science fiction changed the world. Includes Newt Gingrich and Reagan saying outrageous predictions on how to use the US taxes to become overlords of the universe. Hypes, rightly, Haldeman's FOREVER WAR book. Says STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND was required reading for the Manson kids, and has the chapter that includes a 4 way which was edited from the book. I skimmed over the Wells and Poe section to hit the religious section which was good pay dirt. There's a lot on PK Dick and Hale Boppers, but the Unarian religion of El Cajon CA is left out entirely. They have the most fantastic promo videos for their space religion where 'we are all brothers' under the universe and have lived many glitter robe covered lives on many planets. The Ted Sturgeon 3 way and nudist thing is mentioned in about one sentence with no juicy bits. This is an overview of well written officially from a guy who knows almost all the players.
PS:You can blame John Campbell for hyping Dianetics with buddy Hubbard so hard in his magazine to have the awful ball start rolling on the Scientology gravy train...the jerk.(less)
Having seen the movie with the same title a few times I found out this amazing book and slammed my head between the pages like a maniac. I, expecting a...more Having seen the movie with the same title a few times I found out this amazing book and slammed my head between the pages like a maniac. I, expecting a pagan psychotic ranting El Topo type, read that the Spaniard Cabeza explores the North American continent addled and spun with thoughts stuck in the Catholic religion. In the movie he's made into a witch doctor. In the book he's made into a witch doctor. However, he does everything in God's name with the sign of the cross over the sick and heals them. He gets into it cuz he's a catholic tool of the church. It becomes his bankroll later. He is forced into this doctor role by Indians-and it pays off for the most part...
His buddies from Spain are separated from the main group of conquesting Spaniards. They are dragging around this crazy armor against the Indians and fighting them and hunger at the same time. In Florida (and lower US) you have to haul water and wood everywhere which will tire you out and cut your shoulders due to the weight. It's a nightmare staying alive. In parts of the book when he is reduced to a naked bearded slave he has barely a meal and eats the same thing up to a month at a time. Corn lunch. Month. It's amazing how all the cards get stacked against this tough bugger (and his few pals) and the end results of 8 years on the continent just being a bum looking for other Spaniards. His little faith healing stint makes the Indians drop jaws and weapons and eventually all the folks around are bringing him everything they own so he's eating ok by the end of the book. Even the non-sick types want to get touched by the hairy catholic.
The styles and customs of the different Indians are too diverse for me to go into but here's a few: Some tribes sit and cry when they meet each other for a long time and sometimes without saying a word just leave each other. Another tribe(s?) lets the kids suck tit until 12 because the water is so scarce and undernourishment is such a rampant thing for the lads. Making fires of green wood mosquitoes are kept away from the tribes making anyone breathing nauseous. Mosquitoes stay away tho'!
The best thing is that Cabeza de Vaca means "Head of the Cow" and was heir from a well to do family who's grandpa marked an unguarded pass in a war with a cow skull, making a victory thru the pass for the Spanish army. Cabeza was a treasurer for the King of Spain sent to basically help loot the new continent. Stripping himself of everything he nakedly went around America and remade his brain into a sympathetic pro Indian and said that all they needed was a direction to Christianity out of the barbaric state they were in. Crazy? It united the Indians and kept some from being outright slain, but the Catholic church got paid along the way. The gold is probably still in the Vatican collecting interest... This book is fantastic!!!(less)