Johannes Johns

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Johannes Johns is the author of the darkly comedic, cross-genre, near-future literary sci-fi solarpunk, science fantasy The Redwood Revenger trilogy. He has spent many years studying the culinary, martial, and anthropological arts. Johannes is married to a strong female protagonist—yea! They live and play in the Bay Area with their two cattle dogs, an Alsatian rescue python, a growing collection of trail running shoes and French chocolate.

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Johannes Johns Yes, The Redwood Revenger trilogy is written to be character-driven. The characters are well developed and there's plenty of action and plot too. I'm…more Yes, The Redwood Revenger trilogy is written to be character-driven. The characters are well developed and there's plenty of action and plot too. I'm a huge Patrick O'Brian (a Jane Austen fan) nerd and love his character-driven, emotionally satisfying and engaging Aubrey-Maturin series.

As far as Pynchon comparisons go, The Crying of Lot 49 or Vineland are more in line with my books. That said, any such comparison may set a very high reader expectation (nervous laughter)—I'm writing as me and not anyone else. My Pynchon inspiration comes through in the humor, where there is perhaps a shared (or overlapping) sense of history, ethnography, social justice, and the absurd.

To your question, I'm trying to reconcile Gravity's Rainbow and The Brothers Karamazov. One was written in the 1960s and early 70s, through both a time of incredible social change, and then warped around the dark post-1968 pivot and the American War in Vietnam, using WW2 and the Nazi regime as allegories for post-WW2 American Colonialism and probably industrial capitalism. While the other is, to my mind, a Dickens-like epic written during a positive period of Russia's can-do modernization, and famous for its juicy, archetypal characters...

In real life, The Redwood Revenger trilogy was/is written against the backdrop of the Great Dithering (a Kim Stanley Robinson-ism referring to a lack of action on climate change), and a period of hyper-differentiated late capitalism (the black mirror), where the planet and its people are caught between long standing progressive social and technological trends on one side and reactionary governments and social movements that wish to undo or harness those trends in the service of their own deplorable agendas on the other.(less)
Johannes Johns I am of the “Ass-In-Chair” philosophy in writing. Consistency, schedule, and habit win out over binge writing! Paraphrasing Stephen King in his…moreI am of the “Ass-In-Chair” philosophy in writing. Consistency, schedule, and habit win out over binge writing! Paraphrasing Stephen King in his autobiography, On Writing, my muse will always know where to find me between 8-12 M-F. How To Write a Lot, by Paul J. Silvia, is a great hands-on guide to this approach—it’s all of 149 pages, just read it. He doesn’t believe in the phenomenon of “writer’s block.”(less)
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Paperback Versions: The Redwood Revenger, & Red Bush

FEEL the silky smooth cream paper made from actual wood pulp as your fingers glide effortlessly across its surface. EXCLAIM(!) in delight at the capable typography and distinctive, yet oh so readable font choices. REVEL in the white space, each void bringing the words into greater savor! SMELL that faintly ligneous something-something that compels you to read (with an external source of illumin... Read more of this blog post »
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“Turbo Sasquatch, or T-Squatch, was a Redwood original, a hardrock pop-punk bhangra electro surf hybrid that did highly danceable sambas. It was a supergroup, a mighty Voltron formed from three other successful local bands. Sometimes they had a dhol drum and horn section depending on the lineup, becoming Ultra Mega Turbo Sasquatch, a musical macrophage mashup absorbing other bands at will. They played only by the light of the full moon and were not to be missed under any circumstances. “The only band that matters,” it was said.”
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“Trudy let out a long breath and hung her head. “Actually, it’s kinda embarrassing,” she said from beneath a curtain of curls. “My mum, she’s been perfecting bioluminescent yeast and lactobacillus strains, some with firefly splices, some with blue glowing Noctiluca plankton splices. Last week, for a lark she grabbed the wrong starter—the perils of using lab equipment for lab work and yogurt starter, I guess—and cultured some goats milk. We enjoyed it for breakfast. The cats got intae it, they ate it as weel. There was also some question, possible contamination of the kraut,” she said brightly. “We first noticed Boo’s—my baby brother, Boo’s short for the ‘Nobu’ in ‘Schrödinger Nobu Duncan Yamaguchi’—glowing nappy later thae evening when I helped put him tae bed. Next we saw the litter box, the glowing cat box, full of glowing cat turds.” She made a disgusted, resigned face. “Ye ken whit they’re like! They play catty-cake with their leavings and as ye can see, whaur kitty’s shitty paws go so does the yellow glow. Nar, I know,” she finished. “Wait, not so fast Yamaguchi,” said Olivia. “Does this mean you’ve been dropping glow sticks off at the pool, leaving bioluminescent raver monkey arms in the bowl, stocking the ole’ lake with incandescent brown trout much?” Trudy looked truly horrified, mortified. “SHUT UP,” she whispered in crisply articulated exasperation, pale green eyes bulging. “I really, really dinna want tae talk aboot it, much less think aboot it,” she added with a convulsive shiver. “Ye, Rosebeetle, dinna even think aboot it either!” He gave her his best what-who-me-? look in reply. “And stop looking at my bahookie!” With difficulty he and Olivia tore their eyes from her curvy derrière. “Glow-poops,” said Byron quickly, “we’re all thinking it.” Trudy glared at him.”
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