Who Are These Guys Anyway?
Big Lizards is owned and operated by four souls, which mysteriously enough inhabit only three bodies: Dafydd ab Hugh, Brad Linaweaver, and Sachi X.
At the time of this writing, the Big Lizards e-mail ports have not yet been established. When they are, they will be posted here. At that time, however, the volume of mail may preclude many personal responses ("'Hope' is the thing with feathers" -- Emily Dickenson).
We have summoned each of us to write his own entry in the Who's Who of Big Lizards:
Brad Linaweaver is a Nebula finalist and a Prometheus award winner who has sold nine novels, over seventy short stories, three hundred articles and one non-fiction book. He also has a number of script and original story credits in low budget films and audio drama. He is best known for co-writing the Doom novels with Dafydd ab Hugh, writing the Sliders novels, and being the author of Moon of Ice (which received endorsements from Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and William F. Buckley, Jr.) He is proud to announce that a new edition of Moon of Ice will be published by Meisha Merlin in 2004 -- and then a long awaited sequel, Swastika In the Sky, will appear from Meisha Merlin in 2005.
His most recent novel sale is a collaboration with J. Kent Hastings, Anarquia, with a completion date set for summer 2003. The publisher of this novel is Sense of Wonder Press.Another collaboration is a major novel with Richard Hatch, a new Battlestar Galactica adventure for ibooks, Paradis. Both will be available at DragonCon.
Brad has done many collaborations in his career, co-editing Weird Menace, sharing original story credit on the movie Jack-O, and writing the story, "Eldritch," for Disciples of Cthulhu 2 with Fred Olen Ray--as well as co-editing Free Space and co-writing the script for Terror At Tate Manor with DragonCon co-founder Edward E. Kramer! And, of course, he remains a co-conspirator with the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company.
Brad was well qualified to write the original story and work on the screenplay for The Low Budget Time Machine. One of his stories from Clownface, "Her Morbid Desires," will appear in The Boneyard Collection from Irena Belle films, hosted by Forrest J Ackerman as Dr. Acula.
Solo credits for Brad include his novel, The Land Beyond Summer, upcoming stories in Alternate Generals 3 and Visions of Liberty, not to mention his many articles in Cult Movies, Worldly Remains, and other pop culture magazines. In 2003 Brad became a contributing editor to The Heinlein Journal. His political writings include appearances in National Review, Reason, Chronicles, and The Libertarian Party National News. He also used to review books for The Atlanta Journal & Constitution.
Dafydd ab Hugh
After reviewing the aforementioned, all Dafydd ab Hugh can suggest Brad forgot was Chief High Priest of Nothing Much and Plenipotentiary of Hot Air Extraordinaire.
In a similar vein, Dafydd was born in the log cabin he later helped his father build. Despite any discernible talent, he managed to crank out eighteen novels worth of hackwork, publish over three short stories, trick the befuddled SFWA into making him a Nebula finalist, and worm his way onto dozens of panels at conventions, presumably by stealing the identities of worthier writers.
By way of conservative credentials, Dafydd never got around to voting for Ronald Reagan but now wishes he had; and he is hated by more leftists in SFWA than anyone in that organization's august history, or any other month: he has booby-trapped his condo in case the peasants swarm across the drawbridge, sharpening their torches and lighting their pitchforks.
Aside from having the bad sense to marry Dafydd, Sachi's life has otherwise by and large paralleled that of Marie of Rumania. She comes from an ancient samurai family and is third (13th?) in line of succession for the Chrysanthemum Throne. She inherited in excess of $1.2 billion (or was that in ¥?), and therefore only works as an undercover vice officer for the Department of Agriculture (chickpea section) out of a sense of pity. Although she tells her father she's in Men's Pants at Macy's, he has figured out that is only a cover story; but he continues to believe she in fact works for the Central Intelligence Agency as a rather gaudy hat rack.
Sachi is the author of the long-running -- well, two installments -- series Everything But the Lizards about Japanese movies of the supernatural; the series ran in Cult Movies several years ago and was reputed to have been nominated for a Pulitzer. Sadly, there was no category for "scatological eschatology," and everyone agreed the nomination was a bad idea all around. The series is here republished for the first time (or will be, when we get it up).
Sachi has written for Japanese political and movie bulletin boards and writes excellent travelogues of her many perigrinations... some of which will eventually be posted in the section of Big Lizards titled Sachi-Land, which is also the gateway to her own Japanese blog, In the Strawberry Field.
Apart from her hair color (maintained as an evening tint of teal), Sachi looks precisely like a cross between Tilda Swinton and Betty Rubble. She insists, with shifty eyes and a nervous tic, that she has no connection in any way with the slave trade of Japanese foreign-exchange students here in Weedpatch.
As might by now be apparent, Sachi X was the only member of the team not present when these biographies were written.