|Author: Uncle River
Greek God of Consciousness, long tortured for the “crime” of compassion
human beings, is now free to give us his view of the history of Western
language of the psyche, before the insurance market
ate psychology, need not succumb to a choice between living possessed
fundamentalist fanaticism or soul death of solipsistic fad.
individual is a central figure of our culture’s
is a voice who
articulates the experience of the individual, out of our peculiar
history, which both demanded the individual and persecuted the
that is the individual’s defining feature.
River trained with Jungian analysts, earned a Ph.D.
in Psychology of The Unconscious, then spent much of the last quarter
living simply, in the Mountain Southwest, contemplating our culture,
history — as mythos interacts with worldly event, and how that history
possible further direction.
autobiography, Uncle River addresses the question of history:
culture and its characteristic personality structure come from, and
might be headed, in the language of myth, in the voice of Prometheus,
all too well the struggle of the individual to live with that history.
a retelling of many ancient myths, retooling the
archetypal themes of compassion, gift, envy, revenge, pretense and
There is much to chew on here, and for those who want more than Lit
is highly recommended.
Willson, author, Myth and Mortality: Testing the
explores the themes
of time and nature with a unique and sometimes painfully honest
Reed, Publisher, BBR
own Gandalf figure…
Di Filippo, Asimov’s Science Fiction
wit, and keen eye for detail…
knows how to keep the reader interested.
Gregor, Absolute Magnitude
We have few sages among us, what with all the
distractions in the world, and this sagacious tale needs to be heard
heeded, around campfires, in coffee shops, and in History of the World,
MMIII undergraduate seminars.
Kesson, Ed.D., Professor of Education, Long Island University
About the Author
the time of Uncle River’s
birth in 1947,
both his parents were in analysis with a pupil of Sigmund Freud’s. Uncle
father was a psychiatric resident, which in those days provided an
the mental hospital where he worked. The patients were River’s first
babysitters. He thus came to initial awareness believing that sanity
ways to do things develop from layer on layer
of cultural history. What is the difference between conventional ways
seem arbitrary but which just are how our culture’s history came up
with to do
good and necessary things, and other, equally conventional ways that
crazy? Finding our world perplexing, Uncle River has
this question all his life.
the peak of the 60s, Uncle
studied mythology with a nuclear
physicist at Goddard
the most experimental accredited college in
During a year abroad, he began Jungian Analysis in Switzerland,
with another nuclear
physicist. He thus came to recognize math and myth as two symbolic
for addressing strikingly similar questions.
earned what he
believes to be the world’s only Doctorate in Psychology of The
through The Union Institute in 1974. He completed private training in
Analysis in 1976.
thereafter, the world pulled several nasty
tricks, which cast River into such doubt about the credentials he just
finished exerting so much effort to earn that he let go entirely of his
expected professional role. At the same time, his writing began
catching attention, over the byline Uncle River, in
Instead of the analyst he thought he was studying to be, he found
a community who knew and respected his work, but related to it in the
older role of shaman and bard.
embarrassment at his own difficulty to function in
a society whose contradictions he could not help but see and did not
to reconcile, Uncle River
landed in the
Mountain Southwest, where he has lived, mostly as a hermit/monk/writer
the early 80s. Gradually he discovered that enough quiet solitude
to get past panic at trying to find a sane place in a crazy world, to
creative, possibly useful, purpose.
recent years, Uncle River’s
writing has found growing outlet, notably in Speculative Fiction
of The Unanticipated, and
Best Fantasy 2 anthology
edited by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. Several of his stories
included in the Honorable Mention lists of Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best
anthologies. And a story from Talebones
was on the Preliminary Nebula Ballot and a finalist for the Theodore
Award for Year’s Best SF story. His stories also have appeared, in
both legitimately and pirated.
Uncle River’s “Mogollon News”,
fictitious news from the
real New Mexico
ghost town where River lived
for five years in the late 80s, ran in several newspapers and as a
feature on Public Radio Station KRWG, Las Cruces.
Later the “Mogollon News” became a regular
feature in the U. K. in BBR.
Look for the collected Mogollon
News, forthcoming from LBF Books.
a novel of Southwest Speculative Fiction, is published by Mother Bird
Books. A novella, Camp Desolation
And An Eschatology of
Salt, and a collection of Uncle River’s
have appeared in Science Fiction/Fantasy periodicals, Counting Tadpoles,
are scheduled for publication with
About the Illustrator
am a travel photographer on a journey into the realms of
dreams, visions and trances. I
take photos of border lands, where realities blend and melt into each
images are simply a reflection of this journey. Postcards from the
path, so to
am heavily influenced by the magic realist world of
African and Latin American writers, where the lines between dreams,
nightmares and what we call reality are not as rigid and not as clear.
where reality and dreams intermix and coexist.
am also greatly influenced by religious imagery from all
spiritual paths, especially the esoteric and mystic veins.
can see my work at www.samiparbhoo.com.