On Writers’ Response to Sad Puppies, Medicide Review, and Magazine Update

In light of the responses I’ve seen from authors who were in the top 10 of the open forum Sad Puppies IV vote, which ranged from confusion and mild annoyance to shrill angry freak outs, I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes from Varg Vikernes:

I might be Nordic, heterosexual and have a Pagan ideology myself, but why would I expect the fans of my music to be just like me?

I am a narrow-minded ultra-conservative anti-religious misanthropic and arrogant bigot, alright, and I have a problem with just about everything and everyone in this world, but I am not demented, and if those who are not like me are able to enjoy my music that is all fine by me. Be a Christian-born black gay feminist converted to Judaism for all I care, or worse; a Muslim. Just stay off my lawn…  – 2010 Interview w/Stereo Gum

If only some of those in the sci-fi community could be so magnanimous!

Rather than harp on about that, I would like to share a review I recently received. No, not for Cirsova, but for medicide’s latest album, Supernova Black:

5.0 out of 5 stars Open Up & Take Your Medicide
By S. Rosin on March 20, 2016
Supernova Black

If you like your Industrial music “old school”, then you’ve come to the right place. Herein are practiced the sonic rituals as they were originally taught before the term degenerated into nothing more than dance music with a bad attitude. This is light years away from any dance floor with a focus that is beyond the void where these sounds are being generated. This duo are on a mission to mess with your mind, inspired by Magick and the malevolence of a corporate pharmaceutical industry that places profit over people. To that end, the technicians at Medicide Industrial now present 5 new prescriptions for altering your perceptions. The first thing you need to get about these guys is that they are a LIVE band, man. Everything is recorded live in a live room with microphones. The air is just as important to the sound as the instruments making it. What you hear is what you get and there’s no messing around. These sounds exist in the real world where they shudder and vibrate the air as a physical manifestation of the will of its creators. That fact makes these recordings as vital and dangerous as a rattlesnake. You just don’t know when it’s going to strike. It’ll hiss and chatter at you with menace and then spring forward with a thrust and get you right in the jugular. So if you’ve got some bottle, you can make like one of those southern Baptist snake handlers and pick up this serpent for a little soul salvation. If you’re lucky, you might even survive!

Now that’s the kind of love I’m talking about!

Even though we didn’t technically announce it until mid January, Supernova Black’s Amazon release date is Dec 30, so we ARE technically eligible for Best Related Work… I kid, I kid, but you should check us out!

I did some catching up on my reading this weekend, and though I didn’t quite clear my inbox, I made some pretty big steps towards doing so. I am now more determined than ever to step up Cirsova’s output this year because I have so many great submissions. I’m not ready to officially announce that I’ll be buying for two or three issues – that will happen some time after submissions are closed at the end of next month – but I’m probably going to be buying for at least two issues. That’s just how much great stuff I’ve gotten. I’m losing my mind with how exciting some of this stuff is!

Medicide: Supernova Black

I’ve been so busy promoting the magazine, I haven’t really had a chance to talk about my music any.  Short version, my band has an album out.  It’s not for everyone, but if you like sci-fi and heavy tunes and need something to throw on in the background of your Traveller game, you might consider checking it out.

Yeah, that’s a reference to this:


New Medicide Album: Supernova Black out Today!

Today is the official release of Supernova Black, the newest album from Medicide.


  1. Voidsucker* – 7:46
  2. I Hate This Place – 10:15
  3. Gamma Draconis – 8:05
  4. Supernova Black – 20:09
  5. When Time Has Frozen – 12:59

Out now on Amazon or direct through Createspace.

Heavy sci-fi industrial music, ideally listened to with headphones or while playing Traveller, Fleet Commander, or Imperium.

*:A little Norman Spinrad ref for Ron Edwards.

Music – 3mg (Live @ Downtown Music, July 23, 2010), medicide +

One thing about playing in an industrial band, half the time I go back and listen to our live shows and have no idea how the hell we managed to make the sounds we did.  I know that my Gristleizer had a lot to do with it, though.

Earlier this week, Createspace FINALLY accepted the artwork I have for our new album, Supernova Black.  With any luck, it will be out before the end of the year.  Certainly in time to advertise it in the pages of Cirsova Issue #1.


Music – Time We Left This World Today, Hawkwind

I know I said I’d have some medicide news, but things are a bit slower than we were hoping.  Good news is we’re finally clearing out our “vaults”.  Supernova Black, if that’s what it’ll end up being called, will be out before the end of the year, God willing.  The best way I can describe it is taking Hawkwind and stripping away the conventional Rock & Roll elements until all that’s left is the weird psychedelic sci-fi shit.  I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but it’s what we’re looking at.