100 Creatives 2012: Paul Fredric, Author of the Erbeth Transmissions and Its Alternate Earth History
What He Does: To most Houstonians, Paul Fredric (sometimes known as Fritz Fredric) is a longtime master of darkwave and EBM music as part of the Asmodeus X. However, since 2005 Fredric has been pursuing another creative outlet. He is the author of the Erberth Transmissions (Digital copies available from iBooks), an amazing look at an alternate retelling of the Earth's history and the role that religion has had in it. Fredric paints Lucifer and the angels as members of intergalactic species that utilize Earth as a playground for various projects and experiments. It's a book that will make you feel like your brain is leaking out of your ears, as if Harlan Ellison and Neil Gaiman were having a cage match in your soul. Currently, he is hard at work at the second book in the trilogy, tentatively titled The Yellow Triangle Conversations and due out in 2013.
Whereas Erbeth focused on the grand cosmology and the relationships between higher beings, Yellow Triangle will feature more human and contemporary protagonists that experience moments of space/time displacement. It's a Whovian mystery that should bear all the hallmarks of Fredric's esoteric style.
Why He Likes It: "That's a tough one. Nothing I might like about it is what inspires me to do it. It is perhaps some weird sense of social conscience -- like if I don't write this and get it out there, all there will be in the future is more regurgitations, propaganda and insignificant ramblings over the minutiae of life. My greatest fear is that one day there will be published a Best of Facebook coffee-table book -- just imagine what would be contained in that. I like the idea that if I can put some stuff like the Erbeth out there -- even if it is only a very tiny drop in a sea of mediocrity -- it might help crystallize an alternative future that is somehow brighter and full of more possibilities for at least a few of us."
What Inspires Him: "In the spring of 2005, I was hit by a jeep while walking across the street. It lifted me up in the air, threw me 12 or so feet and cracked two ribs in the process. For cracked ribs there is no practicable form of bandage or splint, and so the only remedy is Lidocaine pads, painkillers and the cautious avoidance of movement. In fact, for the first week even the slightest attempt to move -- even to get myself out of bed -- brought sharp and excruciating pain throughout my entire body. For two weeks I sat as still as possible, took medication and chain-smoked two packs of Marlboro Reds each day.
This all resulted in a deep reflection on such things as the meaning of human life on Earth, substance and energy, and the material basis for existence. All the things I'd been studying for the last few years -- the writings of Gurdjieff and Reich, the fiction of Mark Twain (Letters from the Earth), as well as some contemporary sci-fi like To Mars and Providence by Don Webb.
So with lots of spare time, a bottle of painkillers and the spirit of John Milton to guide me, I began to write. I believe the whole story of Lucifer and the Fallen Angels is really a vMEME. It reoccurs a few more times in the Bible -- exodus from Eden, exodus from Israel -- as well as in modern times in stories like Battlestar Galactica or media events like the Heaven's Gate cult suicides. Even Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, beneath all the economic and sociopolitical ideas, at its heart extols the virtuousness of abandoning the sinking ship of a hopeless group-think movement. Some groups are just toxic and really the smartest thing you can do is just walk away.
If Not This, Then What: "As they say, everyone dies, only a few actually live. I'd like to live and things like music and writing help support that, or at least make it a little more colorful."
If Not Here, Then Where: "Cydonia, Mars. If I don't live long enough to see the next big migration there, Leipzig, Germany, would be a second choice. I could live out my days hanging around the Tomaskirche grooving to the vibrations left by Johann Sebastian Bach's planetary existence."
What's Next: In addition to working on more Erbeth books, Fredric is seeking to put out a graphic novel set in the universe. Though Asmodeus X's last album, The Bright Ones, was heralded as their last release, Fredric admitted some things were kicking around there. He is also working remotely with bands like 108 and ESA.
More Creatives for 2012
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
John Sparagana, photographer
Damon Smith, musician and visual artist
Geoff Winningham, photographer
Johnathon Michael Espinoza, visual artist
Jaemi Blair Loeb, conductor
Katya Horner, photographer
Johnathan Felton, artist
Nicoletta Maranos, cosplayer
Carol Simmons, hair stylist
Joseph "JoeP" Palmore, actor, poet
Greg Carter, director
Kenn McLaughlin, theater director
Justin Whitney, musician
Antone Pham, tattoo artist
Susie Silbert, crafts
Lauralee Capelo, hair designer
Marisol Monasterio, flamenco dancer
Carmina Bell, promoter and DJ
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, writer Kiki Lucas, choreographer and director
J.J. Johnston, theater director
Mary Margaret Hansen, artist
Richard Tallent, photographer
Viswa Subbaraman, opera director
Emily Sloan, sculptor and performance artist
Sonja Roesch, gallery owner
Enrique Carreón-Robledo, conductor
Sandy Ewen, musician
Camella Clements, puppeteer
Wade Wilson, gallery owner
Magid Salmi, photographer
Carl Williams, playwright