Ray Blank is a pen name. For Ray, the name conjures themes from the golden age of science fiction, with its stress on how science and technology interacts with liberty and identity. The importance of these themes has grown, not diminished, in the interim. The combination of words suggests an absurdity, like a ray gun firing blanks. He hopes that his writing captures some of the absurdity of life. There is a tip of the hat toward Ray Bradbury and Man Ray, innovators of word and image. It would please him greatly if readers also detect an echo of the pseudonyms deployed by great pamphleteers, and of the identity politics that prompted Malcolm X to adopt his name. And this nom de plume confers some basic advantages too: it is easy to spell, and to pronounce. Such things matter when weaving stories into a global tapestry of digital threads.
Visit his blog at halfthoughts.com.
Lyonesse Stories by Ray Blank
May 2016: - Second Home, Second Chance