Troops from California Overrun Tijuana (Sort Of)

“A great science fiction detective story” – Ian Watson, author of The Universal Machine
Luck and Death at the Edge of the World

Days until the election: 96

My interest in the future of Mexico comes partly from the fact that I’ve written about that very future in a science fiction novel that is set partly in Los Angeles and partly in Mexico City — Luck and Death at the Edge of the World is just being released — so imagining the future of Mexico was a professional necessity for me.

Before writing Luck and Death I’d spent time in Merida, but as preparation for writing the novel I spent two weeks in the distrito federal in the summer of 2006, doing research, talking to people on all sides of the controversy that was then going on about the last presidential election (which I wrote about in The Future That Happened & The Future That Didn’t), and occasionally going to listen to local bands.

I slept about two hours a night, walked about 20 km a day, learned a lot, met a lot of very cool people, drank way too much with those same people, ate endless street food, and loved every second of it.

Luck and Death at the Edge of the World

Luck and Death at the Edge of the World

But this post is about the opening of the book and that doesn’t happen in Merida or Mexico City.  The novel opens with soldiers of the California National Forces (yes, national forces, there is no longer a United States of America in Luck and Death) carrying out a raid — essentially an act of state terrorism — in Tijuana.

The trailer for the book (below) is a reading of the first chapter, in which we first encounter the cross-border raiding party, although we don’t witness the raid itself yet.

Music and effects were added by the awesome folks at TTG Music Lab, who usually create musical scores for feature films and television shows, and a montage of images has been layered on top of that.

Let me know what you think, especially those of you who are checking it out from within Mexico.  I know guys, I borrowed your country for my book and then invaded it, but keep in mind I made the United States collapse so you hardly get the worst of it.

Besides, not to get all grim and realistic, but gringo military intervention in Mexico isn’t exactly something I made up out of thin air.  It’s happened more than once before, it could happen again (see here, here, here, and here), or it may already be happening. At least my intervention is fictional.

I look forward to your impressions, so post a comment or email me at

And don’t forget to visit the Luck and Death IndieGoGo page, where you can download a free ebook of the first three chapters, buy a copy of the novel, or choose from a wide selection of extra goodies that go along with it.

And if you like it, pass it on!

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