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Paul JJ Payack

The Idea Mine: A Brief Note on Metafiction

The Idea Mine:  A Brief Note on Metafiction
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Published by Writers Club Press
July 2000
ISBN: 0-595-14264-8
What I present to you here is an an introduction to the Metafictional Worlds that I've created.

This Idea Mine, which consists of nearly one thousand creative works, has taken some twenty-five years to construct, create and compile.

You can use this Idea Mine to extract all manner of idea-gems, allowing them to incubate, and, if you so choose, watch them bloom into full scale works in their own right.

Many of the works collected in this Idea Mine have been published in such places as The Paris Review, Creative Computing, and the Gnosis Anthology (English and Russian), while the collages have appeared in such varied outlets as New Letters, Boulevard, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. (For years I belonged to the Science Fiction Writers of America, but I do not classify myself as a science fiction writer.)

I call this Idea Mine, or master oeuvre, Metafiction. Of course, there are logical groupings within Metafiction and a number of these have been published in various guises.

In this Idea Mine you can find such works as: The Book of Hours (An End to History, A Death to Consciousness) A wordless novel in seventy-six collages, which examines the endemic and, apparently, inherent conflicts in the male / female relationship.

The Divine Comedy: A Post-Modern Commentary A critique of Dante Aligheri’s thirteenth century epic poem in twenty-six collages.

Santa and the Ho-Ho-Ho Zone by the Brothers Payack A Post-Modern Christmas tale about the manner in which the children of the world get together to save the Earth (and Christmas!) from the environmental disaster resulting from the Hole in the Ozone. (Illustrated with Thomas Nast-type collages.)

Children of the Mind,which recounts the tale of a society in which thought is rationed, the imagination is viewed as a disease, and dreaming is considered a subversive activity.

The Land of Orth, an encyclopedia-style collection describing this hitherto unknown civilization. The story started as a single tale describing the phenomenon of psychological boundaries, where a boundary exists only because the subjects perceive it to exist. In the original tale the boundary was the Tall Walls, which were thought to be scores of kilometers high and thousands long. The tale is told from the perspective of the one who first postulates that the Tall Walls, upon which the entire civilization has based its society, culture, and belief system have, in fact, never existed.

Worlds to Shatter, a full-length classically styled dramatic work in nine “episodes”frequently compared in the style and content to Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

As an active participant of the Post-Modern Marketplace, I’m fascinated by the fads and fallacies that seem to spread like wild fire (or madness) throughout the highest echelons of the corporate realm. This has led me to describe human interactions in a volume entitled Toward A Radical New Vision of Management, which includes:

The Breaking Fast Solution, where I am informed that my neighborhood, working-class diner has actually undergone a ‘paradigm shift’ and has gone to ‘solutions selling’ and is now offering ‘bundled solutions’ for the ‘breaking fast experience’ instead of such pedestrian (and plebian) fare such as ‘steak ’n eggs’.

The More is More Principle, where through a long, thorough, and exhaustive research of the historical literature I prove—contrary to popular convention— that more is actually more and less is actually less. This position, radical in the extreme, has forced the author to publish his findings under a pseudonym.

CorporateSpeak (or CorpBonics), where I’ve created a handy introduction to CorporateSpeak that should serve as the Cliff Notes to mastering the intricate and always befuddling rules of the science.

The Ten UnCommandments, which describe those attitudes, behaviors, and thinking you must follow to create a flawed, failed and miserable relationship with your outside ‘vendors’ and ‘agencies’.

The Idea Mine also contains any number of yet-to-be-discovered nuggets or gems. One of which, for example, could be, say, Secret Histories, a collection that details historical events that have never before been chronicled.

For example, Conversation With the Word-Man is an unprecedented interview with the person who invented language. Steppingstone to the Stars is an account of the actual events that precipitated the discovery of the concept and number zero, The Naming of America recounts the actual dream that inspired 16th century cartographer to name the newly discovered western continent America, and The Dustbin of History, details the invention of , (the infinity symbol). Others might include Footnote, the story behind the story of the first Marathon, and The Lament, which describes the catastrophic final events of the Proto-Indo-European nation.

A sister collection, Secret Origins, could detail previously unchronicled fanciful events, such as “Gravitons I hate…” a brief glimpse into the most intimate thoughts of a Black Hole, and The Geomancers, chronicling the work of the Philosophical Technicians, who use advanced mathematics to construct continents, nations, and worlds, and the like.

Of course, this Idea Mine: A Brief Note on Metafiction does not contain my entire oeuvre (hence the name); however, what is does provide is a glimpse into my work as a whole and, hopefully, examples that demonstrate both its nature and scope.

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