LOM Book One – Xicano Science Fiction by Frank S. Lechuga

LOM Book One

LOM Book One

I don’t pretend at highbrow Latino literature. I write violent dystopian sci-fi for a readership wanting new action, blood and mythos.

LOM is . . . Xicano science fiction for all the human tribes and a Hwarang story, that is to say, a Korean Bushido story about vengeance, justice & honor set in a future City of L.A.

LOM is . . . death on wheels, killer robots hunting for bounty, robotized apartheid, drone surveillance in the hood, honor and Great Law

LOM is . . . Death Wish in hi tech armor, killer robots, Toltec parallel universes, L.A. divided into Green Zones and Brown Zones

LOM is . . . hot rods to hell when road rage is the norm and it’s time to robotize your ride and armor up because your pretty BMW will be a target

DIVERSITY IN A FUTURE DYSTOPIC L.A. WILL NOT BE WHAT YOU THINK. THE SOCIOPOLITICAL SEEDS OF LOM’S DYSTOPIA HAVE ALREADY SPROUTED.

LOM is the acronym formed from the first letters of the words in the novel’s title (in its entirety, Books One, Two, Three and Four.)  The complete title, what LOM means, will be revealed in the last installment of the series, LOM – Book Four


I describe my work as Xicano science fiction because I self-identify as Xicano and Chicano, and that is to say I am American born, an American citizen, American educated K-18 with cultural roots through my parents to Mexico and the First Nations of this continent.  Others may identify as Latino or Hispanic writers and that is certainly their choice.  I do not.  As some readers may discover, I have incorporated certain aspects of my Xicano experience and consciousness into the LOM story.

I will add that LOM is also a hwarang do or Korean bushido science fiction novel-whose dystopic storyline runs on robotics, road wars, low riding, street gangsterism, a future apartheid and Toltec parallel universes thrown into the mix.

In fact, the mythos of the ancient Toltec warrior tradition provides a dynamic countervailing element supercharging both character development and plot throughout the LOM storyline.

Glyph for Atl-Tlachinolli, burning water...external and internal spiritual war

Specific authors whose writing styles and subject that have inspired my writing include: Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Frank Herbert, Ann Rice, Michael Moorcock, Steven King, Ray Bradbury and Dean Koontz.

Frank S. Lechuga is a veteran of the early Chicano movement and a self-described foot soldier in the cultural and political wars of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.   Growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1950s and 60s he directly experienced the open racism and segregation that was commonplace in California and throughout America before the passing of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965.

As a young man he attended the historic Crusade for Justice National Chicano Youth Conference in Denver, Colorado in 1969, participating in numerous demonstrations throughout the early 70s and serving many times as security. He is one of the student founders of the Chicano/a Studies Department at California State University, Northridge.   In a previous lifetime he has been an arts program director, English teacher and a university counselor.  The father of two beautiful daughters from his previous marriage, Felicia and Polly, he has been in a long-term relationship with Liz, leader of the editorial/proofreading team that prepared LOM for publication.

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