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A.L. ('AL') Sirois

Editor's Notes: It's A. L. Sirois, or Allen Sirois, hence the 'Al' that looks like *AI* with this font. Mr. Sirois' intelligence is very real, not at all artificial. His website is www.alsirois.com. [JTC]

A. L. Sirois Al Tells Us: "I was born in 1950. My formative years were spent watching THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE OUTER LIMITS on TV, reading Amazing and Fantastic, Galaxy and Worlds of If and the old Ace doubles (although the first SF novel I clearly remember reading was Heinleinís Have Spacesuit Will Travel—I must have been 9 or so), and listening to Motown and the Beatles. When I started to write, I ground out pastiches of Ian Fleming and Edgar Rice Burroughs. I learned how to draw by copying Wally Woodís riffs out of old MAD paperbacks.

"I taught myself how to play drums by banging along with LPs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who. (Rock enthusiasts will recognize that thatís quite a range of styles!) By the end of the Sixties, I had discovered the work of Samuel R. Delany, Cordwainer Smith, H.P. Lovecraft, Alfred Bester, Harlan Ellison and Ursula Leguin.

"Musically, I realized for the first time the genius of Bach and Bartok, and developed an affinity for Procol Harum. In painting, the Flemish masters captured my attention—partly through the nightmare visions of Brueghel and Bosch. I became fascinated with Heinrich Kley, the German graphic artist, and the underground comic book masterpieces of Dave Sheridan and Fred Shrier.

"By 1973, the year I sold my first story, I had a fairly clear idea of what I liked in the graphic arts and writing. Shortly thereafter, I discovered jazz and fell in love with Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

"In my three areas of artistic accomplishment, I retain a love of clear storytelling, sharp images, and expressive music."

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