By Paul Hair
Jon Del Arroz is a Hispanic science fiction author with a rising profile. He’s already published quite a bit of work and has more ready to debut in 2018. In addition to this, Del Arroz is defying media stereotypes, with his involvement in the Vox Day-led Alt*Hero being one such example of his breaking the mold.
Hollywood in Toto profiled Del Arroz in June of 2017, and PJ Media published an article about him on Jan. 3. His isn’t a household name yet but he seems to be doing all that he can to make it one. He has a sizable catalogue of stories that range from novels to comic books. His latest full-length work is a young adult novel called, For Steam and Country: Book One of the Adventures of Baron Von Monocle.
"It’s just a fun steampunk fantasy about a girl who inherits an airship and finds herself in the middle of a war," Del Arroz said about the book. "It’s got great reviews and people love it. I kind of think of it as the Star Wars of steampunk, a genre that’s been underserved with epic adventure," he added.
And if you’re a fan of For Steam and Country, or if you’re a fan of steampunk in general, there’s good news: more novels in the series are on the way. "Book two is written, but I need to edit it," Del Arroz said. "I am aiming for summer."
But that isn’t all there is. He is hard at work on other stories.
"I’ve got four books already written that I need to release this year, three of which are in different series," he said. "The one that’s very close to release will be a space opera called, The Stars Entwined. I think people will love it."
Del Arroz is also working on Alt*Hero, "A new alternative comic series intended to challenge and eventually replace the SJW-converged comics of DC and Marvel." The project has generated a lot of interest judging from the success of its FreeStartr crowdfunding campaign. It also has generated interest because of who else is involved with it.
Vox Day, who has described himself as Alt-Right, created the Alt*Hero series. Many in the media, conservatives and liberals alike, have denounced the Alt-Right as "white nationalists" or "racists." Meanwhile, Del Arroz says on his website that he "is known to many as the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction."
"I’m definitely not racist or white nationalist! Though I do my own thing and have my own beliefs," Del Arroz said when asked for his thoughts about people who denounce the Alt-Right. "If you look at what I say, it’s rarely about government policy because that doesn’t interest me so much. I mostly speak out about corporate blackballing and blacklisting, and a lack of allowed freedom of speech by the gatekeepers that control culture. It’s something most people agree with, and that’s why my message resonates—and also why the elites fight me so hard on it," he added.
"They certainly don’t like me being the leading Hispanic voice, but it is what it is," he replied when asked if anyone ever criticized him for saying that he is the leading Hispanic in science fiction.
Del Arroz appears to have made enemies because of his beliefs and views. Worldcon, a science fiction convention, has banned him from attending its 2018 gathering in San Jose, Calif. It provided its reason for the ban on its website. But Del Arroz tells a different story.
"Nothing’s changed," Del Arroz said when asked about any updates on the ban. "I’ve had no contact. Worldcon never reached out to me beyond telling me the decision was final, without telling me what I did wrong," he added. "No matter what, I’m guilty according to them, which really goes to show this is about my identity more than anything I did. They appear to be discriminating against me because I’m an outspoken symbol of right-wing politics. It’s really sad to see."
But he apparently hasn’t let the ban get him down.
"I’m cranking out books as fast as possible," he said. "The Stars Entwined, I think, will put me on the map more than anything else so far, and I’m of course in the middle of writing the Alt-Hero novel that might even propel my career further. There’s also a number of comic books I intend on releasing this year. Lastly, I have a Patreon in which I share content, short stories, and all sorts of stuff. There’s a lot of fun shorts in the pipeline, many of which tie into my books. I think people would definitely enjoy subscribing there."
Follow Jon Del Arroz at his website, on Twitter (@jondelarroz), and on Gab (@otomo).