Jason Dias (Colorado Springs)

profile picJason Dias lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and son. His credits include web journals and articles for The New Existentialists and A New Domain, two book chapters about existential psychology, a book of poetry and several novels and anthologies. He worries that academic writers spend too much time writing for journals only read by people who already agree with them and tries to get big ideas out in other formats.

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Dias will be donating 50% of profits (minimum of $50) from Finding Life on Mars from 11/23-12/4 to the American Civil Liberties Union. If you’re not buying a book, you can still donate to Dias’s Colorado Gives Day campaign page, no purchase required. 

Why Dias is participating in Colorado #ResistanceReads:

How did current politics become a part of Finding Life on Mars?
I always write what I see. I’m not a still-life painter, by any means. I’m an autistic man in a neurotypical world. I hear people talking about phenomena — elections, arguments, sunsets — and they’re obviously not talking about reality. They’re talking about some filtered version of it. It’s so hard to engage with humans on these topics; humans are super-defensive, especially when you catch them being inconsistent. So I write. This is the world as I see it.

What kind of feedback have you gotten from readers about the political topics in your book?
In a critique group, one fellow writer said I shouldn’t say openly in my novel that capitalism had caused climate change. I’d turn off half the readers, he said. But I don’t care about that. My philosophy is, never dumb it down. Capitalism is causing climate change as well as a thousand other undesirable effects ranging from inconvenient to imminently dangerous. It isn’t my job to make readers happy. If you read my story and are happy at the end, there might be something wrong with you.

Why do you think people should pick up these “resistance reads”?
Isn’t it good to know that everyone isn’t a psychopathic narcissist? If you just watch TV it’s either totally slanted or so carefully milquetoast that climate change is still presented as a havable debate. But there are people left who care about each other, who see through the tricks, and even know how to help. I can’t promise you’ll find any help in these stories but you might find some hope.

Why did you choose to donate to the ACLU?
I chose the ACLU because I like to start at the top of any problem. When it comes to big issues like climate change, we can’t solve them by individually changing our habits. Only government can solve them, and that requires the government be free and democratic. The ACLU fights voter suppression, gerrymandering, and all the other dirty tricks that rich people use to maintain their position as de-facto leaders of our country. I hope you’ll consider supporting the ACLU and the tremendous work they do defending the rights of individual citizens like you and me.


Discussion questions for Finding Life on Mars

Finding Life on Mars visits a dilapidated Martian colony after the last outposts on Earth have failed. Suddenly alone in the universe but for one homicidal maniac with nuclear weapons, the last people in the universe have to figure out not just how to survive, but what to live for.

  1. This book presents a pretty dark future. How did you feel when you finished reading this story?
  2. What do you think happens to Jaye after the end of the story?
  3. Which parts of the story taking place on Earth resonated the most with you?

Purchase links:

  • Amazon: $14.99 paperback, $0.99 Kindle