BAJA CLAVIUS is more than out of this world – it evades comparison. Our protagonist Ted Avila is a former military man commissioned to become a top-secret time travel agent on a lunar base nicknamed “Moon Men Deep Inside” located beneath the crater Clavius. His mission is to repair timelines in the past to save humanity by employing his insatiable carnal appetite and penchant for domination.
Along the way, the incredibly virile Ted becomes sexually involved with many buff, muscle-bound men on Earth, all in conflicting timelines. Vincent Wauneka – Ted’s oft-partner in both vocation and lust – is typically along for the very bumpy and murderous ride. But it’s not all as easy for Ted as simply following his lascivious instincts. He can remember multiple timelines even after changing them, creating a psychic cacophony peppered with perceived memory loss, flashbacks, experiential repetition, and a colorful array of cognitive dissonance.
And there’s a lot more going on: Wild West execution-style hangings, kinky voyeurism, international drug trafficking, telepathic erotic mind control, alien meddling in DNA and more. This can make for sometimes confusing leaps in plot, time, and sequences of action, perhaps as a nod to the protagonist’s bouts of amnesia. However, for the reader it can make for a baffling, groundless context.
Author Madeira Desouza created the most recent edition of BAJA CLAVIUS thanks to robust reader feedback and crowdsourcing. This seems to lead to a bit of stylistic and formatting disorientation in the story. It might also account for the series of copyediting errors throughout.
Where BAJA CLAVIUS shines is in its description of the natural world, invoking the Southwest postcard nostalgia of jagged rocks, the neon lights of garish casinos, lonely highways, and the bleak, unforgiving desert. Desouza also offers esoteric and compelling scenes of action. Indeed, the story insists that, like the characters, the reader reluctantly disrupt any expectations of space and time. This makes for a worthwhile examination of action and consequence.
It’s important to note BAJA CLAVIUS espouses the bara genre, a Japanese underground art form known for sex among adult men. Still, even outside of this community, the rugged, rough-hewn intensity of Desouza’s work bears merit. Niche queer fetish escapades collide with clandestine cowboy missions from the moon in BAJA CLAVIUS. While this oftentimes violent and sprawling sci-fi thriller is not for everyone, it offers compelling imagery and curious insights into a boundless universe. [IndieReader.com review of early 2017 version, not the corrected version now available]
If you’re looking for something really different in sci-fi erotica, there’s nothing quite so unique as the writings of Madeira Desouza. In his latest novella, Desouza takes us on a wild roller coaster ride with a group of moon-based time travelers who embark on a series of missions to change Earth’s past. Building on the memorable characters and plots from his previous successes, Desouza enhances his unpredictable yet brilliant writing with all-new, original illustrations created just for this volume. The story is a stunner, the artwork is a surprise with the overall effect being lustful, fiery, shocking and hilarious. Politically correct it isn’t but for fans of either genre it’s a journey you won’t want to miss! [Amazon.com review of 2012 edition no longer available]
Time travel is one of the most interesting and rich themes in science-fiction. It offers so many variations for dealing with paradoxes and inconsistencies that arise from changing the past. Madeira Desouza’s gay erotic tale of time-traveling agents raises a question I have never seen posed before: how do time travelers cope with the changes that have been wrought in their home world by their efforts to fix problems in the past. MMDI—which is both the title of the book and a play on the acronym for the agency—suggests the agents will have to be effectively brainwashed upon their return so that they are not traumatized by the consequences of their actions. So then, what if an agent can’t forget?
This book is occasionally delightfully sexy. But the most intriguing parts of the story are the occasional recurrences where events are repeated with slight changes because the protagonist Time Travel Agent goes back and tries to change outcomes. The sexiness is fun, but the time travel is mind-boggling in just the way a good science fiction novel can be entrancing and satisfying. [Amazon.com review of 2010 edition no longer available]
It’s a courageous step. Gay science fiction can be a very hard sell indeed, which is why too little of it is published (that is, gay science fiction as distinct from the oceans of erotica being churned out by the m/m e-presses, most of which is barely recognizable as science fiction, and much more easily identified as erotica with futuristic props and set dressing!) [2011 review]
This is definitely not your “normal” read. I think that if you are a GLBT Doctor Who or Torchwood fan you might be more inclined to find this an interesting read as I did. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve finished reading it and I’m still processing the story.
This is a huge eBook and it contains all the Madeira Desouza novellas together in one bundle. I’d like to read more of his novels.
Thank you for an interesting read, Madeira Desouza! [2013 review]
I read Moon Men Deep Inside and it really was an exciting ride. I have no other way to describe it but a “ride.” The pace of the book was superb. I would be moving along and then “bam!” the unexpected would happen.
Your ability to weave the multi-timeline plot was impressive. I continuously found myself being surprised by events.
I must admit, the first chapter made me a bit nervous. I thought the book was going to take the direction of straight-up erotica with no real story or depth behind it. Boy was I wrong! [2012 review]