In the1988 paranoid cult classic film They Live, We Sleep directed by John Carpenter, a homeless drifter stumbles upon the reason for the massive economic disparities among the rich and poor. It’s because society has been infiltrated by non-human beings who have disguised their grotesque features so they appear human and blend in undetected. The hero of the film Rowdy Roddy Piper, has found an underground group preparing to stop the invasion. The group manufactured a special type of sunglasses that can “see” through the alien glamor and exposes them trying to blend in among the human race. The sunglasses also reveal subliminal messages on money, signage and in all media, constantly hypnotizing human minds into a trance of consumption. The film They Live was based upon the short story Eight O’Clock In The Morning published in November 1963 by Ray Nelson. Ray worked with John Carpenter to rewrite his short story for the film. Ray Nelson is a science fiction author and cartoonist. He joins us to talk about his work, his friend, science fiction writer Philip K Dick, and the making of the movie They Live plus its 2 sequels that were banned by the movie industry.
Guest – Ray Nelson, science fiction author and cartoonist, well known for his art work from the golden age of Science Fiction fandom in the 1940s and ’50s, up until the present day.