Free Lunch Studios

Tom Gordon

Welcome, hola, bonjour! Here's the part of the site where you can discover (nauseatingly gratuitous amounts) of self-serving information about yours truly, Tom Gordon... operator of the shadowy creative institution that somehow, inexplicably continues to exist as Free Lunch Studios (no comments about being "institutionalized" please!)

Tom, January 2009So who am I, you ask? Well, if after perusing the thirtysomething megabytes of material upon this site, you arrived at the conclusion that I am (alternately) a blatantly commercial illustrator, an aspiring, decidedly non-cyberpunk SF writer ("spec-fic," "skiffy" or "sci-fi?" you decide) and/or a grouchy disestablishmentarianist type... I'd congratulate you on your powers of observation. I also read voraciously, sing on occasion and do a little bit of musical composition on synthesizers, though my tunes are certainly nothing to write home about. In the meantime, you'll just have to be content with my obsessive drawings, ridiculously overwrought prose and bizarrely coded "new media" doohickeys until MindspringEarthLinkWhatever gives me the boot.

"Free Lunch" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the works of Robert A. Heinlein. He coined the Lunar slogan TANSTAAFL ("There ain't no such thing as a free lunch") in his novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress." Recently, I discovered that TANSTAAFL may have also been a sarcastic campaigning slogan used by "progressives" (a nice-sounding euphemism for "socialist dorks") during the 1930s. Decades later, the Master exhumed the acronym and threw it into what is now considered to be the most libertarian of his SF works. Savor the irony, won't you?

How time flies when you're having fun! It's actually been nearly twenty years since I first staked my claim upon the Internet with a blandly generic page of links. During the subsequent months, between Web-browsing sessions, posting on Usenet, IRC yacking and stacks upon stacks of e-mail correspondance, I've become acquainted with many peepul across the planet who've altered my intellectual/professional path in some way with their works. I've engaged in countless skirmishes where I've had to fight eloquently for the things I truly believe in. On the other hand, I've ALSO had to cast aside many long-held convictions through the efforts of some intelligent 'Net denizen out there. Oh, what a long, strange trip it's been!

Still, I remain convinced that the Internet is the intellectual, artistic and economic frontier for the human race; the first true "laissez-faire" free market of ideas and products, and am happy to be a part of it.