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STEVEN PAUL LEIVA was kidnapped by Hollywood in his twenties, and toiled there for many years as a producer and writer, working with the great and the not-so-great, who were often, oddly, one and the same.

Eventually he escaped -- or was expelled -- after producing the animation for "Space Jam," pairing the witty Bugs Bunny with the sweaty Michael Jordan.

And beyond the prison walls of Hollywood:

His play, "Made on the Moon," had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been performed in America by such actors as Paul Provenza, Robert Picardo and John Billingsley.

His Hollywood satiric thrillers, "Blood is Pretty: the First Fixxer Adventure" and "Hollywood is An All Volunteer Army: The Second Fixxer Adventure" have been published by Crossroad Press and feature, not surprisingly, the mysterious character, The Fixxer.

Leiva's science fiction satire on man's place in the universe, "Traveling in Space," a unique first contact novel told from the aliens' point-of-view, has been published by Bluroof Press.

Bluroof Press has also published "Searching for Ray Bradbury: Writings about the Man and the Writer," eight essays that Steven wrote about his friend and colleague from 2009 to 2012

In 2010 Steven created and organized RAY BRADBURY WEEK IN LOS ANGELES in celebration of the literary master's 90th birthday, and directed, as part of the celebrations,Bradbury's one-act play, "The Better Part of Wisdom," starring James Cromwell, Seamus Dever, and Jeff Cannata. An historical record of RAY BRADBURY WEEK, with photos and videos, can be found at the RAY BRADBURY WEEK Facebook page. Steven also spearheaded the effort to name the major downtown Los Angeles intersection of Fifth & Flower Ray Bradbury Square.

Steven's latest from Crossroad Press is the comic comic novel, "By the Sea", a modern adult fairy tale with a ensemble cast of Cinderellas.

Steven has written articles, essays and reviews for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, The Bulletin, the quarterly magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and Massimo Pigliucci's Scientia Salon. He became a blogger for the Huffington Post in 2012 on the recommendation of the Huff Post's then great Senior Science Correspondent, Cara Santa Maria.

Steven lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Steven Paul Leiva

Love and Rockets

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:36 AM

"It's not Rocket Science," is a statement often -- and quite boringly -- made by those pretending to humility about whatever it is they do. Often it is celebrities mouthing this statement, show biz people who live with an abundance of attention, which most likely has gone to their heads,...

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People -- You Gotta Love 'em!

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Whenever I hear some inane person insipidly declare, "I prefer animals over people," I immediately go into a Dickensian and Curmudgeon-ian mood and mutter not so under my breath, "If I could work my will, every fool who goes about with 'I prefer animals over people' on their lips would...

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Movies on the Radio! - Lend Me Your Ears

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 11:28 PM

The movies (variously known as cinema, film, flicks -- and I would now add television, TV, the boob tube) is an art form somewhat over a hundred years old. Not really a long time in the nearly 200,000-year history of modern humans. And an infinitesimally small molecule of time in...

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Ray Bradbury's Uneasy Relationship with Hollywood - A Review of 'Ray Bradbury Unbound'

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 11:34 AM


Ray Bradbury Unbound
by Jonathan R. Eller
University of Illinois Press | 2014 | 352 pages | $34.95

Ray Bradbury was a lover. Ray Bradbury was a self-described "emotionalist," a passionate man and writer who worked instinctually and rarely intellectually, and...

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No Book Is an Island: On the Dual Identity of Art

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:52 AM


No work of art exists in a vacuum. No work of art is an unbreachable creation with a purity that defines it as one thing in and of itself. No work of art is its own Platonic form.

This is true because...

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Five Books About Ray Bradbury

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:33 PM


Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, and so this year he would have celebrated his ninety-fourth birthday. But, sadly, this man, this teller of tales, who I had assumed out of love would have made it to at least...

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Is Every Friggin' Person in America Writing a Novel?

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 10:52 PM

Is every friggin' person in America writing a novel? Yes, absolutely, every friggin' person in America is writing a novel or so it can seem and so drives me to such an outrageous hyperbole.


I do, though, have it on good authority...

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Review: 50 Great Myths About Atheism

(7) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:05 PM

50 Great Myths About Atheism
By Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk
Wiley Blackwell | 2013 | 288 pages


"There is an old saying about propaganda -- probably not a myth -- that a falsehood repeated often enough will eventually...

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William Morrow Stabs at the "Heart" of Ray Bradbury

(4) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 1:23 PM

Ray Bradbury, who famously wrote about the future, was a reluctant participant in it when it arrived. Even retroactively. He never learned to drive, despite becoming a resident of Los Angeles in 1934, and for most of his life he refused to fly. The onset of the personal computer held...

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Curse You Evelyn Wood -- And All You Speed Reading Book Demons

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 12:13 PM

All authors like fan letters. But indie authors (what we who are not published by the six big behemoths of American book companies call ourselves) love fan letters. It means that we somehow got on someone's radar and that makes us blipping happy.

I have had a recent chain of...

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Ray Bradbury's Favorite Bookshop

(77) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 5:05 PM

When a great American author recommends a bookstore to you, you would be well-advised to listen. When he does it with enthusiasm and passion, which was the only way Ray Bradbury ever did anything, you would be well-advised not just to listen, but to take note -- in indelible ink...

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The Facts About Fiction, the Fiction About Facts

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 2:25 PM

Last week I was reading a very good interview with one of my favorite novelists, David Brin, in the Santa Barbara Independent and was struck by the journalist Tam Hunt confessing that, "...I read mostly non-fiction and I find that most fiction doesn't have the "meat" that I'm...

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Does Eric Garcetti Have the Aesthetic Chops to be Mayor of L.A.?

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 2:32 PM

During the 1968 Presidential election campaign I was in my first year of college and not very political. But my best friend John was, and he was determined to get me involved. He called me up one day and said, "George Wallace is having a rally in West Covina. Let's...

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Ralphie Is the True Spirit of Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Twenty-nine years ago I was a producer on a film based in Tokyo when, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, I was called back to America to deal with a production emergency. The company I worked for was based in Marin County in Northern California, and there I found myself all...

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Back to Square One: The Story of Ray Bradbury Square in Los Angeles

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 1:01 PM

In 2010 the city of Los Angeles did something rather wonderful. In honor of Ray Bradbury's 90th birthday on August 22nd the Los Angeles City Council did not declare that date "Ray Bradbury Day," which would have been a very typical kind of honor for a city to bestow on...

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Considering the Source: Which Contributes Most to the Well-being of Society -- Science or Art?

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 12:12 PM

The old curmudgeon in me often wonders, "Why do we keep asking the opinion of the man in the street? If he knew anything he wouldn't be in the damn street!"

Recently I came across some information in a public survey that confirmed my old curmudgeon's jaundiced view of...

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Six Characters in Search of a Stenographer: Where Writers Get Their Ideas

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 5:23 PM

If you are at all interested in novels and novelists you have probably read an article about, or interview with, one of your favorite authors in which the author declares: "I don't really write my books, my characters write my books, they talk to me and I just take dictation."...

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A CEO Does Not a President Make: Or Romney and the Myth of 'Business Experience'

(11) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 1:24 PM

At the second presidential debate, Mitt Romney's main pitch for himself-- besides a five-point plan that his opponent, rightly I believe, called rather "sketchy"-- was that, "I know how to turn this economy around," and, "I've been a job creator and I know how to create jobs." He qualifies this...

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How Romney Won the First Presidential Debate: Or, in the Lair of the Shadowsmiths

(3) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 6:14 PM

In a remote area of Utah, within the vast acreage of some private land, where visitors are most decidedly not welcomed and trespassers seem to disappear without a trace, there is a protuberance on the land too large to be considered a hill, and yet not large enough to be...

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New Clothes for Shakespeare and Sondheim, or the 'Wisdom' of Harry Hotdoggen

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 10:30 AM

I was once driving around with a colleague, an actor of sorts whom I will call Harry Hotdoggen, when the subject of William Shakespeare came up.

"Shakespeare is The Emperor's New Clothes, Harry said in a statement so definitive that I thought I could perceive the stone tablet he was...

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