Best Books of 2016

Earlier this year, Black Scat Books published my first book of plays. Cultured Vultures has selected it as one of the best books (so far) in 2016, calling it "hilarious, intelligent, and just fun to read." They also include James Reich's brilliant prelude to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Mistah Kurtz.

Mark Amerika

One of my favorite authors, Mark Amerika, has this to say about Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2:

"D. Harlan Wilson has found a new language festering on the dark side of the moon."

Coming in September from Raw Dog Screaming Press.

J.G. Ballard

Here's the table of contents for my upcoming biocritical study of J. G. Ballard for University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction Series. Not set in stone, but pretty close. A lot of folks helped me with this book over the last few years and will be thoroughly acknowledged via words and wine. You know who you are—thanks again.

INTRODUCTION

J. G. BALLARD A.K.A. SHANGHAI JIM
Disclaimer
Birth & Parents
Prewar Shanghai
Lunghua
“Return” to England
Schooling
Odd Jobs & the Royal Air Force
Shepperton
Writing Career & Family Life
Later Life & Death

THIS WAY TO INNER SPACE: SHORT FICTION & ESSAYS
Overview
The Voices of Time
The Terminal Beach
Vermillion Sands
Myths of the Near Future
War Fever
Nonfiction

DISASTER AREAS: THE NATURAL DISASTER QUARTET
Contexts
A Means to a Beginning: The Wind from Nowhere
Landscapes of Decline & Desire: The Drowned World, The Drought & The Crystal World

PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE: THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION & THE URBAN DISASTER TRILOGY
A Postmodern Turn: The Atrocity Exhibition
Technologies of the Present: Crash, Concrete Island & High-Rise

EMPIRES OF THE SELF: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVELS
Jack-of-all-Ballards: The Unlimited Dream Company
Empires of the Son: Empire of the Sun & The Kindness of Women

THE ROAD TO CULTURE: LATER NOVELS
On the Death of Futurity
Specters of Culture in Nature: Hello America, The Day of Creation & Rushing to Paradise
Zones of Terror and Ennui: Running Wild, Cocaine Nights, Super-Cannes, Millennium People & Kingdom Come

CONCLUSION

A J. G. BALLARD BIBLIOGRAPHY

Call for Reviewers

Here is the current list of books received by Extrapolation. If you are interested in reviewing of one of these titles, email me at david.wilson@wright.edu. As always, if we have not worked together before, please tell me about yourself (i.e., fields of study, former publications, etc.). Have a great summer!

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and Carl H. Sederholm, eds. The Age of Lovecraft.

Gerald Alva Miller, Jr. Understanding William Gibson.

Ewa Mazierska & Alfredo Suppia, eds. Red Alert: Marxist Approaches to Science Fiction Cinema.

Primacy

The script for my play "Primacy" appears in the latest issue of The Cafe Irreal. It's one of three plays in my new collection from Black Scat Books and will be performed later this year in Boston at the UFORGE Gallery.

Battle #2 Jacket

Here's the full jacket for Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2 beautifully designed by Bradley Sharp. Advance reader copies will be available soon. Coming from Raw Dog Screaming Press in September.



The Sand Men

My latest review in LARB is on Christopher Fowler's new novel The Sand Men. Verdict:

"Ballard devotees and scholars may be let down by The Sand Men, which, while powerfully written and not altogether derivative, is a conventional narrative tailored for a mainstream readership. For me, the novel could have been significantly enhanced by a use of inner spatial tactics and aesthetics or at least a more innovative exploration of the protagonist’s psychological vicissitudes. Such an approach, however, would likely veer Fowler away from the safe house of his target audience."

Read the entire review here.