Extrapolation 58.1

The latest issue of Extrapolation is out. It includes reviews of David S. Roh et al.'s Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media, Isiah Lavender III's Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in SF, Andrzej Wicher et al.'s Basic Categories of Fantastic Literature Revisited, Frenchy Lunning's Mechademia 8: Tezuka's Manga Life, a critical edition of Jules Verne's A Priest in 1835, Ann Hiebert Alton and William C. Spruiell's Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works, Mark Bould's study of Solaris, Stanislaw Lem's Selected Letters to Michael Kandel, and Samuel R. Delaney's The American Shore: Meditations on a Tale of SF by Thomas M. Disch. Essays in this issue include Jane Donawerth and Kat Scally's "'You've found no records': Slavery in Maryland and the Writing of Octavia Butler's Kindred," Zachary Showers' "Perennial Rule of the Masses: Class, Sex, and Decline in Ape and Essence," Jonathan Lewis' "Confronting Dystopia: The Power of Cognition in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and The Diamond Age," and Joy Sanchez-Taylor's "Interplanetary Diaspora and Fourth World Representation in Celu Amberstone's 'Refugees.'"

J.G. Ballard Webpage

Here's the page for my upcoming biocritical study of J.G. Ballard at my website. Coming November 2017 from University of Illinois Press as part of their Modern Masters of Science Fiction series.

The Projection Booth

Mike White recently interviewed me and several other specialists (including actor Keith David) at The Projection Booth about the film They Live. Listen to the show here. I discuss my cultography on the film as well as my education and some of my other books.

Review of Battle #2 in SDBR

San Diego Book Review has covered Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2. Here's an extract:

"Battle Without Honor or Humanity will exist as a perfect snapshot of our imperfect times. Before he chose to check out of the Hotel California with a bullet to the head, Hunter S. Thompson chose to describe our time as the “Age of Doom.” D. Harlan Wilson provides the play-by-play of the game of Doom. Rape, death, terrorism, paranoia, monsters, impersonality, secret police and the false imaging of TV and movies—they are all here. These stories, or chainsaw sections of a violent conveyor belt, force the reader into thinking along the same paths or rivers as Wilson. This is the most dangerous journey since Ronny Cox plopped up, arm askew, from the river in the movie version of James Dickey’s Deliverance. . . . Wilson takes the curled strips of film left on the cutting room floor, splices them together and creates a monster movie. . . . A brilliant, challenging book."

Read the full review here.

David Ian Paddy on J.G. Ballard

I was very happy to receive this endorsement from David Ian Paddy for my upcoming biocritical study of J.G. Ballard. David is a Professor of English at Whittier College and the author of one of the best books I've read on Ballard, The Empires of J.G. Ballard: An Imagined Geography, which I referred to frequently.

"Did J. G. Ballard protest too much? In this engaging work, Wilson makes a compelling case that, though Ballard often distanced himself from science fiction, his entire oeuvre belongs to the genre, even if Ballard fundamentally changed the genre along the way to include the terrain of inner space and the science-fictionalization of everyday life. A wonderful reading of one of late modernity’s greatest imaginative writers."

My book will be released later this year as part of University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series.

Simon Sellars on J.G. Ballard

Simon Sellars has this to say about my upcoming book on J.G. Ballard for University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series:

"In this wide-ranging and accessible work, D. Harlan Wilson argues that J.G. Ballard is a writer who remained true to science fiction even as he claimed to abandon the genre. With clear-eyed intelligence and a deep understanding of his subject, Wilson builds a compelling case for Ballard as perhaps SF’s most radical innovator."

Sellars is the editor of Extreme Metaphors, the most comprehensive collection of JGB interviews, and editor-in-chief of Ballardian.com, the most comprehensive website covering the Ballardosphere.

Extrapolation Call or Reviewers

The following titles are available for review in Extrapolation. We are looking for shorter reviews than in the past, ideally between 800-1000 words; full details are itemized in the review guidelines that will be sent out with each review copy. As always, if we have never worked together before and you are interested in reviewing a title, send a query to david.wilson@wright.edu and provide me with a biography of your scholarship and academic standing. Please don't commit to reviewing a title unless you absolutely have time and intend to complete a review on or before the due date, which, for this batch, will be September 1, 2017. Thanks!

Canavan, Gerry, Modern Masters of SF: Octavia E. Butler
Rick McGrath (ed.), Deep Ends: The J.G. Ballard Anthology 2016
Marek C. Oziewicz, Justice in YA Speculative Fiction
Ewa Mazierska & Alfredo Suppia (eds.), Red Alert: Marxist Approaches to SF
Louis Chude-Sokel, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora & Black Technopoetics

Chris Pak, Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations in SF
Steffen Hantke, Monsters in the Machine: SF Film & the Militarization of America after WWII
Irena Grubica & Zdenek Beran (eds.), The Fantastic of the Fin de Siecle
Grant Wythoff (ed.), The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering & Scientifiction

Roger Whitson, Steampunk &19th Century Digital Humanities
Mike Ashley, SF Rebels: The Story of the SF Magazines from 1981-1990