Battles Giveaway

There's a new Goodreads giveaway for my fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity: Volume 2. Click here to enter.

Sam Peckinpah Retrospective

Here's a cogent retrospective on the films of Sam Peckinpah. I siphoned a lot of this material for my short novel Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance, which was published by Shroud Books in 2009 and reprinted by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2013.

Dr. Identity Book Trailer

Recently I exhumed this book trailer for my first novel Dr. Identity. I had forgotten about it. Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2007, Dr. Identity won the first annual Wonderland Book Award for best novel.

The Roar of the River

I had the pleasure of reading Jorge Armenteros' upcoming novel The Roar of the River (Spuyten Duyvil 2017) this month. Verdict:

“Beautifully written and crafted, The Roar of the River is a mythic incantation of the relationship between nature and culture. Amerenteros evokes the dreamscapes and desires of Marquez, Joyce and Ballard while asserting his own distinctive voice.”

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.