FEMSPEC Review of Technologized Desire

Tonight I discovered that FEMSPEC: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Feminist Speculation has reviewed Technologized Desire: Selfhood & the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction. Here is the reviewer's culminating assessment:

"Wilson's text serves not only as a well-informed addition to science fiction criticism and theory, but also as a critique of postmodem society and the direction it is headed. Utilizing examples from postcapitalist films, novels, and comic books, Wilson provides a dynamic analysis of science fiction as a way to view postmodern capitalism and its effects on society and individuals."

FEMSPEC is a premier journal in the field of speculative criticism dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore, and other supernatural genres. I'm very happy and thankful for their attentiveness to my book, especially the reviewer herself, Antoinette Winstead, professor and chair of the Communication Arts Program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

For more on FEMSPEC, check out their new blog.

Average Quality Review of My Teaching

As I care a lot about my pedagogy and students -- hell yes, I check the ratings at RateMyProfessor.com. Generally they are sporadically posted by students at the Lake Campus, but today I discovered a new one for me. Mechanical errors and all, it reads:

"Guy is way to high on himself. Sent him an email asking a questions about a homework assignment last year and he respondid to my email with snide comments. Because he is an established writer, he expects you to be just as good as he is. Stay far far away."

I know who this student is -- I know who they all are. Apparently my review is of "average quality" because, according to the student, I possess clarity and I'm somewhat helpful, but I grade too hard. The alleged "snide comments" I made were in reference to a question he put to me about an assignment that he didn't want to do. He felt he knew the material and shouldn't have to waste valuable time following directions and completing requisite tasks. And when he learned that he would receive a failing grade for the assignment, he took the matter up with the Dean, who quickly dismissed him. The student dropped out of school shortly thereafter.

Where is RateMyStudents.com?

12 Bizarro Book Covers

Details Magazine recently ran an article on Bizarro book covers based on an interview with Carlton Mellick III. One of the books featured in my novel Blankety Blank: A Memoir of Vulgaria.

Hate Email

Got a nice hate email from one "Chris Roberts" who didn't like my promotional plug for They Had Goat Heads. Initially I assumed he had submitted a story to The Dream People in the past and been rejected, but apparently he "sent [me] an email like a year ago, for a friend without a computer - no response." I don't know what that means. At any rate, here's the rest of Roberts' email: "There's no such thing as irreal fiction or literary science fiction and you are guaranteed to never win the Pulitzer. Your work is pedestrian and you're irrelevant." I have a response. But Roberts, of course, responds to himself.

The Zero Degree of Meaning Tour

The Zero Degree of Meaning Tour for the release of my novel Codename Prague in January 2011 is alive. Dates and sites for readings/signings are available at my website (scroll down on the biography page). This is a relatively firm list. A few more venues will be slated before the kickoff of the tour at the Fort Wayne Rotary Club on November 1.

Interview & Story in Cavalcade of Terror

I have been interviewed by Bosley Gravel in Cavalcade of Terror here. Accompanying the interview is my story "The Arrest," which appears in They Had Goat Heads.

Kindle Edition of They Had Goat Heads

The Kindle edition of They Had Goat Heads is now available. Price: $5.99. Thanks to publicist Greg Seymour at Atlatl Press for getting it together so quickly!