Laurence A. Rickels on The Kyoto Man

Laurence A. Rickels, Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School, has this to say about The Kyoto Man and the Scikungfi Trilogy:

"Not only philosophical and analytic reflection can be found hiding out in SF but even the work of revaluation and reinvention of artistic genres and styles. Against the yawning horizon of contemporary narrative D. Harlan Wilson turns up the vertical contrast of poetic prose. I was invited by my students to visit, as the one it takes to know another one, his laboratory of endopsychic science fiction. Following the deferral of my resistance to the proposed transference of recognition value, I finally did enter. But what took me by surprise was not as much the visualizable elements of the fictional world/word or its intellectual properties—served up on a splatter—as the exploration of poetic style carried forward, to my mind, from a recent repressed past of invention. The Scikungfi Trilogy is our continuity shot wit Ezra Pound's The Cantos."

I discovered Rickels' work recently when I reviewed his latest book, I Think I Am Philip K. Dick, a rigorous schizoanalysis of the science fiction author's unique oeuvre of "unmourning," for Extrapolation. I recently acquired some of his other books, namely Nazi Psychoanalysis, The Case of California and The Vampire Lectures. His vision, ingenuity and breadth of knowledge are unparalleled and absolutely essential reading for Scikungfi enthusiasts, theorists and student-things.