The Kyoto Man will be the last book published under the "D. Harlan Wilson" identity tag for the foreseeable future. Thereafter I will write under a pseudonym that I've attached to a few stories published in mainstream and literary magazines, and I'm working on a novel in this vein. I'll still exist online as this version of myself, if only as a ghost, or a residue, but for a variety of reasons, personal and professional, "D. Harlan Wilson" won't be linked with the new pseudonym. Thanks to those of you (readers, publishers, editors, authors and agents) who have supported and endorsed me over the years.
I had lunch with my old mentor, advisor and friend Robert Crossley, whose latest book, Imagining Mars: A Literary History, was featured on Wesleyan University Press's table in the dealer room. Bob ordered oysters for an appetizer and I ordered clam chowder. It was great to see him.
Other highlights include two workouts in the hotel gym.
Here is what Lavie Tidhar says about my final scikungfi novel, The Kyoto Man:
"D. Harlan Wilson writes with the crazed precision of a futuristic war machine gone rogue. He is devastatingly good."
On behalf of Raw Dog Screaming Press, I will be attending ReaderCon next weekend, July 14-17, in Burlington, MA. Here's my schedule:
Friday, July 15
11:30 A.M. Reading. D. Harlan Wilson. Wilson reads from the new novel Codename Prague (Raw Dog Screaming Press 2011), the second installment in his scikungfi trilogy.
Saturday, July 16
3:00 P.M. Autographs. Paul Levinson, Rick Wilber, D. Harlan Wilson.
6:00 P.M. Panel: Science Fiction for Today's Undergraduate. Michael Cisco, Leigh Grossman (leader), Joan Slonczewski, D. Harlan Wilson, Gregory A. Wilson. Works of science fiction show up on college reading lists both for courses focused on SF and those that brush by science fictional ideas on their way to someplace else. Many students are familiar with SF in media, but far fewer have read much written SF. But how much does that matter? How does the experience of teaching SF texts differ from that of teaching other works, if it does at all? Do today's hyper-technologized students experience different challenges (or affinities) than previous generations of students? What SF texts particularly engage them? Our panelists, all of whom have taught SF texts in their classes, will talk about the peculiarities of teaching SF in the undergraduate classroom and relate their experiences, good, bad, and alien.
This will be my first appearance at ReaderCon. I just realized that Joan Slonczewski is on the same panel as me. I met her in 1997 at the Science Fiction Research Association's annual convention in Los Angeles, when I was in grad school, years before I had published any fiction or criticism. I remember having just read her novel A Door into Ocean (1986) and being kind of in awe of her: I had never met a novelist before.
Cult filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, actor, and editor Fred Olen Ray has this to say about The Kyoto Man, the upcoming third and final installment in my scikungfi trilogy:
"A dark, trippy tale that pays homage to the past masters."
I discovered Fred's work long ago in the form of Weird Menace (1994), a collection of hilarious meta-pulp stories that he edited, then turned to his films (over 100 of them), beginning with Honey Britches (1972) and Alien Dead (1980) ... I'm eagerly anticipating Supershark (2011), starring John Schneider from the original Dukes of Hazzard, and Buck Rogers Begins (2011), starring none other than Gil Gerard. If you don't know Fred—or Gil Gerard, for that matter—you should not be reading this blog.
The Kyoto Man will be published in an as-of-yet undisclosed science fictionalized future ...
This is the last day of the $0.99 ebook sale of Codename Prague on Kindle and Nook. Thanks to my publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press, for putting it on. Lots of copies sold and if everything adds up I should be able to unofficially retire by the end of the week ...