Keats v. Van Damme

In Codename Prague, I contend that my secondary antagonist, The Sans Merci, a scikungfi reincarnation of John Keats, resembles Jean-Claude Van Damme. This is not a joke. Click their names and tell me I'm wrong.

Extrapolation 52.3

The Fall 2011 issue of Extrapolation (Vol. 52, No. 3) is now available. Here's the lineup of articles:

"Old and New Slavery, Old and New Racisms: Strategies of Science Fiction in Octavia Butler's Parables Series" by Hee-Jung Serenity Joo

"Hogarth's Choice: Empiricism and Gnosticism in His Master's Voice" by Greg Conley

"A Western Wake: Difference and Doubt in Christopher Nolan's Inception" by Michael J. Blouin

"Critical Utopia as Critical History: Apocalypse and Enlightenment in Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt" by Gib Prettyman

Also in this issue are reviews of Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis, The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens, Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal & the Sacred, A Genealogy of Cyborgothic: Aesthetics and Ethics in the Age of Posthumanism, The Anticipation Novelists of 1950s French Science Fiction, Beyond Cyberpunk: New Critical Perspectives, and The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction.

Review of Codename Prague in Foundation

Jen Gunnels has written a terrific review of Codename Prague for the Spring 2011 issue (Vol. 40, No. 111) of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. Here are a few snippets:

"Reading [Wilson's] prose is like reading Kafka by strobe light between bouts of drunken unconsciousness . . . While nearly everything in the novel is couched as ironic, tongue-in-cheek, outrageous, or incongruous, occasional metafictional chapters interrupt and punctuate the action, showing that, in addition to being amusing, Wilson's work is just plain smart . . . Codename Prague is an experience in cinematic, sf grindhouse literature . . . The only rule here is: There are no rules. Codename Prague solidifies the claim Wilson has staked on the edge of science fiction where his scikungfi cantina offers quick shots of narrative mescal leaving the reader with a pleasant inebriated buzz followed by a memorable hangover."

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Review of Lint in The Zone

Steve Hampton has written a canny review of Lint: The Movie for The Zone. Here's an excerpt:

"Your head will spin as Alan Moore's subtly confused myth-building draws you into the comedy and tragedy of Lint's vaulting achievements and gross failures. Tongue-in-cheek Lint enthusiast Leila Johnston is particularly amusing here. Stewart Lee is perfectly pokerfaced whatever preposterous nonsense he's delivering. Self-servingly enigmatic D. Harlan Wilson also spouts twaddle like an enthralled believer who's almost catatonic with worshipful approbation. Chief spokesman and project catalyst, Steve Aylett, remains the keeper of the Lint archives and promoter of both analytical criticism and shameless opinions about the creative world's greatest yet unheralded secret idol."

Bad Hawk

On her fifth birthday last month, Maddie threatened to hang up her No. 2 pencil and retire from writing. As always, her threat was hollow. Here is her latest story:

Bad Hawk
by Madeleine Sue Wilson

The hawk is trying to put a cage on someone. It was too small for the Chipettes. Theodore and Simon came.