COG by K. Ceres Wright

Next year, Dog Star Books, the new science fiction imprint of my publisher Raw Dog Screaming Press, will release its debut novel. Here's the lowdown:

Author:  K. Ceres Wright

Cover Artist: Bradley Sharp

Publisher: Dog Star Books

Genre: Cyberpunk Science Fiction

Tagline: In a futuristic world where personalities can be downloaded at will, who's a girl to trust? 

Release Date: Summer 2013

Call for Reviewers

Following is a list of titles that are currently available for review in Extrapolation. As always, if you are interested, email me and let me know. If we haven't worked together before, please tell me a little about yourself and your area(s) of study. I will try my best to accommodate everybody as judiciously as I can. (NOTE: The first two books have been in my possession for awhile. I would appreciate anybody with the expertise to take them on.)

B. Costello & Q. Whitted, eds. Comics & the U.S. South.
T. Leaver. Artifical Culture.
J.A. Kerswell. The Slasher Movie Book.
E. Gaspar (trans. A. Bell et al). The Time Ship.
S. Delany. Starboard Wine.
M. Pharr & L. Clark, eds. Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games.
J. Cogburn & M. Silcox, eds. Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophy.
D. Newell and V. Lamont. Judith Merril: A Critical Study.
C. Miller & A. Van Riper, eds.1950s "Rocketman" TV Series &Their Fans.
J. McGrath, ed. Religion & Science Fiction.

DogCon Blogcast

The first annual DogCon has come and gone. I wasn't able to attend, regrettably. But I'll be there next year.

In light of the recent presidential debates, I did a virtual FaceTime reading of "Presidency," a story that will appear down the road in the first volume of my fiction collection Battle without Honor or Humanity. I've never done a FaceTime reading before and it was fun. Thanks to my listeners for being such good sports.

Here is a blogcast of the event. At the bottom is a video in which editor-in-chief Jennifer Barnes and editor-at-large (?) Heidi Ruby Miller discuss the "State of the Dog" as well as RDSP's new science fiction imprint, Dog Star Books.

Podcast for Imagining Mars

Robert Crossley has done a podcast for his latest book, Imagining Mars: A Literary History (Wesleyan University Press 2011). As I mention in a recent review, it is a magnum opus of criticism on the development and evolution of literature about Mars. In the podcast, Crossley talks about the long, strange tradition of Mars writing and its relation to the scientific imagination.  How have Mars and its life-forms been imagined, and how has this imaginative work affected scientific desire?  How has space exploration affected the stories we tell about Mars? Imagining Mars is currently available in hardcover and kindle formats. Highly recommended for scholars of science fiction and popular science as well as those interested in a cultural history of the West.

The Kyoto Man: Final Outtake


Here's the final outtake from the upcoming limited edition of The Kyoto Man:
After trashing the bedroom like a drug-addled rockstar, the actor (Orson Welles) gazes longingly at the snow globe in his palm. 
“Rose petals,” he whispers.
“Cut,” says the director (Orson Welles), calmly, almost indifferently, as if expecting the slipup. “It’s rosebud, dumbass."
Blushing, Welles eyeballs himself. “Right. Sorry ... Rosebud.”

DogCon 2012

This weekend marks the first annual DogCon Convention in Bowie, MD, sponsored by Raw Dog Screaming Press and their imprints Guide Dog Books and DogStar Books. Unfortunately I can't make it, but I will be doing a virtual reading on Saturday at 5 p.m. via FaceTime following a reading by Michael Arnzen. I think I'm going to read a never-before-published story called "Presidency," which will appear in the first volume of my upcoming fiction collection, Battle without Honor or Humanity.

The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade

Two of my stories, At the Funeral and Cops & Bodybuilders, appear in a new anthology from Eraserhead Press, The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade, edited by Cameron Pierce. "At the Funeral" appeared in my first book, The Kafka Effekt, and "Cops & Bodybuilders" appeared in my second book, Stranger on the Loose. Here is the TOC for the entire anthology:

At the Funeral by D. HARLAN WILSON
Ant Colony" by ALISSA NUTTING
Fire Dog by JOE R. LANSDALE
Candy-Coated by CARLTON MELLICK III
The Traveling Dildo Salesman by KEVIN L. DONIHE
We Witnessed the Advent of a New Apocalypse During an Episode of Friends by BLAKE BUTLER
Cardiology by RYAN BOUDINOT
The Screaming of the Fish by VINCENT SAKOWSKI
Atwater by CODY GOODFELLOW
The Darkness by AMELIA GRAY
Li’l Miss Ultrasound by ROBERT DEVEREAUX
Crazy Shitting Planet by MYKLE HANSEN
Caterpillar Girl by ATHENA VILLAVERDE
Cops & Bodybuilders by D. HARLAN WILSON
A Million Versions of Right by MATTHEW REVERT
Hellion by ALISSA NUTTING
Mr. Plush, Detective by GARRETT COOK
Hat by ROY KESEY
The Sharp-Dressed Man at the End of the Line by JEREMY ROBERT JOHNSON
Hotel Rot by AIMEE BENDER
The Moby Clitoris of His Beloved by IAN WATSON & ROBERTO QUAGLIA
Scratch by JEREMY C. SHIPP
The Sex Beast of Scurvy Island by ANDERSEN PRUNTY
Inheritance by JEDEDIAH BERRY
Everybody is Waiting for Something by ANDREA KNEELAND
Ear Cat by CARLTON MELLICK III
Nub Hut by KURT DINAN
Punkupine Moshers of the Apocalypse by DAVID AGRANOFF
The Octopus by BEN LOORY
You Saw Me Standing Alone by KRIS SAKNUSSEMM
Mr. Bear by JOE R. LANSDALE
Zombie Sharks with Metal Teeth by STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES
The Planting by BENTLEY LITTLE
Surf Grizzlies by DAVID W. BARBEE
The Misfit Child Grows Fat on Despair by TOM PICCIRILLI

Fan Email

Here is an email I received this morning regarding my novel Dr. Identity:

I just discovered your work 15 minutes ago (as a result of someone quoting the line about Bob Dostoevsky blowdrying his armpits), and the sample .pdf on your site is a nice treat. But the little proofreader in my head waved a flag as I reached page 19 of the text (page 5 of the .pdf). "An agonized expression overcame Dostoevsky as if relinquishing the orange was comparable to losing a limb. He bore his rotten teeth, knitted his burly monobrow." Surely that should be, he *bared* his rotten teeth?