Robopocalypse

My review of Daniel H. Wilson's novel Robopocalypse appears in the latest issue (#114) of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. It is not a positive review. Here's the concluding paragraph:

"Robopocalypse doesn't offer much of the New (in terms of style or subject matter), and it's not conscious enough of engaging the Old (i.e., of manipulating the tentacles of the SF megatext in dynamic ways). As a stark crowd pleaser, it will sell ample copies and make money for the publisher, and it has already endowed Wilson with the proverbial 'New York Times Bestseller' moniker. Good for him. Bad for good SF."

The Irreal Reader

Available now from Guide Dog BooksThe Irreal Reader collects the best fiction from The Cafe Irreal. My story "Giraffe," originally published in The Cafe Irreal and later reprinted in They Had Goat Heads, appears in it alongside tons of wonderful authors and critics.

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You can order directly from the publisher or purchase from Amazon. Here's the cover description:

"The Cafe Irreal: International Imagination, a pioneering web-based literary magazine, first went online in 1998 with the intention of publishing a type of fantastic fiction most often associated with writers such as Franz Kafka, Kobo Abe and Jorge Luis Borges. To this end, it has published more than 250 authors from over 30 countries. In the course of the past fifteen years, it has also seen its editors nominated for a World Fantasy Award and been named by Writer’s Digest as one of the Top 30 Short Story Markets. In this anthology, edited by G.S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, Guide Dog Books presents a selection of the fiction and essays from The Cafe Irreal that take us most definitively into the realm of the Irreal. These include pieces by Diploma de Honor Konex winner Ana MarĂ­a Shua (Argentina), Michal Ajvaz (winner of the Magnesia Litera prize in the Czech Republic), Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Simic, and Pushcart Prize winners Bruce Holland Rogers and Caitlin Horrocks."

Author Photo for Biographies

Here is my meta-author photo for my trilogy of meta-biographies that will be published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2014. The books include Hitler: The Terminal Biography, Freud: The Penultimate Biography, and Douglass: The Lost Autobiography. Thanks to Matthew Revert for the photo.

Goodreads Giveaway for Peckinpah

Congratulations to Katie Humphrey, Amanda Fleming, Kerri Dunn, Sara Haaf and Diane Everett for winning autographed copies of the new edition of my anti-novel Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance. Thanks to everybody who entered the Goodreads giveaway. The books are signed and will be sent out next week.

Science Fiction Film & TV

My review of Mark Bould's Science Fiction appears in the latest issue of Science Fiction Film & Television. The book is part of the Routledge Film Guidebooks series. Here's a blurb:

"An important contribution to sf scholarship, Science Fiction is an impressive, spirited, thoughtful and theoretical study that supplies readers with an overview of the genre while examining the role of prominent leitmotifs in many, many texts."