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July & September 2017

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10 September 2017

A Conversation larger than the Universe

Your correspondent is pleased to report that the collection of essays and catalogue to accompany ‘ A Conversation larger than the Universe ’, an exhibition scheduled to open on 25 January 2018 at the Grolier Club in New York, is now complete and in the hands of the copy editor.

A Conversation larger than the Universe. Readings in Science Fiction and the Fantastic 1762-2017 will be published by the Grolier Club in January 2018. A small edition with additional material and signed by the contributors will be published by Temporary Culture. A few notes here.

Further updates to the ’shelf and concerning the exhibition and book on 21 September.

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recent reading

— Gabino Iglesias. Zero Saints. A barrio noir. Broken River, 2015.

— Elizabeth Hand. Fire. plus “ The Saffron Gatherers ” and “ Beyond Belief: On becoming a Writer ” and “ Flying Squirrels in the Rafters ”. Outspoken Interview and much more. PM Press, [2017].

— Brian W. Aldiss. Best Science Fiction Stories. Faber, 1965.

— J. Huizinga. Homo Ludens. A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. [Translated by. R.F.C. Hull]. Routledge, 1949.

— Tom Shippey. Hard Reading. Learning from Science Fiction. Liverpool University Press, [2016].

— Joe R. Lansdale. Mucho Mojo. A Hap and Leonard Novel [1994]. Black Lizard, [n.d.]. The Matter of America, east Texas style.

— R.A. Lafferty. It’s Down the Slippery Cellar Stairs. Essays and Speeches on Fantastic Literature. Second edition revised and expanded, Borgo Press, 1995. The first edition was published by Chris Drumm in 1984.

— Neil Gaiman. The View from the Cheap Seats. Selected Nonfiction [2016]. Morrow paperback, [2017].

— Ursula K. Le Guin. From Elfland to Poughkeepsie. With an introduction by Vonda N. McIntyre. Pendragon Press, 1973.

— Peter Straub. The Process (Is a Process All Its Own). Subterranean, 2017.

— J. Crawford, Jr., J.J. Donahue, & D.M. Grant. “333” A Bibliography of the Science-Fantasy Novel. Grandon, 1953.

— Christopher Rowe. Telling the Map. Stories. Small Beer Press, [July 2017].

—  Madeleine E. Robins. The Sleeping Partner. A Sarah Tolerance Mystery. Plus One Press, [2011 (i.e. : p.o.d., June 2017)].

—  James Morrow. The Asylum of Dr. Caligari. Tachyon, 2017.

—  Timothy Harris. Unfaithful Servant. Five Star, [2004].

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11 July 2017

A Conversation larger than the Universe

Your correspondent is in the final stages of writing a nonfiction book to accompany ‘ A Conversation larger than the Universe ’, an exhibition scheduled to open on 25 January 2018 at the Grolier Club in New York. A few notes here.
Additional updates to the ’shelf and concerning the exhibition and book beginning in August.

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Readercon schedule

Friday 14 July
7:30 p.m. Reading: Henry Wessells. “ Cleaning Up Elfland ” (a new story).

Saturday 15 July
2:00 p.m. Sidereal Symphonies: Writing Extraterrestrial Art and Performance.
Panel with John Clute, Max Gladstone, Catherynne M. Valente, Henry Wessells, Caroline M. Yoachim.

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recent reading

— Walter Allen. As I Walked Down New Grub Street. Memories of a Writing Life. Heinemann, [1981].

— Brian M. Kane. James Bama. American Realist. Flesk Press, [2006].

— Michael Tisserand. Krazy. George Herriman, a Life in Black & White. Harper, [2016].

— George Herriman. The Kat Who Walked in Beauty. The Panoramic Dailies of 1920. Ed. Derya Ataker. Fantagraphics, 2007.

— H.P. Lovecraft. Fungi from Yuggoth. An Annotated Edition. Ed. D.E. Schultz. Hippocampus Press, 2017.

— Rudy Rucker. Mad Professor. The Uncollected Short Stories of Rudy Rucker. Thunder’s Mouth Press, [2007]. Re-reading ; and loving it.

— Thomas Browne. Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Or, Enquiries into very many Received Tenents and commonly presumed Truths, Sixth edition, 1672.

— William Reese. Narratives of Personal Experience. Overland Press, 2016. Notes on 101 titles : astute, funny, opinionated ! Pure pleasure : concise & witty essays on authors from J.R. Ackerley & Jim Corbett to Herman Melville to Tammy Wynette & Herbert Yardley

— R.H. van Gulik. The Chinese Gold Murders (1959). There is “quite an extensive literature on ghostly phenomena and on weretigers . . .”

— [Alice Sheldon]. Her Smoke Rose up Forever. The Great Years of James Tiptree, Jr.. Introduction by John Clute. Arkham House, 1990.

— Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter. A History of the Doc Savage Adventures in Pulps, Paperbacks, Comics, Fanzines, Radio and Film. McFarland, [2009].

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