Voice From The Ooze

by on Jun.14, 2013, under news

Me and the computer. Think the beginning of 2001. The chimp with the femur. In that movie, the femur, with one toss twirled like a baton to become a space station. For me, I’m still figuring out one end of that bone from the other. But I am now realizing how rewarding a dialogue can be had through this “new” (to me) medium. So, I’m going to start posting reviews of literature, contemporary and/or permanently relevant. The first one will be of Marc Laidlaw’s LENG, originally appearing in Ellen Datlow’s anthology LOVECRAFT UNBOUND. I also have a piece in the this collection, THE RECRUITER.

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Tribute to Jack Vance

by on Jun.04, 2013, under news, Tributes

Jack Vance died in his 96th year on the 26th of May, 2013, in the city of Oakland, California. He was a native San Franciscan, born in 1916. The reason the world cares about Vance can be tersely stated: The Dying Earth, 1950; Eyes of the Overworld, 1966; Cugel’s Saga, 1983; Rhialto the Marvellous, 1984; Big Planet, 1952; Showboat World, 1975–and these are but a fraction of his titles, and the genres he had mastered.
I first encountered him in a flop house in Juneau, Alaska, whence I had hitched from L.A. in the summer of 1967. Trashy paperbacks abounded in the lobby, but I was lucky enough to grab a golden nugget from that heap, THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD.
I was essentially a poet til I read this book. A strictly metric poet who scorned “free verse” which I couldn’t see as verse at all.
The graceful opulence of Vance’s language was a revelation. Here was untethered imagination. More. Here was prose as rich in rhythm and inflection as verse. I was agog. I was delighted. Two years later, back in L.A.–upon finishing my hommage to Vance–a sequel to Overworld called A Quest for Simbilis–I was able to get his address from Don Wollheim at DAW. I wrote Vance a letter asking if it was OK to publish my hommage and promised him a percentage of the take. His reply was sober and straight-faced, “I’m a trifle flummoxed by your proposal, but I don’t see why not.” He tactfully added that no skim off from my profits was necessary. I made sure the book began with an acknowledgement of my debt to him.
Since Vance, there has appeared no equal in his mastery of the comic, fantastic picaresque. Who has excelled him in devising such a variety of rogues, rascals and sly rapscallions? Who has matched his inventiveness of situation or his exquisite ironies? The intricate elegance of his prose stands to this day unequalled in “the genres”.
Thank you Jack!

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Comment from S.T. Joshi

by on May.31, 2013, under news, reviews

Michael Shea has long been one of the most vital writers of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

The imaginative scope of his work is exceeded only by the gripping and evocative vibrancy of his prose.

Every new book of his should be greeted with cheers by his many devotees.

S.T. Joshi

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Patton Oswalt comments on Assault on Sunrise

by on May.31, 2013, under news, reviews

Like a new Pixar movie or White Stripes album, a new Michael Shea book is an announcement of foregone quality from a brand that never disappoints.

And Assault on Sunrise, the sequel to the gruesome, thrilling The Extra, exceeds every horror and science fiction fan’s hunger for bold ideas, unspeakable terror, and the kind of tossed-off brilliance that keeps Assault on Sunrise from, technically, being a “page turner” — in that you’ll find yourself re-reading each page to assure yourself that yes, Micheal Shea went there.”

Patton Oswalt

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Whip some face on me!

by on May.08, 2013, under news

Get your face in mine! Here’s my FACEBOOK link!

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