Song

We are excited to announce that AOP will publish James Reich's novel The Song My Enemies Sing later this year. Science fiction legend Barry N. Malzberg had a lot to say about it:

“This is absolutely astonishing—Vermillion Sands meets its atrocity exhibition somewhere Beyond Apollo . . . It is a science fiction novel cunningly framed as a straight literary novel using the devices of science fiction and can be taken as either. It is both synchronously of course. Schrodinger’s Novel. . . . The opening is magnificent, tanked-out, tracked-down Ballard and then it simply flies in its variations on a theme through my work, through Clarke, through Bradbury, through Phil Dick; ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, this is a history of science fiction form, origin and development and it is merciless in its refusal to pander to the easier implications of its material. . . . The Song My Enemies Sing is from the first paragraph an absolute stunner.”

This is Reich's fifth novel. It is his third publication with AOP after Soft Invasions and Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness.

Taking its title from the ska classic by Joe Higgs and written in the vignette mode of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian ChroniclesThe Song My Enemies Sing is a surreal, disquieting science fiction novel  about interspecies communication, Mars colonization, Black Panthers and Afro-futurism, UFO close encounters and abductions, spiritual crisis, latent memories and missing time.

More details soon!

Primeval

In conjunction with Litteraria Pragensia, we are proud to announce the anti-oedipal edition of City Primeval: New York, Berlin, Prague, a sprawling anthology of image and text edited by Louis Armand and Robert Carrithers.

Moorcock


Legendary author and editor Michael Moorcock has this to say about James Reich's Soft Invasions:

"In his exceptionally well-written novel, at times lyrical, elegiac, and even mystical, James Reich asks some profound questions about time and identity. This fast-paced book is a meditation on history and human relationships which will keep you thinking and reading to the last page."

Preorder

We are now accepting preorders for our next title, James Reich's Soft Invasions. John Madera had this to say about the book:

"Soft Invasions is a powerful fusion of noir, thriller, and historical fiction, sentence after sentence evincing great style and intelligence, its metaphors as refreshingly unusual as they are perfectly realized. Think Nathanael West, Graham Greene, and Joseph Conrad. With a pre- and post-Pearl Harbor bombing Los Angeles as its backdrop, Reich deftly explores peculiarly American anxieties and prejudices, while theorizing about identity, doppelgängers, mirrors, artificiality, consumerism, and militarism. So much darkness in this book, which is often countered by light, albeit light, and often sunlight, that blinds, that scorches. So much violence in this book, its unflinching depictions of war and empathetic rendering of a ritual disembowelment and subsequent arson particularly noteworthy. The novel’s jumping backward and forward in time is engagingly disruptive, its 'momentum' further disrupted by nightmares, or are they hallucinations? Finally, its ending(s), which mirror(s) the novel’s various doublings, is nothing short of masterful. Highly recommended."

There

Our next promotion is on October 13. Download for free the kindle edition of Lance Olsen's There, a critifictional exploration of what happens at the confluence of curiosity, travel, and innovative writing practices.

Promotions

Throughout the rest of the year, AOP will be running a number of kindle promotions during which you can download our titles for free. The next promotion will be on October 9 for Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE, a schizoanalysis of the James Bond oeuvre.

Reviews

Desk copies of James Reich's Soft Invasions are now available. Send us an email if you are interested in writing a review.