Falling

Our first title in 2017 will be a reprint of Barry N. Malzberg's 1971 meta-SF novel The Falling Astronauts with an afterword by Italian SF scholar Umberto Rossi and cover design by Matthew Revert. This will be our third reprint of a Malzberg novel after Galaxies in 2014 (intoduction by Jack Dann) and Beyond Apollo in 2015 (introduction by James Reich).

The novel is now available for preorder.

Grant

AOP editor-in-chief D. Harlan Wilson is happy to announce that we received a grant from Wright State University-Lake Campus to fund the operations of of the press in 2017. The Lake Campus is now an official sponsor of AOP. Monies will be used to host a booth (#252) and author signings at the annual AWP convention in Washington D.C. alongside Raw Dog Screaming Press. Among the books we will publish are paperback reprints of Barry N. Malzberg's The Falling Astronauts and Revelations. Moreover, soon we will be putting out a Call for Papers for a Norton Critical Edition-like collection of Malzberg's masterwork SF novels—in addition to the aforementioned titles, Beyond Apollo and Galaxies, both of which are currently available in anti-oedipal formats with insightful introductions by James Reich and Jack Dann and beautiful cover designs by Matthew Revert.

Tour


In August and October, Jonathan Lethem will be doing a book tour for A Gambler's Anatomy. The harcover edition will be published this month by Doubleday. Last month, AOP was proud to publish The Blot, a supplement to the novel in which Lethem engages in an extended philosophical dialogue with cult theorist Laurence A. Rickels. Foregrounding the introjections between California and Germany, they address a range of ideas, subjects and figures, from B-movies, science fiction, Wile E. Coyote and the Devil to trauma theory, Freud, Hitchcock and German Expressionism. Here are the tour dates:

Monday, October 17: Asheville, NC

Tuesday, October 18: Chapel Hill, NC

Wednesday, October 19: New York, NY

Thursday, October 20: Boston, MA

Monday, October 24: Los Angeles, CA

Tuesday, October 25: San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, October 26: Berkeley, CA

Thursday, October 27: Salt Lake City, UT

Saturday, October 29: Chicago, IL
Chicago Humanities Festival

Friday & Saturday, November 4: Portland, OR

Germany

The latest review of Laurence A. Rickels' Germany: A Science Fiction appears in Rain Taxi. Here's an excerpt:

"Combining the psychoanalytic vocabulary of Jacques Lacan with the deconstructive methods of Jacques Derrida, Rickels arrives at a deconstruction of psychoanalysis not unlike the 'schizoanalysis' of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. At its best, Rickels’ prose is a vehicle of pithy brilliance, but his skill as a close reader is what makes Germany: A Science Fiction most compelling."

Signings

Here are the author signings that will take place at AWP 2017 at the booth (#252) sponsored by AOP and Raw Dog Screaming Press:

Friday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 9, 1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 1 - 3 p.m.

Please stop by and say hi. More details on RDSP/AOP events at AWP soon.

Anatomy

Our next title is The Blot, a supplement to Laurence A. Rickels' The Psycho Records and Jonathan Lethem's novel A Gambler's Anatomy, the latter of which is receiving great preliminary reviews. Here's what Library Journal has to say:

"Alexander Bruno is an international high-roller out of a James Bond story, but when we meet him he is on a terrible losing streak with his normally flawless backgammon game. His innate ESP is failing him, a blot on his vision has recently appeared, and he has been getting badly intoxicated or distracted during games, finally ending up in an emergency room in Germany. The diagnosis is dire—he has a growth that's deemed inoperable—but he returns to his hometown of Berkeley, CA, for experimental surgery paid for by a long-lost wealthy friend, Keith Stolarsky. A lengthy section details the actual operation, and then begins Bruno's recovery, physical, mental, and psychological. He ends up hanging around in Berkeley with a bunch of wackos, recalling his misspent youth there, and getting hopelessly entangled in Stolarsky's nefarious business dealings and also with his benefactor's stunning girlfriend. VERDICT: A humorously surreal and articulate story of Bruno's search for himself after having his face and brain rearranged, both by surgery and by modern life in general, this is, among other things, a great Berkeley novel like Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue."

And Kirkus compares Lethem to Thomas Pynchon, saying that, in A Gambler's Anatomy, "Lethem takes real pleasure in the language and writes with a sense of the absurd that illuminates his situations and his characters. In this tragicomic novel, nothing is ever exactly as it seems." Read the full review here.

Advance reader copies of The Blot are currently available. If you are interested in writing a review, contact us at info@anti-oedipuspress.com.

Giveaway

The Goodreads giveaway for an autographed copy of Norman Conquest's Corn on Macabre & Other Conundrums is complete. Congrats to the winners, and thanks to everybody who entered. Copies of the fiction collection will be sent out direclty.

Preorder

Our next title, The Blot, by Jonathan Lethem and Laurence A. Rickels, is now available for preorder. Here's an excerpt in which Lethem discusses early influences on his writing:

"What was telling was how quickly my preference in science fiction revealed the displacement: I preferred narratives that obsessed on the fatal hubris of space travel, like Barry Malzberg and J.G. Ballard and Brian Aldiss, or like Philip K. Dick’s story 'A Little Something For Us Tempunauts,' often uncovering a nightmare of eternal return, of Lovecraftian cosmic engulfment and devouring, or personal-identity fragmentation or dissolution. Above all, Philip K. Dick, many of whose key images and narrative modes, in stories like 'The Father Thing' or 'Faith of Our Fathers' (telling titles!) and in The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Ubik, Eye In The Sky, Martian Time-Slip, Time Out of Joint and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? were fundamentally those of horror rather than SF. Meanwhile, my favorite filmmaker was Hitchcock, who hid my appetite for horror from me in plain sight by dressing it in the elegant term 'suspense.' My favorites were Notorious, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds and Frenzy—all horror films, it seems to me now. Elsewhere I fetishized Poe, The Twilight Zone, Truffaut’s The Bride Wore Black, Kubrick’s The Shining, Powell’s Peeping Tom, and so forth. So I had the cake I claimed not to eat. Having disguised the genre from myself, I was forced to invent it by proxy, and by putting on airs: I didn’t care for slasher films, I was committed to 'the gothic mode.' Even Carpenter and Cronenberg slid under my radar by making satirical SF gestures in the films that were becoming essential to me: Videodrome and Scanners, The Thing and They Live. Horror lurked in my sensibility like Werner Von Braun in a Walt Disney promotional film for rocket science, or the tumor in an outwardly healthy body."

Blot

Here's the preliminary jacket and cover description for our next title, The Blot, by Jonathan Lethem and Laurence A. Rickels.


In this supplement to Jonathan Lethem’s novel A Gambler’s Anatomy, the renowned novelist engages in a concerted transatlantic dialogue with cult theorist Laurence A. Rickels, exploring the vicissitudes of popular culture and the profound influence of Philip K. Dick on their respective lines of flight. Foregrounding the introjections between California and Germany, they address a range of ideas, subjects and figures, from B-movies, science fiction, Wile E. Coyote and the Devil to trauma theory, Freud, Hitchcock and German Expressionism. Animating their zone of interrogation is the “blot”—an algorithm of innuendo, an uncanny defamiliarization of reality and “truth” wherein the trajectories of meaning and desire fold into themselves like an origami in flames.

Giveaway

Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a free autographed copy of our latest title, Norman Conquest's collection of absurdist short fiction Corn on Macabre & Other Conundrums.

Conundrums

Today is the official publication of Norman Conquest's Corn on Macabre & Other Conundrums. If you are interested in reviewing this title, please query us at info@anti-oedipuspress.com.


Wilson

"Germany: A Science Fiction is a masterpiece." —ROBERT WILSON

Theater director and visual artist Robert Wilson established his renown with the dramatic performances The Life and Times of Sigmund Freud, A Letter for Queen Victoria, and Einstein on the Beach (with Philip Glass). Find out more at his website.

Vultures

James Reich's prelude to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Mistah Kurtz!, has been selected as one of Cultured Vulturesbest books (so far) of 2016. See all of their selections here.

Corn

Our next title, Norman Conquest's Corn on Macabre & Other Conundrums, a collection of absurdist tales, will be out soon. Here's the book description:

These nineteen “invasive” fictions were discovered in that portion of the brain that is continuous with the spinal cord and comprises the medulla oblongata, pons, midbrain, and parts of the hypothalamus, functioning in the control of reflexes and such essential internal mechanisms as respiration and heartbeat. Here you’ll find kernels of fact hidden inside an impenetrable shell of steely myth. Each text has been seasoned with artificial ingredients designed to feed a nation at war with itself. As the author has said, “This war of words is hell!” And who better to hurl transformative hand grenades than Norman Conquest, Président and Fondateur of Black Scat Books.

Corn on Macabre is now available for preorder.
One of our authors, Laurence A. Rickels, has a new book coming out on Hitchcock, slasher films, psychopathology, vampirism et al. via Columbia University Press. Here's the description:

"The Psycho Records follows the influence of the primal shower scene within subsequent slasher and splatter films. American soldiers returning from World War II were called "psychos" if they exhibited mental illness. Robert Bloch and Alfred Hitchcock turned the term into a catch-all phrase for a range of psychotic and psychopathic symptoms or dispositions. They transferred a war disorder to the American heartland. Drawing on his experience with German film, Hitchcock packed inside his shower stall the essence of schauer, the German cognate meaning "horror." Later serial horror film production has post-traumatically flashed back to Hitchcock's shower scene. In the end, though, this book argues the effect is therapeutically finite. This extensive case study summons the genealogical readings of philosopher and psychoanalyst Laurence A. Rickels. The book opens not with another reading of Hitchcock's 1960 film but with an evaluation of various updates to vampirism over the years. It concludes with a close look at the rise of demonic and infernal tendencies in horror movies since the 1990s and the problem of the psycho as our most uncanny double in close quarters."

Preorder The Psycho Records at Amazon.

Blot

We are happy to announce that Jonathan Lethem will be stepping aboard the AOP train. In October, we will release The Blot, an epistolary exchange between him and Laurence A. Rickels that sets the scene for Lethem's upcoming novel A Gambler's Anatomy.

Here is a preliminary statement about the book from Rickels:

"Some time ago, while Jonathan Lethem was in Berlin and his new novel, A Gambler's Anatomy, to be released October 18, was in progress under another title, The Blot, we supplied a conversation for the catalogue to the exhibition Checkpoint California. Lethem's novel triangulates, via Singapore, the bicoastal logic I once pursued in The Case of California. The exchange continued to grow and now that growth will be going public in the fall."

Stay tuned.

Reviews

"The literary genre, docufiction, has been created and deftly utilized by Jaffe in Death Café and other works. It includes the art of taking historical, news, or other media-based accounts and teasing out the hidden assumptions, essentially by deconstructing, re-imagining, and often, though not always, satirizing, to obtain an alternative point of view that exposes a higher level of socio-cultural awareness." —AUTRE

"Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Death Café beyond Jaffeʼs extraordinary, singularly individualized prose, with its innovative blend of lyricism, range of erudition, and its unexpected revelatory counter-narratives disembodying largely unseen global relations between disasters of war and emerging technological meaning systems, is its ability to turn this torment into a way to rethink political and rhetorical authority and see to the side of the ceaseless buzz of spectacle, hashtags and retold truths, all while somehow suggesting a profound sense of compassion without resorting to sentimentalism." —Poetry International

Click on the journal titles to read the full reviews.

AWP


This week James Reich will be representing Anti-Oedipus Press at the 2016 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair in Los Angeles. The table number is 226—next to the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics table. Please drop by and check out Reich's latest novel, Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness, as well as other AOP titles like Lance Olsen's There, D. Harlan Wilson's Primordial: An Abstraction, Harold Jaffe's Death Café, Barry N. Malzberg's Beyond Apollo and Galaxies, and Laurence A. Rickels' SPECTRE and Germany: A Science Fiction.

Preorder

James Reich's Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness is now available for preorder at Amazon. Officially the book will be published in March. Reich will be promoting it at the AWP conference while representing AOP.