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JV
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 - 01:35 pm:   

Michael:

I just noticed this at Locus Online:

Bishop, Michael • A Reverie for Mister Ray and other Ambivalent Animadversions about Speculative Fiction • (PS Publishing, nf, hc/tpb)

Is this nonfiction? Care to tell us more about it? (If I've missed a thread on it elsewhere, my apologies.)

Jeff
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Mike
Posted on Thursday, December 11, 2003 - 05:30 am:   

Jeff,

This is a collection of nonfiction, but it's far from complete at this point. Michael Hutchins, who designed and who operates and updates the web site devoted to my work, will edit the book, helping select and organize the essays, reviews, and commentaries that will make up the book's contents. Indeed, Michael has already done a good deal of work in this regard; on the other hand, I've been working on other projects, most notably a full-scale kitchen remodeling that will never appear in my bibliography. I need to get busy, I guess.

Yours, M.
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m.
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2004 - 08:02 am:   

Pete Crowther has given me -- upon request, to get myself motivated -- a 30 June 2004 deadline for this material, and I hope that Michael Hutchins and I can get moving on it. If we make the deadline, the book itself should appear in February 2005.
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mike
Posted on Wednesday, May 26, 2004 - 01:02 pm:   

Here, if this copies as I hope it will, are the contents of the PS Publishing Book, which Michael Hutchins and I must turn in by June 30 to Peter Crowther. There will definitely be some changes in the listings before the book actually appears, however, which we hope it will do in February 2005, before Norwescon:

A REVERIE FOR MISTER RAY: Reflections on Life, Death and Speculative Fiction

by Michael Bishop

Edited by Michael H. Hutchins

With an Introduction by Jeff VanderMeer

Wraparound cover by Jamie Bishop


CONTENTS (161,746 words, not including introductions and index)


INFLUENCES(9729 words)

A Reverie for Mister Ray [1981] (3460 words)
Classics Illustrated [1990] (763 words)
[Essay on Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift]
Clifton Fadiman: An Appreciation [1999] (1038 words)
Flannery and Me [2001] (977 words)
More Than a Masterpiece? Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human [1989] (2533 words)
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin [1977] (958 words)


STATE OF THE ART (21865 words)

Evangels of Hope [1978] (4568 words)
Heretics and Believers [1980] (3970 words)
The Knack and How to Get It, See? [1978] (893 words)
The Contributors to Plenum Four [1975] (1268 words)
Light Years and Dark: Science Fiction Since 1960 [1984] (4384 words)
Children Who Survive: An Autobiographical Meditation on Horror Fiction [1989] (5232 words)
104 Really Cool Works of Twentieth-Century Fiction in English [2000] (1550 words)


ON REVIEWING (12379 words)

Oh to Be a Blurber! [1980] (3403 words)
On Reviewing and Being Reviewed [1977] (5279 words)
Critics’ Night at the Sci-Fi Bistro [1979] (3697 words)


SPECULATIVE ASSESSMENTS (15623 words)

The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe [1976] (1061 words)
Three by J. G. Ballard [1984/85/88] (2630 words)
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler [1981] (996 words)
Two by John Crowley [1983/94] (2066 words)
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card [1987] (1939 words)
The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury [1988] (1206 words)
Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy [1993/94/96] (3424 words)
Nightfishing in Great Sky River by David Lunde [2000] (906 words)
The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll [2001] (765 words)
The Untethered Spacewalk by NASA [1984] (630 words)


GOING DEEPER (22599 words)

In Pursuit of Ubik by Philip K. Dick [1979] (4071 words)
Gene Wolfe as Hero: The Shadow of the Torturer [1980] (3179 words)
Only in America: Thomas M. Disch’s On Wings of Song [1981] (1629 words)
James Morrow and Towing Jehovah [1994] (4361 words)
James Morrow’s Antidote X: Speculative Satire (The Eternal Footman) [2000] (2439 words)
The Education of Brian W. Aldiss: The Twinkling of an Eye, or, My Life as an Englishman [1999] (2083 words)
“Sitting in the Sun in the Waist-High Grass”: Gardner Dozois’ “The Last Day in July” [2001] (3678 words)
Introduction to George Alec Effinger’s “The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything” [2004] (1159 words)


FELLOW TRAVELERS (19959 words)

A Speculation of SF Writers: Gardner Dozois / Suzette Haden Elgin / Steven Utley / Ian Watson [1980] (4157 words)
All That Glitters is Not Golding . . . Or Bishop Either [1984/85] (4011 words)
James Tiptree, Jr. is Raccoona Sheldon is Alice B. Sheldon is Alli is… [1985/92] (3793 words)
Saluting Pamela Sargent [1987] (2941 words)
The Once and Future Andy Duncan [2000] (2939 words)
Voice and Virtue: Celebrating Jack McDevitt [2003] (2118 words)


ROLLING THE BONES (9484 words)

Ink and Inspiration Among the Soft Sciences [1981] (2237 words)
Lucy in the Mud With Footprints: Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind by Donald C. Johanson and Maitland A. Edey [1981] (1223 words)
The Boy in the Bush: Lightning Bird by Lyall Watson [1982] (1067 words)
Mysteries of the Rift Valley: One Life by Richard E. Leakey and Disclosing the Past by Mary Leakey [1984] (1485 words)
The Fate of the Primate: The Deluge and the Ark: A Journey Into Primate Worlds by Dale Peterson [1989] (715 words)
Prospectus for a Novel of Human Prehistory, or The Origins of No Enemy But Time [1982] (2757 words)


EDGE RUNNING (17569 words)

The Female of the Species by Lionel Shriver [1987] (869 words)
Two Non-SF Novels by Philip K. Dick: In Milton Lumky Territory and The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike [1985] (1020 words)
A Jeremiad, Three Reviews and a Postscript: Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury / Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut / Contact by Carl Sagan [1985] (4883 words)
Inconvenient Invitations: Mister Touch by Malcolm Bosse / Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd [1991] (3400 words)
A Larger Sky: The Norton Book of Ghost Stories edited by Brad Leithauser / Seaward by Brad Leithauser [1995] (2751 words)
Atlantis: Three Tales by Samuel R. Delany [1996] (1646 words)
Touring the Republic of Pain: Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller [1998] (1171 words)
Encounter of a Wee Kind [1978] (1829 words)


OPEN HEART (32449 words)

Military Brat: A Memoir [1997] (11127 words)
First Novel, Seventh Novel: A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire [1988] (5072 words)
Jamie's Rite of Passage [1978] (1065 words)
The Panther and the Unicorn: An Anecdote [1996] (931 words)
Four Paeans [1996] (3626 words)
A Legend in Ersatz Spats [1991] (2131 words)
Cleansing the Eye of the Heart: A Dream of the Tattered Man by Randolph Loney [2001] (788 words)
Ghost of a Chance: My Father’s Ghost by Suzy McKee Charnas [2003] (1354 words)
Nine Prescriptions for My Funeral [1997] (2329 words)
Writing Science Fiction As If It Mattered (including “Tiny Bells” by Bruce Holland Rogers) [2002] (4026 words)


And the book will most likely also include a fairly comprehensive review of David Langford's He Do the Time Police in Different Voices and, if I can just get off-center soon enough, a piece about the influence of Swift's Gulliver's Travels on my development as a writer. In any case, I'm excited about this book.
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mike
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 06:35 am:   

We're suffering a small delay right now as a result of Michael Hutchins's computer's up and dying on him last week. One good thing came out of its failure, though. Michael advised me to back up all my files for this book, and because I had not do so before, never even considering the possibility of a crash, I did so. Amazing how seldom some of us -- Yours Truly, for instance -- stop to take this elementary precaution.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 06:51 am:   

This looks like a fascinating book. Kudoes to you for putting it together, and for Peter Crowther at PS Publishing for publishing it. The book must be HUGE.
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mike
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 - 07:06 am:   

Yeah, it's going to be big. Maybe I'm somehow subtly sabotaging Pete here, but when I asked if he had an upper word limit (given the number of pieces I've written over the years), he surprised me by saying, quite simply, No. But Michael and I haven't sent him the whole ms. electronically yet and maybe he'll blanch and recant when the files start coming through . . .

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