On Dhalgren, electronically

9781515424192A while back, Fantastic Books published On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren: the definitive collection of reviews, commentary, and discussions of the classic novel. I was (and still am) thrilled to have been a part of this book, working closely with Delany himself to see that it was published in the form he wanted.

Publishers Weekly said of the book “Samuel R. Delany’s influential and divisive 1975 novel Dhalgren gets a full critical treatment in this immersive and comprehensive collection.… Fans of Delaney’s classic will want to snap this up.”

It is, however, one of the more expensive books we’ve published, because it contains a bunch of color illustrations. So for those of you who wanted the book, but couldn’t justify the price tag, the ebook version is now available. As with all of our titles, we’re selling the ebook directly from our new web site. It’s also available from the usual retailers.


Historical Trio 10? And all about Dhalgren

9fe8ca763a41bf143a5529820ada4856_originalHow would the Miracle on Ice 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team been different if it included Billie Jean King, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Rosalind Franklin? If you think you’ve got an interesting idea, it might fit in Three Time Travelers Walk Into…, a nifty time travel anthology Fantastic Books will be publishing if the Kickstarter campaign is successful. And we’re into the home stretch: we’ve got six days left, and a scant $1,400 to go. Check it out! Tell your friends! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/667435382/three-time-travelers-walk-into

amazonprelaunch1And in other news, today is publication day for On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, a collection that Publishers Weekly called “immersive and comprehensive.” The book is the #1 New Release in Amazon’s 20th Century Literary Criticism category, and we’re thrilled.


9781515424192Not sure why Amazon can’t do it, but Barnes and Noble understands that On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren is available for pre-order (publication date is September 9). Publishers Weekly has already said that fans “will want to snap up” “this immersive and comprehensive collection.”

In other pre-ordering news, last night Michael Ventrella, I, and four other authors slated to be a part of Three Time Travelers Walk Into… participated in a Zoom interview which will be posting in the next day or three; it was a lot of fun. And speaking of TTTWI, the Kickstarter campaign continues, and it would be great if you told a friend about it. Thanks!

PW recommends On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren

perf6.000x9.000.inddI’ve mentioned before that Fantastic Books will be publishing a massive non-fiction volume dedicated to Samuel R. Delany’s classic novel, called On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren. The book doesn’t arrive until September, but the first of the reviews is now available. Publishers Weekly says, among other things, “Samuel R. Delany’s influential and divisive 1975 novel Dhalgren gets a full critical treatment in this immersive and comprehensive collection,” and “Fans of Delaney’s classic will want to snap this up.” To read the full review, see this link. And to read the full book, keep your eyes open for the September 9th publication date.

On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren

A press release from Fantastic Books:

perf6.000x9.000.inddFantastic Books is honored to be publishing On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren, edited by Bill Wood, put together with a great deal of assistance from Delany himself.

Samuel R. Delany is the winner of two Hugos and four Nebula Awards. He has been honored with lifetime achievement awards, including SFWA’s Grand Master, the Eaton Award, the Lambda Pilgrim Award, and the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Dhalgren, his most popular and most controversial novel, was first published in 1975. It was nominated for the Nebula Award, remains in print to this day, and has sold close to two million copies in a variety of editions.

This book—full of reviews, critical essays, and in-depth analyses of Dhalgren as a novel, and as commentary on life and the world—is an excellent companion to the novel itself. There are also discussions of how to read the novel, and clues to unraveling some of the mysteries hidden therein. Dhalgren is a difficult novel to read—playing with the reader’s perception through the use of circular text, interior echoes, multistable perception, and repeated imagery—but it is a worthwhile read. The book includes nine full-color illustrations (and more spot black-and-white illos), as well as an essay on “The Making of Hogg,” Delany’s infamous and nearly unpublishable novel.

Contributing authors include Douglas Barbour, Mary Kay Bray, Rudi Dornemann, Harlan Ellison, Robert Elliot Fox, Jean Marc Gawron, Kenneth R. James, Gerald Jonas, John Nizalowski, Steven Paley, Darrell Schweitzer, Steven Shaviro, K. Leslie Steiner, Theodore Sturgeon, and, of course, Samuel R. Delany himself.

Fantastic Books will publish On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren on September 9, 2021, in simultaneous trade paperback and case laminate hardcover editions.

Trade Paperback
ISBN 978-1-5154-2419-2
272 pages, $21.99

Case Laminate Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-5154-4772-6
272 pages, $31.99

On Samuel R. Delany’s Dhalgren—and all Fantastic Books publications—are distributed through Ingram, and available through all major online retailers and specialty sf shops via direct order from the publisher.

“Only One Hundred Years Till Death of Harlow!” by Steven Paley
“S. F.” by Gerald Jonas
“Breakdown of a Breakthrough Novel” by Harlan Ellison
“Galaxy Bookshelf” by Theodore Sturgeon
“The Autumnal City” by Douglas Barbour
“Dully Grinning Delany Descends to Disaster” by Darrell Schweitzer
“Words: And Now Tomorrow” by Gerald Jonas
“Now Read This” by John Nizalowski
“Dhalgren” by Rudi Dornemann
“Of Sex, Objects, Signs, Systems, Sales, Sf, And Other Things” by Samuel R. Delany
“Some Remarks Toward A Reading of Dhalgren” by K. Leslie Steiner
“From ‘The Semiology of Silence,’ an interview with Samuel R. Delany”
“Looking Back at the Autumnal City” by Samuel R. Delany
“The Instruction Manual” by John Ashbery
“Amnesia” by Steven Shaviro
“An ‘Introduction’” by Jean Marc Gawron
“Rites of Reversal: Double Consciousness in Delany’s Dhalgren” by Mary Kay Bray
“This You-Shaped Hole of Insight and Fire” by Robert Elliot Fox
“Subverted Equations G. Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form and Samuel R. Delany’s
Analytics of Attention” by Kenneth R. James
“The Making of Hogg