Occasional Views

I guess the theme of these new posts is: “Blogging About All of the Things That I Didn’t Blog About in 2022 Since I’ve Spent the Whole Year Chasing a Toddler Around.” 

Anyway, back in March, I was fortunate to participate in this conversation with the great Samuel R. Delany, on the occasion of his two new books, Occasional Views, Volumes 1 and 2 (Wesleyan University Press), and to celebrate his 80th birthday which was on April 1, 2022. Thanks to Wesleyan UP publicist Stephanie Prieto who invited me, and Rain Taxi’s Eric Lorberer who organized the livestream, and to Chip, who graciously hosted us in his apartment in Philly. This was one of my most memorable events of the year.

(Yes, I was still rocking the COVID ‘fro which has since been cut down after two years.)   

Nova (and more) by Centipede Press

It feels a little weird to post about a new book that is already out of print. But this volume deserves mention here, and I am grateful that I was able to play a small role in it.   

I was invited by Centipede Press and Chip Delany to write an introduction to Nova for this special hardcover edition of the classic 1968 space opera. The edition features the full text of Nova by Samuel R. Delany (and tarot cards by Russell FitzGerald), an introduction by yours truly, and illustrations by Piotr Jabloński. There are only 300 copies of this edition, each of them numbered and signed by all three of us, and they all sold out pretty quickly.  

However, there are regular copies of Nova readily available in paperback and e-book (via the author’s website).

Back in March I took a trip to Philly to do a virtual event with Chip (more about that in another post) where I signed the last of the Nova signature pages. (Chip took the following two photos.)

This unboxing video by a Centipede Press fan shows just how beautifully crafted this volume is:

I feel less weird posting about this now because there is another Chip Delany volume just out from Centipede. This gorgeous edition of Babel-17 and Empire Star has the two short novels published together, a tribute to the “Ace Double” format. It features an introduction by Lonely Christopher, and artwork by Vikki Zhang.

http://www.centipedepress.com/sf/babel17.html

Here’s another unboxing video, by a different Centipede fan, which shows this amazing volume.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9cGurcMwOE

Black History Month

Back in February I was invited by New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer to be one of four honorees at the yearly Black History Month celebration hosted by his office. This event is usually held in person, but due to COVID-19, it was held online. 

This week Van Bramer delivered the certificates to each of the honorees. 

Thank you to my Council Member and neighbor Jimmy Van Bramer. I am grateful for this recognition.