It is my pleasure to announce that Recursive Occlusion, also known as the Logopolis book, is now available for sale. You can buy a copy here if you’re so inclined.
If you pre-ordered the book via the old Hartnell Second Edition Kickstarter then assuming you also provided me with updated address information, your book has been ordered and is either on its way to you or to me so that I can sign it and send it to you. If you’re owed a signed copy of Volume V, that will be in the same package. If you haven’t sent me updated address information, check your Kickstarter messages for information.
If you have not pre-ordered the book, things are going to work a little differently this time than some of my other books. For one thing, the print edition is the only edition. I’m not ruling out an ebook edition in the future, but for now there are no active plans. The print edition is also available exclusively via the Createspace store, which is to say, via direct order from the print on demand company I’m using. I’m also not ruling out an eventual general sale via Amazon and the like, but for now, again, there are no active plans.
The book is about 120 pages, and the $15 price was picked in part because I didn’t want to sell it for cheaper than I did to pre-ordering Kickstarter backers nearly two years ago, and in part to highlight the fact that this is very much book-as-art-object.
Basically, this is the sort of book that, under traditional publishing, would be called a “limited edition” or something, although given that it’s print-on-demand that’s kind of the exact wrong phrase for it. Nevertheless, the point of the book is very much to be an interesting and compelling physical object. Both Alison and I, in editing and typesetting the book, and James, in doing the cover design, worked hard to mimic the design of vintage Choose Your Own Adventure books, and, if I may be so bold, the book is a real pleasure to just pick up and play with. (James’s account of designing the cover is up here.)
Content-wise… this is a strange one. It is loosely based on the essay “Recursive Occlusion,” the TARDIS Eruditorum entry on Logopolis that is reprinted in Volume 5 of that series. That essay is structured as an interactive set of branching paths akin to the Choose Your Own Adventure books, and consists of a total of 33 separate nodes. But Recursive Occlusion the book is almost completely rewritten – only two of its 34 notes originate in the old Logopolis entry, and the other 32 are completely new and exclusive to the book. These include two lengthy essays explaining the format of the book and some of the philosophical ideas underlying it, although you’ll have to successfully find them within the book’s narrative.
Recursive Occlusion is my definitive statement on one of the major themes of TARDIS Eruditorum, namely the intersections between occultism (and particularly alchemy) and Doctor Who. That said, the idea of a “definitive statement” about mysticism is necessarily a slightly strange one, and the book is at times an oblique and willfully odd thing. It is very much in the style of my weirder and more gonzo essays, which is part of why I’ve opted for limited sale on it initially, to be honest – because I want to let the book out into the world for a bit before I start worrying about explaining it to people who aren’t familiar with my work. (That and I get higher royalties via the Createspace store – buying a copy of this nets me nearly three times as much as buying one of my other books does.)
But if you’ve ever wanted to know more about my arguments regarding Doctor Who, alchemy, and the Western occult tradition, there is at last a book for you, and I very much hope that you enjoy it.