Long time no waffle. Let’s see. First off, promotional considerations, which is to say that Jed Blue’s got a Kickstarter for an essay collection of his writings on anime. Jed’s a longtime friend of Eruditorum Press and a hell of a good critic, and if anime’s your bag I have zero doubt his book will be phenomenal, so please check it out.
I should also probably mention, since we’re a week away from the premiere, that Class reviews are still $13 from happening on the Patreon. But if we fail to meet that goal, I’ll still write short reviews of every episode for $2+ Patrons, so if you back the Patreon at $2 a week you’re guaranteed reviews either way. If you need to cap your pledges at <5 a month (the most I’ll ever end up charging you for) then that’s cool too – if you can avoid capping at just one pledge a month I’d appreciate it, but all support is always welcome.
As for where I’m at… Getting towards the end of “Theses on Trump,” which may end up having a different title at the end, but which I’ll refer to that way until I publish. It’s good stuff – I feel like I’m continuing to get a different read on the most oversignified topic in the world right now. Which is the key thing. And it’s not a piece that’s going to date instantly after the election, although I’ll be getting it up before the election.
Once that’s wrapped and I’ve got the Neoreaction a Basilisk books sent out (having a few hoop jumps with Lulu in pursuit of saving myself a couple hundred bucks, but looks like orders will go out next week) I’ll finally put the last formatting touches on Last War in Albion and open pre-orders for that, with books shipping in time for the holidays. Safe to assume I’ll release the long-embargoed next chapter around then, and probably start on chapter 7 too, as I’m starting to get itchy on that project again. Which is nice.
Blake annotations are delayed a bit, as my head’s been turned by a different project that’s more timely, but that also satisfies some of the “do something with a clear traditionalist streak” urges that I’ve been having in the wake of Neoreaction a Basilisk. Right now it’s firmly in the long slow research phase as I watch/read a whole bunch of stuff. Including, for the first time in any substantial project I’ve done actually, a whole bunch of anime. So speaking of which, I should go back Jed’s Kickstarter myself…
Actually, hell, I’ve been talking about it a fair amount on Tumblr, so let’s just put the cards on the table: I’m leaning pretty hard towards my next bespoke project being a history of cyberpunk, specifically one that avoids getting bogged down in proto-cyberpunk and instead treats the genre as basically starting with the twin punch of Neuomancer and Blade Runner in the mid-80s (with a soft start in 1980 along with Gibson’s career). Counterbalancing that is an interest in tracing cyberpunk past 1999 and to the present day. So basically a history of Cyberpunk from 1984-2017.
Which brings us to the topic for comments – cyberpunk. Favorite works, unpopular opinions, random thoughts, et cetera.
See you all Monday.