'How could the Outsider have chosen such a bungler? ...When had he ever offered a single sacrifice, however small, to the Outsider? Never! Not one in his entire life. Yet the Outsider had extended infinite credit to him... Certainly he would never be able to repay the Outsider for the knowledge and the honor, no matter how hard or how long he tried.' (Gene Wolfe, Nightside The Long Sun)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Forthcoming Ecomonstrous PhD on R. A. Lafferty & Cormac McCarthy

Sadly, I'm still not able to devote more time to this blog and writing about Gene Wolfe.  But here's a peek at what's keeping me so busy.  The PhD's themes are relevant to Wolfe because 1) he's a huge fan of Lafferty, considers him a genius in fact and said of him:  'he is our most original writer. In fact, he may be not just ours, but the most original in the history of literature.'  So I'm pretty sure Wolfe would support the study of Lafferty's works.  And 2) because my burgeoning notion of the 'ecomonstrous' could eventually have a rich playing field in the works of Wolfe himself (e.g. the intergalactic xenobiologies and ecologies in the Solar Cycle or the transmogrifications and other bestial happenings in his fantasy works like the Soldier series and the Wizard-Knight).

If you've ever appreciated what I've tried to write here, I hope you'll give our Indiegogo site a wee look to see if any of the great perks my family have provided are something you'd be interested in obtaining through a donation:  www.indiegogo.com/projects/ecomonstrous-phd. (My 9-year-old son is making Cthulhu crafts for one of the smallest donation amounts, which may interest some Wolfe fans.  But there's other cool stuff there too.  And more to come.)  Anyway, have a look at the video below.  I'd love to hear your critical thoughts on the idea of the ecomonstrous in literature. Thanks.  (Oh, and I'm keeping this blog live because I really do believe I'm going to write about Wolfe's works again at some point!)

For what it's worth, Neil Gaiman, another Lafferty fan, and a Wolfe one too, kindly tweeted our campaign with this comment:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

...on course upon a greater sea to strange new islands.  Good fishing!  Good fishing!  Good fishing!  Good fishing!  Good fishing!


-Return to the Whorl (2001)

I was just reading through some old posts and the wonderful interaction I received from some readers and it makes me hanker to take up this blog again.  Alas, for some time I've only been able to blog about Lafferty because that's related to my university coursework.  I'll definitely be blogging about Wolfe again at some point, but I'm not sure how soon.  (I'm nearing the end of Sorcerer's House, which I took down from the shelf on a whim in a need for some different reading.  Very entertaining.  Recalls Castleview a bit.  But I really want to re-read Cerberus and Peace and the Solar Cycle and finally nail down the Soldier series and finally finish all the short stories, etc.)  Anyway, here's hoping for some good Wolfean fishing in the not too distant future.