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Scholarship

Philip K. Dick Conference Poster

Be sure to check out the collection forthcoming from McFarland that came out the 2016 Philip K. Dick Conference. Poster by Cliff Cramp.

 

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Reading/Talk

Reading for the the Speculative Fiction Collective at 1888 Center in October

COMING IN OCTOBER

The SPECULATIVE COLLECTIVE Fall Reading Salon, featuring authors Russell Nohelty, Merrie Destefano, and Dr. David Sandner

6 p.m. Thursday, October 10
1888 Center
Orange, CA

We had a successful reading as part of the SPECULATIVE COLLECTIVE Fall Salon, featuring readings and conversation with USA Today best-selling author Russell Nohelty, YA science fiction author Merrie Destefano, and Cal State Fullerton’s Dr. David Sandner, who writes and edits fantasy literature. We had books to sell and sign, and time to network and chat with like-minded fans of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. The event took place in the downstairs workshop room at 1888 Center, 115 N. Orange St., Orange, CA.

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Reading/Talk

Keynote delivered at The Romantic Fantastic Conference in Berlin, 2019

I delivered a keynote just recently in Berlin. Here’s a title and link for more information:

David Sandner: Romanticism, Fantasy Literature, Politics. Resistance in the Age of Gaslighting,

at the

10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR FANTASTIKFORSCHUNG

Friday, September 20, 2019.

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Fiction

New Novelette Mingus Fingers Out Now, November 2019!

Out now, November, 2019, from Fairwood Press, my new novella, Mingus Fingers, co-written with Jacob Weisman!

Praise for Mingus Fingers:

“In Mingus Fingers, David Sandner and Jacob Weisman have given us a quietly intricate and intelligent merger of boxing, jazz music, the seductive lure of the artistic impulse, and the ultimate meaning of it all. I read it with pleasure and admiration. Highly recommended.”

Rick Wilber, author of Alien Morning      


“A stroll through jazz, boxing, the creative fire, and the prices of all three. Subtle, profound, and moving.”

Kij Johnson, author of The River Bank

 

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Poetry

Pre-sale open for New Poem Forthcoming in HWA Poetry Showcase Vol. VI

The collection is up for pre-sale!

My poem, “A Killer Doesn’t Kill Because He Has a Knife,” is forthcoming in the new Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase. A link to the book will appear when pre-orders are available. The work includes poetry by Mike Arnzen and others. The cover reveal and ToC is now out!

Below is the TOC (although the order will be slightly adjusted upon print):

  1. In the City of Dead Dreams… by John Claude Smith
  2. Song of the Tinkerer by WC Roberts
  3. American Body Horror by Trisha J. Wooldridge
  4. Depths Yawned Wide by Travis Heermann
  5. Thalassophobia by Timothy P Flynn
  6. Discovery by Terrie Leigh Relf
  7. It is Forever Stalking You by Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert
  8. Stringed Pearls by Stephanie Ellis
  9. Diaphanous by Sara Tantlinger
  10. There Are Mermaids with Fangs Beyond the Waters of Fukushima by Saba Syed Razvi
  11. Neighbors by Robert Catinella
  12. The Temptress by Rissa Miller
  13. Release by Susan Musch
  14. Crone by Querus Abuttu (Dr. Q.)
  15. Conception by Peter Adam Salomon
  16. A Return to Chaos by Pete Mesling
  17. Dance Macabre by Owl Goingback
  18. The Art by Nicole Cushing
  19. Silken Whispers, Crimson Blooms by Naching T. Kassa
  20. Conjuring Monsters by Monica S. Kuebler
  21. Regarding Me by Michael H. Hanson
  22. Shades of Red by Michael Bailey
  23. He Carves Wood by Michael Arnzen
  24. Lava by Mary Turzillo
  25. Not Enough by Marty Young
  26. The Exile by Marge Simon
  27. Collection by Lori R. Lopez
  28. Meeting the Elemental by Lisa Morton
  29. Lighthouse by Lisa Lepovetsky
  30. Dear Christine by Lee Murray
  31. Possession by Ingrid L. Taylor
  32. Terroir by Gerri Leen
  33. Suitcase Tombstones by G.O. Clark
  34. The Pathways of R’lyeh by Frank Coffman
  35. Nothing by EV Knight
  36. Good Until the Last Drop by E. Schraeder
  37. Star by Donna Lynch
  38. A Killer Doesn’t Kill Because He Has a Knife by David Sandner
  39. Scylla’s Proposition by David Powell
  40. White night and Black Stars by Curtis M. Lawson
  41. Stardust by Colleen Anderson
  42. When There Are Monsters by Christina Sng
  43. In the Key of He by Chad Stroup
  44. Lepus antilocapra by Carina Bissett
  45. Victim by Anna Taborska
  46. In Our Last Darkness by Ann K. Schwader
  47. Give Me Your Six by Amanda Hard
  48. Home Inspection by Adele Gardner
  49. Apotemnophilia by Deborah L. Davitt
  50. Secret by Robert Payne Cabeen

 

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Fiction

My story, “Old Foss is the Name of His Cat,” is up at PodCastle.

My story is up as a podcast at PodCastle. A great reading by Graeme Dunlop, with links to information about Edward Lear’s cat, Old Foss, and poetry, including The Jumblies and Owl and the Pussycat. I love how it sounds! Check it out!

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Fiction

“Stinky, Stinky Little Pig” at Space and Time magazine

My story “Stinky, Stinky Little Pig,” about an unfortunate meeting between an older Lewis Carroll and a grown up Alice, appeared in the long-standing sf magazine Space and Time. Check it out! Available here at this link!

Anthony R Rhodes, the illustrator of the image here which graced the magazine, discusses his process for this image on his blog. Here’s the link!

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Scholarship

Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader

My edited collection outlining the historical shape of the critical debates about the nature of the fantastic, Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader (Praeger, 2004). ISBN 978-0-275-98053-5

Available for purchase at ABC-Clio–Praeger.

Here’s the product description:

Culls together important criticism of fantastic literature from Plato and Aristotle to present critics.

Unprecedented in range and scope, this volume serves as a record of and reference for the development of fantasy literature. Working to be inclusive, rather than exclusive, opening a dialogue wherever possible, Sandner presents the full range of debates concerning the fantastic and its relationship to the sublime, the Gothic, children’s literature, romance and comedy, and the purposes of imaginative literature. Introductions to each essay, presented in full or excerpted for the most relevant commentary, situate the reader in the history of fantasy literature and the criticism it has inspired.

New and important here are the claims for the early development of fantasy literature from the 18th century sublime. Previous histories of the genre regard Romanticism as a limit, but this reader draws from 18th, 19th, 20th, and even 21st century texts, revealing the unimagined scope of the field and developing a map of its early history for the first time. This important new volume presents, ultimately, the development of critical debates about the fantastic and its relationship to literature generally.

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Scholarship

The Fantastic Sublime

My first book, The Fantastic Sublime: Romanticism and Transcendence in Children’s Fantasy Literature (Praeger, 1996).

ISBN 978-0-313-30084-4 and eISBN 978-0-313-02977-6

Still available for purchase at the ABC-Clio site.

Here’s the description:

Examines the ways in which Romanticism took part in the revolution of the view of fantasy literature, arguing that nineteenth-century children’s fantasy cultivated a new image of children and the role of imagination.

Many Victorian and Edwardian fantasy stories began as extemporaneous oral tales told for the delight of children and, like Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows, were written down by chance. These fanciful stories, told with child-like spontaneity, are analyzed here to argue their role in the revolution not only of children’s literature, but of the general conception of childhood. In contrast to the traditional moral tales of the 18th century that were written with the express purpose of instructing children how to become adults, this literature that Sandner identifies as the fantastic sublime reveled in the imagination and the enjoyment of reading. By looking at the structure of the Romantic sublime and inventing and exploring the structure of the fantastic sublime, this work offers a completely new way to examine 19th-century children’s fantasy literature, and perhaps, fantastic literature in general.

The study begins with a look at works by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, focusing on the 18th-century view of childhood and fantasy. This book expands on the notion that English Romanticism played a significant role in preparing adults to accept fantasy literature for children. Connections are made to the works of Kenneth Grahame, George MacDonald, and Christina Rossetti.

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Website

Philip K. Dick in Orange County

I am head curator of Philip K. Dick in Orange County, a website about Philip K. Dick and his life in Orange County, the last ten years of his life (right up until Bladerunner was about to hit it big), created with my fabulous 2014 Digital Literary Studies class. The site launched Fall, 2014, with events at Bookmachine, a Fullerton book and zinestore. The site supported the 2016 Philip K. Dick Conference, which I Chaired, and now pairs with the forthcoming Philip K. Dick, Here and Now collection, out later in 2019.

Check out our Facebook page.

Here’s an excerpt from our Facebook’s “About” page:

About
Philip K Dick in Orange County is an exploration of PKD’s presence in Orange County.

Click on the link to view the website.

                    https://sites.google.com/a/fullerton.edu/philip-k-dick-in-the-oc/home