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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Story accepted for publication

My story “Stinky, Stinky Little Pig,” about an unfortunate meeting between an older Lewis Carroll and a grown up Alice, has been accepted for publication in venerable sf magazine Space and Time! I await the publication of this story and the podcast of my previously published story “Old Foss is the Name of His Cat” over at PodCastle. Guess I better write some new stuff.

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Just a reminder…

that i am blogging my way to the Philip K. Dick Conference at the SF in CSUF site until the Conference arrives at the end of April. Until then, unless a post is very specifically about my own work, I will be found there:

Here is the crossover thing I just published: I will be giving a talk Oct 21st about Dr. Willis McNelly and the founding of the sf Special Collections here at CSUF. Go check it out, and all the other Dune related talks in the month of October at the CSUF Library…..

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Podcast of my work coming out!

My short story, “Old Foss is the Name of His Cat,” has been accepted for production as a podcast from PodCastle, an excellent site! More details as I get them. I can’t wait to hear a professional production of the story.

I am blogging fairly steadily on the Sf at CSUF site, so do look there if you want to see where my energy is right now working up to the Philip K. Dick Conference 2016, April 29-30. See

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Mind Bending into Summer

As grading subsides, many of the grad students from my Critical Approaches to Popular Literature class will continue to work on the launch of our shared SF at CSUF site, with its work on Philip K. Dick in the OC, Steampunk Origins, our sf pulps in Special Collections at CSUF, and more. I will be organizing and linking all the fabulous content they have created through the end of the month. Countdown to launch is on! 10, 9, 8….

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Added a Publications Page

I have added a page with selected professional publications…check it out! I will add links to any materials online, and look to add stories or excerpts soon.

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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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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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Philip K. Dick in Orange County

I had the privilege to be the professor of a class on digital literary studies that created 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). I remain what i like to call Head Curator for the site, which will have a launch event in Fall, 2014. Check it out…and please like our Facebook page. We had wanted to get over 100 for the Summer, and are currently at 142…but i hope to get over 250 in the Fall…

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

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

We are a class, English 475: Digital Literary Studies, that met on the California State University, Fullerton campus in Spring, 2014, and became fascinated with PKD’s special relationship with our campus. This multi-page, multimedia website is the result. Click on the link to view the webiste.


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