FI #45 is here

Issue 45 Ways of Seeing coverJust yesterday, a crack team of Fiction International staffers packaged up copies of issue #45 and sent them on their way. So all of our subscribers and contributors, note well: The book is in the mail!

The front cover owl is courtesy of the fine photography of Ryan Seslow and the back cover features a mandala based on his image. If you’d like to peruse the full line-up of texts and art, visit our page here: Fiction International #45: About Seeing.

If you click the link, you can find the full text of several of the works. & if you haven’t gotten your copy, it’s not too late. In fact, if you order from Amazon here, you can even have one in 48 hours (if you order 1-day or 2-day shipping).

By the way, if you keep reading down the page, please ignore the note in the next post about your last chance. Submissions have closed for Fiction International #46: Real Time/Virtual. We’ll be making decisions soon, so sit tight, true believers….

Harold Jaffe’s Revolutionary Brain

Revolutionary Brain, the newest book by Fiction International Editor-in-Chief Harold Jaffe will be released December 6th, 2012, from Guide Dog Books.

Revolutionary Brain by Harold JaffeIn this timely collection of essays and “quasi-essays,” acclaimed novelist and critic Harold Jaffe explores the maddening chord changes of millennial culture. Gesturing, in a philosophical shorthand, toward a kind of pop Armageddon, Revolutionary Brain is at once thesis, allegory, and surreal comedy, demonstrating just how far we, and the natural world we have debauched, have fallen. Obsessed with technology, we are incapable of reconstructing ourselves. By way of Jaffe’s elegant prose and perfect pitch, our collective disability is laid bare at the 11th hour. Revolutionary Brain is a powerful cry for a brave new aesthetics that turns towards, not away, from our tormented globe.

According to Jonathan Baumbach, author of You: Or the Invention of Memory, “This witty and explosive book is an indictment of injustice and spurious morality and a call to art and enlightened activism as healing alternatives.”

Order from Raw Dog Screaming Press or view the full press release.

“Art-Making in the Technosphere” Part 2 (Or: Ice Cream Congratulations)

Notes from the the Technosphere:

Diving back into the collaboration…
How do words fit in? Are we in space? And if so, who paid for our ride?

“…when giant corporations own the means of production and make barriers so low—not in order to democratize art, but in pursuit of the long tail, firm in the knowledge that a buck off a million books that sell one copy each is the same as a buck each from a million identical Fifty Shades of Greys—well, perhaps there is a slight devaluation of said art. Definitely there is a commodification.”

How can we taste the real?

Congratulations to FI Assistant Editor Ryan Forsythe for publication of “Untitled” in City Beat’s “Fiction 101″ contest.  Find out how Roger learned the difference between the real and the imitation here:
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-11171-fiction-101.html

And read the rest of “Art-Making in the Technosphere,” here:
http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~fictintl/story_46_compilation.html

What have you commodified today?

Call for submissions to Fiction International’s Real Time/Virtual issue

“Virtual” is not just interfacing with “real” time  but devouring it–at least in “developed” nations. Half the world, including much of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the elderly everywhere still inhabit real time, but these millions scarcely count. The electronic revolution/devolution seems unstoppable. Who is really profiting from it?

Fiction, non-fiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals which address “Real Time/Virtual” are welcome. Please submit hard copy from 9/1 to 12/15 2012 to:

Harold Jaffe, Editor
Fiction International
Dept of English
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA USA 92182-6020
Query: <hjaffe@mail.sdsu.edu>

New Submission Theme

Our theme for the Fall 2012 reading period will be “Real Time/Virtual.” This submission period will begin September 1, 2012 and conclude December 15, 2012.

Virtual” is not just interfacing with “real” time but devouring it — at least in so-called developed nations. Probably half the world, including much of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the elderly everywhere still inhabit real time, but these millions scarcely count. The electronic revolution (devolution) is a juggernaut. Who is really profiting from it?

Please see our guidelines at “submit” for submission details and addresses.

#44 Deviate (DV8)

Our newest issue, #44, is called Deviate (DV8).