VENUSIA IS A NOVEL BY mark von schlegell



Honors Listed for 2007 James Tiptree, Jr. Award

Bookslut: "Compellingly written, with brilliant details, any Science Fiction appreciator would fall in love with this book."

J. Strau, ARTFORUM: "And though the off-world-colony location might suggest the writer's desire to escape the dilemmas and pressures of literary production today, Venusia in fact possesses all the qualities of great fiction."

Honeyed Words. Some real life Venusian inspired recipes...

SFBC: "It's like the most legible two week acid trip that you'll ever take."

MAXIM gives Venusia 4.5 out 5 stars. "A psychedelic sampling of high and low literature that marks the best of the genre...."

BOOKLIST: "A sentient, interdimensional plant is also in the whimsical cast of this absurdist blending of fantasy and cutting-edge sf that never fails to entertain and proclaims von Schlegell to be a promising new voice in the genre(s)."

EMERALD CITY: " a mind-bending excursion through the plastic neuroscapes of quantum reality."

SF CROWSNEST: "a breathtaking pulse of radicalism in a field that is all too often overly conservative."

LIBRARY JOURNAL: "von Schlegell's first novel (launching its own "System" series) provides a heady, kaleidoscopic trip into a dystopic future as well as a backward look at the necessities of the past. For most libraries."

infodad.com: 4 stars: "...the parallels between Venusia's history (or non-history) and our own remain clear and pertinent no matter how outrageous the narrative becomes. And it becomes pretty outrageous -- Venusia is a roller-coaster of a ride."

"Writing prejudicial, off-putting reviews is a precise exercise in applied black magic. The reviewer can draw free- floating disagreeable associations to a book by implying that the book is completely unimportant without saying exactly why, and carefully avoiding any clear images that could capture the reader's full attention." -- W. S. Burroughs

"This manifesto of the post-literate state appears in Mark von Schlegell's new sci-fi thriller Venusia. Venus, of course, is Los Angeles. With its inhospitable landscape refashioned via technology into a paradise, and illusion of limitless growth, this has always been so. In the mid 60s, the "Venus" depicted in Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly was a dystopian colony of volunteer immigrants who fled planet earth in search of good jobs and suburban tract housing. Half a century later, von Schlegell's Venusia exists by default. Earth no longer exists. Phenomenology--the branch of philosophy used to legitimize so much of LA's blank neo-conceptualist academy art--has become the new rule of law..."

-- C Magazine, Vancouver






2005 VENUS TOUR:

OCT. 6 THE ANCHOR, WICHITA, KS.

OCT. 21 CARPENTER CENTER, HARVARD, CAMBRIDGE MA. 5 PM

OCT. 22 WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, LETTERS DEPT. 4PM

OCT. 24 AS220, PROVIDENCE, R.I. *WITH PRUESS PRESS. 7PM

OCT. 25 YALE SCHOOL OF ART, NEW HAVEN. 7PM

OCT. 26 NEW SCHOOL, NYC *WITH MAURICE DANTEC. 6:30PM

OCT. 28 TALKING LEAVES BOOKSTORE, BUFFALO, NY 7:00PM

OCT. 30 THE POWER PLANT, TORONTO. NOON

NOV. 2 NOVA PROJECT SPACE, CHICAGO *with Garin Cycholl. 6:30PM

NOV. 3 INDIANA UNIVERSITY, BLOOMINGTON IND. 4PM

NOV. 4 KUNSTVEREIN HANNOVER, GERMANY

NOV. 4 LOUISVILLE COMPOUND, LOUISVILLE, KY. *WITH PRUESS PRESS 7PM

NOV. 7 NEWTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, IOWA


NOV. 9 FISCH-HAUS, WICHITA, KS

NOV. 11 LEFT HAND BOOKS, BOULDER *WITH MAUREEN OWEN. 8PM

NOV. 16 SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, VANCOUVER

NOV. 17 READING FRENZY, PORTLAND

NOV. 20 BORDERLANDS, SAN FRANCISCO. 4PM

NOV. 22 CIRCUS OF BOOKS, HOLLYWOOD. *WITH PROF. WINKLER

NOV. 26 BOOKFELLOWS, GLENDALE CA. 2PM

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