Simon Sellars on J.G. Ballard

Simon Sellars has this to say about my upcoming book on J.G. Ballard for University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series:

"In this wide-ranging and accessible work, D. Harlan Wilson argues that J.G. Ballard is a writer who remained true to science fiction even as he claimed to abandon the genre. With clear-eyed intelligence and a deep understanding of his subject, Wilson builds a compelling case for Ballard as perhaps SF’s most radical innovator."

Sellars is the editor of Extreme Metaphors, the most comprehensive collection of JGB interviews, and editor-in-chief of, the most comprehensive website covering the Ballardosphere.

Extrapolation Call or Reviewers

The following titles are available for review in Extrapolation. We are looking for shorter reviews than in the past, ideally between 800-1000 words; full details are itemized in the review guidelines that will be sent out with each review copy. As always, if we have never worked together before and you are interested in reviewing a title, send a query to and provide me with a biography of your scholarship and academic standing. Please don't commit to reviewing a title unless you absolutely have time and intend to complete a review on or before the due date, which, for this batch, will be September 1, 2017. Thanks!

Canavan, Gerry, Modern Masters of SF: Octavia E. Butler
Rick McGrath (ed.), Deep Ends: The J.G. Ballard Anthology 2016
Marek C. Oziewicz, Justice in YA Speculative Fiction
Ewa Mazierska & Alfredo Suppia (eds.), Red Alert: Marxist Approaches to SF
Louis Chude-Sokel, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora & Black Technopoetics

Chris Pak, Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations in SF
Steffen Hantke, Monsters in the Machine: SF Film & the Militarization of America after WWII
Irena Grubica & Zdenek Beran (eds.), The Fantastic of the Fin de Siecle
Grant Wythoff (ed.), The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering & Scientifiction

Roger Whitson, Steampunk &19th Century Digital Humanities
Mike Ashley, SF Rebels: The Story of the SF Magazines from 1981-1990

Blurb for BIG CITY

Here's my blurb for Scot Sothern's upcoming Big City. It's by far the best novel I've read so far this year.

“In the latest work of art-prose from the incomparable Stalking Horse Press, Scot Sothern shows that he's not just a linguistic power-hitter, but a dynamic storyteller, too. There’s enough imagination on every page of Big City for an entire novel.”

Preorder the novel here. I've never read Sothern's work before and I was reminded of one of my favorite authors, Steve Aylett.

Battles Giveaway

Looking toward the publication of the complete Battles without Honor or Humanity by Raw Dog Screaming Press this year, there's a Goodreads giveaway for autographed paperback copies of volumes 1 and 2. Click here to enter. The giveaway will remain open until the end of January.

Against Literature as System

Prague-based writer and editor David Vichnar has written an excellent article on my oeuvre, Against Literature as System: D. Harlan Wilson's Splatterschticks, for 3:AM Magazine.

Marketing Copy

Here is the preliminary marketing copy for my upcoming book on J.G. Ballard for University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series. A formal press release will be available soon from the publisher.

Lethem on Ballard

Jonathan Lethem has written an outstanding blurb for my upcoming book on J.G. Ballard for University of Illinois Press's Modern Masters of Science Fiction series:

"A new comprehensive standard. Wilson's insights reach to the furthest ends of J.G. Ballard's bookshelf, complicate easy assumptions about the location of the 'autobiographical' in his novels, and, best of all, assert that if there is a Science Fiction worth advancing into the 21st Century, Ballard is at the center, not the periphery, of that project."