Sunday, July 14, 2019

"Farewell, Frankenstein!" in FREEDOM OF SCREECH

I'm proud beyond words to be a part of Craig Spector's latest anthology, FREEDOM OF SCREECH (a collection of freedom of speech-themed short fiction), the focus of which couldn't be more relevant in this bright, shiny future in which we all find ourselves. I'm particularly proud to be sharing a Table of Contents page with the likes of Norman Spinrad and Richard Christian Matheson, both of whom I've been reading since I was a teenager. Matheson's first book, SCARS AND OTHER DISTINGUISHING MARKS, has long been one of my favorite short story collections and Spinrad's THE IRON DREAM is—needless to say—one of the most audacious and challenging science fiction novels published during the past fifty years. 

My contribution to this anthology ("Farewell, Frankenstein!") celebrates the perennial significance of Mary Shelley's most famous literary creation while also addressing pressing issues of academic freedom in the twenty-first century. It's a strange but true tale about a darkly absurd attempt to ban Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN from a Southern California college campus. The story begins with the following disclaimer: "The following events are, to borrow a phrase coined by the late James W. Moseley, 'shockingly close to the truth.' Names and places have been changed to protect the guilty and innocent alike." Those of you who read my recently posted article, "The War Against the Imagination: How to Teach in a System Designed to Fail," will be particularly interested in this dire bit of reportage.  

FREEDOM OF SCREECH is available on Amazon by clicking right HERE! Buy it now… while you’re still allowed to buy books!

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