Kyoto Man, The

by D. Harlan Wilson
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In the wake of the Stick Figure War, civilization lapsed into obscurity. Fallout ravaged the fabric of space and time. History digested reality and reality exhumed the future as survivors tried and failed to create a new beginning … Amid the chaos, one man experiences a terminal affliction, a revolution of the self: the chronic transformation into the city of Kyoto, Japan. Each transformation further plunges the world into darkness, but he’s helpless against the lethal clockwork of his body, his psyche, his mindscreens—and nothing, not even Fate itself, can stop him from becoming God … In the third and final installment of the Scikungfi trilogy after Dr. Identity and Codename Prague, acclaimed author D. Harlan Wilson composes a narrative grindhouse that combines elements of science fiction and horror with pop culture and literary theory. Erudite, ultraviolent, and riotously satirical, The Kyoto Man reminds us how, at every turn, reality is shaped by the forces that destroy it.

What They’re Saying About The Kyoto Man

BOOKS-kyotomanlimited“I’m not sure if Wilson is a damn genius or a raging lunatic, but no matter which it is, one thing is certain: he can write a novel that will make you think.”—

“While it may appear intimidating at first glance, once the style and format sink in it will pull you right along on the wild ride. Highly recommended, easily among the top three new books I’ve read in 2013.” —

“D. Harlan Wilson’s Scikungfi Trilogy explodes pulp science fiction into new galaxies of frenzied prose that paints the imploding future as a funhouse of pop culture and avant-garde literature. The Kyoto Man goes a dimension or so further, mixing fractured narratives of SF with Hollywood pop into a postmodern scene that out-Burroughses Burroughs and makes Kerouac’s trips seem square.”
—Douglas Kellner, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and author of The Postmodern Turn and Media Spectacle

“D. Harlan Wilson writes with the crazed precision of a futuristic war machine gone rogue. He is devastatingly good.”
—Lavie Tidhar, author of The Bookman trilogy and Osama

“Not only philosophical and analytic reflection can be found hiding out in SF but even the work of revaluation and reinvention of artistic genres and styles. Against the yawning horizon of contemporary narrative D. Harlan Wilson turns up the vertical contrast of poetic prose. I was invited by my students to visit, as the one it takes to know another one, his laboratory of endopsychic science fiction. Following the deferral of my resistance to the proposed transference of recognition value, I finally did enter. But what took me by surprise was not as much the visualizable elements of the fictional world/word or its intellectual properties—served up on a splatter—as the exploration of poetic style carried forward, to my mind, from a recent repressed past of invention. The Scikungfi Trilogy is our continuity shot with Ezra Pound’s The Cantos.”
Laurence A. Rickels, Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School and author of I Think I Am Philip K. DickNazi Psychoanalysis and The Vampire Lectures

“A dark, trippy tale that pays homage to the past masters.”
—Fred Olen Ray, cult writer/director of Alien DeadHollywood Chainsaw HookersBikini Frankenstein and Buck Rogers Begins

“Believe the hype this time. D. Harlan Wilson has more talent than you can throw an axe at.”
—Will Elliott, award-winning author of The Pilo Family Circus