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Author and podcaster Douglas Lain to tour US with his novel about May 1968 ("Billy Moon," Tor Books) and an idea of "the impossible."
Author and podcaster Douglas Lain to tour US with his novel about May 1968 ("Billy Moon," Tor Books) and an idea of "the impossible."
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With the Think the Impossible Tour I'm aiming at promoting both my new book and the idea of "the impossible" or of contradiction. Taking my philosophy podcast  Diet Soap  and my novel Billy Moon on the road I'll be interviewing Andrew Kliman from the MHI, Margaret Kimberley from the Black Agenda Report, McKenzie Wark author of the Hacker Manifesto, Daniel Coffeen sophist and pop philosopher, and a few others about what, for structural reasons, can't usually be discussed in a Capitalist society.   This will be a book tour and a podcast tour and each event will be a live version of the Diet Soap Podcast.   The aim is to fund a three city tour, but if I surpass the initial goal more cities will be added.  If you're a listener to Diet Soap this is a chance for you and your Diet Soap loving friends to get together and bring me to your hometown.  The money will fund each event (honorariums, possible venue fees, etc..), send me to the Decatur Book festival, and cover my travel expenses to San Francisco, Chicago, NYC and possibly beyond.

About the book:

“Billy Moon” was the family nickname of Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A. A. Milne and the child companion of Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet in Milne’s classic children's books. Known to the entire world as an adorable mop-headed child with imaginary friends, the adult Christopher Robin struggled to define himself and his life, but never fully succeeded in overcoming his storybook image. The novel, Billy Moon, coming from Tor Books in August, 2013, I grab the real-world Christopher Milne, in the throes of a mid-life crisis in 1968, yank him out of reality, and send him to Paris, during the historic student uprising taking place at that time. Paris and the student revolt illuminate and transform Milne, helping him grasp his own image and use it to take control of his own unreality.

About the podcast: 

The Diet Soap podcast is a philosophy podcast dedicated to applying imagination and intellect to “the problem of Late Capitalism.”  The podcast is in its 4th year and reaches thousands of listeners a week. The podcast has featured conversations with Penelope Rosemont of the Chicago Surrealist group, radical author Michael Parenti, the performance artist Reverend Billy, and many others.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge during the Kickstarter campaign will be to keep up with the writing, video production, podcasting and blogging that I will be doing in preparation for the tour. That is, if you pledge to this project you will be getting more than just the reward listed, but will also get to see how I develop the ideas that I'll be taking on the road. I hope to interview every participant before the live events and will be creating new content every week in an effort to promote this project and as a way to prepare myself for what I hope will be entertaining and interesting events in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
I certainly don't plan on doing your typical book tour here.

The biggest logistical challenge for the tour will be to arrange for venues in Chicago and San Francisco. I have already arranged for one of the events to be hosted by Bluestockings in NYC and will give updates along the way as I secure locations in Chicago and San Francisco.
My publisher Tor Books will help with publicity.

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    The electronic version of the first chapter of Billy Moon, an essay about the idea of the impossible, and a philosophical conversation with Douglas Lain via either Skype or Talkshoe.

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    Same as above plus a digital recording of all three events in mp3 format, a pdf of the Billy Moon related short story "Natalie's Commune Paradox," and a backstage pass and invitation to an impossible afterparty.

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    Same as above plus an ebook version of my short story collection "Fall Into Time" which includes short story "Noam Chomsky and the Timebox" as well as "The Last Apollo Mission."
    "These stories satiate the appetite of any reader..." -Trent Walter, SF Site

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    Same as above plus an ebook version of the novella "Wave of Mutilation."
    "The universe has a hole in it and reality is leaking out. Who knew it would be this much fun? Doug Lain's Wave of Mutilation is the story of Christian and Samantha; a story that generates itself as it devours itself. Its characters and surreal scenes are rendered with an engaging style and seem to have truths to tell us about relationships, politics, sex, the history of furniture. At the same time, they convince us they are insubstantial, errant, nothing but the illusion of the world. Terrific writing, good laughs, and the flawless execution of a fictional tightrope walk between 'reality' and nothing. Wonderfully original!" -JEFFREY FORD, author of The Physiogonomy

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    A "Think the Impossible" ebook. This will include a transcript of the interviews from the tour as well as an accessible introduction to the idea of the impossible as understood through pop stuff like Arrested Development, Star Trek, and that new wave song about masturbation that I used to sing to myself in the third grade without really understanding what the lyrics meant.

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    Same as above plus a new short story in your email box every other week until September 1st. Projected titles include "The Apocalypse Balloon," and "The Very Value of the Moon."

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    Same as above plus a hardcover copy of my novel Billy Moon shipped to you from Tor Books.

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    Same as above plus a signed hardback copy of the novel Billy Moon shipped from the author and a handmade collage.

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    Same as above plus a "Think the Impossible" event in your city anywhere on Earth.

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