“brings the theoretical complexities surrounding the idea of fate to life” – review of The Lost Men on The View from Here

The Lost Men CoverOn The View From Here website, Grace Read has written her review of David Colón’s novel The Lost Men.  In her witty introduction, she says she read the book while suffering from morning sickness so it may have affected her clarity of mind!  Nonetheless she says that she found it thought-provoking, placing concepts popular with philosophers into a family life setting and presenting “complex ideas about destiny in a digestible form”.

Her favourite elements of the book were the dialogue and she says she found the last part of the book “gripping”. Although she concludes by saying that The Lost Men would be “a perfect read for a philosophy student” she doesn’t suggest that it wouldn’t appeal to non-philosophers.

You can read the full review here.

“vivid and visceral portrayal” – review of The Lost Men on the The British Fantasy Society website

The Lost Men CoverIn his review of The Lost Men by David Colón on the British Fantasy Society website, Chris Limb says that David “conjures up a realistic deserted future world and the day-to-day existence of Mann [,the main protagonist]”, and his home “is meticulously and convincingly portrayed using rich description”.  He adds, later, “The account of the pulverised remains of an unnamed town in Nebraska … sticks in the mind”.

You can read the full review here.

David A. Colón, author of The Lost Men, will be at FenCon IX

David A. Colón, author of The Lost Men, will be at FenCon IX (21-23 September) in the Crowne Plaza North Dallas

“impeccable” – Review of David A. Colón’s The Lost Men

Bennett Gavrish has reviewed The Lost Men by David A. Colón on his website. He says “The story has a natural flow, and [Colón] does an impeccable job of interweaving details about a bizarre [post-apocalyptic] civilization alongside deep philosophical and religious discussions.”

“Insightfully written” – Review of The Lost Men on She Never Slept

Brandi Jording describes The Lost Men by David A. Colón as “a starkly beautiful, symbolic narrative” in her review over on the She Never Slept website. Her final thoughts: “Insightfully written, I finished the book in a few hours. However, the thoughts and feelings it evoked kept me up well past the witching hour.”

You can read the full review here.

Review of The Lost Men on Risingshadow

Seregil of Rhiminee, on the Risingshadow website, has written a thorough review of The Lost Men by David A. Colón in which he praises both the quality of David’s writing style and the depth of the story. He says that “The author’s descriptive style made [the characters’] problems and feelings come to life.” David’s debut novel is almost an archetype of slipstream fiction, telling a story of love and Fate in a near-future but post-apocalyptic world with few remaining human inhabitants. Touching on the fact that David’s story is both a perfect example of speculative fiction and at the same time a philosophical literary novel, Seregil says “…everything was in balance in this novel, because the author had found a nice way to combine science fiction and literary fiction – the result is an enjoyable and thought-provoking reading experience.” You can read the whole of the review on the Risingshadow website here.

You can buy The Lost Men on Kindle here (US) and here (UK) and soon on the iBookstore and Kobobooks too. It will be available in paperback later in the year. One final quote from Seregil: “It’s a fascinating and sophisticatedly written debut novel, which can be recommended to everybody who likes beautifully written stories.” Thanks Seregil.

The Lost Men, an allegory by David A. Colón available from today

The Lost Men, an allegory by David A. Colón was today published by Elsewhen Press. This thought-provoking tale is the epitome of a slipstream novel, immersing us in a near-future we can recognise but would hope never to inhabit, asking us to consider if Fate is a real force, or if it is totally imagined, an arbitrary convention, a product of mankind’s self-destructive tendency.

Lee Konstantinou (author of Pop Apocalypse, a Possible Satire) says of The Lost Men:

David A. Colón’s The Lost Men expertly evokes the mood of much recent post-apocalyptic fiction — think Cormac McCarthy’s The Road or Colson Whitehead’s Zone One — and yet also constructs an entirely original, weird, and wonderful world that always keeps us guessing. In this impressive debut, Colón confronts us with the most difficult questions that can be asked — about fate, free will, and the foundations of justice.

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Exciting start to the year for Elsewhen Press

This is turning out to be an exciting time here at Elsewhen Press. We’re only one month into 2012 and we’ve already signed up two new authors, an American professor and an award-winning Scottish author.

The former, David Colón, has written an interesting work of literary speculative fiction, his first novel The Lost Men, an allegory set in a near-future where most of the world’s population have gone and the few remaining survivors are guided by perceived Fate.  It is a novel that raises interesting questions about the human condition and personal responsibility.  The Lost Men will be published this Spring.

The latter, Douglas Thompson, has written an intriguing novel, Entanglement, which he calls philosophical science fiction.  The story starts in 2180 when travel to neighbouring star systems has been mastered by the use of quantum teleportation, ‘entanglement’ of sub-atomic matter. In the course of the novel, 24 worlds are explored; what humanity discovers is both surprising and disturbing, enlightening and shocking.  Entanglement will be published this Summer.

Meanwhile our first title [Re]Awakenings continues to sell as an eBook and will soon be released as a paperback.  Our second title, Queens of Antares: Bloodline returned will be published early in February.

Phew!

Elsewhen Press signs US professor for literary speculative fiction

We are delighted to announce that David A. Colón, Assistant Professor of English at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, has signed a publishing deal with Elsewhen Press for his first work of fiction, The Lost Men. Described as literary speculative fiction, The Lost Men is an allegory of the relationship between the human condition and the perception of fate. David’s work in poetry and poetics has appeared in many respected publications over the past decade, but The Lost Men is his first published fiction. We are very pleased that David has chosen Elsewhen Press to publish this work. It will be a significant addition, not only to our own catalogue, but to the speculative fiction genre.

David had the idea for the story while teaching an undergraduate course in rhetoric at Stanford University. “It got me thinking about a literary utopia,” he said, “I envisioned a world in which every individual was completely self-reliant, and to create this I imagined that such a place would have to be far less populated than the world is now. So, I created this scenario, placed it historically in an alternate future, and went from there. All the circumstances flowed from this premise.”

The Lost Men will be published in a digital edition just before Easter this year and in a print edition in the summer.