A Reverie for Mister Ray

A Reverie for Mister Ray: Reflections on Life, Death, and Speculative Fiction is a collection of nonfiction work by American writer Michael Bishop published in 2005 by PS Publishing. It includes essays and reviews from 1975 to 2004, originally published in a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and fanzines. Most of the pieces concern the speculative fiction genre. The book was edited by Michael H. Hutchins.

A Reverie for Mister Ray
A Reverie for Mister Ray (Michael Bishop) cover art
AuthorMichael Bishop
Michael H. Hutchins (editor)
Cover artistJamie Bishop
CountryUnited States
PublisherPS Publishing
Publication date
May 2005
Media typePrint (Slipcased, Signed & Numbered Hardback)
A Reverie for Mister Ray
AuthorMichael Bishop
Michael H. Hutchins (editor)
PublisherPS Publishing
Publication date
May 2005
Media typePrint (Signed & Numbered Hardback)



  • A Reverie for Mister Mike: An Introduction by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Alien Graffiti: Author’s Apologia by Michael Bishop
  • On the Road: Editor’s Preface by Michael H. Hutchins

Drawing from the Wells

State of the Art

  • Evangels of Hope [1978]
  • Believers and Heretics: An Episcopal Bull [1980]
  • The Knack and How to Get It, See? [1978]
  • The Contributors to Plenum Four [1975]
  • Light Years and Dark: Science Fiction Since 1960 [1984]
  • Children Who Survive: An Autobiographical Meditation on Horror Fiction [1989]
  • 104 Really Cool Works of Twentieth-Century Fiction in English [2000]

On Reviewing

  • Oh, to Be a Blurber! [1980]
  • On Reviewing and Being Reviewed [1977]
  • Critics’ Night at the Sci-Fi Bistro [1979]

Pitching Pennies Against the Starboard Bulkhead

Going Deeper

Fellow Travelers

Rolling the Bones

  • Ink and Inspiration Among the Soft Sciences [1981]
  • Lucy in the Mud With Footprints: Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind by Donald C. Johanson and Maitland A. Edey [1981]
  • The Boy in the Bush: Lightning Bird by Lyall Watson [1982]
  • Mysteries of the Rift Valley: One Life by Richard E. Leakey and Disclosing the Past by Mary Leakey [1984]
  • The Fate of the Primate: The Deluge and the Ark: A Journey Into Primate Worlds by Dale Peterson [1989]
  • Prospectus for a Novel of Human Prehistory, or The Origins of No Enemy But Time [1982]

Edge Running

Open Heart

  • Military Brat: A Memoir [1997]
  • First Novel, Seventh Novel: A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire [1988]
  • My Private Civil War: Preface to Confederacy of the Dead [1993]
  • Three Tributes: Paul Di Filippo / David Hartwell / Howard Waldrop [2001-2003]
  • Cleansing the Eye of the Heart: A Dream of the Tattered Man by Randolph Loney [2001]
  • Ghost of a Chance: My Father’s Ghost by Suzy McKee Charnas [2003]
  • Nine Prescriptions for My Funeral [1997]
  • Writing Science Fiction As If It Mattered (including “Tiny Bells” by Bruce Holland Rogers) [2002]

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Mark V. Ziesing

Mark V. Ziesing is a small press publisher and bookseller. Active as a bookseller from 1972 to present, Ziesing was active in publishing from the mid-1980s into the late 1990s. The Ziesing publishing imprint specialized in science fiction, horror, and other forms of speculative fiction. Originally based in Willimantic, Connecticut and in partnership with his brother, he published two books by Gene Wolfe under the Ziesing Brothers imprint. He later published books by Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Howard Waldrop, Bruce Sterling, Joe R. Lansdale, and Lucius Shepard, among others. In 1989 he returned to his home state, to Shingletown, California, where he and his wife Cindy continue to operate a catalog-based book selling business under the name Ziesing Books.

Michael Bishop (author)

Michael Lawson Bishop (born November 12, 1945) is an American writer. Over four decades and in more than thirty books, he has created what has been called a "body of work that stands among the most admired and influential in modern science fiction and fantasy literature."

On Wings of Song (novel)

On Wings of Song is a 1979 science fiction novel by American writer Thomas M. Disch. It was first published as a serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in three installments in February to April 1979.

Like Disch's previous novel 334, it is a bitter satire that depicts a near-future America falling into worsening economic and social crisis. Despite being critically well received, it was a commercial failure.

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