‘Superversive’ coming soon

Someone showed me a picture and I just laughed—
Dignity never been photographed.

—Bob Dylan, ‘Dignity’

Neither the redoubtable Sarah Dimento nor I could think of any good way to draw a picture of a superversion; so after long dithering, I asked her to come up with a simple text design.

Here, then, is the cover for Superversive: Recovering the Tao of Fantasy, coming soon to an Amazon near you.



  1. I’m really looking forward to this.

  2. O frabjous day!

  3. *hits like button*

  4. Yes! I am truly looking forward to this.

  5. L Jagi Lamplighter (Wright) says

    This is very exciting. Could we do an interview with you for my blog and Superversive SF?

    • I would be honoured, Ma’am.

      • L. Jagi Lamplighter says

        Would you like me to send you some questions? That is usually the easiest way.

        At one point on our yearly vacation in August, John was looking a bit sad. I asked him what was wrong, he said sadly, “I have a number of novels I should be reading, but all I want to read is more Tom Simon articles.”

        He is quite delighted to see his wish is now possible!

        • That would be excellent.

          Thank John for me; what he said is high praise indeed. Though I should be much obliged if he were to give some of my fiction a try at some point, and see whether I can do any of the things I talk about, or whether I am merely the eunuch in the harem.

          Incidentally, I should very much like to ask your advice on a related matter, when it is convenient for you.

          • L. Jagi Lamplighter says

            I think John may prefer non-fiction to fiction. He does occasionally read novels, but he mostly likes philosophy and history and the like. As if his mind is busy drinking up raw materials to make fiction and is, thus, less interested in reading it.

            But, that being said, I will remind him that we have a novel of yours! 😉

            As to your other matter, I am at your disposal. Feel free to ask me here or email me!


          • I considered “Lord Talon’s Revenge” an important book for just such a reason, when I first read it. I, at least, am happy to report that it was actually BETTER than I thought it would be: Clever, very, very funny, and moving. So now I can read your essays on writing content with the knowledge that you know what you’re talking about.

  6. Outstanding! I’m excited to read it.

  7. I like Mrs. Dimento’s covers for your books. They are clean and distinctive, two important qualities for a cover.

    But, of course, your books of essays are excellent and I would happily buy them even if they were bound in newspaper.

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