The Last Emperor (Mollusk Month Post)

Emperor Mollusk Month!! continues, but if I can be honest, I’m out of things to say about it.  I could say more, but why give away surprises?  I’ve disclosed enough about the book that anyone should have an idea if it’s something they’re interested in, and if you’re still having trouble committing after being told that this is a book with a space squid, a giant centipede, mega robots, mutant dinosaurs, and a journey of personal growth as one hero / villain struggles to find his place in the world . . . well, I just don’t know what else to tell you.

It has a lizard woman in it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

I think it’s great, but I wrote it.  I should think it’s great.  I hope you think it’s great, and I hope you buy it and share it with your friends and tell everyone how wonderful it is using the power of the internet.  I’ve made my case, and I can only hope you’re on board.  If not, thanks for stopping by.  Visitors are always appreciated.

On a related note, I’m working on getting some original merchandise up at to help promote the book and also because it’s something I love doing as well.  I have always been an amateur artist.  A very amateur artist.  But recently, technology has given me the tools to not only create some art I really love, but also to distribute it to the rest of the world.  I admit it’d be awesome to make some extra bucks off of doing something else I love, but it also feels greedy.  I’m already an incredibly lucky guy.  Still, if you want to buy a T-shirt with some A. Lee Martinez theme on it, I’m not going to complain.

I’d also like to take a moment to remind everyone that Chasing the Moon, my previous novel, is out in mass market paperback now.  Just a refresher:  It’s the story of a woman named Diana who ends up with an apartment full of cosmic monsters.  It’s a cosmic horror story at its heart, though not an especially dark one.  The paradox of a not-dark horror story is one I’m comfortable with, but I can see why it can be confusing to some.  The best way I could describe it would be if H.P. Lovecraft wrote a story where people didn’t have to go insane at the end and where even Cthulhu isn’t certain anything is important.  It’s about a universe you can’t possibly comprehend and how that doesn’t have to destroy your mind.  Or at least, not right away.

But that’s life, right?

Finally, I admit that my last few posts have been largely self-promotional.  That is why this website exists, so I don’t feel bad about that.  But I also know that sometimes people drop by here just to read whatever strange thoughts I might have to offer, to bask in my brilliant insights or chuckle at my obsession over obscure superheroes.  Whatever the reason, I’m glad you stop by now and then and though Emperor Mollusk Month!! continues, I’ll post something less mercantile soon.  Promise.

Keelah Se’lai

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,


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  1. Posted February 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to to reading this book! But first I have to get Chasing the Moon 🙂

  2. Rip
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    What is wrong with self-promotion? If I’m visiting your blog site, good chance I’m here to read more about you, your books, and definitely buy your merchandise. Can I get a sinister brain bobble-head? Will you render a version of all your characters onto a single shirt? And then make shirts with individual characters on it?

  3. Posted February 23, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    I dunno if you’ll take this into consideration, but it’d be awesome to have Diana and all her monster pals from Chasing The Moon (my favorite book of yours and one of my all-time favorites) on a T-shirt? Maybe even a funny quote from it. I would by that bad boy in a heartbeat.

    In the meantime, bring on the Emperor!!

  4. John Husisian
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    As a Texan, you know you’ve arrived when they mention you in “Texas Monthly”. The March 2012 issue — bottom left corner of page 62. A section called “Textra Credit: What else we’re reading this month.”

    Emperor Mollusk versus the Sinister Brain, A. Lee Martinez (Orbit $19.99) An intergalactic menace discovers retirement isn’t so easy in Dallas authors’s latest SF work.

    • A. Lee Martinez
      Posted February 25, 2012 at 4:56 am | Permalink

      That is very cool to hear. Thanks for the info.

      • Kevin white
        Posted February 18, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

        What would be great is if we could get the Emperor Mollusk book cover as poster.

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