supergee: (book)
2017-06-14 05:39 am

Miss Portinari investigates

Thomas Pynchon seen (or not) from Brazil. Time to confess that I think of Against the Day as something I slogged through and lived to tell about, and I haven’t tried The Bleeding Edge for fear that it’s his Golem100.

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supergee: (nebula)
2017-05-18 05:58 am

Big little book

Babel-17 put a space opera, a meditation on language and communication, alternate sex/love arrangements, and a fascinating protagonist into under 200 pages.

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supergee: (starmaker)
2017-05-12 05:45 am

Classic space opera

Tor.com gives away A Fire upon the Deep, and Jo Walton tells us why it’s so great.
supergee: (starmaker)
2017-04-20 05:33 am

Beginning

Nisi Shawl looks at The Jewels of Aptor.

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supergee: (nebula)
2017-04-19 06:08 am

Full of ideas

Why Ada Palmer writes like that

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supergee: (book)
2017-04-18 05:22 am

Downhill from there

First novels that were their author’s best

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supergee: (nebula)
2017-04-01 08:29 am

The Old Weird wasn’t good enough

I tend to the vulgar oversimplification that science fiction is a literature of ideas and fantasy is a literature of dragons, so when there arose a thoughtful, rigorous writer who insisted that he wrote fantasy, I wanted to ask a question from my childhood: “Who lost China?”

China Miéville, like J.G. Ballard and William Gibson before him, was interesting and different enough that people thought he and those resembling him deserved a new subgenre name: in his case, the New Weird. Here is a history of it.

There are a couple of items that seem newer to the author of the article than to me. I do not find it unusual that a new movement name inspires three reactions: (1) This is not a movement but divers writers by violence yoked together. (2) This is a movement, and it’s the best thing since sliced bread. (3) This is a movement, and it’s a threat to our natural bodily fluids. Also, fantasy that thinks like science fiction may be weird, but it wasn’t new. It was the basis of a successful and beloved magazine: Unknown.

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supergee: (shelves)
2017-03-18 05:31 am

By the numbers

James Patterson is a cliché factory, and other findings in literary quantification.

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