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Because the old one got too long and Shakey couldn't load it. A sequel to rolling fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction &c. thread

fgtbaoutit (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Hoping to report on Report On Probability A in the near future.

fgtbaoutit (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:54 (four years ago) Permalink

Gregory Benford: Artifact --- archaeologists uncover lethal alien thingy in Mycenean burial ground. Not brilliantly written, but interesting enough to continue with. Entertainingly, for a book written in 1985, it contains early 21st-century Greece falling apart because of a worldwide economic depression/recession

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Thursday, 13 November 2014 01:11 (four years ago) Permalink

lol @ thread title

Report on Probability A - was idly thinking of re-reading that recently, I remember being p underwhelmed by its central formal conceit. I expected it to be much loopier and disorienting. In general, Aldiss is v hit or miss for me (something I've read Moorcock attribute to his needing a good editor/manager, someone to set goals/targets for him). Cryptozoic is undreadable, for example, but I consider Barefoot in the Head from just a year or two later a masterpiece.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:20 (four years ago) Permalink

Brian W. "Crazy Baldhead" Aldiss

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Read rep on prob a at least twice a long time ago, didn't know anything about last year at marienbad but enjoyed the formal conceit and the last few pages made me want to high five him.

thread title capitalisation and constant reminder of that dunderheaded heinlein story is gonna make me rmde to eternity.

ledge, Friday, 14 November 2014 10:03 (four years ago) Permalink

agonising as it may be for ledge, this restart is v handy for me, as I meant to start following the previous thread after the initial poll that prompted it, and then i didn't and then it got so long that my approach of 'I must read all of it before participating' turned into hiding from the thread and not ever talking about some of my favourite strands of writing :/

Fizzles, Friday, 14 November 2014 10:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Sorry for thread title, ledge, I did it to annoy Shakey, not you.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 November 2014 11:17 (four years ago) Permalink

You are not the only one who couldn't read prior thread, Fizzles. Was constantly using the search feature or wondering where something was only to learn it was further upthread.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 November 2014 11:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Still slogging through the last of Atwood's Maddadam trilogy. The third book is piss-weak, slow going and uninteresting, and her stylistic flaws seem to show through more and more. Because it's sci-fi there's an attempt to be, I dunno, edgy or hardboiled or something and it's about as convincing as one of your parents trying on an ill-fitting leather jacket. Bit of a shame really, becaus eI enjoyed the first two books (Oryx & Crake / Year of the Flood) immensely.

joni mitchell jarre (dog latin), Friday, 14 November 2014 11:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I think I forgotten to say on the previous thread that another one of the best features on fantasticfiction site is it shows you the blurbs writers have done for other people's books.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 14 November 2014 14:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Cool I'll just keep pasting in stuff from prev thread everytime somebody mentions something already discussed thoroughly, as I kept etc on prev thread its own self. Speaking of blurbs, here's a good 'un from a recent library shop score, Wandering Stars, An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Jack Dann, Introduction by Isaac Asimov:
I loved Wandering Stars, and why not? Two of the thirteen stories are from Orbit, and I would have bought seven of the rest if I had got my hands on them first. If the book had nothing else going for it, it would still be a triumph to get William Tenn to write the great story he was talking about in the fifties.--Damon Knight
(Also a blurb from Leo Rosten, who wrote The Education of Hyman Kaplan, about an immigrant who tends to take over English classes with his own versions and visions of language and lit.)

dow, Friday, 14 November 2014 15:47 (four years ago) Permalink

Contents (some of these titles are corny, but the few stories I kinda remember from mags etc were good):

"Why Me?" by Isaac Asimov

William Tenn: "On Venus, Have We Got A Rabbi"

Avram Davidson: "The Golem"

Isaac Asimov: "Unto the Fourth Generation"

Carol Carr: "Look, You Think You've Got Troubles"

Avram Davidson: "Goslin Day"

Robert Silverberg: "The Dybbuk of Mazel Tov IV"

Horace L. Gold: "Trouble With Water"

Pamela Sargent: "Gather Blue Roses"

Bernard Malamud: "The Jewbird"

Geo. Alec Effinger: "Paradise Lost"

Robert Sheckley: "Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay"

Isaac Bashevis Singer: Jachid and Jechidah"

Harlan Ellison: "I'm Looking For Kadah"

dow, Friday, 14 November 2014 16:00 (four years ago) Permalink

I just looked at a full schedule of all the books on SF Gateway (presumably this is the ebook titles). It's 2599 books!
Cant remember where I found the document.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 14 November 2014 21:16 (four years ago) Permalink

UK or US or other?

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 November 2014 21:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Probably UK

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 14 November 2014 22:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Considerably fewer in US

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 November 2014 22:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Mark Sinker makes some connections (for inst., between Gothic and Futurist lit) new to me, after viewing the National Gallery's William Morris exhibition:

dow, Sunday, 16 November 2014 14:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Thanks. Surely the friend mentioned there is an ILB poster.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 November 2014 14:59 (four years ago) Permalink

RMDE at that this thread title too, as well as the terrible screenname I had at the time. Don't know why I did it. I guess the door dilated and I just had to go through it.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 November 2014 14:59 (four years ago) Permalink

before I forget: this Brazilian writer recently died and Clute tweeted link to very appealing SFE overview of his work:

dow, Sunday, 16 November 2014 15:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Ooh! I mean RIP but yknow

Οὖτις, Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Thanks. Often hard to find something like that in translation or even not in translation. Wonder if he had anything in that Cosmos Latinos anthology? Don't seem to recognize the name.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:03 (four years ago) Permalink

(xp, obv)

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:03 (four years ago) Permalink

okay, "Brain Transplant."

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:05 (four years ago) Permalink

I've only read Brain Transplant but would def read more provided stuff gets translated

Οὖτις, Sunday, 16 November 2014 16:06 (four years ago) Permalink

Hey James, tried to reply to yr kind email, but it won't let us reply directly, and the webmail form has the worst captcha evah, I refreshed it a half-dozen times, got rejected over and over and over and over and over and over. So I'll reply here: thanks, you keep up the good posts too!

dow, Monday, 17 November 2014 02:06 (four years ago) Permalink

has this been posted already?

Οὖτις, Monday, 17 November 2014 16:18 (four years ago) Permalink

Laird Barron wrote a parody of the horror/weird scene, it included jabs at Mark Samuels in particular (however serious they were intended, nobody knows), there was some discussion of this at the Ligotti forum and eventually that resulted in Justin Isis writing hilarious rap battle lyrics.
Several spread across this page

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 17 November 2014 23:35 (four years ago) Permalink

The xpost link to Mark Sinker's William Morris exhibit etc is back online this afternoon. Read that before reading further, for max headroom:
When his fellow visitor/ILXor xyzzz (sic?) said it was down this morning, I told Mark, and we had this email exchange:

Mark:oh cheers, yes, the guy who hosts it (on a laptop in his spare room) sometimes has to reboot :)

me: OK, will keep in mind. I fairly recently got into Morris and those Kipling stories (if you meant "As Easy As A-B-C" and "With The Night Mail," for inst), but hadn't made the connection. Now I'm also thinking of Blade Runner's Earth, a mostly abandoned First World-as-Third World backstreet, where it rains all night in perpetual eco-ruins; also PKD's original setting, more like a slightly-future-to-us Beijing, with workers scuttling between buildings, hoping not to be singed/cancer-seeded by the invisible sun. Some later Tiptree stories too, and Mary Shelley's The Last Man, for me amazing as Frankenstein.
Probably some of Kim Stanley Robinson's later novels too, though they've gotten so long I may never know (early The Wild Shore was fine, best I recall). But I recently saw a mention of "cli-fi" as emerging trend, so we may get sick of the whole thing even before it all comes true.

Mark: Yes, Kipling’s mum was related to a famous Pre-Raphaelite in the Morris circle — his dad of course ran the Lucknow museum — and when he was boarded in England as kid (not the notorious time that became Baa Baa Black Sheep) he stayed with the De Morgans, who were also minor slebs in Arts&Crafts terms: William DM a high-end potter and tile designer (he did the fireplaces for the Titanic iirc!)

Yrs partly (Kipling's)sic-fi stories, but also the stories about ships and trains and cars — esp.the ones from the perspective of the train or ship. The ones abt cars are really intriguing: he was totally an early adopter.

me: Didn't know any of that, thanks! Will def have to read more Kipling----recently found one of his I mentioned in an anth w HG's "The Land Ironclads"---getting back into Wells, and suspect the Eloi and Morlocks might have gotten Morris (and Tolkien) going. Finally read The Lord Of The Rings, and feel like I totally/mostly get it! Specific associations re the "not allegorical, dammit!" Ring/magic can shift, but lately I think of fossil fuels as thee ancient source of modern marvels, source which must now be sacrificed to/for any chance of future lives, bearable legacy But once that ship sails off into the autumn sea, it sails, buddy. So the book is a tragedy, but fairly often experienced as a comedy, in a commedia sense: fascination of the vivid details, robustly acted out, with some mortal meat joy, and other meat conditions.

dow, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 19:08 (four years ago) Permalink

William DM a high-end potter and tile designer (he did the fireplaces for the Titanic iirc!

De Morgan Centre looking for a foothold. (Those are Tolkien's ships, right there)

alimosina, Thursday, 20 November 2014 01:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Just heard "Dream Weaver" on the radio. Wasn't there an sf writer named Gary Wright who had a much anthologized story about some futuristic luge called something like "Ice Slide"? "Ice Capades"? "Ice Rink" ? "Ice Mutants"? and then was never heard from again? I'll guess I'll see what Clute & Co have to say.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 November 2014 20:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Looks like some Canadian teacher assigned it to his students to adapt as a short film. Don't think it was clemenza, though.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 November 2014 20:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Can anyone tell me what on earth Science Fiction Poetry is? Poems of fantasy and horror just uses tropes of those genres but how do you achieve the conceptual framework of SF in poetry? Because without that, the tropes by themselves would just be fantasy poems or poems about radical change.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 23 November 2014 20:56 (four years ago) Permalink

If you have to ask you'll never know.

Tom Disch might have had something to tell you about it, but he is sadly no longer with us.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 November 2014 21:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh gosh, now that you mention it, I've seen poetry in science fiction mags as far back as I can remember, though I don't remember any specific poem, at least in part because I haven't read any sf mags in a long time. I do remember there being quite a range, from short light verse (limericks, even)to much more ambitious testimonials and mini-sagas(never got much space in the page sense).
I'll have to dig up some of those zines; meanwhile this looks like a good place to start:

dow, Sunday, 23 November 2014 22:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Also notable were the infusion of a quantity of poetry into the text of Brian W Aldiss's novel Barefoot in the Head (1969)

Thinking about what Aldiss to read next, since I finished Report on Probability A , which I will give a report grade of 'A' to, and this is on my short list.

There are some poems in the anthology Sense of Wonder.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 November 2014 22:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Just came across a 1962 American printing of The Long Afternoon of Earth, AKA Hothouse; unabridged edition didn't come out in the US 'til 76.

dow, Sunday, 23 November 2014 23:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Did you buy it? It is currently out of print. I loved the story/extract in the Silverberg SF 101 book, as mentioned on prior thread.

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 23 November 2014 23:41 (four years ago) Permalink

This is the abridged version I got (for 25 cents),204,203,200_.jpg

dow, Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00 (four years ago) Permalink

in terms of thematic vibe, this cover may be more appropriate, but the UK is awesome o coures

dow, Monday, 24 November 2014 00:01 (four years ago) Permalink

In your favorite online sf reference work I believe that book has the tag ***SEMISPOILER ALERT** "Space Elevator" **END OF SEMISPOILER ALERT

Junior Dadaismus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 November 2014 00:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Vandermeer has come back to one he still thinks is underappreciated. The title and author seem vaguely familiar; anybody read it?

dow, Monday, 24 November 2014 05:22 (four years ago) Permalink

New Yorker won't let me link, but check out Laura Miller's "Fresh Hell" for clear lens view of profuse YA dystopias, and how the lit varies from Classic adult-aimed (later school-assigned). TNY's Amy Davidson later agrees with much but not all of Miller's take.

dow, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:40 (four years ago) Permalink

been reading LeGuin's "A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" (they had it at the library). I took Disch to task in "The Dreams Our Stuff is Made of" for his attacks on her, and while I won't recant on that count (he was unnecessarily harsh and dismissive), she really can let her didacticism get in the way. I can think of few fiction writers that have a more keenly developed political agenda that is so readily apparent in their work. Ayn Rand obviously (lol) and Heinlein and Scott Card I suppose. But LeGuin's well to the left of those boorish blowhards, and arguably more audacious conceptually. I wonder if I should go back and re-read the Kestrel books for any political subtext I may have missed in jr high, I always liked those...

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:17 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't think I'll read her for a very long time unless I come across her work in anthologies. Because once Moorcock said her work was self-consciously literary and left him cold. But he was very fond of her as a person.

That really put me off and what you say here adds to that. But Wizard Of Earthsea is an attractive name so I'm not totally discouraged.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 01:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Moorcock doesn't always make the right choices...

Even people I know who don't usually like her (or science fiction in general) tend to like this

dow, Wednesday, 26 November 2014 01:40 (four years ago) Permalink

tbf to Gaiman, he's championed Lafferty for years, and I'm sure he's been a big help in getting these books back into print. Intros are easy enough to skip.

Do we know a tracklisting for the short story collection yet?

Annoyingly I have two of the three novels in that Three Great Novels set (which, btw RAG, I saw in the Waterstones at Braehead just the other day); £14.99 is a lot to pay for Space Chantey, especially as I haven't got round to reading Past Master or the totally out-there sounding Fourth Mansions yet. I suppose I have a suspicion that Lafferty, like a great many of the more unique SF writers, might be best in the shorter forms - but we shall see.

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 27 October 2018 13:25 (one month ago) Permalink

On the one hand some of the stories even outrun their ideas, but on the other hand his best prose, especially dialogue, has this shaggy dog charm that I can happily imagine meandering along at novel length.

the Warnock of Clodhop Mountain (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 27 October 2018 13:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Kim Stanley Robinson has a new one out: RED MOON.

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 27 October 2018 13:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Damn already?!

Οὖτις, Saturday, 27 October 2018 14:01 (one month ago) Permalink

He’s also got BLUE MOON coming out in Jan 2019

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 October 2018 14:08 (one month ago) Permalink

This is probably not about to come back into print but for novel length lafferty, his historical Native American piece Okla Hannali was a great marriage of tone and subject

I liked annals of klepsis better than past master or fourth mansions. Have space chantey but never got around to it. As mentioned, Reefs of Earth was my favorite ral novel but it’s been decades since I read these.

There was also a great long-novella length Sindbad story published during his indie label years - I hope i still have that in a box somewhere.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 27 October 2018 17:32 (one month ago) Permalink

There was a time around 1990 when you could get all these zine format lafferty obscurities from Chris Drumm books

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 27 October 2018 17:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Talkin' bout Laffertys, i just read Mur Lafferty's Six Wakes. A murder mystery on a spaceship full of clones. Perhaps some people are sick of "rules of cloning" stories, but I thought it was a lot of fun.

adam the (abanana), Monday, 29 October 2018 00:00 (one month ago) Permalink

B-b-but wazzabout R.A. Lafferty's Six Fingers of Time?

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 29 October 2018 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I want someone to publish The Devil Is Dead with the missing chapters restored, More Than Melchisedech, the unpublished Coscuin novels if there are any... there's a huge job to be done.

alimosina, Wednesday, 31 October 2018 14:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Hey, what about this brand new bio of John W. Campbell?

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 21:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Do not read if you hate Golden Age Mansplaining

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 October 2018 22:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I got the Lafferty omnibus. Odd how the type size increases with each novel.

Also Mike Ashley's Glimpses Of The Unknown: Lost Ghost Stories, a collection of stories which have never been reprinted, including an EF Benson story that nobody knew about until now. This should be interesting.

Some of the amazon reviews for Broderick & Di Filippo's 101 Best SF Novels are totally wacko. Someone is positively outraged that these books are being considered science fiction, some reviewers expected an anthology (I guess the word Novel means nothing to them) and some people who seemed to expect 101 novels in one book, who must have ignored that there is a paperback version.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 3 November 2018 09:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyone read 'Gnomon' by Nick Harkaway? It was recommended by a friend, but I'm not going to get into a nearly 700 pager lightly.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 5 November 2018 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

i enjoyed his first one (the gone-away world). but having read another one of his, which was fine, i began to suspect that they're all more or less the same.

he's john le carre's son, fwiw

mookieproof, Monday, 5 November 2018 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

i thought it was good. solid 8/10. recommended by former ilxor max iirc

Roberto Spiralli, Monday, 5 November 2018 20:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh funny, I was thinking of switching from Little Drummer Girl to this (because Mark S said it was bad on the other thread).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 5 November 2018 21:07 (one month ago) Permalink

came across a copy of Lafferty's "Annals of Klepsis" in the wild yesterday but idk didn't really appeal to me. opted instead for Malzberg's "The Day of the Burning" which is exactly what I expected it to be lol

Οὖτις, Monday, 5 November 2018 21:47 (one month ago) Permalink

found a cheap copy of jeff vandermeer's weird anthology and i'm excited to try a few stories at random. i've heard it's a mixed bag, but it's *huge*, so even if 1 in 10 stories is good, that's still a lot to read

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Hannu Rajaniemi, Summerland, anyone?

It's cheap on Amazon today and looks interesting. Like Century Rain by the sounds...

koogs, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:12 (one month ago) Permalink

The new and excellent Dave Hutchinson, EUROPE AT DAWN

That Weird anthology is worth it for the stuff in translation that's impossible or near-impossible to get anywhere else, let alone all the other good stuff in it.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:18 (one month ago) Permalink

and some people who seemed to expect 101 novels in one book I wonder if they would complain that the stories in 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories are too short? I've got the 296 page mass market paperback edition (Avon), © 1978 by Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander. Authors incl. Bester, Bierce, Boucher, Bretnor yadda yadda Knight,Kornbluth Lieber, Malzberg, Monteleone, yadda yadda Panshin, Pohl yadda Russ, Sheckley yadda yadda Westlake yadda Zelazny---never read it, but I like having it (story of my doom room)

dow, Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I am actually reading one from the pile, though: omnibus The Books of the Black Current, by Ian Watson. The BC runs down the middle of a long river on a planet inhabited by people who know or believe themselves to be descendants of travelers on a ship, which, by definition, is something that sailed, past tense only, "the star void"---a boat is what the riverwomen use as linchpin of the riverside and inland settlements' economy, in fact it so far seems to be the only form of transportation, other than feet up and down the riverside and inland, which is the way men have to travel, because the Black Current only lets them ride the river once in their lives. Mostly they stay home or nearby while their wives work the river. Sometimes they have encounters with lonely wives, who are far (enough) from their homeports, also single sailors who are hunting husbands or just passing through.
They're cunning little creatures, these men, and some of them get the mostly innocent young riverwoman narrator, to look through their ultrageek tower telescopes at a Bizzaro World on the other side of the river: nobody ever comes near the water, seem to have no colorful riverside-type culture,make the women shround themselves in black and work in the fields, and one day Yaleen and the ultrageeks see a woman over there being burned to a smudge in their most powerful lens. She gets even more involved in the 'geeks plan than they'd hoped, but things don't go well, she blames herself, flees back to the river, tries to work herself beyond remembering.
Very concise density of plotting x worldbuilding, incl. Yaleen's POV, as she conveys in copious, somewhat tightjawed ( astro-Australian?) phrases and cadences, which can take a lyrical turn, but briefly as possible. I've got a long way to go in here, but don't mind.

dow, Thursday, 8 November 2018 01:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Ian Watson's a very interesting writer. A lot of mystical stuff in his work, which usually gives me the shits, but he approaches it in original and fascinating ways. And his 'The Embedding' is very good linguistics SF.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 8 November 2018 02:12 (one month ago) Permalink

I only know the famous time machine one he wrote, and have been meaning to read more but haven’t gotten around to it /pvmic

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 November 2018 02:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Actually the anthology it first appeared in is really good, Anticipations, edited by Christopher Priest.

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 8 November 2018 02:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Re: The Weird, I read that whole thing and it was worth it. Remember particularly enjoying the Robert Bloch story.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 8 November 2018 11:08 (one month ago) Permalink


Was in Oxfam Books this afternoon and they had about twenty 1970s Philip K Dick paperbacks on a display. I had to restrain myself from buying the lot, but I got Martian Time-Slip and Three Stigmata. I've only read Ubik but loved it. And I've got copies Scanner Darkly, Flow My Tears and Electric Sheep somewhere round the house too...

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 8 November 2018 18:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Anticipations I've never heard off: will check it out.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 9 November 2018 01:59 (one month ago) Permalink

It was a one-off

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 9 November 2018 02:05 (one month ago) Permalink

they had about twenty 1970s Philip K Dick paperbacks on a display. I had to restrain myself from buying the lot I went for the whole lot, 25-50 cents apiece, in a thrift store run by a church. The girl clerk looked terrified. It's cold enough for walking that far again, finally; think I'll go back.

dow, Friday, 9 November 2018 02:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I would get em just for the cover art

Οὖτις, Friday, 9 November 2018 02:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Not that I should ever ever ever buy another book, and rarely do, but

dow, Friday, 9 November 2018 02:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I would get em just for the cover art

Scifi books don't feel real to me if they don't have covers like:

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 9 November 2018 10:50 (one month ago) Permalink

that palmer eldritch is all fuckin time imo
bob pepper?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 9 November 2018 15:33 (one month ago) Permalink


Οὖτις, Friday, 9 November 2018 15:35 (one month ago) Permalink

This US edition of Palmer Eldritch cheekily reuses a Bruce Pennington cover from the UK paperback of Dune (where it makes a lot more sense!)

Ward Fowler, Friday, 9 November 2018 15:44 (one month ago) Permalink

"Part One of the Dune trilogy"

jmm, Friday, 9 November 2018 15:51 (one month ago) Permalink


Οὖτις, Friday, 9 November 2018 16:02 (one month ago) Permalink

jeff vandermeer's weird anthology

― Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 6:24 PM

Don't forget about Ann

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 9 November 2018 19:16 (one month ago) Permalink

yes! sorry

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 9 November 2018 21:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Jayaprakash Satyamurthy - A Volume Of Sleep

Satyamurthy has said his stories are essays, maybe sometimes but so far I see a number of these stories as him talking to us about anything that interests him while weaving in some plot and a speculative fiction concept. Discarded objects and outdated technology, a strange afterlife in which a woman let's go of some of her human sensibilities, some explanations of Satyamurthy's musical preferences and quite depressing depictions of musical failure (whether that's the lone guitarist being ineffective or the protagonist's band playing well yet being mostly ignored).

Like the previous collection it ends with a longer piece, this one about what might be twins, doppelgangers, multiple personalities or maybe something else. Contains many amusingly crazy theories about celebrities. Probably the best story but the tale of the afterlife is a contender for its outlandish distance.

Need to track down some of his anthology stories some day. Curious about what his contribution to Axes Of Evil will be like.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 17 November 2018 22:17 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Hey this David Bunch guy is p good

Οὖτις, Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Gottseidank, es ist Blecch Freitag (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, got it from the library, just getting through the intro

Οὖτις, Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not sure why he was so hated initially, would think the humor would’ve gone farther in putting over such a bleak vision.

Οὖτις, Sunday, 25 November 2018 03:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Remember I said these weird/ghostly/strange/surreal fiction presses were the most expensive of all the small presses? Some people I know have been speaking very highly of these but I cant ever imagine myself spending this kind of money.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 25 November 2018 17:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Sunday, 25 November 2018 23:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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