Monthly Archives: February 2009

Parable of the Sower

People throw around words like “dystopia” and “post-apocalyptic” a lot when they talk about modern science fiction novels. I wonder, have those people read Parable of the Sower? Dystopia. Dissed Topia. Apocalytpic and Apocryphal-ictic. Parable of the Sower takes place … Continue reading

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Sargasso of Space

Like James Tiptree Jr, Andre Norton was one of science fiction’s false men. Only her pseudonym wasn’t much of a secret, and “Andre” (or Andrew, or Allan, her other noms de plume) was definitely not as acerbic, depressive, epistolary, or … Continue reading

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Petting The Singularity

An announcement: an interview I conducted long ago with my friend Mark Von Schlegell, a great modern science fiction writer, a true intellectual of the genre, has been re-edited, supplemented, and posted over on Strange Horizons. As innocuous as this … Continue reading

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Up The Walls of the World

When James Tiptree Jr. first sent Up the Walls of the World to his/her editor, Judy-Lynn Del Rey, the latter protested against the novel’s use of the present tense, dismissing it as a “pseudo-literary trick.” Tiptree refused to change it … Continue reading

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All The Colours of Darkness

Man meets Aliens, Man hurts Aliens, Man and Aliens play tic-tac-toe and talk about Ethics, Man realizes that Aliens are Human, Man Saves Aliens, Aliens save Man(kind). NEXT BOOK: JAMES TIPTREE JR’S UP THE WALLS OF THE WORLD

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