Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Lifecycle of Software Objects – Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang’s short fiction (and it is all short, at 150 pages, his most recent novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects is his longest work to date) is marvellous stuff. Exquisitely crafted and never dull; his collection Stories of Your … Continue reading

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The Bookman – Lavie Tidhar

Now and again I see discussion about the genre tropes that people would like to see less frequently (incidentally, while this link is totally safe, you may not want to click all of the links in the article if you’re … Continue reading

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Mendelssohn is on the Roof – Jiří Weil

Jiří Weil, born to Orthodox Jewish parents in a village outside Prague in 1900, was due to be transported in 1942. In order to avoid this, he faked suicide and spent the remainder of the second world war hiding in … Continue reading

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More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon (SF Masterworks)

It’s good to see Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human kept in print through the SF Masterworks series. Sturgeon is probably more famed for his pronouncements on SF (Sturgeons law, which states that “90% of science fiction is crap, but that’s … Continue reading

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Escher’s Loops – Zoran Živković

Until I bought this novel, my knowledge of Serbian writer Zoran Živković’s fiction was non-existent. The descriptions of a huge SF fan producing witty pieces of Borgian surrealist fiction appealed, so I thought I’d give one of his novels a … Continue reading

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Make Room! Make Room! – Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison’s 1966 novel, Make Room! Make Room! is probably more familiar to people through the film, starring Charlton Heston, Soylent Green which I’d seen several times before I read this book. It had been out of print for a … Continue reading

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Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is well known and highly regarded for her young adult novels. Who Fears Death is her first foray into full-length adult novels. Who Fears Death is set in (for most of the book) an unnamed (though it’s clear … Continue reading

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