Monthly Archives: January 2011

Derek Beaulieu’s advanced variousness

Derek Beaulieu. Fractal Economies (Talonbooks 2006). Derek Beaulieu. How to Write (Talonbooks 2010). Derek Beaulieu is a poet of many parts, as these two books, published four years apart, demonstrate. In all his work, he is a high-end conceptualist, but, … Continue reading

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Charles Stross: making strange

Charles Stross. Saturn’s Children (Ace Books 2008). Subtitled ‘A Space Opera,’ this is one of Stross’s full throttle entertainments, but that doesn’t mean it lacks for a serious undercurrent, implied throughout in Stross’s subtly satiric way. And that satiric edge … Continue reading

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Poetry in the surveillance era: Jen Currin’s The Inquisition Yours

Jen Currin. The Inquisition Yours (Coach House 2010). One just cannot keep up: this is Jen Currin’s third book, but the first Ive seen. And it’s good. When people use the term ‘epigrammatic,’ they could definitely be describing Currin’s poems. … Continue reading

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Neal Asher’s brutal & exciting far future

Neal Asher. Orbus (TOR 2009). Neal Asher is another of those British writers of far future high tech space opera, like Iain M Banks, Ken Macleod, Alistair Reynolds, & Charles Stross (about whom I hope to write later). He’s constructed … Continue reading

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Dave Duncan does the new space opera.

Dave Duncan. Pock’s World (Edge 2010). The publisher calls Pock’s World ‘a classic science fiction adventure,’ & why not: when you’re looking for a good adventure, Dave Duncan is a sure thing. Mostly in fantasy, but he can certainly do … Continue reading

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