Next printed issue is , due Mar Published: March 12, Words: 59, Published: April 2, Swift's 1st short story plus Ben Baldwin's 1st of 6 covers. Words: 50, Published: April 26, Published: May 27, Words: 52, Published: September 12, Powell, David Ira Cleary and C. Paget's James White Award winner follow. Published: November 18, Jim Steel interviews David Brin in the book reviews.
Ben Baldwin continues his tarot inpired cover series with The Priestess. Words: 61, Published: December 4, Yoachim, and Priya Sharma. Ben Baldwin's cover 'The Star' finishes his series. Published: February 4, Words: 58, Published: April 15, If anyone has the wrong scent then moving upwind means trouble. Published: June 8, This issue we have 8, yes eight, stories, the usual features and the 1st of Jonathan McCalmont's new column 'Future Interrupted'. Published: July 26, High summer 's line up: L.
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Johnson, Russ Colson, Jacob A. Boyd, V. Published: September 25, Published: February 21, Many recognised authors started their careers here and newcomer Sarah Brooks continues this tradition. However recognised names; John Shirley this issue, continue to supply great stories. Published: April 29, Interzone's th issue has seven stories.
All the usual regular features are present, including David Langford's th Ansible Link. Words: 51, Published: May 28, Book reviews have Simon Ings, Joanne M. Powell and Peter Watts in focus.
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Published: November 7, Heroine who reads to me as on the spectrum. Maybe next time. Perfectly nice stories, I'm sure. I rather enjoyed the second book of Cherryh's Faded Sun trilogy yesterday. I bought the 3rd one maybe 15 years ago but only got the first and second ones a couple of months ago. I am also planning on catching up with more modern SF, since apart form the more recent Foreginer books, the most recent books I've read are by Gail Carriger, which doesn't count as SF and "Existence" by Brin. Which was quite enjoyable but at times lapsed into the phrases and cant of his blog posts.
Currently rereading re, re, rereading in fact Katherine Addison's Goblin Emperor and still getting new realizations by doing so.
pierreducalvet.ca/219132.php If my husband and I were rich and healthy, or even one of each per, I would have gone to Sasquan just to vote for this book. I'm at the stage of inarticulate wonder I always get on the penultimate night of a readthrough, but: such magic! What complexity! Highly recommend E. Bear's Karen Memory [Hugo] especially for the way that steampunk is not just a few gears sewn on as ornament but rather real machines that drive the plot.
I must admit I'm also happy with Karen's self-description as a big boned and not especially girlish farmgirl, being one of those myself. I'm hoping to buy one volume per paycheck so that I'll be caught up when the latest book comes out in November, but dental work and prescription drugs do have priority.
The best way I can describe the worldbuilding is that it's what I looked for in the Harry Dresden books and failed to find. I got the iPad last fall when we discovered my husband's scoliosis rods had snapped and he needed surgery; it was a way to communicate with the facebook folks who gathered at the time of his original surgery in I didn't even think about ebooks until the Hugo mess started and recommendations and book discussions started raining from the internet.
I have no way to get to the library and no further storage for dead tree media but I've always been doubtful about how useful I'd find electronic devices for reading long works. I still have my doubts; I bought The Natural History of Dragons and found the last third or so was both terribly predictable and relied on tropes I find distasteful and yet there it sits: I can't sell it to the used pixel store or otherwise recycle it.
I got on a kick of reading various versions of it, and the more I read, the more I got into it. It's not just that Gilgamesh and Enkidu are great heroes. It's also remarkably inventive and weirdly fantastic. For example, the tunnel that the sun goes through at night is guarded by scorpion people.
However, if you are looking for a good old-fashioned adventure story, you may be disappointed. The adventure elements are there, but they are framed in a didactic narrative that is unmistakably strident SJW message fiction. Gilgamesh is strong, smart, and supremely competent, yet he is portrayed as a bad king who oppresses his people simply by asserting his royal right of jus prime noctis.
This is such a problem that the gods intervene, and find him a heroic companion, Enkidu, who he could "love and embrace as a wife". If you enjoy gay love stories, you may like this a lot, but fair warning. It also paints a revisionist picture of the role of women in ancient times. Gilgamesh is the king of Uruk, but his authority is limited, he is just a tactical war leader; the big decisions are made by the priestesses of Ninsun and Ishtar and by the council of elders.
Are we to believe there was a democracy years before it was invented in Athens? Or that the major power brokers would be women?
When Gilgamesh bypasses them and goes off with the young men to fight the monster Humbaba, he is completely victorious, as one would expect. But this is SJW message fiction so he must be punished and humbled for his success. Likewise, when Gilgamesh goes on a quest for the secret of immortality, he finds all the answers he looked for and yet he comes away with nothing.
Supposedly this makes him wise. At the beginning of the story Gilgamesh is a superhero, by the end he is much more civilized. Implicit in this narrative arc is the message that greatness is incompatible with civilization, that great men must be worn down to make them fit in. That's a lesson alright, but not one we need to accept. If I may get a little "meta", there is a larger lesson to be learned here: No hero, no matter how smart and strong he may be, can overcome a storyteller with an axe to grind.
Gilgamesh is one of the greatest heroes ever, but he's trapped in a fundamentally anti-heroic narrative and in the end the storyteller wins. There are multiple versions of the epic, so one could hope that one could go back to the ur-story without the modernist revisions. Sadly, that is not the case. The first version that has survived completely enough to be readable, the Old Babylonian version from around BCE, is a revisionist version.
Fragments have been found of Gilgamesh stories from earlier times back to around BCE, but they are very few. We will never fully know how much was sacrificed on the alters of early post-modern literary political correctness. Conclusion: The Epic of Gilgamesh has excellent characters and some very interesting ideas but it is burdened with a dreary and ultimately unsatisfying plot. It's worth reading for the good parts, if you can avoid being thrown out of the story by the social agenda.
Or if you are a social justice warrior, you may like the whole thing. And of course there's a grocer's apostrophe in my last post, after four previews and revisions. I apologize most abjectly.
Doug at post 74 mentions Shirley Jackson's Raising Demons and its predicessor, Life Among the Savages which is, indeed, one of the perfect books. I find that its rewards have held on much more tenaciously than those of We Have Always Lived in the Castle which was one of my favorite books back in my teens. OH- adding my voice to those recommending Agent Carter as best dramatic performance, long form.
Not perfect, but blithly skating over its imperfections. I may sign up for a supporting membership of the Worldcon just to nominate it. I understand Charlie thinks it won't have much of a chance because it pushes too many Puppy buttons, but they are all part of the fun, and so is annoying Puppies who don't get that. Quite good, with some interesting characters and world-building. A couple of chapters felt a bit YA-ish, but that might just be me being curmudgeonly. It's got space-ships, aliens, romance, rishathra, good guys, bad guys and tech! I'm giving Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear another shot.
I bounced off it about 5 chapters in the first time through -- there was too much of the alternate "City that's Seattle but not quite", and I found it distracting as someone who lives in Seattle. But other people have spoken highly of it, so I'm giving it another shot. They've got vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and amazing imaginary technology.
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Unless you think "SF" means "has equations and spaceships in it," which is a fine thing to prefer, but it's not actually what the word means. It's set in the same world as her Chalion books and I loved it, while also very much wanting the rest of this character's story. It's a very satisfying novella, but I would happily read a full novel about Penric and Desdemona.