While reading an entire collection of these reviews will not provide a detailed portrait of sf activity in those years covered it will nonetheless still flag up the most pressing issues in the genre at any given moment.
Hell is the Absence of God. How these titles are chosen remains obscure; one assumes Wolfe has some say in the selections, not least because certain authors reappear regularly in his reviews, and they are authors for whose work he clearly has some affection.
It is also immediately clear that Wolfe is playing a long game. In fact, slipstream prides itself on being schizophrenic: Since so many topics have a psychological element, this might be a good database to include in just about any search.
Other than saying Lethem, Cunningham, and Pynchon all write slipstream, it is diicult to ind any common ground in such a diverse pool of authors, and we are focused here on only three authors and a selected list of titles.
Here's the publisher's blurb: Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. In other words, slipstream is not a genre,10 but a literary efect.
Reviewsnot least because of the magnitudeof his output. Essays on Fantastic Literature, his collection of extended essaysor more recently as one of the hosts, along with Jonathan Strahan, of the weekly Coode Street podcast.
Right, now I can get on with listening the the WatC podcast. Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: In the introduction to their renowned slipstream anthology, Kessel and Kelly posit metaictional games as one of the techniques to estrange us.
More familiar, but equally strange, is the setting of Manhattan in Chronic City: I don't often read more academic subject matter, so it took a little while to get into the swing of the language etc, but the book does reward the effort.
But in a postmodern stance you are so in- iltrated by the various shattering aspects of the postmodern condition that your own core identity fragments. This can be an excellent way to discover books that may not come up with your original search terms.
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It cannot be called a genre per se and one rarely encounters the term in slipstream studies. He unapologetically delves into mathematics, physics, and other disciplines in The middle of the book consists of independent chapters on various aspects of writing.
Le Guin are at the forefront here. I think particularly of his comment on the endless controversy of Margaret Atwood versus SF: Greg Egan publishes works that challenge readers with rigorous, deeply-informed scientific speculation.
I've heard terms like slipstream and interstitial used a lot in podcasts and at conventions, but this essay was the first time I've really had a chance to grapple with the implications of those terms and others like them. How much of what we write is subconsciously informed by the "rules" of the genre we have chosen to write in?
Greg Egan publishes works that challenge readers with rigorous, deeply-informed scientific speculation. And if those rules have evolved for a reason, what may be the unintended consequences of our departure from the norm?
On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre. Faber and Faber Limited.
Older books may show minor flaws. Each title he discusses is carefully situated in its historical or theoretical context.
But despite the inconsistency in structure and approach, the quartet — and the other independent chapters — still provide great value.
It is clear in reading this book that Klein has thought long and hard about what constitutes good writing, and what criteria to apply when judging the written word. Secondly, the genre indeterminacy provides a special relationship to reception: From the very inception of the term slipstream, we thus have a healthy and non-restrictive ma- noeuvrable discourse in which we can analyse the luid and cross-generic literature of modern times.
SF and Genre Boundary Discourses. No one could ever accuse Wolfe of shirking his responsibilities as a critic and commentator.Evaporating Genres: Essays On Fantastic Literature by Wolfe, Gary K.
In this wide-ranging series of essays, an award-winning science fiction critic explores how the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror evolve, merge, and finally "evaporate" into new and more dynamic forms.
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GARY K. WOLFE,editor, is Professor of Humanities in Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and the author, most recently, of Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature and Sightings: Reviews – He has received numerous awards for his critical writing including the British Science Fiction.
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by Wolfe, Gary K. A series of provocative essays on how the fantastic genres evolve and grow. General, Science Fiction &. Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, published by Wesleyan, discusses the differences and similarities between science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and how the boundaries between these genres merge and eventually “evaporate” as they create new forms.Download