I just stumbled into an excellent critique of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Sandman’, here at Grand Hotel Abyss. My soft spot for teh Sandman stories is pretty well catalogued, but I found a whole bundle of insights i this essay that I now thinking through with fascination.
What makes it a superb work of literature is the fact that the ethical quandary expresses itself at the formal level, for generically Sandman is a taut Shakespearean tragedy attenuated within a cantering, leisurely magic-realist novel, as if Macbeth were pieced out like breadcrumbs through a Rushdie tale.
Continue reading Sandman, Angst and Change
Fancy six weeks of science fiction and fantasy bootcamp? Clarion is open for applications. Get to it people!
Announcing the 2009 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop
@ UC San Diego
Continue reading Clarion Opens for Submissions
I really enjoyed this story by Meredith Schwartz in this weeks Strange Horizons, except for the moment where the story makes it explicit that the narrator is a mermaid. I like the oblique mystery more than the revelation. But I love the word Mermaidification, so all is forgiven.
I found this via Tor.com but think it started here. In an effort to catalogue the many excellet SF writing blogs on the net this list has been started. Copy the list to your own blog, and a link to yourself in alphaetical order and then check back to watch the list grow. Wunderbar!
List after the cut…
Continue reading Community Building
The Clarion Foundation have announced the writers teaching the 2009 science fiction and fantasy writers workshop at UC San Diego. Its quite a line-up with Holly Black, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, Larissa Lai and Paul Park. Applications are open from 2nd January – 1st March. Good luck to any aspiring 2009 Clarionites reading this. I’m already jealous! If Clarion is for you then go for it! (Just beware Canyon Vista).
A review of my short story ‘Horizon’ and the rest of Murky Depth #6 over at SF Crowsnest.