Best of the Strange

Strange Horizons have invited their reviewers to round-up the best speculative fiction of 2008 and the results are profoundly interesting. Gwyneth Jones regrets the ever growing polarisation of the genre (agreed), whilst Jonathan McCalmont suggests the British SF boom may be turning to bust (case not proved) and Nader Elhefnawy continues to claim science fiction has seen its best days (profoundly untrue).

Short story collections from Paolo Bacigalupi and  Jeffrey Ford are now high on my must buy list, as is Sarah Hall’s The Carhullan Army. I’m also tempted by Farah Mendelsohn’s ‘The Rhetorics of Fantasy’, I have a taste for some critical debate. So if anyone feels the need to buy me a post x-mas present, there is your list!


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

One thought on “Best of the Strange

  1. If you do read “The Rhetorics of Fantasy,” please let me know what you think. It’s been on my maybe list for a while now.



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