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Whatever happened to the Next Weird?

The first Guardian blog post I wrote (just under two years ago…how time flies!) was titled The new world of the New Weird. I wrote the piece fully aware that the New Weird had already been and gone, but with the idea that it was none the less an interesting movement in genre fiction to highlight for The Guardian readership, who likely had no idea that genre fiction was capable of such literary experimentation. I also wanted to ask where the next wave of literary experimentation would come from. After New Weird, what would be the Next Weird?

(My mind is thinking all of this over as I recover from a weird 48 hour bug, so excuse me if I drift into a slight hallucinatory state as I type.)

I’m slightly disappointed that two years on I’m still waiting for an answer. Later this week I’ll be on The Guardian books podcast talking about, among other things, exciting new SF titles for 2010. Now, its not that there aren’t any exciting titles slated for 2010. But what I can’t see are any really experimental titles. It seems that in the wake of the recession and the titanic upheavals in progress in the publishing industry, genre fiction has entered a period of profound conservatism. Much of the new genre fiction to be published in 2010 seems to be very much ‘generic’ in nature, with very little that pushes at the boundaries of genre. I think thats a great shame, because without the new ideas and energy provided by more experimental writing genre fiction quickly grows stale. And without them the Next Weird might never arrive.

But maybe I’m wrong. Are there interesting and experimental authors set to make a mark in 2010? If so please tell me, so I can track down their work.

Elsewhere…

Thrin tells us all about her Yellow Wallpaper.

The Hugo awards are open for nominations, Electric Velocipede are eligible in a few categories.

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Speculations

I’m live blogging from The Speculators writing group here in Leicester. We are sitting in silence, writing. I’m taking a few minutes away from working on The Hundredth Master of Ninja Assassin. Writing in a group is one of my favourite things. The Speculators meet every Wednesday and write for two hours (with occasional outbursts of giggling and random chatter) and then adjourn to the nearby Babelas continental bar for beer, olives, cheese board and conversation. If you are reading this, live in or around Leicester and would like to come along, let me know.

Thoughts for the day…

Government minister asks “Why shouldn’t sell books?” I’m sure this news will cheer the ailing book retail industry…

Gothic fairy lover Thrin asks “What are gothic tales really about?