This review, of Jerry Oltion’s 2000 novel, Abandon in Place, is a sort of companion piece to my review of The Dream of Spaceflight; it also touches on one of those things that used to be fundamental to science fiction, the sense of wonder, only to abandon that wonder ignominiously. It’s also another review that, I think, was never published. Continue reading
Christopher Priest, Connie Willis, David Hartwell, James Morrow, John Banville, John Clute, Kathryn Cramer, Kathryn Morrow, Pamela Zoline, Simon R. Green, Tom Godwin, Tony Daniel, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vernor Vinge, Wyn Wachhorst, Yevgeny Zamiatin
I had always planned to end my run of daily posts on this blog on my birthday, but illness meant shifting it a day earlier.
I had a couple of things in mind when I started this exercise back at the beginning of August. The first and simplest reason was that I have, over the years, produced an awful lot of material that has only ever appeared in print media. So I thought it would be useful, for my purposes as much as anything, to start putting in online. It’s a start only. I’ve now put online a reasonable if random selection of reviews, articles, columns and interviews that have appeared in Vector, New York Review of Science Fiction, Foundation, various fanzines and convention publications over the last 14 years. It’s not everything from that period by any means, and I’ll periodically put up others over the next weeks and months, I just don’t intend to do it on such an intensive basis. As for earlier material: I’d like to do the same for that, but in those cases it will require scanning or retyping the pieces, and at the moment I have far too many other things on my mind.
The second reason was to revitalise the blog. I’ve never been systematic in putting pieces up here. At times, months can pass between posts. My intentions for the blog have always been low-key, but I had never intended such neglect. So I thought this would give me a regular pattern of posting for a while, with other reprintings waiting in the wings to sustain a more regular presence. And that worked, rather better than expected. Regular traffic on the blog has increased (a side effect, but welcome), and it has also inspired more original pieces from me than I think I’ve managed in any similar period for a long time.
So far, so good, therefore. But then … Continue reading
Today’s review comes from the SFRA Review 250, January/February 2001, which I have only written for on a very few occasions. The Dream of Spaceflight: Essays on the Near Edge of Infinity by Wyn Wachhorst is a collection of essays that came out in 2000, and unless you are a member of the Science Fiction Research Association it’s very likely that you won’t have had a chance to see this review before. Continue reading