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Saturating the Present with the Past: Hiromi Goto's The Kappa Child, by Wendy Pearson (1/6/03)
The Kappa Child is an intriguing, magical mix of generic fantasy, Japanese mythology, magic realism, alien abduction stories, and what Samuel Delany would call a "literary" interest in the psychological.
Adventures with the Nature of Reality and Fiction: Pat Murphy's Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell, by Wendy Pearson (6/24/02)
Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell is serious fun—but then, I'm a sucker for a flirtation with the nature of reality. Add to that a really clever, as well as entertaining, demonstration of quantum physics meshed with a post-modernist literary style that's a cross between hard-core SF and magic realism, and you've got a definite winner on your hands.
Keith Hartman's Gumshoe Gorilla: Take One Gay Gumshoe, One Wiccan PI, and Five Clones . . ., by Wendy Pearson (2/18/02)
The problem is that there are five Rocklands—all identical clones created by their publicity-mad mother using DNA from the frozen corpse of a Big Name movie star. Five indistinguishable Rockland boys may be cute, but, as Drew and Jen discover, they're hell on an investigation.
Taking Apart SF: Gwyneth Jones's Deconstructing the Starships: Science, Fiction and Reality, by Wendy Pearson (9/10/01)
Jones comments that SF writers and readers habitually practice deconstruction, whether they know it or not: . . . 'every writer and reader [of SF] has to practice this modern art habitually, technically, intuitively' in the process of unravelling and comprehending the thought experiment that underlies the creation of any truly science fictional world.