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22 Nov 2017
The problem, as Hassler-Forest makes clear, is that the logic of capitalism itself constrains and warps the creative impulse at multiple levels, from internalised cultural norms to the demands of the market, and no text, however pure the original impulse, can remain outside the capitalist framework.
20 Nov 2017
Like The Race, The Rift contains a science fiction tale within, and it also asks of us that we view genre as a way to express and interrogate reality.
17 Nov 2017
The problem with reviewing first volumes is that one doesn’t always get an entire story.
15 Nov 2017
Creatures of Will and Temper is a more than worthy successor to its source material, part tribute, especially with the flashes of Wildean wit in Lady Henry’s dialogue, but fully its own creature in the end.
13 Nov 2017
Somewhere in the fourth section of this book, after the umpteenth reference to Jane’s “Dr. Who pajamas,” I realized that the pajamas were a metonym for some of the book's problems.
8 Nov 2017
One can only hope that this story breaks from its bildungsroman conventions and does something interesting with all of its potential.
6 Nov 2017
“Operation Nova” can be read as straight-up science fiction up until the very end, when we’re asked to think of it too as a kind of poem that explores themes of melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysics.
1 Nov 2017
The twenty-eight short stories of Temporary People present the world as might be seen through a smoky, concave mirror: recognizable, but with its outlines blurred, and twisted out of joint just enough to appear simultaneously familiar and strangely eerie.
30 Oct 2017
“This isn’t a story about war,” the narrator tells us early on. “It’s a story about ruin.”
27 Oct 2017
A deal of ink is shed as part of the action of these stories.
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