Tag Archives: realism

On The Uses Of The Fantastic

For purposes of this discussion I am defining “the Fantastic” as that which is understood by both artist and audience as being a purposefully introduced counterfactual element.  I am going to take a moment to unpack that before I proceed. … Continue reading

Posted in Artists That I Admire, New Wave, On Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The City & The City

China Mieville’s 2009 novel The City & The City is a true masterpiece. It won a lot of awards, which I realize will turn some people against it, but even a blind hog finds a truffle now and then. Now, I … Continue reading

Posted in Artists That I Admire, New Wave, On Writing | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

That is not dead which can eternal lie…

Perhaps it was the smoke on the horizon that turned the setting sun into a dropped blood orange, or perhaps it was the pus-slimed wound in the his side, but the King was coughing–quietly, almost apologetically, a diametric opposite from … Continue reading

Posted in Artists That I Admire, New Wave, On Writing, The Knight And The Princess | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

You Won’t Understand A Word That’s In It But You’ll Write It All Again Before You Die

I’m going to rant here. Fantastic literature is not the “easy setting”. The particular spark that set me off today was an argument about The Last Jedi, but it’s an issue that has bothered me for a while now. Fiction … Continue reading

Posted in Artists That I Admire, New Wave, On Writing, Poetry | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Where your eyes don’t go a filthy scarecrow waves his broomstick arms and does a parody of each unconscious thing you do

Science Fiction is a lot less Weird than it used to be. I am using Weird here is a particular philosophical sense (in the vain hopes that one day “Weird in the sense of Burnett” will become a common phrase … Continue reading

Posted in Artists That I Admire, Book Of Lost Doors, New Wave, pulp revival | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

It’s Personal Every Time

I have been using Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited to listen to audiobooks recently.  Now, you can search for e-books that are both KU eligible and have an audio version available, but if there is a way to search for books where … Continue reading

Posted in Artists That I Admire, On Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Walk To The Edge Of The World

O, spirit, I can feel you watching me. The voice that speaks from the sky–the Nar Attor–said that one would be sent to watch over me. I am Thangorr, of the Grey Mountain People.  Have you heard of us? No? … Continue reading

Posted in Artists That I Admire, New Wave, On Writing, pulp revival | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments