Mike French and Karl Brown: An Android Wakes

An Android Wakes is a graphic novel that’s been put through a centrifuge, restoring it to the traditional form of an illustrated novel, pages of illustration interspersed with short chunks of prose. It’s in an unreconstructed style that is all about traditional sf-dystopic concerns that I first saw in the 1970s in 2000 AD, the first modern … Continue reading Mike French and Karl Brown: An Android Wakes

Now posting on Vulpes Libris: Karen Russell’s short stories

Reading short stories is a calming way to drop off to sleep: you start, you finish, you think about maybe reading one more, you turn the light out. Zzzzz. Not so with Karen Russell: her genius and enticing weirdness makes you read the whole damn lot in one go. She's published two collections of stories … Continue reading Now posting on Vulpes Libris: Karen Russell’s short stories

A homosexual sf future wrestling with political ecology: Naomi Mitchison’s Solution Three

If you like elliptical, immersive, euphemistic strangeness in your science-fiction narrative, this novel is for you. Published in 1975, Naomi Mitchison's Solution Three retains some slang that was archaic even then, like ‘cat’ for person, which made this reader jump, and certainly adds to the strangeness in the dialogue. Could you ever empathise with a … Continue reading A homosexual sf future wrestling with political ecology: Naomi Mitchison’s Solution Three