Litstack Rec: The Boys of My Youth & Aurora

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The Boys of My Youth, by Jo Ann Beard When it was released in 1998, I somehow missed Jo Ann Beard’s debut collection of essays, but as luck would have it, I recently fell down an Internet rabbit hole and ended up here, at the first publication of her now iconic essay, “The Fourth State [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Praise of Difficult Genre Fiction

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Recently, I was fortunate to read, in close succession, three masterful works in the science fiction/fantasy genre that I would deem “difficult”. Now, before I go any further, please realize that in this application, I do not associate difficult with anything negative.  Rather, I see difficult as an exciting challenge to be met rather than [….]

LitStack Review: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Aurora Kim Stanley Robinson Orbit Release Date:  July 7, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-09810-6 It’s hard to know how to review Kim Stanley Robinson’s new science fiction novel, Aurora, and do it justice. On one hand, to read it meticulously means there are pages – and pages – of highly involved, dry, motionless prose that are cerebral [….]