Tachyon tidbits featuring Kameron Hurley, Nalo Hopkinson, James Morrow, Ellen Datlow, and Michael Swanwick
The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
Callum McSorley, on his eponymous site, offers a preview of his forthcoming SHORELINE OF INFINITY review for Kameron Hurley’s MEET ME IN THE FUTURE.
I’ve spent many words on this excellent SFF collection in my Shoreline review which will be published in a future issue. Here’s a sneak peek:
“Conceptually, these stories are out at the weird end of SFF, but her characters are so well drawn, rich in complexity, allowed to be angry, scared, cruel, and even kind sometimes, that they are believably, undeniably human – regardless of their appearance or if their intelligence is deemed real or artificial – which creates an anchor for the incredible things happening all around them.”
So glad that this project has led me to writers like Nalo Hopkinson and her collection, FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS. Hopkinson’s books number in the teens and her awards, especially from sci-fi and fantasy-type societies, are just as numerous. I loved exploring her imagination, her settings, and her characters, eating up her super-awesome stories one after another.
WOW ESSAYS in their sample essay Godzillas Transformation From Monster To Hero Research Papers Example cites James Morrow’s Sturgeon Award winner SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA.
In James Morrow’s novella SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA, a man is hired by the US government to put on a rubber monster suit and put on a demonstration in which he destroys a small city, in order to completely end World War II. As his main character says of his intentions for the beast, “I hope to make this magnificent lizard as famous a symbol for the abolition of nuclear weapons as Smokey the Bear has become for the prevention of forest fires” (Morrow 162). This scenario is an obvious homage to the Godzilla films from Japan’s Toho Company in the 1950s – a distinct reaction to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki several years beforehand, and a nuclear cautionary tale in the guise of a kitschy monster movie.
Here’s how the review begins.
So since my last read left rather a bad taste in my mouth, I wanted something fun for a palate cleanser. A book featuring a series of vignettes about a pair of charming con artists, one of whom happens to be a genetically engineered anthropomorphic dog, seemed to be just about the perfect speed. And that’s more or less exactly what it was.
And it concludes that mine is “a fun little book.” It is little and it’s meant to be fun, so I have nothing to complain about.