SF Reviews and Articles in General Publications
The last half of "The Twinkling of an Eye" details Aldiss's literary career. It's a chronicle of professional success--steadily rising sales, travel and occasional dalliances with television, theater and Hollywood, including a wasted year toiling for Stanley Kubrick. (Had Kubrick lived, his next project was to be based on an Aldiss short story.)
§ Salon July 19
Atlantis: Three Tales by Samuel Delany
§ San Francisco Chronicle July 18
(Tue 20 July 1999)
§ Publishers Weekly Online July 12
§ FTL undated [July]
I think this period is the worst crisis in the history of ''sf'' as a literature, the end of it as a genre, the end of genre publishing. Mutate or die, for sure, but which it's going to be remains in doubt.
(Fri 16 July 1999)
Los Angeles Times July 12
I think if you sit down and read some cyberpunk fiction, it's not necessarily as nihilistic as the image it has. People tend to contrast cyberpunk with stuff like 'Star Trek,' which presents this extremely optimistic view of the future--the idea that if we just had better technology, we could make all our social problems go away. So compared to that, cyberpunk might look a little bleak, because cyberpunk writers think that view is ridiculous. They do see social problems; they do see human nature not at its best. But I don't think human nature in cyberpunk fiction is shown to be any worse than we've seen it to be in the 20th century.
§ Salon July 12
§ Los Angeles Times Book Review July 11
In the United Kingdom, Rowling has pulled off an Excalibur of a feat and has been hailed as the once and future Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton. But Harry has much more in common with the wistful Haroun of Salman Rushdie's noble "Haroun and the Sea of Stories," or the resourceful Belgian reporter Tintin, than with either James of "Peach" or Charlie of "Chocolate" fame. ... No, J. K. Rowling is no Roald Dahl. She is an original, who has ingested thoroughly the culture of her youth--the "Wizard of Oz" and "Tales of Narnia," the "Star Wars" movies and the E. Nesbit "Railway Children" adventures, the Cinderellas, Aladdins and A Thousand and One other visions--and, like the grown-up Wendy Darling that she is, has created a nursery universe with an innate sense of what a bedtime story should be.
§ New York Times July 12
All winter and spring teachers and librarians marveled at the speed with which children, particularly "reluctant readers," embraced "Sorcerer's Stone." But the biggest surprise, based on anecdotal evidence, may be the books' combined power to bring boys back to reading. Calls to sleep-away camps for children aged 8 to 15 around the United States early this month suggest that roughly a third of the children had already read them.
§ New York Times Book Review July 11
§ Washington Post Book World July 11
(Mon 12 July 1999)
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