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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

"Embracing-the-New" in the NYTBR

Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times likes Christopher Rowe's wonderful "The Voluntary State" and my "Embracing-the-New" quite a bit (though he disses Ellen Klages's moving "Basement Magic", and Vernor Vinge's brilliantly clever "The Cookie Monster"). I don't really buy what seems to be the general argument advanced, that SF as a genre is moribund; it seems as exciting to me as it ever was (just bigger, so there's more room for whatever you don't like). Hard not to be pleased, though, by praise from the NYT:

The best piece of writing, by light years, in the [Nebula Awards Showcase 2006], is also the one that presents the most passionate and literary defense of memory.... Like [McCaffrey's] "The Ship Who Sang", "Embracing-the-New" is a near perfect synthesis of allegorical and didactic intentions, but it is also a stirring illustration of how memory and identity are inseparable subjects...

Good fairies sent me a JPEG of a scan of the review (thank you!)... I have no idea when it came out. Maybe this Sunday?

Posted by benrosen at June 6, 2006 12:08 PM | Up to blog

I think it's coming out next Sunday.

Posted by: Ted at June 6, 2006 01:35 PM


Congratulations -- "Embracing-the-New" was a fantastic story, even when it wasn't quite so fantastic.

Now help me, please! I am trapped in the aether, banished from cw2k1 list by angels with flaming swords for the crime of living in the .au domain.

I must resubscribe, or Ellen Datlow (who I saw only this weekend in Canberra) will be most unhappy with me.

Yours in anguished exile
Michael Barry

PS my latest publication credit is in Croatian!
PPS no, I can't read it either.

Posted by: Michael Barry at June 13, 2006 03:25 AM

Thanks Michael! Gmail invite sent. I've been in Croatian too! Was the magazine Futura?

Posted by: Benjamin Rosenbaum at June 13, 2006 07:04 AM
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