My Library Book Stack; or Accountability’s a B*tch

I have a lot of library books out on loan. Last year I worked hard to keep my library loans down to a reasonable number, for a reasonable amount of time. I tried to create a new, less compulsive habit. And then … well, and then COVID-19 became a thing, we went into Lockdown #1 and I panic-borrowed all the books because books might make for lumpy security blankets, but they’re great for building tall walls around yourself to defend against reality. And so my bad borrowing habit has returned with a vengeance. About half of the books in this … Continue reading My Library Book Stack; or Accountability’s a B*tch

The Female Man by Joanna Russ

  This month is going too fast. I had such plans! I had five books lined up to read for Little Red Reviewer‘s Vintage Science Fiction Month and I’ve only managed two so far. Bah! I finished this yesterday, then stared at a blank page for a couple of hours trying to think how I was going to put into words all the things going on in my brain as a result of reading it. I don’t know anything about post-modernism, but I feel like this is what post-modern fiction probably looks like. I don’t know what the intentions of … Continue reading The Female Man by Joanna Russ

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

I find them odd, these little serendipitous links that occur when I’m reading. When I first read the Wondla books by Tony DiTerlizzi I’d just finished Simon Barnes’ Ten Million Aliens which weirdly turned out to be the most perfect thing I could have read to prep for the Wondla trip, (I’m not telling you why, read Ten Million Aliens and then the Wondla books for yourself if you want to know what I’m on about!) Likewise, recently I enjoyed Robert Llewellyn’s vision of a beautiful supergreen future, News From Gardenia, and privately lamented that he didn’t go into as … Continue reading Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

News from Gardenia by Robert Llewellyn

Seeing this book in the library was the first I knew that Kryten from Red Dwarf had done anything other than be Kryten from Red Dwarf and the dude in the long dirty coat on Scrapheap Challenge, (that’s how switched off I am to the world outside my head). And it’s a pretty cool book. Robert Llewellyn pays tribute to William Morris’ utopian vision of our future, News From Nowhere, instead of the usual dark and dingy future fictions where everything’s gone down the pan and we’re savages/ zombies/ cannibals/extinct. And after a little online investigation I see that the positive … Continue reading News from Gardenia by Robert Llewellyn