Friday, July 3, 2009


The July edition of the Internet Review Of Science Fiction is online today.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Signals 22 column (which I think is the best she's written for IROSF) offers a meditation on what Alvin Toffler called the "demassification" of culture, here referred to as the end of monolithic culture. (Incidentally, you can read my review of Rusch's recent novella "The Recovery Man's Bargain" here.)

Mark Cole offers his take on the love-hate relationship people have with Andrei Tarkovsky's films in "Cinempathic Science Fiction" (in case you don't recognize the name, he's the guy who made the original Solaris), while prolific, Hugo-nominated critic Gary Westfahl discusses J.G. Ballard's writing on space (as gathered together in the collection Memories of the Space Age).

The reviews section contains pieces on Marcel Theroux's Far North (by Niall Harrison) and Kay Kenyon's City Without End (by Mark Tiedemann), as well as Lois Tilton's always welcome round-up of short fiction; while (of more relevance from a "how-to" perspective) Jason Ridler discusses the virtues a musical approach to getting the words flowing.

I also have a piece on why people are so drawn to steampunk, "Of Alternate Nineteenth Centuries."

New and Noteworthy (Lost, Lex Gigeroff, Future Fire, and From Charlie's Diary . . .)
At Strange Horizons
Tangent Returns
On Pessimistic SF
"How I Got Here in the End": The Charles Stross Story

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