Ok, so I haven’t had a lot of time to read new fiction. I’ve been taking a MOOC class through Coursera.org called Fantasy and Science Fiction: the Human Mind, our Modern World (which I blogged about here). I have studied Grimm’s Fairy Tales, both Alice in Wonderland novels, Dracula, Frankenstein, and now am going through the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe. The class is finally moving into the twentieth century, where science fiction really begins to take a foothold.
I am also trying to catch up on some classic science fiction short stories. I just ordered James Tiptree’s short story collection, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, and am halfway through the absolutely incredible biography, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. After noting in a previous post about my lack of diversity in reading female authors, I perhaps chose one of the most complex, yet thoroughly interesting, authors to get better acquainted with.
Add to that a couple of graphic novels that I am reading — Watchmen (reread) and Saga, Vol. 2.
But then, while browsing NetGalley, I saw this:
How is it even possible that The Republic of Thieves (i.e. Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard, #3 or as I like to call it, “the best freakin’ series on the market today”) is listed on Netgalley? Of course I clicked my request and the feeling was akin to putting a coin in a casino slot machine and watching the dials spin. I have low expectations of being able to review this title, but high hopes.
In addition to all of this, I have been getting the urge to write fiction more often and have pretty much wrapped up my novella, which will sit for a while. I think my attention is best focused on short fiction. I’ve got a couple ideas that I want to explore and who knows — maybe a John Joseph Adams or
Stan Schmidt Trevor Quachri or Sheila Williams or Neil Clarke will bite on one of them.
In the mean time, I remain engrossed in fantastic fiction, exploring authors and works on an entirely deeper level than I have in the past.