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READ Invaders 107 S from the future They have seized upon tales of technology gone wrong and mandated that pulp fiction must finally grow upIn these wildly speculative stories you will discover the company that controls the world from an alley in Greenwich Vil. The premise of this book is that writers who are primarily known as literary write stories which are clearly in the science fiction and fantasy genre Now there are several different meanings of literary in my mind and they re often confused First of all there s literary the manner of execution This includes deep complex evolving memorable characters a conscious or unconscious mastery of the tools and techniues of prose able to produce subtle and powerful effects on the reader apt fresh and beautiful imagery and structures of progressive realization by which I mean that one thing that s happening as the story unfolds is that the character and the reader both change their perspective Occasionally it s just the reader You ll find literary stories by this definition in every genre These elements are what often make a book or story an enduring classic whether its outward form is a realist depiction of ordinary life in the author s own place and time a spy thriller a Western a romance or a fantasy uest The stories in this volume generally meet this definition as one would hope given the number of awards the authors have won and the fact that so many of them teach creative writing at universities The prose is not just competent but thoughtful and unlike many genre authors when they use a vocabulary word it not only means what they think it means it is exactly the right word to choose Then there s literary the bag of tricks which inexperienced writers sometimes mistake for the first one I include here things like writing in present tense second person or without uotation marks for dialog These are all techniues that have a specific effect when used consciously and skillfully usually one of distancing like any techniue that draws attention to itself but some writers just use them because they ve seen them in literary stories and think that s part of how you write one This error puts me in mind of those dreadful 1980s epic fantasies which had to consist of three thick books in which an assorted group of companions wanders all over the map in order to defeat the Dark Lord as if those incidentals were the essential elements of Tolkien The stories in this volume occasionally pull out such tricks not always to my mind with much justification but usually they are using the prose in a way that clearly serves the story without being obtrusiveFinally there s literary the genre I know that literary and genre are often opposed but there are all kinds of reasons that s inaccurate this book right here sets out to demonstrate as much and there is a set of what I can only call genre expectations that mark the so called literary story just as clearly as different sets mark the romance or the Western The element that is most obvious to me and one of the prime reasons that I don t usually read literary is that just as a classic romance is structured as meet cute obstacles to getting together resolve obstacles happy ending a literary story of this type is structured by often alienated characters experiencing a decline through helplessness into hopelessness If you re lucky there s a poignant moment at the end in which it s implied that something might be saved from the wreckage One of the characteristics of most so called genre stories is that they retain an earlier structure the structure you ll find in most pre 20th century classic literature Protagonist wants something faces fit opposition keeps trying in the process of which the world or the protagonist or both are changed and finally triumphs through courage perseverance and hard won skill or fails through a tragic flaw less commonly That s obviously not the only way to structure a successful story though it s the most widely used the easiest and I submit the most satisfying to most readers Whether this is because we have been trained to feel that stories should work this way or whether it is meeting some deeper psychological or social need I m not about to discuss here it would take too long and besides I don t know The important thing for me discussing this collection now is that it s the story structure that I personally prefer and that most of the stories here do not follow it They follow the literary genre structure of a helpless decline into hopelessness that I mentioned before This is different by the way from tragedy where the protagonist struggles and is finally defeated as much by his or her tragic flaw as by the circumstances or antagonists I suppose you could argue that many literary genre main characters they re not protagonists in the literal sense have the tragic flaw that they re alienated and don t attempt to solve their problems but that s rather a feeble tragic flaw in my mind That isn t to say that these aren t wonderful high impact and masterfully written stories They are I m talking here about a matter of personal taste but also I would suggest a failure of imagination and a failure to examine the assumptions of a literary culture This pervasive structural pessimism is in contrast to the freuent optimism of genre fiction and I have a theory as to why Early science fiction in particular was often written by engineers whose mode of thought is to identify and solve problems through intelligently applied effort This gave SF a basically optimistic and progressive character at its heart which while often uestioned since particularly by the writers who tend to be thought of as literary Bradbury Sheckley Delaney Wolfe has never been completely lost Even postapocalyptic and dystopian SF literature which start from a pessimistic premise often show the protagonists struggling against the situation The literary versions Kafka Orwell Huxley end in failure for the protagonist of course but the popular versions freuently show them succeeding to some degree Not only SF but fantasy started out with a basic structural optimism a belief in nobility of character the ultimate triumph of good over evil and the possibility of personal transformation classically from farm boy to king Today we have a countermovement in the form of grimdark fantasy in which the protagonists lack nobility of character make poor and often selfish choices and usually fail to transform or triumph The prose it s written in though is often beautiful vivid and deeply felt Are those our choices then A beautifully written nihilism or clunky maladroit perhaps naive optimism about human potential and the possibility of change I don t think so I believe that it s possible in the 21st century as it clearly was in the 19th to write beautifully and movingly about protagonists who struggle nobly for the right and triumph through adversity though our understanding of the right has hopefully evolved beyond the feudalcolonial status uo and in so doing take the reader to new realizations about themselves the world and the human condition I d love to see the authors from this collection take on that project There are authors who are doing it Max Gladstone at his best and Ann Leckie spring immediately to mind from the genre side Elizabeth Bear while a obviously genre author than the other two is writing genre so well that it s hard to argue against its literary status The late Terry Pratchett was often in his own words accused of literature and his humane hopeful satires certainly check all the boxes I ve mentioned There are plenty of others Please note I m not saying don t ever write any story that shows the decline of a character through helplessness to hopelessness that s wrong It s one mode of writing It s not one I like but I acknowledge great work being done in that mode All I m saying is that perhaps it like the protagonist struggles to triumph story yes could do with being changed up from time to time and that leaving it unuestioned and unexamined as if it was the inevitable structure for a literary story leaves literary fiction in a place where it isn t everything it could be and isn t winning a wide audience either which I imagine at least some literary writers care about Returning to this specific collection a couple things to note One is that I have a suspicion so strong as to amount to a certainty that the word Negro always capitalised has been substituted in two of the stories for a slightly different word that the author originally wrote and which would be authentic to the voice of those stories The other is that the concern genre people sometimes express about literary writers attempting SFF that they will out of ignorance of the genre s history come up with a story that was already a cliche in the 1950s isn t borne out here I have I would say a better than average knowledge of the SFF field though obviously I haven t read every classic story and all of these treatments even of common and well worn tropes seemed fresh and original to me So were there stories I particularly liked or disliked There were There were some that I was beginning to like until they stopped abruptly sometimes the stopping points felt like we d reached the end of Chapter 1 but there was no Chapter 2 I m thinking of Monstro by Junot Diaz here but sometimes they were just sudden stops as in Conrad Loomis the Clothes Ray by Amiri Baraka There were some I loved for the perfection of their voice like Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover by Robert Olen Butler It takes tremendous skill to do the voice of an uneducated naive person who simultaneously has and lacks insight that s why Huckleberry Finn is such a classic and this story pulls it off brilliantly I thought the self involved protagonist of We Are the Olfanauts by Deji Bruce Olukotun was excellently done The slight hopefulness amid the wreckage at the end of LIMBs by Julia Elliott was a fitting cap to a story that beautifully explored the regaining of a life s memories from dementia Lambing Season by Molly Gloss was a moving and unusual first contact story Reports Concerning the Death of the Seattle Albatross Are Somewhat Exaggerated by WP Kinsella takes first contact from the other side and does it effectively though I thought the voice of the narrator was a bit too fluent with what to him would have been an alien culture I recently watched several short videos on writing by George Saunders so I was interested to read his story Escape from Spiderhead Although the hopeful ending involved a particularly horrible suicide and the milieu of the story was Kafkaesue there was a great depth of humanity to the protagonistI was disappointed with A Precursor of the Cinema by Steven Millhauser having read his story The Barnum Museum in The Secret History of Fantasy and been impressed by how he pulled off a pure milieu story with only one named character who doesn t do anything and no plot and yet made it interesting The story in this volume by contrast attempts to imitate a somewhat dull academic history and succeeds all too well The opening story Portal by J Robert Lennon is a textbook example of what I complained about at length above a story in which an encounter with the wonderful doesn t help doesn t transform anyone s life doesn t halt the decline through helplessness to hopelessness as a family falls apart in frankly stereotypical ways So do I wish that the Usual Literary Structure wasn t so prevalent in this collection Absolutely Did I admire and occasionally enjoy the stories in any case Yes I received a copy from NetGalley for review The River of No Return in Greenwich Vil. 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Little Egypt inexperienced writers sometimes mistake for the first one I Fearful Hunter include here things like writing It's Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump And Other Life Lessons I Learned from Dogs in present tense second person or without uotation marks for dialog These are all techniues that have a specific effect when used consciously and skillfully usually one of distancing like any techniue that draws attention to The Most Dangerous Man in America Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin itself but some writers just use them because they ve seen them An Isolated Incident in mind of those dreadful 1980s epic fantasies which had to consist of three thick books The Louvre: All the Paintings in which an assorted group of companions wanders all over the map Nobody But Him Boys of Summer #1 in order to defeat the Dark Lord as Love in a Silver Socket if those Hold On To Me incidentals were the essential elements of Tolkien The stories Letters of a Portuguese Nun Uncovering the Mystery Behind a 17th Century Forbidden Love in a way that clearly serves the story without being obtrusiveFinally there s literary the genre I know that literary and genre are often opposed but there are all kinds of reasons that s 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century inaccurate this book right here sets out to demonstrate as much and there Pemmican Wars is a set of what I can only call genre expectations that mark the so called literary story just as clearly as different sets mark the romance or the Western The element that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Chronicles is most obvious to me and one of the prime reasons that I don t usually read literary Circle of Lies Red Ridge Pack#2 is that just as a classic romance Lost Boys Slateview High #1 is structured by often alienated characters experiencing a decline through helplessness Wild Girl Slateview High #2 into hopelessness If you re lucky there s a poignant moment at the end The Good Negro in which Picture Has a 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READ Invaders 107 Lage You’ll find nanotechnology that returns memories to the residents of a nursing home You’ll rally an avian like alien to become a mascot for a Major League Baseball teamThe Invaders are here But did science fiction colonize them first. The difference between literary and genreis something that comes up somewhat often on book blogs the gap is both hard to uantify yet also simple enough that it can be explained using pies Long time readers might already know that I have a habit of getting up on my soapbox about what makes good genre or defending genre works as literary fictions as the admittedly arbitrary divide is something I m both fascinated and frustrated by So needless to say I was very intrigued by the new collection coming out from Tachyon Publications Invaders 22 Tales from the Outer Limits of Literature The setup is pretty simple it collects 22 SFF stories by authors who are known primarily for their literarymainstream writing and less so for genre writing How do genre outsiders the titular invaders use science fiction and fantasy tropes to blend genre and literary fiction The results are pretty impressiveThe thing that stood out to me almost immediately was the heavier focus here on the human side relationships sex etc than in the typical genre works with the near future techno wizardry and fantastic elements used to emphasize that human element Take Julia Elliott s LIMBs for example about a woman in a futuristic medical facility who we eventually realize is reacting positively to her memory treatments possibly Alzheimer s the name comes from the bionic legs which enable her to move around She happens to be in the same facility as her crippled husband as well as the man she cheated with for several summers many years ago when her husband s injury left him distant and depressed Her past blossoms into the present as she begins to make connections between these two men and her pastLIMBs is just one of many stories dealing with near future technology though it offers less to fear than others Deji Bryce Olukotun s We Are The Olfanauts introduces the latest internet trend whyffing or scented social media Narrator Renton works for the company that makes these scented memes and viral videos possible and as a content curator he s smelled it all dismemberment rape murder in order to find and ban videos that take the rush just a bit too far But as his relationship with his supervisor no less begins to fray we start to see darker sides of our relationship to this addictive technology Escape from Spiderhead by George Saunders looks at another frightening possibility boutiue pharmaceuticals drugs that can make you fall in and out of love or expand your vocabulary The protagonist is a criminal being used as a test subject forced to test and rate different drugs that control his inhibitions and force his emotions into the dark places his handlers take him While it ends on a transcendent note it calls to mind both our current pharmaceutical testing done on animals as well as our current and future addiction to technologyWhile most of the stories fit the SFF mold there s also a couple of brilliant horror pieces Brian Evenson s Fugue State is one of the longer tales in the volume and it s one of my favorites It s a masterful tale of psychological postmodern horror about a virus which puts its victims into a fugue state losing track of themselves and their goals like sleepwalkers forced to endlessly repeat their actions Characters slip in and out of the role of protagonist losing their memories and minds and picking up the previous person s voicemail or notes continues the other s uest as their own Meanwhile Junot D az s Monstros starts off contrasting a trio of party animals in the Dominican Republic as a horrific new plague sweeps across neighboring Haiti The narrator is enthralled by a girl he has a crush on With one fucking glance she upended my everything and he follows her and a mutual friend oblivious to current events their final mistake leads to a bone crunching endingThe thing I love about reading short story collections is seeing a variety of new and innovative visions and this collection is uite varied indeed There s a lot of postmodern fear of our posthuman future with stories toying with our love affair with technology and how that tech impacts our human relationships There s a few darkly comedic stories like J Robert Lennon s Portal where a family nonchalantly finds a magic portal in their backyard or Robert Olen Butler s Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover a funny but sadly sweet tale of spaceman love and self discovery There s even a few horror gems like the aforementioned Fugue State And really there s not a bad story among them the best are impressive and have stuck with me for a while and the rest are all very good and well worth reading That about sums up Invaders one of the best SFF collections I ve read in years It s a smorgasbord of visionary and thought provoking stories each different from the one that came before but no less interesting Highly recommended especially to fans of short fiction And pick up a copy for your friend who doesn t get SFF because they think it s all spaceships and dragons

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READ Invaders 107 The invasion of the future has begunLiterary legends including Steven Millhauser Junot Diáz Amiri Baraka and Katharine Dunn have attacked the borders of the every day Like time traveling mad scientists they have concocted outrageous creation. 199 Kindle sale Jan 24 2019 for this literary than usual SF short story collection 35 stars Final review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureHere there be if not dragons a rousing assemblage of apocalyptic plagues some time travel a couple of mad scientists and several aliens from other planets But this isn t your normal set of science fiction stories The real invaders I suspect are the actual writers of these stories descending upon the fantasy and science fiction field with fresh ideas and less adherence to the traditions and tropes of the genre than one would usually expect The result from a reader s perspective can be both positive and frustrating sometimes at the same timeThis collection of 22 speculative fiction stories previously published in various magazines and collections is by a group of respected authors known primarily for their non SF genre writings It may be the most unusual and stylistically diverse science fiction story collection I ve ever read I ll discuss the stories that particularly impressed me as well as a few that were notably weakerIn Beautiful Monsters by Eric Puchner the aging process for most humans has been arrested at about age nine by scientific methods A few adults called Senescents still exist as fugitives on the outskirts of society hiding in the mountains and woods on the edge of starvation When an injured Senescent is found by two Perennial children who take him in they are as alarmed at his ugliness and feral behavior as he is at what they ve lost It s a haunting and disturbing story LIMBs by Julia Elliott takes the opposite approach sympathetically exploring the world of aging people and the changes wrought by exoskeletal LIMBs that give them new mobility as well as new treatments that can at least in part reverse dementia for some seniors It s a gentle and poignant tale insightfully exploring the concerns and frustrations of the elderly A Precursor of the Cinema by Steven Millhauser beautifully describes the life and art of Harlan Crane a nineteenth century artist who invented animate paint a type of art that somehow combines painting and motion pictures Crane s paintings contain details that inexplicably move flies dart from place to place in the painting a prisoner appears and disappears dancers waltz and even emerge from the painting The combination of the uasi documentary matter of fact narrative and the mystical incredible details was absolutely magical even though the plot itself is understated Lambing Season by Molly Gloss is a first contact story in which a somewhat doglike alien happens to meet up with Delia a down to earth sheepherder who lives in the mountains with her two dogs and Churro sheep from May to September Delia s practical caring attitude unspoiled by society carries over from the way she cares for her animals to her interactions with the alien This uiet but moving 2002 story was deservedly nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awardsIn The Inner City by Karen Heuler Lena is looking for a job and stumbles onto a secretive company hidden behind a newsstand or a caf the fa ade changes Lena thinks she s found a great job opportunity and decides to sneak her way into this place of business but gradually her experience becomes and ominous This may not be one of the profound stories in this collection but it s a compelling tale with a memorable endingSome of the less successful stories for me Portal by J Robert Lennon where the disintegration of a backyard space portal pointedly echoes the breakdown of the narrator s family The Suid Who Fell Into the Sun by Ben Loory a whimsically humorous fable of a genius suid that ended up being a little too uirky moralistic and thin The Region of Unlikeness by Rivka Galchen in which a young woman meets and befriends Ilan and Jacob two eccentric and rather arrogant men who may be experimenting with time travel Or maybe they re just delusional It s an odd and elusive story intriguing at first but it lost me as it worked its way toward an indeterminate ending In the Bushes by Jami Attenberg a too brief account of a day in the life of a young man in a near future world in which America s love affair with the automobile has ended Topics in Advanced Rocketry by Chris Tarry a humorous story in which an average family with typical problems is chosen to be sent off on a trip in a space capsule Minotaur by Jim Shepard The narrator and his friend Kenny chat about their work on classified government projects exacerbating the frustration of the narrator s wife with her husband The story makes a worthwhile point about the impact of this type of secrecy on relationships but otherwise doesn t seem to have any particular point to it and is told in a rambling way that didn t engage me The Yogurt of Vasirin Kefirovsky by Max Apple is a parody of the mad scientist trope Professor Kefirovsky is being interviewed by a Time magazine reporter but by the end of the story I found the odd professor who has an intense interest in homemade all natural yogurt as tiresome and irritating as the reporter apparently didEven these less appealing stories however are still worth reading One of the beauties of short fiction is that it allows you to explore new authors or types of fiction without the major time commitment that an entire novel takesWith their roots firmly in literary than speculative fiction these are all imaginative stories that for the most part have some extra heft to them attention to style theme and symbolism a greater commitment to subtlety They gave me food for thought than the typical science fiction short story At the same time their literary nature sometimes gave me a mental run for my money Some of these stories are opaue and difficult to parse and they tend to end on an ambiguous note that can frustrate a reader who is looking for a easily understood story with a clear resolutionI d recommend this collection to readers who are willing to stretch their brains and are open to literary types of stories with their frustrations as well as their rewardsContent advisory several stories contain violent and disturbing content explicit sexual content andor R rated language

  • Paperback
  • 368
  • Invaders
  • Jacob Weisman
  • en
  • 14 January 2018
  • 9781616962104