Friday evening

Well, I didn’t quite manage to finish absolutely everything on my desk before turned up to lure me from my office. But by then I’d been working effectively since 0630, so was very lurable. I have to drop my father-in-law to the airport first thing tomorrow, so should be able to clear up what’s left on my desk in about an hour or so.

Good to meet you, ! I got (as you no doubt expected) completely drenched running from the pub to my car. But safe and dry at home now.

Also got home to find the latest Interzone waiting for me. I hardly dare open it – it feels somehow heavier. Anyway, a nice way to start the weekend. Even if the weekend is going to be slightly interrupted by work.

PS: tells us that 2003 EL61 may not be as big as I’d hoped. Oh well.

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1 Response to Friday evening

  1. gareth_rees says:

    Titus Groan and Gormenghast are fabulously baroque and entertaining, but Titus Alone is a powerful depiction of loneliness and misery.

    The Patrick O’Brian naval novels are great page-turners, with occasional flashes of brilliance, humour, and psychological insight. Desolation Island is, I think, the best of the whole sequence.

    Thorns is from Silverberg’s golden period, after he graduated from churning out pulp and before he descended into the pot-boilerdom of Lord Valentine’s Castle and so forth. In this period he wrote half a dozen classic sf novels with tight plots, sharp morals, evocative settings and crisply-observed characters—To Live Forever, A Time of Changes, Dying Inside and a few others.

    Ian Watson went on a similar trajectory to Silverberg (without the apprenticeship in pulp), and I think everything from his early period is worth reading. By turns intellectual, disturbing, and horrific. The Jonah Kit, The Martian Inca and Miracle Visitors are from this period, but I think his very best work is in his first three collections of short stories: The Very Slow Time Machine, Sunstroke, and Slow Birds.

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