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  1. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Not a bad list (those I've read whose name isn't Amis, at least), but he does seem to be bending over backwards to exclude anything that smells to strongly of genre SF, doesn't he? I suppose he's never got over the fact that Gun With Occasional Music and Amnesia Moon were published as SF and he had a lot of early stories in Interzone, Omni and F&SF. (Claiming that Sarah Canary is amnesiac, btw, is nonsense: I don't think she's a viewpoint in the novel once, as it's all about other people's responses to her. She quite possibly isn't human, but there's no indication that she's forgotten what she is.)
  2. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    What are the novels he's extracting from? I'd imagine there'd be a chapter from Soldier In The Mist in there, and maybe The Fifth Head of Cerebrus as well: Wolfe was always fond of amnesia as a plot device. Zelazny's Amber and any other fantasy or SF novel where the protagonist can't start wreaking havoc until they've remembered that they're some sort of immensely powerful demigod sort seem relevant as well.
  3. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    Great. It's nice to know that one's available as it's a very fine story indeed.
  4. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    They made a big thing of publishing Brunner's last story (about what happened when Tommy Caxton reformed his Solid Six for an anniversary gig) in Interzone a month or so after he died. It's a bloody good one as well, so I hope it's been collected somewhere...
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    I'll have to remember that in future: it's a lot easier and quicker than the thing with the chicken, candles and an invocation to the dark Gods.
  6. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    I dunno about that: Brunner died about ten years after Dick, and at least three of his books have been getting reissued in the SF Classics lines since the '80s. The Shockwave Rider and Squares Of The City in particular get bigged up a lot.
  7. Comics Shipping the Week of September 18th 2017

    Well, there's obviously, something odd about Cray (Marlowe says as much early on) so maybe he was part of a different Team 7 that didn't involve Grifter, or otherwise took part in Gen factor tests?
  8. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    Aldiss has been discovered (and dropped) by the literatii repeatedly over the years. I think the sheer volume of work he's produced doesn't help him any there.
  9. Brian Aldiss is gone....?

    It'd be very difficult to pick out one book as Aldiss' best, I've always thought. Probably a good sign, that...
  10. Comics Shipping the Week of September 18th 2017

    True that, and huge chunks of Planetary were just shoehorning showily blatant analogues of DC and Marvel characters into the WSU anyway. I'm more interested (like Lou and yourself) in seeing how he's going to revamp some of the other Wildstorm launch characters to fit into the new version. If he's trying to keep it all very SF will the Doctor or Savant still fit in somehow? (We can probably forget the Night Tribes completely, and looking at how Grifter and Deathblow have been set up, there probably wasn't a Team Seven either...)
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    Looks good, and if the search function works better when all's finished, only a churl would dream of complaining.
  12. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    Thanks, I'm here all week. Remember to tip your waitress... (Straightfaced: the up vote stuff is a nice touch. Thanks for that. That's come in with the revisions, hasn't it?)
  13. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    That said, I really couldn't have seen Ellis doing a Freezes Over or Hard Time, and it wouldn't have been beyond him (having quit the book in a tantrum over having an ill timed, but far from brilliant story pulled) to produce something over a forty issue run that made all that made all of the dogfucking and sweetly musky balls nonsense look like The Dead Boy's Heart by comparison.
  14. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I think it's a bit unfair to blame the whole "less rambling and more plot driven" thing on Carey alone: weren't DC editorial leaning on everybody to plot out story arcs with collecting them into trades rather than having individual issues function as readable in their own right at the time he was working on Hellblazer? (I'd also question that he didn't still get plenty of character points into the stories: there's several stories where he digs pretty deep into Constantine, Gemma, Chas and Angie in particular and even the disposable villains get some backstory and something resembling an inner life. Hell, he even treats the FOTF as a character rather than a convenient plot device, doesn't he?) And hello, Jason. It's always nice to see new posters in here.