CRK is an artist I have grown to love over the past year or two. Her recent collection “Two Worlds and In Between” shows her remarkable strength writing in shorter format.
The collection includes “Riding the White Bull,” which I just finished this evening. I am simply amazed by how this intensely dense tale retains a poetic grace while still being jammed with details, plot points and descriptions. The rawness of Dietrich’s whole predicament as a Blade Runner-esque special agent who has been to the edge of the abyss, quite literally, and looked over, is truly powerful stuff.
I have no problem bringing my influences to picture this story as it unfolds in multiple times, spaces and dreams. Even if the author owes nothing to Blade Runner or Alien in conjuring such riveting fiction, these crutches helped and only reinforce the weight of emotion and loneliness.
One place where they author does acknowledge her influence is with a chilling quote from Charles Fort about the unlikely nature of contact with an alien race:
Of course, there’s nothing to that mystery if we don’t take so seriously the notion – that we must be interesting. It’s probably for moral reasons that they stay away – but even so, there must be some degraded ones among them.
This is a young writer that I heard about through Scalzi’s Whatever. He got his start by publishing for free as an online writer. Now he’s become a nice big deal. de Bodard, like many others, has done the same thing in an effort to get exposure for her considerable talent.
‘Ragers and Weepers was written in 2007 and, though brief, it packs a PUNCH. Click the link below at your own risk. And don’t be turned off by the fact that it’s speculative fiction. The sci-fi merely give the author a slightly safer way to explore some of the more horrifying aspects of human existence.
I’m definitely looking forward to more.
I just finished watching Virtuality, and I have to say that I loved it. It’s way past my bedtime and I’ll give a fuller review tomorrow. I can definitely see why Fox is passing on the series, but to get to see just two hours of the madness that might have been is still pretty satisfying.
Shirt version: if this thing gets green lit ( and I hope it does), Moore has given himself a massive canvas to work with. It may yet happen and it may even be profitable, but this is Moore looking to cash in on some hard earned Battlestar cred. If Virtuality happens, there is a risk of self-indulgence. Moore would proudly say that it is his intention to push the envelope of narrative to it’s outer limits.
Based on what we see in this two-hour pilot, he may hve gone beyond the limit.
I have literally just started this book (on Scalzi‘s recommedation) and, so far, its a fascinating techno thriller, centered around a 15 year-old girl who has never been able to see. The acknowledgments show that the author spent a lot of time trying to get it right – working with physicians, scinetists, blind people, to be able to tell much of the story through this character. There is so much about how she hears the world, and it really resonates with me. So far, and it’s very early in the story, there is really no music to speak of.