Diverging from Philip K. Dick

After bingeing on at least four novels by Philip K. Dick [hereafter, PKD] and being discomfited by the future he envisioned—dark, wet, cold, and lacking many conventional comforts—I picked up Bruce Sterling’s Holy Fire and William Gibson’s Neuromancer. I wanted to compare their versions of dystopia with PKD’s and see if the inevitability of death and the determination to avoid it run like leitmotifs through their novels, too. Nora Ephron said it best, in the title of one of her last non-fiction books, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman: at a certain point, … Continue reading Diverging from Philip K. Dick

Divergences–Thoughts on the Writings of Philip K. Dick–Part Two

“Cataclysm.” First definition: a large-scale violent event in the natural world. Second definition: a sudden violent upheaval, especially in a political or social context. These are the definitions that fuel many science fiction narratives. Couched within them is a persistent … Continue reading Divergences–Thoughts on the Writings of Philip K. Dick–Part Two

Review: Murder in Absentia

Although I have been reading mostly non-fiction these days, I encountered the author of Murder in Absentia online through a Facebook indie writers’ group and decided to read his murder mystery. His work’s unusual setting and well-drawn characters intrigued me, so I read it, liked it and wrote this review for Goodreads. “Assaph Mehr’s Murder in Absentia takes place in a fantasy offshoot of ancient Rome. It borrows artifacts and settings from different periods in Roman history and seasons them with the knowledge and application of magic unknown to the republic and empire fans have known and possibly love. The murder … Continue reading Review: Murder in Absentia