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1999 Archive

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Reviews and Articles in General Publications


§ Salon, Feb. 15, 2000
A profile of artist Edward Gorey, along with a gallery of selected drawings.

§ Washington Post, February 11, 2000
An article reviews ''Possible Futures'', an exhibition of science fiction book and magazine illustration at the University of Maryland Art Gallery, drawn from the collection of Jane and Howard Frank. The exhibit is open through March 4, and there's a March 3 roundtable discussion with Vincent di Fate, James Gunn, and others.

(Tue 15 Feb 2000)

§ New York Times Book Review, February 13, 2000
No genre SFFH reviews this weekend, but NYTBR has reviews of a couple books with some fantastic interest; John Crowley reviews Emily Barton's The Testament of Yves Gundron (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux), about a man who independently invents a horse harness in a village on a remote Atlantic island. Says Crowley

There are basically three geographies in which fiction takes place: this world, the one we generally share; other worlds, like ours in many respects but wholly different; and ones that exist solely in the words by which they come into being, like those in the Alice books or ''One Hundred Years of Solitude.'' Barton's Mandragora wanders uneasily among all three of these. It is lost out of time, but not magical like Brigadoon; it is contradictory without being paradoxical; it is posited as existing in the way that Scotland or Cambridge do, but it can't, and we can't forget it can't.
Also, Brian Morton reviews Nicholas Christopher's A Trip to the Stars (Dial), which starts as a 10-year-old boy is kidnapped from a planetarium.
Though set in the modern world (the story takes place against the backdrop of events like the Apollo moon landings and the Vietnam War), ''A Trip to the Stars'' is best read as a contribution to the literature of the fantastic -- an American descendant of ''The Arabian Nights'' -- and as such it's thoroughly satisfying, an erudite and artful entertainment.

§ San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2000
Daniel Blue reviews Peter Ackroyd's The Plato Papers.

§ Los Angeles Times, February 13, 2000
An article profiles Sherry Gottlieb, one-time owner of LA's A Change of Hobbit bookstore, now author of Worse Than Death (Forge).

(Mon 14 Feb 2000)

§ Village Voice Literary Supplement, February 2000
A ''Fiction 2000'' issue includes brief interviews with Jonathan Lethem and Samuel R. Delany; plus Albert Mobilio on genre fiction.

(Wed 9 Feb 2000)

§ Salon, February 7, 2000 Readers respond to Donna Minkowitz's interview with Orson Scott Card, including a letter from [San Francisco Chronicle SF reviewer] Michael Berry that mentions Locus.

(Tue 8 Feb 2000)

§ New York Times Book Review, February 6, 2000
John Sutherland reviews Peter Ackroyd's The Plato Papers (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday). She remarks ''In the early sections, particularly, I was reminded of Walter M. Miller Jr.'s science fiction classic, 'A Canticle for Leibowitz.' '' The NYTBR site has the book's first chapter online. Also: a review of Abby Frucht's Polly's Ghost (Scribner, January), whose heroine has been dead for a decade when the book begins.

(Mon 7 Feb 2000)

§ Salon, February 4, 2000

  • Stephen Lemons talks with Clive Barker about horror and sex.
  • Paul LaFarge profiles Daniel Pinkwater.

    (Fri 4 Feb 2000)

    § Salon, February 3, 2000
    Orson Scott Card is profiled by Donna Minkowitz, who worshipped the ''militaristic Mormon science-fiction'' author of Ender's Game -- until they met.

    (Thu 3 Feb 2000)

    § CNN, February 2, 2000
    Stephen Baxter is interviewed about working with Arthur C. Clarke on their collaborative novel The Light of Other Days (Tor, February).

    § Washington Post, February 2, 2000
    A short article profiles Arthur C. Clarke.

    His ruminations on the arrival of the new millennium? ''I never thought I would be alive in the year 2000,'' he says with a barking laugh. His predictions for the coming century? ''I think it is likely an asteroid will hit the Earth. A big one, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.''

    (Wed 2 Feb 2000)

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