I read the first two story collections - which is the initial series, then he tacked on sequels later - when I was 12 or soi just suffered thru isaac asimov's foundation and holy shit the man could not write
Interesting cos when I was little I read - or tried to read - Asimov and I really didn't like the way it was written and I've never gone back. Maybe it wasn't just me.i just suffered thru isaac asimov's foundation and holy shit the man could not write. it's like reading wet cardboard. even for pulp sci fi how do you write this badly.
(describing life on a planet under a big metal dome where the sun never shines):
Sounds interestingAmalgamemnon by Christine Brooke-Rose came in
Its pretty cool, not what I expected. sci fi esque in a Burroughs fashion- lots of interdicsiplinary neologisms, musing on the incoming collapse of society delivered in its own contrived grammar. The actual text is the lamentations of a soon to be laid off professor gone mad, the way its written you get the sense her mind is scrambling as her humanties orientation is repurposed for the cold pragmatism of a STEM driven regime.
Reminds me a bit of ccru writing, there's a fixation on the future, its prediction and how to account for it, how the blend of globalized politics and technological apparatuses form structures effectively from the future. And shes a British writer and the book is from 1994, drinking from the same well here. Its all delivered fairly poetically though which keeps it from getting too cute or nerdy.
“For although like you I could be a spokesman denying rumours from below that predefer to be stifled till the return of the repressed prodigal, I could also be a streetsweeper cleaning up the unmanuring dung dropped from above, which will have to be collected up and sorted out and recycled maybe into serviceable goods, as in psychoanalysis, a genie from a plastic bottle. When the magic cycle of genuine shit will have been replaced by the chemicycle of pure electronic thought ever expanding, more and more unbiodegradable, the heart of the earth will stop, shrivel to a curled up foetus to be ejected lifeless and wither to a moon without even the attracting planet to encircle except the distant sungod dead because unseen unfelt by anyone.”give us an extract if you can
That was a bit harsh actually, I've read a couple of his other books which I enjoyed so...Picked Theatre by Somerset Maugham off my shelves. Enjoyed the preface but you can tell I'm kinda scraping the bottom of the battle... so I've ordered book five in Wheel of Time and also Roadside Picnic which I've never read.