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[ Books ] More Elizabeth Bear and science fiction - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
[ Books ] More Elizabeth Bear and science fiction
I have been reading a few of the Tor collections of Science Fiction, some bought at Amazon for something like 50p a shot, others, like their 5 year compendium, from Tor.com themselves -for free, the latter one. I had already mentioned Elizabeth Bear's story, 'The Faster Gun', a cowboy gunfighter story with historic Far West characters and wrecked starships -which is a very good one, pulling that unlikely combination very successfully, in my opinion.

In another one, more recently, there is another story by Bear which I found compelling, 'The Horrid Glory of its Wings', about a harpy and a disabled orphan girl, which can be read here. She turns out to have a livejournal at matociquala, in which, I'm discovering, apart from pumping her own work (I need to learn to do that..) she has interesting things to say and reviews other people's work, which hopefully may lead me to discover more worlds inside other people's heads.

So far I've liked what I've read of her work, quite a lot. I know pretty much nothing about her, but that is not important. Her work is for me an interesting discovery, like that of Charlie Stross and Chris Beckett, whose 'Dark Eden was one of the best books I read last year.

I'd written a post in my livejournal in Spanish, flavio_matani, about science-fiction and why it resonates in me and I find it important (to me, to me), in response to a discussion with a Venezuelan friend. It is of course in Spanish and I'll have to translate it and elaborate on it (as it is very unfinished) but, just in case, it is here if you want to have a look.

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kruku From: kruku Date: October 9th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the sound of 'The Faster Gun'. SF/Fantasy books written in a Victorian mileau are ofetn much more successful as steampunk if the writer approaches it unconciously and cowboy stories are the ideal vehicle for such stories :)
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: October 12th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
It didn't.. 'feel' like steampunk. That is actually a bonus point, in my book. That is a short story, not sure whether you can read it at Tor.com, some of her stuff is available to read for free at the website.
strawberryfrog From: strawberryfrog Date: October 11th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I have 'Dark Eden' on my kindle now mostly on your recommendation. (and it was cheap). It's good so far, I'll let you know what I think when I've finished it.
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