Tuesday, March 18, 2008

When People Talk about Aqueduct Books, We Listen...

Cheryl Morgan reports that she's reading the first volume of The WisCon Chronicles:

It isn’t often that I get an opportunity to talk about a book because I’m in it, but there are a couple around at the moment. The book I’m currently reading is The WisCon Chronicles, edited by Timmi Duchamp. It is a collage of material taken from WisCon 30: interviews, panel transcripts and so on. I’m in it because of a panel called (rather pretentiously) “Is Reading Feminist SF a Theory-Building Activity”. (Wiscon, for those of you who do not know, is a feminist science fiction convention.) I have to confess that I was very nervous being put on that panel and didn’t have much a clue what to say beforehand. I also think I performed better at other panels at that con. However, I wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to be on a panel with Karen Joy Fowler, and if we really did need to talk about feminist theory I knew I could rely on my fellow panelist to do the business. As it turns out I seem to have ended up talking a lot about trans issues.

Read the rest of her post here.

And Jeff VanderMeer has this to say on Amazon.com's Omnivoracious:

L. Timmel Duchamp's The Blood in the Fruit - The latest book in the Marq'ssan Cycle might just be the best yet, part of a series that is the most important political SF published in the last decade. Praised by the likes of Cory Doctorow and Samuel Delany, Duchamp's accomplishment here is deadly, sharp, emotional, and intelligent.

1 comment:

Josh said...

I couldn't make head or tail of the Rosaleen Love passage that Morgan judges so harshly: too stream-of-consciousness for me to determine whether it was as rude and phobic as Morgan suggests. But I think Love may have been articulating a gut reaction and then regretting it.