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A Rock Star Orpheus Goes to Hell to Rescue His Beloved November 13, 2013

Though agents and editors are expected to be enthusiastic about books they’re involved with, a steady diet of hyperbole can elicit tedium and skepticism. Of a particularly partisan agent an editor once sneered “He thinks every book he handles is Moby Dick.” For that reason, as regular readers of this column know, it has to [...]

 
Invitation to Tea with a Black Dragon January 11, 2013

Some author careers culminate with a masterpiece but few launch their careers with one. R. A. MacAvoy’s Tea with the Black Dragon was a first novel and a masterpiece, and it gained her the 1983 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Would you say she was in good company if I told you [...]

 
Long Before “Revolution” There Was “Ariel” November 7, 2012

Are you a fan of the hot new TV series Revolution? It’s about future world without electricity. If you love that show you’ll thrill to Steven R. Boyett’s Ariel, which predated Revolution by some three decades. The story of Ariel and its sequel Elegy Beach is every bit as amazing, as magical and fantastic, as [...]

 
A Rock Star Orpheus Goes to Hell to Rescue His Beloved April 14, 2012

Though agents and editors are expected to be enthusiastic about books they’re involved with, a steady diet of hyperbole can elicit tedium and skepticism. Of a particularly partisan agent an editor once sneered “He thinks every book he handles is Moby Dick.” For that reason, as regular readers of this column know, it has to [...]

 
Ariel, A Cult Classic September 18, 2009

The story of Ariel and its sequel Elegy Beach is every bit as amazing, as magical and fantastic, as the novel itself. But first, the novel itself… It happened five years ago: the lights went out all over the world, cars stopped in the streets, machines stopped working and magical creatures, out of myth and [...]

 




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