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‘The Little Magic Shop’ by Bruce Sterling

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The inclusion of a story by Sterling himself is interesting because in his orginal article he says:

I offer this list as a public service to slipstream’s authors and readers. I don’t count myself in these ranks. I enjoy some slipstream, but much of it is simply not to my taste. This doesn’t mean that it is “bad,” merely that it is different. In my opinion, this work is definitely not SF, and is essentially alien to what I consider SF’s intrinsic virtues.

As it turns out ‘The Little Magic Shop’ is not slipstream in any shape or form. Nor is it a particularly good story. It is a fairy tale told in the modern style in which a young man buys a immortality potion and then everything proceeds unexcitingly from there.

The irony is that Sterling did write one great work of slipstream: Zeitgeist. It certainly isn’t representative of his career, it isn’t even really representative of the Leggy Starlitz stories. To include him in the anthology at all and for this story specifically is baffling.

Quality: **
Slipperiness:

Part of Feeling Very Strange

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Written by Martin

7 October 2008 at 13:12

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  1. […] everything is as literal as you would fire. This is another straight fable, like Sterling’s ‘The Little Magic Shop’ it is essentially a modern fairytale. This would fit very nicely in a collection called, oh, I […]


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