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‘Tales Of Houdini’ by Rudy Rucker

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Sterling describes this as a “brief but perfectly constructed fantasy”. It certainly isn’t science fiction but it isn’t really fantasy either; it is a trio of fables with Houdini stuck in the middle like a totem pole. And it is very, very brief. If there is any worth to stories of such length then I’m not convinced it is enough to warrant anthologising them.

Punkosity: *
Quality: **

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30 March 2011 at 09:15

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‘Message Found in a Copy of “Flatland”‘ by Rudy Rucker

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As the title suggests, this is a tribute to Flatland. Rucker’s protagonist goes to London in search of information about Edwin A Abbott and instead finds himself trapped in Flatland itself (it is underneath a restaurant). Luckily the people of Flatland taste like “very moist smoked salmon”. There is maths and weirdness here but not in the quantities one usually expects from Rucker.

Quality: ***
Hardness: **

Written by Martin

3 June 2010 at 07:35

‘Pockets’ by Rudy Rucker and John Shirley

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As I’ve worked my way through Redshift I’ve come to the conclusion that what this collection is crying out for is a story by Bruce Sterling. Rucker is probably the next best thing but it’s still not the same. He brings the gnarl but it could definitely be gnarlier. Pocket universes are cool but a little familar and execution is nothing special. Indeed I suspect I have scored it relatively highly because Rucker and Shirley’s story stands out in a sea of dross.

Quality: ***
Shiftiness: ****

I also feel I should draw attention to the opening of Sarrantonio’s introduction which is just appallingly sloppy:

Rudy Rucker and John Shirley are powerful enough as seperate entities – what would happen if you put the two of them together? A frightening thought – and that’s what happened.

Written by Martin

26 May 2009 at 10:32

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