Links for 27th April 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. ‘Child of the Diaspora’: Sterling on Ballard

    "That’s what a lot of pop science writing is like. It talks down to the reader, and it covers the stark majesty of Euclidean insight with redigested pap. You don’t get that kind of talking down from Ballard. He’s someone who really seems at ease in the science world, basically because he was writing for science magazines in the early years of bitter struggle. He knew how to get the stuff, translate it down, and pass it out to the readers of technical mags. So he’s not buffaloed by the material. He doesn’t go in for mystic scientism. He doesn’t dress things up in any kind of literary majesty or outrageous metaphors or phoney-baloney sideshows, style, extended similes."

    Tagged with: JG-BallardBruce-Sterlingsfliteraturecultureideaswritingcriticismsciencefiction

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