I’m still quite new to the small-press magazine scene, but one thing that as obvious from the outset is the differing characters of each publication. Electric Velocipede is no exception – if issue 11 is anything to go by, it veers between introspective and playful, with a tendency to detour through darkness. Continue reading Magazine Review: Electric Velocipede #11
Of all the news I expected to encounter this evening, a report of the launch of a new UK sf magazine was the least likely, but that is what I got. Continue reading The new mag in town
I’ve been stewing on the “whither now, science fiction?” debate for a little while now, trying to get my thoughts in order, and over the weekend I hit upon something that crystallised a bunch of ideas which I was planning to knock out in a post today. Continue reading Retrospective – science fiction in my life
‘Looking for Jake’ is Mieville’s first collection of shorter works, netted in from the last seven or eight years of work he’s had published. It’s quite diverse within the scope of horror and fantasy writing, ranging from edgey stories of urban paranoia (‘An End to Hunger’), through ‘mystery package’ stories a la Jorge Luis Borges, but beginning and ending in what I take to be the same cataclysm of London shown in two pieces, a story and a novella (‘Looking for Jake’ and ‘The Tain’). There is also a short but messy tale of revenge among the underworld of Mieville’s best-known creation, New Crobuzon (‘Jack’).
An enjoyable collection, but in my opinion he writes better at novel length. These tales are good, but not scintillating, but this is forgivable seeing as there are few writers who can excel at both shorts and novels. One for the fans, but maybe not the best intro for a newbie.