By Larry McCaffery
Smooth technology fiction writers inhabit a land a ways faraway from the conveniently widely used geographical regions of E.T. and famous person Wars. Lurking the following within the suburbs of literature are the most clever, fiercely creative, and outrageous writing abilities at paintings at the present time. around the Wounded Galaxies probes the minds and psyches of 10 writers whose works have had an important effect at the evolution of the style during the last quarter-century. As Larry McCaffery places it, "While SF authors were sifting via commonplace SF components and gaining knowledge of new complexities and syntheses, they've got additionally been boldly exploring literary terrain the place no authors have long past before."
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My God, where would they be if there weren't any drug addicts? There was a period back in the'60s when it seemed as if a genuinely enlightened attitude might be evolving. WB: Yes,it seemslike all the ground gainedin the '60s-in all sorts of areas-is now being lost. LM: Is this rightward swing an inevitable reaction? WB: No swing is inevitable. I'm not even convinced that what we're seeingis necessarilya swing. What we're seeingwith drug attitudes is certainly engineeredby the administration. They're the ones orchestrating this whole antidrug nonsense,and this hysteria could turn the whole planet into a police state.
I-ater, when we glancedback at him standing on his apartment balcony, we felt certain we were experiencingsomethingof the sameexhilaration that Kerouac must have felt forty-five years ago in Manhattan, when he had just left Burroughs's apartment for the first time. Jim McMenamin: You've just completed The WesternLands. Did writing this novel become a way for you to explore your own views about death and a possible afterlife? William Burroughs: Naturally. All my books expresswhat I actually believe in, or I wouldn't be writing them.
Contemporary SF has rejected that concept much more profoundly than did modernism or surrealism. "Realistic fiction" is remorselesslyand inadvertently about the past. It has a heavy debt to a consensualreality that's psychologicallyfalse. On the other hand, developing new categoriesof some complexity and ambiguity is the fundamental SF goal. This doesn't mean you haveto jettison all conventions of narrative and character relationships, or even that SF can't borrow experimental devicesfrom modernism and postmodernism.
Across the Wounded Galaxies: Interviews with Contemporary American Science Fiction Writers by Larry McCaffery