Storying Lives

Vector 249 is officially Out In The Wild, so here’s the table of contents. It is, I feel comfortable saying, a good ‘un.

Torque Control — editorial
Framing the UnframeableGary K. Wolfe on storying lives in sf and fantasy
Writing Without a FilterElizabeth Hand interviewed by Graham Sleight
Journey into Space — A trip down memory lane by Steve Cockayne
The Modern Storytellers — Jon Ingold on Interactive Fiction
Good Cop/Bad Cop — Alison Page on Life on Mars
Archipelago: Founded on the ShamblesPaul Kincaid on Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”
First Impressions — Book reviews edited by Paul N. Billinger
Particles — Books received by Paul N. Billinger
The New X: Storying Genres — a column by Graham Sleight

A few announcements.

First, as noted in the editorial, and here a little while ago, this is Geneva’s last issue as co-editor. The last five issues of Vector — and especially the international issue — wouldn’t have been what they’ve been without Geneva, so this is a public thank you: thank you. (I’ll be staying on solo for the forseeable future because I’m a sucker.)

Secondly, it’s not Tony Cullen’s last issue as production editor, but he’ll be stepping down soon because he’s already stepped up to take over as Chair of the BSFA. And I have no doubt he’ll do a fine job, but it does mean I’ll be needing someone to do layout work on Vector. Please drop me a line if you might be interested.

Thirdly, as Peter expands on here, we’d like to make sure that all BSFA members receive their mailing this time around. So, if you’ve received yours — or, if by the start of next week you haven’t received it — please email Peter Wilkinson, the membership secretary, to let him know.

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4 Responses to “Storying Lives”

  1. Armchair Anarchist Says:

    Well, mine arrived safe and sound this time; I’ve dropped Peter a line already.

    A cursory glance indicates lots of good stuff to read … if I can just get myself to close the RSS reader, I’ll get tucked into it later this evening.

  2. Niall Says:

    lots of good stuff to read

    And even a review by yourself, if I’m not mistaken …

    (Also, “later this evening”? It’s gone midnight!)

  3. Armchair Anarchist Says:

    And even a review by yourself, if I’m not mistaken …

    Why yes, and thank you for noticing! My first in this esteemed publication, no less … [STOKED]

    (Also, “later this evening”? It’s gone midnight!)

    Midnight? What is this ‘midnight’? I go to bed at 0200 hours on average … which may explain a number of my minor psychological issues. Meh … sleep is for children, old people, and people who don’t have as many things to do as me.

    [Anyone got any links to research on the effect of sleep deprivation on the manifestation of egocentric hyperbole? Will pay in bottled Czech lager and blog links.]

  4. Vector 249 — Articles Online « Torque Control Says:

    [...] To start the week, here are some articles from the most recent Vector. “Storying Lives” was the loose theme; Gary K. Wolfe’s essay, “Framing the Unframeable“, takes a broad look of that theme in the context of sf: When one looks at the published memoirs and autobiographical sketches written by science fiction and fantasy authors, mostly for the benefit of their fans – the sort of thing collected in Brian Aldiss and Harry Harrison’s Hell’s Cartographers (1975) or Martin Greenberg’s Fantastic Lives: Autobiographical Essays by Notable Science Fiction Writers (1981) – one is initially struck by the relative thinness and lack of genuine introspection of many of the essays. Typically, such pieces read as a variety of Augustinian conversion tales, depicting a precocious childhood, often solitary and bookish, sometimes sickly, sometimes featuring battles with parents to get into the adult sections of the library, and characteristically leading toward a moment of revelation: “And then came Hugo Gernsback” (Alfred Bester) [1] “Then I saw and bought an issue of something called Amazing Stories” (Damon Knight) [2] “So science fiction entered into and began warping my life from an early age” (Brian Aldiss) [3] etc. In one of the still-comparatively rare autobiographies of SF writers, Wonder’s Child: My Life in Science Fiction, Jack Williamson ends a chapter with the following cliffhanger: [...]


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