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About meI live in Edinburgh.
I'm staring up a new book press at http://www.mutationpress.com/
If you are a writer check out the current call for submissions...

About my libraryI am gradually cataloging my library. But taking my time about it. Alas, my books are scattered around the house with no semblance of order. Eventually, I'll be able to use Libraything to check those cases when I seem to remember I have 'that book' somewhere!

GroupsDigital Publishing, Science Fiction Fans, Scottish LibraryThingers, Weird Fiction

Favorite authorsMartin Amis, Steve Aylett, Iain Banks, Samuel Beckett, Ted Chiang, Hal Duncan, Gary Gibson, David Hume, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Harold Pinter, Charles Stross, D. Harlan Wilson (Shared favorites)

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Member sinceApr 23, 2007

Currently readingNew Horizons by Andrew Hook

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Quite happy to add you after your subtle yet friendly reminder. ;-)
Got your question on how I came to own the obscure P.E.N. fiction collection from 1984. Sheer luck. I think I bought it used at a charity book sale or something. I'm a sucker for used books of almost any stripe, but I'm especially vulnerable to short stories. I guess it's because one can get all the pleasures of well-crafted writing in short stories, without the long-term discipline of reading a lengthy novel. Maybe it's like one-night stands versus marriage: pleasure without commitment.

Of course, from the writer's point of view, creating short fiction is harder than unfolding a complex plot in a novel. Economy of statement and all that. Great haiku is more difficult to write than epic poetry.

As a writer yourself (and don't think I didn't notice your name in the index of the P.E.N. collection), you understand the process of stripping out the non-essential and leaving the illuminating core of a story. That's why I found the second and third paragraphs of "Visit" a bit off-putting. As if you started the story, then got derailed by geography or civil engineering and then started it again.

I found myself reading the long dialogue section aloud to get the proper sounds and cadences of the underclass argot. Well done.

There is a kind of fiction that just records fleeting moments, frames them as if in a black and white snapshot, and moves on without commentary or judgement. It's not so much creating a reality as selecting it. "Visit" is a nice example of this genre. Thanks for your work and your note. Sorry it took so long to reply.

Neil Erickson
Minneapolis
It is indeed easy to make the odd mistake when cataloging hundreds of books, and I would like people to point out mine. I don't usually comment about people's tags, because tagging can be a very personal matter, but if I happen to see something that doesn't seem to fit into a person's tagging scheme, then yes.
I don't know the book, but "AA Treasures of Britain" doesn't sound like it's meant to be fiction. Are its descriptions so inaccurate?

Regards, Jim Roberts
4 stars for Angel Stations, but only 2 for Against Gravity?
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