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Burroughs and Scotland

Dethroning the Ancients: the commitment of exile | Chris Kelso | 2020

[posted 07-06-21]

And so, on to Burroughs and Scotland, in which Chris Kelso looks at the relationship between William S Burroughs (WSB) and the titular country, and El Hombre Invisible’s influence on Kelso and earlier generations of Scottish writers. Read more

Outré

D. Harlan Wilson | 2020

[posted 01-06-21]

The first three words in Outré appear in the ZEROTH section. These first three words are: “Cast. Donny Ennui,”

The final three words in Outré appear in the BIBLIOGRAPHY: “All rights unnerved.’

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NICOLO’S GIFTS

There’s good news and there’s bad news with this, the debut novel from Neil Ayres.

The bad news is that Nicolo’s Gifts is both too long and too short. Read more

Apex Digest – Volume 1: Issue 7

Apex nearly died a while ago, which means that in a parallel world, this issue never appeared. Or in another parallel world, it did appear, but on Gliese 581c, as a William Morris wallpaper pattern, perhaps called Apex Red House, Pattern Number 7. Read more

VISITS FROM THE DROWNED GIRL

Cards on the table.

I don’t believe that writing can be taught. As with painting (pictures you fool, not doorframes), writing is an art. It cannot be measured or accounted or explained, except by philistine dullards. Read more

UNDER COMPULSION

When it comes to Science Fiction, some writers are stylists. Thomas M(ichael) Disch is one of the great stylists of the genre.  JG Ballard pips him, but that’s about it. Black humour? Disch is a master – besting even Philip K. Dick. Satire? Disch is a sublime satirist; greater, perhaps, than HG Wells. Read more

THE NEXT MOON

To successfully conquer a country, you must either kill every last native, or get them to love you. If you achieve neither objective, you’ll lose your war. Read more

THE FACE OF AMERICA

A gigantic aeroplane with a floor of glass flies endlessly back and forth across America. When not playing games of chance within its lounge, the elderly passengers routinely observe a myriad of immense eyes that float upwards from the obscure landscape beneath them. Read more

THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES

The author of some 18 novels over 90 short stories and innumerable essays and articles, J(ames) G(raham Ballard is perhaps the greatest living British writer.  Read more

SMART-D

Smart-d: a cut-up bastardisation – the cybernetic car repair manual as written by William S Burroughs.

This is Kenji Siratori. Read more