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May 28, 2006

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I have read Greg Bear's _Darwin's Radio_ and while he may be a lovely man I have no desire to encounter any more of his prose.

Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm big on good plots and sympathetic, interesting characters--self-consciously literary fiction, with beautiful descriptions or dark themes or whatever, often does not do it for me.

An example of the sort of book I love: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay. And I get thoroughly hooked on things like Harry Potter.

I've been reading a lot more non fiction than fiction lately, but I think I need to lighten up a bit.

"I have read Greg Bear's _Darwin's Radio_ and while he may be a lovely man I have no desire to encounter any more of his prose."

It tends to be straight-forward, and not soaring or brilliant, I grant.

I have (or rather recall) no particular argument with his prose per se - I just found the uses to which he put it (in characterization and plot in particular) to be - well, as it turns out I've suppressed my reaction and put a "do not repeat experience" marker on the matter - hence the metonymy.

A recommendation of a non-genre novel by a noted SF author, Ian Banks - _The Crow Road_.

One who likes sf stories might do worse than Connie Willis's _Fire Watch_ (being sure to skip "All My Darling Daughters" if desirous of avoiding deep darkness).

I merely wince at everyone's use of "sci-fi"

You know, I get that, but for want of a better term...

And no, spec-fic doesn't quite do it. If you've got something more descriptive yet un-clunky, suggest away.

If you're looking for something a bit different, Elizabeth Hand's Glimmering was quite good.

"If you've got something more descriptive yet un-clunky, suggest away."

We've never had a problem calling sf "sf."

Science fiction = "sf."

Worked for about eighty years now.

Well, if "sf"="science fiction", I don't see where the problem lies.

Really, I get your distaste, but as far as I know that distaste is isolated to current and former fandom.

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