“Into the depths of illuminated seas”, Jason Sanford In his recent stories in Interzone Sanford seems to have been on a slow drift from pure science fiction toward fantasy, with more and more inexplicable elements in each story. Here, he’s come fully into the fantasy fold with a story about a young woman named Amber Tolester, from a small fishing village, whose skin magically shows the written names of villagers fated to die at sea. Her nemesis is David Sahr, a man who left the village long ago, but whose name suddenly appears on her skin. Amber’s conflict with Sahr eventually proves that fate isn’t something that just has to be accepted, but not without a lot of pain and trouble along the way.
Archive for January, 2010
This was the second written, and also the second chronologically of James Clavell’s “Asian Saga”, which traces the west’s relations with Asia in fictionalized versions of various key encounters. In Tai-Pan we see the establishment of Britain’s colony at Hong Kong following the first Opium War. The protagonists are the traders who have come to exchange opium from India for Chinese tea to be sold in Britain.
I really enjoy Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar stuff, but I haven’t read much of his science fiction. I picked this up thinking a Hugo winner would probably be the best place to start. Unfortunately, I was severely disappointed.