Thursday, November 13, 2003

Report to the Men's Club and Other Stories by Carol Emshwiller

I have to confess that although I'd read several of Carol's stories over the years, I hadn't connected the tale in Dangerous Visions to the stories I'd seen in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction since Gordon Van Gelder took over. Not until Small Beer Press put together this collection and quite rightly hyped it and Carol all over the place. Emshwiller's protagonists are perhaps her most distinctive feature, quietly obsessed people who move in increments towards strange and sometimes horrifying acts. Emshwiller's worlds are beautiful and harsh and often terribly lonely, and her language is spare, straightforward, skeletal. She makes her words work hard. There are not many writers as weird and wonderful as Emshwiller. Pick this up now.


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