Philobiblon: Net nuggets No 15

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Net nuggets No 15

* What is the relationship between historiography and the writing of historical novels? What happens if the facts get in the way of the story?

The Little Professor is engaged in a fascinating study of the fictional treatments of Anne Boleyn, perhaps THE most popular single character in historical fiction. (No, on second thoughts probably that is her husband, or maybe Julius Caesar? Has anyone ever done a study on that?)

And I do have to look up the one book the prof has found in which Anne doesn't die: Nancy Kress, And Wild for to Hold.

* As a child I once had the misfortune to draw with a chess grand master who was visiting my club, which instantly made me their "great junior hope", a pressure that quickly freaked me out, particularly when I realised that to get anywhere I'd have to rote learn vast lists of moves.

But Bobby Fischer has solved the problem. With his form of the game it could be pure thinking and calculation again. (Via Robot wisdom.)

* I've enjoyed browsing a selection of presents for the person in your life who already has everything, from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild. I was particularly taken by the St Sebastian pincushion. (Via Grow-a-brain.)

* Want to know where you can find an animal you're longing to add to your selection of snapshots? The World Wildlife Fund has put up Wildfinder, which will identify locations by common or scientific name. (Via Worldchanging.)


Anonymous She-eep said...

Kress is a respected speculative fiction author. You can currently read three of her short stories online for free. Details and links to the stories here:

7/21/2005 06:48:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

I particularly enjoyed Wetlands Preserve. I reminded me of John Wyndham, although of course with modern twists.

7/22/2005 03:19:00 am  
Anonymous She-eep said...

I'm not a particular fan Of Nancy Kress' stories although that's personal taste and not literary criticism.

I agree with you that of the three currently free on the web Wetlands Preserve is the best.

I also agree with you about the similarity of style with Wyndham. I think it might be the stylistic reserve/coolness of the authors' typical verbal style combined with their evocation of powerful atmospheres including often sinister emotional undercurrents.

You saw, natch, that Wyndham has a page on free sf online:

Of which listed stories my favourite is the classic More Spinned Against Than Spinning which can currently be found on Sci Fiction (yay Ellen Datlow!). The below link is one line but I've split it for posting purposes:

Also, of course, the novels Triffids and Cuckoos.

Although, hey, if I'm re-reading I'll prefer Joanna Russ or Ursula Le Guin:

My current favourite individual sf story online is Pat Murphy's A Flock of Lawn Flamingos (go bolshie ole ladies!):

That's enough of my spec fic obsession for one comment!

7/22/2005 03:43:00 pm  

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