Books by David Garnett

NEW WORLDS 4 by David Garnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

Ten original tales from Britain, plus a nonfiction piece on recent science-fiction novels, a parochial introduction that should have been rewritten for a wider audience, and an afterword from Michael Moorcock, who also contributes one of the stories. Peter F. Hamilton makes another splendid appearance with ``Starlight Dreamer,'' an eerie and evocative tale where elvenkind are drawn back to a future deindustrialized, depopulated, reforested England, only to conflict with mortals in all too familiar ways. In Robert Holdstock's amusing ``The Charisma Trees,'' archaic magical hazel trees become imbued with human genes that confer charisma, resulting in people vanishing into the remote past. ``Inside Outside,'' David Langford's nonfiction contribution, examines the pitfalls that await mainstream writers venturing into science fiction, with hilarious examples. Elsewhere, Garry Kilworth again parades his familiar obsession with pain; Lisa Tuttle ponders longevity and the morals of the super-rich; and tasteless offerings emanate from Elizabeth Sourbut (penises detach from their owners) and Barrington J. Bayley (anal compulsives navigate through hyperspace). Different. Difficult. And perhaps not altogether worth the effort. It's easy to see—despite Garnett's editorial rant—why readers generally prefer novels. Read full book review >
NEW WORLDS 3 by David Garnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

In the 1960's, under the editorship of Michael Moorcock (he contributes an afterword here), the British sf magazine New Worlds was generally regarded as having sparked the revolution that became known as the New Wave; this relic is an annually published anthology of original material, comprising nine stories plus critic John Clute's witty, slashing, sometimes rather feline roundup of 1991's sf novels. Of the longer stories, Brian W. Aldiss offers a traumatized historical architect searching for his stolen memories; Peter F. Hamilton writes about climatic change and brain-expanding drugs that provide knowledge of the future ; and Paul J. McAuley mingles robots, virtual reality, and revolution in a future Holland. Elsewhere appear agreeable shorter variations: a strange new illness; aliens, robots, and a car mechanic; a robotized humanity rediscovering its soul in the far future; computer-stored personality; an existential waiting-in-line; and weird future street-life. Technically proficient, unobtrusively Anglophone, and different enough to be worthy of investigation by original- anthology enthusiasts. Read full book review >