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Brendan Byrne

“DEFUSING THE THREAT”: AMIS AND BALLARD, AESTHETICS AND BIOGRAPHY

Six days after the death of J.G. Ballard, The Guardian published an obituary authored by Martin Amis which, partially reworked, appeared five months later as the introduction to the hardback American edition of The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard.

Blank Like Me

South African novelist Lauren Beukes bleeds her characters of color as effectively as the smear masks they wear for anonymity, not for simple provocation, but to warn of the self-replicating nature of segregation.

The Light Pours Out of Me

The act of writing a science fiction trilogy initiates the assumption of “memorable” characters, a strung-out central story line based on Campbellian structures, and, of course, world building.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2020

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