I was first introduced to this anthology at Ad Astra, when Matt Moore read his story Delta Pi. After talking with a few other people online (Facebook? Twitter? Google Plus? I don’t really remember anymore…) about the book, I picked up a Kindle Edition.
Torn Realities is a Lovecraft inspired anthology, with a focus on how reality twists and tears, revealing something unknowable, something malevolent, which shifts all our frames of reference. In addition to Matt’s story, this anthology also includes Rawhead Rex, a story by Clive Barker. My other favourite stories in the anthology include Amsterdamned, and Hallowed Ground.
Delta Pi by Matt Moore
Delta Pi was the first story I turned to, as I was already familiar with the story. As I read it, my mind echoed the punctuated rhythms of Moore’s reading. Its energetic and passionate. If you ever get a chance to attend one of his readings, you should.
The story itself draws upon the fears some have expressed in recent years, that a high energy particle accelerator experiment could tear the Earth apart in some recreation of the Big Bang. Moore doesn’t focus on the science, but on the psychology of a researcher on the outside. Someone who accepts, nay, embraces the conclusions of a paper which other scientists have ignored as the ramblings of a madman.
Books I received over the holidays include include:
- Steampunk Prime: A Vintage Steampunk Reader. Edited by Mike Ashley
- The Odyssey, by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles
- Media Writing: A Practical Introduction by Craig Batty and Sandra Cain
- After Theory by Terry Eagleton
- Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins
- Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
I’m really looking forward to the Steampunk books, especially the anthology put together by the VanderMeers. My copy of their previous steampunk anthology is well worn, and has a lovely hand-drawn zeppelin drawn by Ann at the 2010 Montreal WorldCon.
The Media writing and Convergence Culture texts are for a course I’ll be taking in January on writing for the media. The course sounds interesting, and the regular written exercises should be good practice, thinking about writing in a different fashion.
Previous to Christmas, I picked up a few other books:
- Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft, edited by Stephen Jones
- Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
- Welcome to the Desert of the Real by Slavoj Zizek
- Mythologies by Barthes
- Empire of Signs by Barthes
- How We Became Posthuman, by N. Katherine Hayles
- Terminal Identity: the Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction by Scott Bukatman
- Jean Baudrillard: Selected Writings, edited by Mark Poster
- Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
- Nothing Rhymes With Orange: Perfect Words for Poets, Songwriters, and Rhymers, by Bessie G. Redfield and Hope Vestergaard
- The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
- Retribution Falls, by Chris Wooding
I’ve finished Dreadnought already, which is a brilliant sequel to Boneshaker. It’s a stronger novel than the first, and has a much cleaner narration. To be reviewed shortly.
The Necronomicon is a wonderful black faux-leather trade paperback. I’ve not previously read much of Lovecraft. From the few short stories I’ve managed out if this text so far, his writing drips atmosphere, although the serial nature of many of his longer stories adds a great deal of repetition.