29 August 2011

[Article by Tanya Brown]


ARTICLE: Pat Cadigan: A Retrospective, by Tanya Brown

A cursory web-search will tell you that Pat Cadigan is the Queen of Cyberpunk, but who wants to be queen of a moribund genre? BBC TV's Future Fantastic designated her, more promisingly, "the queen of modern science fiction;" Wired, though, may have come closest to the truth with the plaudit "sci-fi maverick."

COLUMN: Intertitles: Adaptation (and Other Conversations), by Genevieve Valentine

The art of movie adaptation is a tricky one; though Hollywood has scoured literature for material since moving pictures were invented, it's awfully easy for the process to go unspeakably awry.

FICTION: Introduction to "Home by the Sea", by Tricia Sullivan

Cadigan's work spikes the envelope of Ballard's alienation and penetrates, bloodied, into that sense of bewilderment and near-panic that underlies nightmare.

FICTION: Home by the Sea, by Pat Cadigan

"At the hospital, people are offering themselves for exploratory surgery and vivisection. And the doctors who have a stomach for such things cut them open and explore their insides. Sometimes they remove internal organs and sew the people up again to see how they manage without them. They manage fine. And there is no blood, no blood anywhere."

POETRY: Trenchcoat, by April Grant

Here's your own world, bounded by one coat

REVIEW: This Week's Reviews, reviewed by posted three times a week

Monday: Dervish is Digital by Pat Cadigan, reviewed by Nader Elhefnawy
Wednesday: Fool to Believe: Remarks on Some Short Stories By Pat Cadigan, reviewed by Matthew Cheney
Friday: Teaching Science Fiction, edited by Andy Sawyer and Peter Wright, reviewed by Sarah Monette

EDITORIAL: The 2011 Strange Horizons Fund Drive, by Niall Harrison

These things seem to come around before you know it, don't they?