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Old 03-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Nice Review of Two Recent SFF Novels

From Salon.com, two reviews of SFF novels with Big Ideas: Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell and The Mirage by Matt Ruff.

Buckell's Big Idea:

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In Buckell’s future, global warming has opened up the North Polar regions into a new frontier, rich with arable land, fresh habitable niches, and valuable resources of all stripes. Existing governments have stepped into the breach in places, and new polities have formed in others, including most prominently a floating city-state named Thule.
Ruff's Big Idea:

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America, a jealous, backward, fragmented, fundamentalist-ridden failed nation, is responsible for the terrorist-driven, airplane-mediated destruction of the World Trade Towers of Baghdad, cosmopolitan metropolis of the United Arab States, that enlightened, progressive, technology-rich superpower in a continuum just one funhouse mirror removed from ours. The event occurs not on 9/11/2001 but on 11/9/2001, that off-kilter date serving as just the merest hint of the radical transvaluation Ruff has in store. And the novel is set more or less ten years after, in the long, grinding aftermath of that event.
Has anyone read these? Anyone heard of Ruff (I've read and liked Buckell).
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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damn, that book by Ruff sounds pretty interesting.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:47 AM   #3
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #4
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Ruff's concept sounds interesting, but from some of the buzz I've been hearing, his writing may not be equally as interesting or provocative as his premise. I'll still probably check it out sometime.

Buckell's been largely hit or miss with me—mostly miss. Just like John Scalzi (where "The Big Idea" originates), I consider Buckell more of a blogger than anything: it's fun to read their posts, ideas and shorts, but their novel-length stuff leaves a lot to be desired (with the exception of Scalzi's Old Man's War).
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #5
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Ruff's book had a spotlight over at BoingBoing not too long ago.
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Buckell's Big Idea - am I missing something in the concept? There is no land under the north ice cap, only ocean. The south ice cap yes, but not the north.
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That Buckell book sounds similar to that global warming series by Kim Stanley Robinson. I only made it through one and a half of those
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