Rivers – Acquisition – Marketing – Tunnels – Forces – Cunning Work – and The Histories, a story (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)
The short story above is a rather self-indulgent attempt to recreate some of those aspects of the science fiction and fantasy genres I have always found goofiest and most grating, and therefor most resonant and most appealing to me personally. Along with this earlier one and another yet to be written, it is meant to help set the stage for something even more ridiculous (I have also tried to explore my tendency toward this kind of subject matter here). Kim Stanley Robinson has written a galvanizing piece that looks at the role science fiction can play in a political and literal climate such as ours. It’s only in the last two years that I’ve really come to appreciate and enjoy Star Trek, and I think it’s by way of something very much like the double action Robinson describes (this is a good example). I’ve also mentioned in this space just how much my fairly recent discovery of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin has meant. However, it’s still the cosmic, grandly inconsistent, and all at once slap-dash and overwrought vision of Jack Kirby that I find myself longing for and returning to most often these days.
Coherence will be ending next year. I’m happy with the final stretch, and you can get caught up here.
Next issue: January