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Extra-Heavy History (Kurt Vonnegut Jr., ‘Hocus Pocus’)

One thing that must be emphasised of the media of the Left is that, unlike the poised outrage of the media of the Right, with its daggerish jabs at absolutely anything borne of ‘unpatriotic views’, ‘socialism’ and ‘counterculturalism’, the Left … Continue reading

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Violent Glow of Alien Engines (M. John Harrison, ‘Light’)

“In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there is no other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography” Jorge Luis Borges, On Exactitude in … Continue reading

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The bomb lives only as it is falling (Iain M Banks, ‘Use of Weapons’)

I. With such engagement, we can see how the Culture novels are progressing at this stage; book three, and yet again there are signature tropes, namely the complex central character (usually somewhat male), a female antagonist of persuasive talents over … Continue reading

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