Re: RARA-AVIS: re: Kem Nunn

Mark Sullivan (
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 20:49:33 -0500 (EST) I bought, but haven't yet read the latest Kem Nunn, but I can attest to
his earlier books, especially Unassigned Territories. I'm not sure it
really fits into the subject matter of this list, though. It is more of
a "slipstream" novel -- as I understand it, a post-cyberpunk category
for slightly out there experiences within the realm of real life, in
other words there is a lot of talk about aliens and UFOs, but it's never
resolved whether or not they really exist. Slipstream's kinda like
science fiction writers writing about occurences in the contemporary
world from a slightly skewed perspective, like some of the books by Rudy
Rucker, Lewis Shiner, Stephen Wright, etc. As you can probably tell,
I'm not really up on my science fiction. Ted, am I even close in my

Still, I guess Unassigned Territories does have one element in common
with our stuff -- guy and a girl hit the road, with a bunch of people
after them, like Badlands, Natural Born Killers, etc. and, one of my
favorites, Love and a .45.

It's an odd book, but I think it's great.


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