Re: RARA-AVIS: starr

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 20 Nov 2000

Neil wrote:

"Another guy they've got at 4W/8W is Steve Aylett, who is working in cyberpunk hb/noir, it looks like."

Yes, Aylett is kind cyberpunk, but far less "naturalistic," if you can say that about a sci-fi-ish book, than Gibson, Shirley or Jeter, for example. He is pretty high camp, in a British mode. His first, The Crime Studio, seemed to have am intriguing concept, a city ruled by criminals (out front, not behind the scenes), but it was way too arch for its own good, with very seat of the pants plotting -- hey, wouldn't it be cool to throw this in? It has a nice momentum, but doesn't really add up. I got bogged down in the middle of his third (skipped the second), Slaughtermatic, some time ago and haven't gotten back to it.


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