Re: RARA-AVIS: Gibson's recommendations

From: Sean Shapiro (
Date: 13 Jul 2008

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    Anything by Alfred Bester I would categorise as °hardboiledĘ sci-fi. And his °The Demolished ManĘ I would say is pretty noir. In a world where telepaths predict crimes before they happen how do you commit the perfect murder?
      I also have an old copy of a novel by Jack Womack called °AmbientĘ. Some reviewer on the cover describes him as °a sci-fi ChandlerĘ. HavenĘt read the book yet so I canĘt verify.
      Sean Shapiro

    ----- Original Message ---- From: "" <> To: Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:22:54 AM Subject: RARA-AVIS: Gibson's recommendations

    In tomorrow's Parade magazine, William Gibson recomends sci-fi books for summer. Several of them seem to overlap crime. Are any of these hardboiled and/or noir? Any good?

    Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union has already come up here.

    Halting State by Charles Stross involves a robbery of a virtual bank.

    Cory Doctorow's YA Little Brother looks the most interesting to me, with a high school hacker pitted against the Big Brother of Homeland Security.

    Any opinions?




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