Sunday, 23 April 2017
Poul Anderson: for discussion of Anderson, read the blog to date;
SM Stirling: succeeds and surpasses Anderson in alternative history fiction;
John C. Wright: highly imaginative "Cutting Edge" speculative fiction;
Stieg Larsson: not sf but contemporary thrillers with content that would have been sf until recently.
Does Wright match Anderson or Stirling in quality of writing? I cannot assess this yet, having so far read only part of one novel.
Since Larsson describes details of intelligence services and since Anderson's Time Patrol is an intelligence service behind and beyond all others, I imagine the Patrol as observing from the background although not intervening but this is merely an association in the mind of a single reader. However, everything interconnects. Our brains connect data in different ways.