Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yoon Ha Lee: If Borges Wrote Science Fiction

Ginnugagap, Sigrid Sandstrom, from the Hrönir exhibition

A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel, a short story by Yoon Ha Lee, is online at Tor and it's quite good. Like much of the work of old JLB, it's not a story so much as an exposition of ideas and speculative setting; i.e. it boils down this kind of fiction to the points it truly serves, and at one point pungently comments on the genre in the process; probably the least subtle thing about the piece, but which I quite appreciated.

She's already published quite a bit so I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her stuff soon. Her homepage is here. [And added later: not long after I posted this I ran into another story of hers in Clarkesworld Magazine, Conservation of Shadows.]

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