Thursday, February 4, 2010
mixed up like baking soda in the crack sack
Luckily, spec-fic is opening up, and more/different voices are getting involved. I just finished N.K. Jemisin's "The Effluent Engine," written as part of the A Story for Haiti fundraising effort, and it's an engaging piece of steampunk that diverges from that genre's usual Dickensian Britishness. As a teaser, the passage “…everyone got what they wanted, trading ’round and ’round, a graceful waltz — only occasionally devolving into a knife-fight” reminds me very much of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video. Give it a read.