Read This 1988

Originally published in the New York Review of Science Fiction, October 1988, Issue 2. Read This was a reoccurring column in the NYRSF where authors would give their recent reads with a short line of review.

Read This

Recently read and recommended by Gene Wolfe:

Aegypt, by John Crowley. The novel you give friends who think modern fantasy is juvenile rubbish. Heh, heh!

Arabesques: More Tales from the Arabian Nights, edited by Susan Shwartz. Gaudy, gorgeous, and grand fun.

The Architecture of Fear, edited by Kathryn Cramer and Peter D. Pautz. Joyce Carol Oates meets Karl Edward Wagner in a book that will make you think much, much better of parking garages.

The Drabble Project, edited by Rob Meades and David B. Wake. One hundred short-shorts, each of exactly one hundred words.

Drowning Towers, by George Turner. Near-future, urban Australia, a powerful proletarian novel.

The Model, by Robert Aickman. Haunting fantasy in Czarist Russia.

Swordspoint, by Ellen Kushner. A real novel about a professional duelist you can’t help caring about.

Terry’s Universe, edited by Beth Meacham. Science fiction for thinking readers.

Writers of the Future: Volume IV, edited by Algis Budrys. Just what it says — read it and you can say you saw 'em in the minors.

—August 1988