Monday, May 28, 2007

Going Cosmic

I was delighted to see Millenium Elephant writing about Olaf Stapledon, the philosopher who in the 1930s wrote science fiction on a cosmic scale. He's one of the writers who explores those great gulfs of space and time, and much of his work seems as fresh as anything written today.

The Elephant sums up Stapledon's work with two words - "Scale" and "Tragedy". Those words could also be applied to a new short novel I read online this week.

It's Missile Gap by Charles Stross.

We are about 14 years after the Cuban War of 1962 , the Cold War continues, and Earth's continents lie on a vast flat surface.....

Sounds absurd? It's well worth reading....

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