Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology
by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tachyon Publications Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 189239135X
Date: 28 June, 2006 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
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Feeling Very Strange hopes to establish a framework for the loosely defined crossover genre that bridges reality and speculative fiction. Or something. We're looking forward to reading this to find out if there's any there, there, or if these guys are just channeling folks like William Tenn and Harlan Ellison, spewing old concepts out onto the contemporary landscape. Or is this just magical realism arriving on the American scene? Boy, I wish I knew, but maybe this collection, with entries by some of my favorite short story authors (Jeffrey Ford, Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, Jonathon Lethem, Jeff Vandermeer, Howard Waldrop and Bruce Sterling, among others) will help me out. Not that I really expect to come away feeling more comfortable with the genre, assuming it exists.
But that's to be expected. As the editors assure us in the forward (do read the forward), "Slipstream can take you to a place where you have never been. An impossible place than cannot exist, and yet a place where you are expected. Your name is at the top of the list and your room is ready." And yes, although they refrain from dredging up a perhaps overused refrain, I'm absolutely certain that although you may be able to checkout, there's no chance you can actually leave. Of course, for anyone who reads much SF short fiction it was too late long ago...Recommended.
(Source: Tachyon Publications)