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The Universe of Things Paperback – January 1, 2011
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Starred Review. Clarke Award-winner Jones creates several wondrous universes in which reality and fantasy bleed into each other. A sword-and-sorcery virtual world masquerades as therapy ("Red Sonja and Lessingham in Dreamland"). A self-harming princess and office worker makes a real marriage out of an evil spell ("The Thief, the Princess, and the Cartesian Circle"). Jones takes classic fairy tales like Cinderella ("La Cenerentola") or genre tropes such as the haunted house ("Grandmother's Footsteps") and reveals that the wonder and the horror lie not in glass slippers or creaking staircases but in the relationships revealed when "dreams come true." Jones's sharp writing forces the reader to reconsider the standard building blocks of SF in light of real human history, sociology, and radical analyses of power structures. As engineer-journalist Johnny Guglioli observes in "Blue Clay Blues," "The technology is helpless to save the world. It's what goes on between people that fucks things up." (Jan.)
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About the Author
Gwyneth Jones is the critically acclaimed author of numerous novels, short stories, and essays. Her most recent books are Imagination/Space: Essays and Talks on Fiction, Feminism, Technology, and Politics and Spirit, a novel. She has been honored with the Philip K. Dick, World Fantasy, Clarke, and Tiptree Awards for her fiction, and the Pilgrim Award, which is conferred by the Science Fiction Research Association on science fiction's premiere critics for lifetime achievement, for her criticism.
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This is a collection of essays, so don't go looking for adventures, but if you want essays that present ideas well, then this is something that you should read.