Saturday, May 02, 2020

Out In The World

War of the Maps was published a couple of days before the coronavirus lockdown swung into place here in the UK; as a consequence I haven't been able to see copies in their natural habitat -- the shelves of bookshops -- out in the wild. A very minor personal disappointment, noted only because I have just now signed and sent off a small stack of bookplates to the mail order division of Forbidden Planet, so signed copies of the book should, shortly, be available.

Meanwhile, it has been accumulating reviews.

Some links to pieces in Crime Time, SF Crowsnest, SFF World, Salon Futura and the Times (this last paywalled).

There are two long reviews in Locus, one from Gary K. Wolfe, and the other from Paul Di Filippo.

Adam Roberts has posted a chewy and insightful analysis on his blog.

And a review in SFX concludes  'Following on from the extraordinary climate change novel Austral, this is further evidence that Paul McAuley may just be the best SF writer we have.'

For balance, I've been interviewed on the Coode Street podcast about a few books I have recently enjoyed, including Lavie Tidhar's By Force Alone, Alastair Reynold's Bone Silence, Denise Mina's The Long Drop and Kate Atkinson's The Big Sky. And I've just finished Evie Wyld's intricate and compelling cross-generational novel about persistent patterns of toxic masculinity, The Bass Rock, and am about to start James Bradley's new novel Ghost Species.

4 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

Finished War of the Maps two weeks ago and it's one of your best works. Glad to see there is some press around it, despite the timing.

May 04, 2020 5:14 pm  
Anonymous Francis Spufford said...

Have you seen Adam Roberts' blog-review ('easily the best thing I've read in 2020')?

http://sibilantfricative.blogspot.com/2020/04/paul-mcauley-war-of-maps-2020.html#comment-form

May 05, 2020 11:03 am  
Blogger benstokes said...

The term covers a range of intertwined professions. Two general branches would be hardware and software engineering. Network engineering might be considered third. Computer engineers may choose among various degrees, thus forming the exact set of skills they wish to perfect.

May 13, 2020 12:37 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Thanks, Brian. Greatly appreciated.

And thanks for the reminder about Adam Roberts' piece, Francis. I had seen it and it unforgiveably slipped my mind. Made an appropriate correction.

May 15, 2020 8:54 am  

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