2 thoughts on “The Paris Review Interviews A Couple Of Greats

  1. G-Man

    I read the Gibson intervew a couple weeks ago–fantastic. I’ve read just about every word that man has written . . .

    I don’t know much about Samuel Delaney, but seeing as how he’s stamped with the Pao approval I will remedy that soon!

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      I enjoyed both interviews for sure, and I’m happy to share ’em 🙂

      I like Gibson, but I’ll confess that I stopped reading him after the earlier stuff (i.e., I don’t think I’ve read past Mona Lisa Overdrive). I just kinda wasn’t grabbed by Virtual Light and the rest at the time they were coming out. But I’ve got ’em on my “go back to someday” list, I swear!

      Sam Delany wrote some absolutely awesome mind-bending sci fi in the mid 60s to mid 70s. Empire Star, Babel-17, Nova and Triton are all huge influences on what I want to do with a SF game someday. Dhalgren isn’t a “Look! We’re in SPAAAACE!” book, but it’s definitely got heavy SF overtones.

      All of the books, Dhalgren especially, have to come with a warning that if you’ve got any issues with funky sex you probably want to steer clear. But if that kind of stuff doesn’t press your buttons (I know people it does, I know people it doesn’t) then they’re all worth reading.

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