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Spook Country Discussion

We are delighted to announce that we have a book discussion ready to go public. Getting these going has taken a little longer than we had hoped, because they are a new idea and we needed to iron out a few teething problems. Hopefully the results are well worth it.

Our first discussion is about William Gibson’s latest novel, Spook Country. The panel consists of Ellen Datlow, Lou Anders, Michael Levy and Rick Kleffel, and you can read the whole thing here.

We are, by the way, looking for other people to participate in these discussions. There are a lot of good new books around we’d like to see discussed.

2 Responses to “Spook Country Discussion”

  1. on 08 Oct 2007 at 7:50 pmDJK

    I was specifically intriqued by the discussion of Gibson’s use of the unconscious, originally brought up by Lou Anders. Maybe this ties in with the power of his writing style, and his gift of showing us our world in exciting ways. But is this accessing the unconscious approach so unusual in writing? Or maybe it’s a little more unusual in speculative writing? Maybe Gibson is particullary a master of this…

  2. on 09 Oct 2007 at 5:32 pmLou Anders

    I think it’s very common in the arts. I think that this is very close to how one of my favorite musicians, Robyn Hitchcock, composes lyrics. And, of course, David Bowie has talked about the way he uses William Burrough’s cut up methods in his own music as a way to introduce synchronicities etc… though Bowie is applying a lot of structure to the unstructured. And, of course, Gibson talks about Burroughs quite a bit…