William Gibson’s Neuromancer

The new Penguin Galaxy series is a collection of six hardcover science fiction classics:  T. H. White’s The Once and Future King, Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001:  A Space Odyssey, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, & William Gibson’s Neuromancer.  These beautifully-designed books […]

Why Read SF Classics? George R. R. Martin, The Critics, & Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

Genre fiction is popular, but it is still not quite the thing among the literati.   In order of acceptability, we have (a) mysteries, (b) historical fiction, (c) SF, and (d) romance. SF is the most daring of the genres, but has long been considered a bastard child of literature, perhaps because it depends on “world-building” […]

Mirabile Does Genre Fiction: Historical Novels, Science Fiction, &Jonathan Lethem’s Brilliant Amnesia Moon

Are you ready? A quick blog. 7:45 p.m. I love genre fiction. It all started when my friend, Maya, a former librarian who went back to school in classics, recommended Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. As a librarian, she had had a lot of free time, and science fiction was her […]

Mirabile Recommends: Books for Both Genders

“Reading books by men exhausts me,” I told my husband crossly. I am in the middle of Dave Eggers’ Hologram for the King, a beautifully-crafted novel about a failed Schwinn bicycle salesman/executive turned IT  salesman in Saudi Arabia; he spends his days waiting for a meeting with the king in a city barely under construction. […]