September 11, 2014

Chasing Tale [9/11/14]: Margaret Atwood and the Future Imperfect

You probably already know the deal, but if not here is a handy link. Don't want to click it? Fine. An artist has been afforded a plot of land in Oslo, Norway, upon which she has planted a thousand tree saplings. In one hundred years, the trees will be cut and turned into paper, upon which a series of original works by various authors will be printed for the very first time. The first author slated to submit an original manuscript is Margaret Atwood.


There are so many presumptions bundled with this project I don't even know where to begin. Let's stick with the authors. Margaret Atwood is a great writer, but is she going to be relevant in the year 2114? Awfully optimistic, and that goes for all of the authors to be announced with this project.

I try to imagine how we, you and me in this century, would react to news that a vault has just been opened and the works of authors from a century ago will soon be published for the very first time. And published in the manner that was in fashion a century ago. Sounds neat, right? Although, like me, you probably have a certain level of expectation as to who those authors will be. Names like Walt Whitman, James Joyce, or even H.G. Wells might spring to mind. But what if the artist who set this whole thing up in 1914 had other ideas?

As an aside, I'd also like to mention that 1914 was one of the rare years in which no one was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Not one.

What if the hypothetical trove of books from 1914 was penned by famous authors of the time that just aren't as universally beloved as they were back then? I don't hear the names Anatole France or Elinor Glyn bandied about that often. But I'm not a historian or member of the literati, so my ignorance must be excused. I just can't help but wonder who, if anyone in 2114, will care to hear news that there is about to be a brand new Margaret Atwood novel published?

The reactions may range from "Who was Margaret Atwood?" to "What is a book?" to "Oh my god, why are you cutting down those trees? We have so few left!"

Anyway, I'm much more concerned with books that are being published now. Like these that have recently found their way onto my bookshelves.

The Codebreakers: Beta by Colin F. Barnes - This used to be called Assembly Code, the second book in Colin's Techxorcist trilogy, but I guess it's had a little touch-up done in the presentation department. Oh well, I'm sure the quality has only improved.

The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher - While on Goodreads, this novel came up as a recommendation for my weird western shelf. For a couple of bucks, I thought I would add it to the proverbial pile. It certainly has some good reviews behind it.

Fistful of Reefer by David Mark Brown - This weird western caught my eye with its snazzy cover and title. It's only a couple bucks on Kindle, but I managed to find it free on Kobo. Yee-hah!

Girl of Great Price by Milo James Fowler - Here's an advance review copy for a new one from Milo that's due out at the start of October.

Operation: Ice Bat edited by Brian Keene - This is an anthology set up to benefit someone. I forget who, quite honestly. I assume, given the slug-like pace of healthcare reform in America, an author is in dire straits with medical bills. There are certainly enough who could use every bit of help they can get. And I get a book, so hurray.

Red Cells by Jeffrey Thomas - Here's a releae from DarkFuse, one that cuaght my eye when it first came out, but I kind of let it slip under the radar. I saw it only three bucks or so on the Kindle Store, so I figured I'd scoop it up.

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