It Was a Dark and Bloggy Night

My latest post at the Blog Gate is up. It’s about sf/f criticism (not Bulwer-Lytton, sadly).

And it looks like I’m going to be late to my first class, so I guess this is the morning I try out those new teleportation skills. (The instructor said that if I paid him in cash they’d start to work right away, so of course I did. I’m no fool.)

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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14 Responses to It Was a Dark and Bloggy Night

  1. shsilver says:

    Despite one rather bad opening line and over-writing from modern standards, Bulwer-Lytton had a very lengthy and successful career.

    • JE says:

      True, but I really don’t like his stuff. I don’t think it’s just a then/now issue, because I read and enjoy lots of 19th C. work. (Of course, I’m not saying anyone who likes Bulwer-Lytton has to not like him on my say-so.)

  2. sboydtaylor says:

    Very cool post! I’ve read a lot of mainstream litcrit, but not a lot of SFF stuff, so you were very elucidating.

    • JE says:

      Thanks! This is really paleolithic stuff nowadays, though. The technical stuff relates to a magazine market whose last remains are disappearing even as we speak (e.g. the imminent demise of RoF). I was going to write a little about that but (a.) I was running long anyway and (b.) it was too depressing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do try not to teleport into a wall. I had to help a friend sort through his molecules once, and I’m pretty sure we didn’t get it 100% correct. He has a tendency to stand in one place for a very long time, and last week in Best Buy he asked me how a this one plasma TV would look on him, even though he never used to wear black. It was spooky.

    • JE says:

      Useful advice! Thanks.

      Somehow this teleport device isn’t quite working as advertised; I may not have attached the navel-electrodes correctly. The tech support page isn’t loading, so I guess I’ll try Wikipedia.

  4. hvond says:

    RotS interview

    Speaking of teleporting, hop on over to your RBE interview at!

    Interesting BG article, too.

  5. burger_eater says:

    That’s an interesting take on books I should probably read but never ever will. Thanks.

    But… how many heaps? 🙂

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