Posted by : August 31, 1998
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Dinner with Peter F. Hamilton
Fourteen of us took author Peter F. Hamilton out to dinner at Chuy’s on Barton Springs. The food was good (Peter had the Elvis Presley Memorial Dinner), and conversation was lively. We only talked to Peter about his work a little, since he’d discussed it at length at the just-concluded ArmadilloCon. He did mention that the supernatural elements in his space opera novels weren’t influenced by the work of horror novelists like King and Barker. Rather, he was inspired by a Bob Shaw novel entitled The Palace of Eternity, which featured a rare intermingling of supernatural and SF elements. Most of the rest of the conversation was devoted to recapping gossip from the recent ArmadilloCon, particularly the romantic escapades of a local writer. We all had an excellent time, and hope to have another dinner with an author soon.
– A. T. Campbell, III
Posted by : August 18, 1998
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Black Wine by Candas Jane Dorsey
Eight people (six women and two men) showed up at Adventures in Crime & Space to discuss Black Wine, a recent winner of the Tiptree Award. One of the attendees was a newcomer to our group, and two others were back for a second time. Black Wine is a surreal, complex novel with several interweaving plot threads featuring female protagonists. The story explores the relationship between a language and those who use it, alternate family structures, alternate sexuality, slavery, mental illness, and an evil grandmother. It is difficult (and probably meaningless) to classify the genre of the book as SF or fantasy since neither technology nor magic is used much, and the setting of the tale is described sketchily.
We all found Dorsey’s prose readable and were able to finish the book. We appreciated the author’s willingness to tackle new subject matter and use an ambitious storytelling style. The development of power relationships within the society was interesting. We felt that the scenes of graphic sex were integral to