By Larry McCaffery
Smooth technology fiction writers inhabit a land a long way faraway from the conveniently wide-spread nation-states of E.T. and megastar Wars. Lurking the following within the suburbs of literature are essentially the most clever, fiercely innovative, and outrageous writing skills at paintings at the present time. around the Wounded Galaxies probes the minds and psyches of 10 writers whose works have had an important impact at the evolution of the style over the last quarter-century. As Larry McCaffery places it, "While SF authors were sifting via widespread SF components and gaining knowledge of new complexities and syntheses, they've got additionally been boldly exploring literary terrain the place no authors have long past before."
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I've been meaning to go down there and look at it. LM: That's like your analogy of the fish inventing an aquarium it can take up onto land. wB: Sure, that's exatly what it is-a giant aquarium. And there are so many technical difficulties involved. They've got a lot to think about: temperature control and all that, sewagedisposal. JM: As far as you know, is any serious researchbeing done in the other direction-things like astral projection? wB: I don't think so. Of course, Bob Monroe, who wrote Journeysout of the Body, is still experimenting down in Afton, Virginia; he's got machinesto facilitate leaving the body, I think.
He's the greatestnovelist who ever lived, far and away. You can see a lot of Conrad in my recent work. And Graham Greene,too. LM: After spending all that time in placeslike London, New York, Paris,and Tangier,what made you decideto move to Lawrence,Kansas? WB: Out of all the questionsin the world, I've been askedthat one so many times recently that I'm sick of it. Well, things just don't work that way. James Grauerholz was living in Lawrence, and I had visited there severaltimes. I'd looked at Boulder as a possibility, and I decided I didn't want to live there.
Burroughs 33 evolution of SF-has been his thematic preoccupation with reality-asfilm, drug addiction, information control, and the technological/biological/psychologicalmanipulation of people who have grown addicted to words, images,sex, and other thanatological substances. The human tendency to control and destroy others for greedand sexualgratification; the ongoing human need to resistthe destructive impulses of others and themselves;a common search for somemeansby which to transcendour personal,biological extinctionthese and many other timeless issuesare examined in a body of work that is "science fictional" in the tradition of Jonathan Swift.