The Emperor of Gondwanaland: And Other Stories

The Emperor of Gondwanaland: And Other Stories✾ [EPUB] ✶ The Emperor of Gondwanaland: And Other Stories By Paul Di Filippo ❦ – Heartforum.co.uk Paul Di Filippo's fiction spans genres—from cyberpunk to alternative history to extravagantly funny tales involving talking beavers As whimsical as they are intelligent, the eighteen stories gathere Paul Di of Gondwanaland: MOBI õ Filippo's fiction spans genres—from cyberpunk to alternative history to extravagantly funny tales involving talking beavers As whimsical as they are intelligent, the eighteen stories gathered here, each introduced by the author, find strange characters in even stranger circumstances An allaccess pass to Di Filippo's whirlwind imagination, The Emperor of Gondwanaland makes clear why its author is one of the most respected science fiction writers around The man who coined the word ribofunk to describe science fiction with a biogenetic twist, Di Filippo sees into the heart of our times with a vision and creativity that simply The Emperor PDF/EPUB or won't quit The Emperor of Gondwanaland is like a fluid Dalí dreamscape, painted with the deft brushstrokes; a wildly fantastic escape to alternate universes from one of the most imaginative writers around.

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The Emperor of Gondwanaland: And Other Stories ePUB Ã
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Emperor of Gondwanaland: And Other Stories
  • Paul Di Filippo
  • English
  • 02 December 2019
  • 9781560256656

10 thoughts on “The Emperor of Gondwanaland: And Other Stories

  1. Belarius says:

    Paul Di Filippo's The Emperor of Gondwanaland is an extremely eclectic collection of short fiction. Unlike his other collections (which revolve around clear themes), this anthology takes the opposite route, and gives a home to a troupe of stories that normally would never share the same space.

    There can be no question that, among authors, Di Filippo is a mad scientist. While firmly in the camp of speculative fiction, he consistently defies any further categorization, to the point that he routinely produces genre fiction in genres that don't exist yet. The Emperor of Gondwanaland is thick with this intense creativity: Observable Things is described as horsepowerpunk, the American colonial era equivalent of steampunk (a genre that Di Filippo has also contributed extensively to); Bare Market more closely conforms to romantic economic futurism than anything else; Clouds and Cold Fire might be described as post-apocalyptic furry fiction. Even the titular The Emperor of Gondwanaland is not speculative fiction so much as it is conventional fiction about the role of speculative fiction in daily life. In each short piece, Di Filippo is conceiving of entire societies that could just as easily have been the topics of novellas or novels.

    Needless to say, however, this incredible diversity comes with the cost of varying quality. The subtleties of Sysiphus and the Stranger as a biographical sketch run contrary to the ham-handedness of the lugubrious Your Gold Teeth, Pt. 2. The impish, light-hearted mischief of My Adventures with the SPCA must compete with the childish Saturday-morning-cartoon absurdity of The Curious Inventions of Mr. H. With the envelope being pushed this far, it's only natural that it slip of the table from time to time.

    Despite this, this anthology hits a whole lot more often than it misses, and is all the more enjoyable because of its unpredictability. Each story is a genuine surprise, and the author's honest (sometimes apologetic) forwards help to ease the abrupt shifts. Overall, very entertaining.

  2. Spacemummy says:

    When I love di Filippo, I really, really love him. And when he writes like this, I want to gouge my own eyes out. He seems to write a lot of poorly crafted short fiction. Then again, there are the stories in Ribofunk, Lost Pages and the Steampunk Trilogy. Stunning stuff. Ultimately forgivable considering that body of work.

  3. Dave C says:

    Mixed Bag

    I almost gave up on this book after a few stories in the middle bored me to tears. I’m glad I forged on as the stories in the second half of the book were worth the time. Creative, all over the place and quite entertaining are the first words that come to mind that describe them.

  4. Jake says:

    Imagination.

  5. T4ncr3d1 says:

    Per gli amanti della fantascienza a trecentosessanta gradi e dei racconti, questa raccolta di Paul Di Filippo non può che essere un gioiello da custodire gelosamente. Di Filippo, inventore dello steampunk, con questi racconti mostra la vasta varietà di un genere estremamente poliedrico come la fantascienza. Il tutto è rigorosamente dominato da quello spirito metaletterario, con omaggi e rimandi vari, che ha caratterizzato la trilogia-manifesto Steampunk.
    Le sei sezioni in cui si suddivide la raccolta riflettono bene il ventaglio della varietà tematica e stilistica offerta al lettore.
    Introduce la raccolta un racconto giovanile, scelto dall'autore a rappresentanza dei suoi primi lavori, densi di umile omaggio letterario.
    La seconda sezione è probabilmente una delle più audaci: un trittico di racconti che sfida qualunque etichetta e tentativo di classificazione, restituendo un insieme di variopinte visioni fantascientifiche, dalla realtà virtuale a un fantasy-steampunk che usa il personaggio di Solomon Kane ai misteri più profondi che si celano nell'Universo.
    La terza sezione, contenente il racconto raffigurato in copertina, ha un che di gibsoniano (almeno, mi ha ricordato un paio di racconti della raccolta La notte che bruciammo Chrome e, attraverso quest'ultimo, pure Lem e il suo Solaris. Così, geopolitica e sci-fi introspettiva si mescolano al tema del contatto con la vita aliena.
    La sezione successiva è quella che mi è piaciuta di più: quattro racconti squisitamente surreali, con un omaggio a Ballard, Dick e tutta la corrente surrealista novecentesca. Lo stile surreale si accompagna a rielaborazioni originalissime dei più classici temi della fantascienza, ed è così che, per esempio, il tema del viaggio nel tempo viene usato per due brevissimi racconti graziosamente blasfemi e politicamente scorretti: uno contro la religione cristiana e l'altro contro il femminismo.
    A chiudere la raccolta, due sezioni su due grossi temi della sci-fi: l'ucronia, le storie alternative e future, e l'hard sci-fi, che Di Filippo trasforma in iperboli scientifiche.
    Una grande prova di genio e talento, dunque, per un autore che ha fatto della sua poliedricità e dell'omaggio metaletterario il suo marchio di fabbrica. Una raccolta da gustare poco a poco, da assaporare.

  6. Jani says:

    My second collection of Di Filippo stories didn't rise to the heights I experienced with Ribofunk. Than again this is often the case with seconds and this time the more varied material also meant that the focus was a bit less interesting form the go than in the previous that was more suited academically to my interest.

    Still, the collection offered a fine selection of stories all served with the same kinda humour tinged with futuristic speculations mostly of the highest order. Stories like And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon are at the same time inventive and terribly funny; they really entertain while making you think.

  7. Mike says:

    Only a few really good stories, lots of throw away endings.

  8. Mark Stone says:

    The Emporor is imaginative, solid writing that's entertaining, but suffers in execution. This is especially true in how Mutt gets from (shall we say) point A to point B.

  9. Tim says:

    Bio-engineered talking beavers? Who wear sunglasses?

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