Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Asimov's loves Matt Hughes's The Commons

And why shouldn't they? It's a terrific book -- and I should know; it was published under my Robert J. Sawyer Books imprint. :)

In the December 2008 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, Peter Heck writes:
Hughes has taken what in other hands might have been just a cute idea and turned it into something considerably richer. His exploration of the various archetypes of the collective unconscious is thought provoking as well as amusing. And Hughes has shown in previous novels that he has a firm grasp of nuanced, witty prose.

The individual episodes of which the novel is made up appeared as short magazine pieces. The concluding episode, “The Helper and his Hero,” was nominated by the members of SFWA for a Nebula for 2007 in the Novella category. Nebula or not—the winners aren’t yet known as this column is being written—Hughes has certainly earned recognition as one of our most accomplished writers.
The full review is online here, and more about The Commons is here.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At November 18, 2008 5:41 PM , Blogger Annie said...

Some really great blogging....but I've been really excited to hear your comments on the historic US election and perhaps a word or two about the late Michael Crichton....

At November 18, 2008 5:44 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Yeah, those sort of happened while I was swamped with other things. I'm thrilled about the election of Obama, and sad to see Crichton go -- I enjoyed his early work very much, and 66 is way too young for anyone to leave us these days.

At November 18, 2008 5:52 PM , Blogger Annie said...

What struck me about the Obama victory was in the age when everything happens in an instant, people were so ecstatic to wait 8 hours or more for something so precious as democracy....and the prominence of cell phones as a recording device that day...I've never seen anything like that on the planet.

At November 18, 2008 5:54 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

I was talking to my mother about this just yesterday (she's an American). Astonishing how much progress can be made in fifty years: from a segregated South in 1958 to a black man elected president in 2008. Very heartening.


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