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Geoff Ryman was born in Canada, to a journalist mother and a father in science. It was through his mother that Geoff, when he was eight, had a short story published in the local paper. But it was his father who inspired Geoff with stories of lasers â€“ it was a fascination which was to last. His father was also an artist, a talent which has been passed down to his son.
Geoffâ€™s apprenticeship to writing was long and hard. It was not the writing that was the problem but the imagination. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1963 and perhaps influenced by this city, he wanted to become an actor. In the mid 1970s when he had moved to London he realised that he really wanted to take his writing seriously, and his first short story was sold to New Worlds Ten in 1976.
Geoff Ryman is the award winning author of 253 the worldâ€™s first internet novel, and the cult classics WAS and LUST.
This book is amazing, not like any other I have read. It deals with an archaeological discovery in Cambodia, where an extraordinary book is found, sort of the equivalent of the diary of Alfred the Great being found in England. The book is promptly stolen and the archaeologist who found it is kidnapped. The race to find them, guns and motorbikes in Modern Cambodia, is pure thriller but there is much more. We are given some translated pages from the book which is a great work of philosophy by a famous ancient king, but also we are told his story, growing up in the royal palace with slaves and elephants, vying for power and attention. These parts are pure historical novel. This book crosses many genres and has a wide appeal. Highly recommended.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Amitav Ghosh, Tash Aw, Vikram Chandra.
Geoff Rymanâ€™s writing is at all times highly crafted and deeply evocative, as he skilfully explores the ancient story of Cambodiaâ€™s greatest king, and the heart-rending legacy of Cambodiaâ€™s recent history. As brilliant, innovative and captivating as youâ€™d expect.
Menschen in extremen Situationen ... Darf man seinen eigenen Korper verkaufen, wenn es ums Uberleben geht? Sind im Krieg gegen einen ubermachtigen Feind alle Mittel erlaubt? Lastet die Schuld der Vater auch auf unseren Schultern, und wie sollen wir damit umgehen?Ein visionrer Kurzroman ber die Zukunft der Biotechnologie, die uns lngst eingeholt hat; die Legende eines Kriegers, von dem die Samurai viel lernen knnten; eine kambodschanische Geistergeschichte von allergrter politischer Brisanz Geoff Ryman geleitet uns in diesen sechs Erzhlungen mit geradezu traumwandlerischer Sicherheit in exotische Gefilde, konfrontiert uns mit atemberaubender Schnheit und grenzenlosem Grauen. I Das unbesiegte Land (The Unconquered Country | Interzone, Frhjahr 1984)I Die letzten zehn Jahre im Leben des Helden Kai (The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai | Fantasy & SF, Dezember 2005)I Pol Pots wunderschne Tochter (Pol Pots Beautiful Daughter | Fantasy & SF, Oktober/November 2006)I Aufgehalten (Blocked | Fantasy & SF, Oktober/November 2009)I Herzlichkeit (Warmth | Interzone, Oktober 1995)I Geburtstage (Birth Days | Interzone, April 2003)
Geoff Ryman writes about the other and leaves us dissected in the process. His stories are set in recognizable places--London, Cambodia, tomorrow--and feature men and women caught in recognizable situations (or technologies) and not sure which way to turn. They, we, should obviously choose what's right. But what if that's difficult? What will we do? What we should, or ...? Paradise Tales builds on the success of his most recent novel, The King's Last Song, and on the three Cambodian stories included here, The Last Ten Years of the Hero Kai, Blocked, and the exceedingly-popular Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter. Paradise Tales includes stories selected from the many periods of Ryman's career including Birth Days, Omnisexual, The Film-makers of Mars, and a new story, K is for Kosovo (or, Massimo's Career). To complement this first full-length short story collection, Small Beer Press is reprinting Ryman's backlist: Was, The Child Garden, and a book of four novellas, The Unconquered Countries, with new introductions to continue to build the readership of one of the most fascinating writers exploring the edges of being, gender, science, and fiction. Geoff Ryman is the author of the novels The King's Last Song, The Child Garden, Air (a Clarke and Tiptree Award winner), and The Unconquered Country (a World Fantasy Award winner). Canadian by birth, he has lived in Cambodia and Brazil and now teaches creative writing at the University of Manchester in England.
The discovery of forty reels of a lost 1911 movie adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars, impossibly well-made and yet ineluctably old, is...weird. But for the journalist protagonist of "e;The Film-makers of Mars,"e; that's only the beginning of the weirdness to come...Geoff Ryman's longer works include The Unconquered Country, the novella version of which won the World Fantasy Award in 1985; The Child Garden, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1990; the hypertext novel 253, the "e;print remix"e; of which won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1999; and Air, which won the Arthur C. Clarke and James Tiptree, Jr. Awards in 2006.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
WAS is the story of Dorothy. Orphaned as a child in the 1870s, she goes to live in Kansas with her Aunty Em and Uncle Henry. They face drought and poverty. They face each other. Alone, abused, Dorothy meets an itinerant actor called Frank and inspires a masterpiece. From the settling of the West and the heyday of the Hollwywood studios to the glittering megalopolis of modern Los Angeles, WAS is the story of all our childhoods.
This remarkable novel is about the effects of a new communications technology, Air, that works without power lines or machines. As pervasive technology ensures the rapid spread of pop culture and information access, few corners of the planet remain untouched. One of those few is Kizuldah, Karzistan - a tiny rice-farming village, predominantly Chinese Buddhist but with a strong Muslim presence, among whom sharply intelligent though illiterate Mae Chung, a self-styled fashion expert guiding the village women in dress, make-up and hairstyling, is an informal leader. When the UN decides to test the radical new technology Air, Mae is boiling laundry and chatting with elderly Mrs Tung. The massive surge of Air energy swamps them, and when the test is finished, Mrs Tung is dead, and Mae has absorbed her 90 years of memories. Rocked by the unexpected deaths and disorientation, the UN delays fully implementing Air, but Mae sees at once that her way of life is ending. Half-mad, struggling with information overload, the resentment of much of the village, and a complex family situation, she works fiercely to learn what she needs to ride the tiger of change.
In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people feed off the sun like plants, the young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses, and the Consensus oversees the country, 'treating' non-conformism. Information, culture, law and politics are biological functions. But Milena is different: she is resistant to viruses and an incredible musician, one of the most extraordinary women of her age. This is her story and that of her friends, like Lucy the immortal tumour and Joseph the Postman whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Rolfa, genetically engineered as a Polar Bear, whose beautiful singing voice first awakens Milena to the power of music.
What if you could have sex with anyone in the world?The ultimate fantasy? Or a nightmare of self-discovery? Michael Blasco, a young scientist investigating what happens to the brain during the process of learning, suddenly finds himself on the other end of experimentation. On the way home from his lab one night he runs into Tony, a fitness instructor from his gym who he harbors a crush for, on the same platform waiting for the subway. When Michael imagines Tony naked, a pleasant fantasy to spice up a dull journey home, an extraordinary thing happens: Tony strips then and there on the platform and offers himself to Michael in front of all onlookers. Horrified, Michael flees. But back at his apartment, Tony reappears, as if by magic. And disappears again, when Michael wishes him away. Being a scientist, Michael recognizes an experiment when he sees one, and sets out to test the parameters of his newfound gift. In quick succession he conjures up Billie Holliday, Johnny Weismuller, Daffy Duck, Picasso, Sophia Loren, even his younger self. The world is seemingly there for the taking. But what does Michael really desire? Mad with lust and losing all scientific objectivity, he runs the gamut of his fantasies inventing new lovers and calling up old ones, until, sated and morally bankrupt, he's forced to confront himself. What happens to the heart when it gets everything it desires?From the renowned author of Was and 253 comes a witty, disturbing and intensely erotic fable for the modern age.
A cult classic in the making. 253 is the novel about everyone you've ever met and wished you hadn't or wished you could again. 252 passengers and one driver on the London Underground. They all have their own personal histories, their own thoughts about themselves and their travelling neighbours. And they all have one page devoted to them. Some characters are tragic, some are inspiring, some are mad/proud/foolish/infuriating (delete where appropriate) and some are just like the person near you right now. You'll meet Estelle who's fallen madly in love with Saddam Hussein; James, who anaesthetises sick gorillas for a living; and Who?, a character that doesn't know where, or what, on earth he is. It's a seven-and-a-half minute journey between Embankment and the Elephant & Castle. It's the journey of 253 lifetimes... This is the full text of the celebrated interactive novel that startled the Web when it first went on line. Only it can't crash, the downloading time is quicker and you can read it on the Tube, the train, the bus,, the plane, by foot - even by car, so long as you're not driving.
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