Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions
Acclaimed author and critic Hal Duncan turns his analytic eye towards the development and current state of speculative fiction in the pages of Rhapsody. Duncan's trademark wry humor and suffer-no-fools approach to critiquing the genre will make this book more than a resource for students of the field — anyone who enjoys reading tales of the fantastical and strange can find Duncan's insight worthwhile to read again and again.
"Rhapsody, though it is Duncan's first
long-form critical work, is a strong and elegant - and sometimes wickedly
crass - project, complexly argued and incisive while also managing to
remain eminently readable and engaging." — Brit Mandelo for Tor.com
"Hal Duncan's Rhapsody is a quicksilver journey through the aesthetic consciousness of one of our most passionate and insightful masters of the form. This book will rightly take its place with Disch's The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of as a seminal critical text of speculative fiction." — Will Ludwigsen, author of In Search Of and Others
Hal Duncan is a Scottish science fiction and fantasy writer based in Glasgow. A graduate of Glasgow University, his first book, Vellum, about a war between heaven and hell, was released in 2005. It has since been translated into several other languages and nominated to the World Fantasy Award and Locus Award. Ink, the follow up, was released in 2007.
Picture: Hal Duncan in Polcon 2007. Photo by Szymon Sokół. Source: Wikimedia Commons.