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Book Review: New Taboos

by John Shirley ISBN: 978-1-60486-761-9 PP: 128 Publisher: PM Press

John Shirley is one of the original “Dread Lords” of Cyberpunk who brought a new noir sensibility to science fiction and Fantasy in the ’90s.

The opening piece, “A State of Imprisonment,” sticks with you. It’s brutal without unnecessary graphic details, kind of like a strong female lead in a politicised, short version of “Prison Break.”

The powerful narrative… Continue reading

Book Review: The Wild Girls

by Ursula Le Guin ISBN: 978-1-60486-403-8 PP: 112 Publisher: PM Press £9.99

With an epic author like Le Guin, I couldn’t help but go straight to her interview with Bisson. It’s solid. The more interviews I read from Bisson in the Outspoken Author series, the more I want to read. Tangent: I hope he and PM Press put an anthology together, and that they include this interview with… Continue reading

Book Review: Antifascism, Sports, Sobriety

by Julius Deutsch, edited & translated by Gabriel Kuhn ISBN: 978-1-62963-154-7 PP: 128 Publisher: PM Press £11.99

This book is too short. All the content is of high and tight quality. Read Kuhn’s introduction and mini-bio of Deutsch and you’ll want to know much, much more about Red Vienna. It’s a crack incisive introduction to the vital, visceral intersectionality of anti-fascism, sports, and sobriety.

Kuhn’s volume offers a… Continue reading

Book Review: Marge Piercy’s My Life, My Body

Author: Marge Piercy Publisher: PM Press/Outspoken Authors ISBN: 978-1-62963-105-9 Pages: 128

This is a highly enjoyable collection of very readable “essays, poems, memoirs, reviews, rants, and railleries.” Mostly non-fiction, it’s strong and political throughout many of the works. I found it refreshing and energising without tedious polemic or finger pointing — the way good politicised critique ought to be.

Powerful: “Gentrification and Its Discontents.” offers a grounded experience and… Continue reading