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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: (urth) Uther Uthers
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 10:09:07 -0700

First, I want to chime in agreement for the Ted Chiang collection.
Reading it was like having my head blown off several times with small
weapons fire. Astonishing writing about crazed events.

Second ... If you care to look backwards in time a bit, you might try
James Branch Cabell. His writing is just a wee bit more mannered than
Wolfe's, but quite good, and he was playing with timewalkers and the
logical and illogical consequences thereof before science fiction even
had a name or independent existence . Not all his books are brilliant,
but anything you're likely to come across without haunting antiquarian
shops will be good. A quick scope of Amazon.com shows that his two --
not necessarily "best" but sort of foundational books -- are both in
print from Dover, and available as a twosome deal from Amazon. Oh, yeah.
The titles are FIGURES OF EARTH and JURGEN, the latter of which got
Cabell temporary fame as a cause celebre when it was tried for obscenity
around 1920, and caused him grief forever after because everything he
wrote from then on was compared to it.


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