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Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 14:51:42 +1000 (EST)
From: David Duffy 
Subject: (urth) Watson and Wolfe

On Sun, 20 Apr 2003 Adam Stephanides  wrote:

> I've only read a little Ian Watson, and didn't like him, but there is a
> superficial similarity between him and Wolfe.=A0 They're both "cerebral"
> and "literary" authors, though my memory of Watson is that his stuff
> really is empty of emotion.=A0 Incidentally, I once read an article by
> Watson criticizing SotT because the protagonist was a torturer;
> something about making it seem that torturers weren't really so bad,
> iirc (but don't quote me).
Was it possibly a review in Foundation, comparing Donaldson's _The One
Tree_ with _The Sword of the Lictor_ (both out at that time)?  As I
remember that article, the reviewer found Wolfe impressive but cool,
while Donaldson semed to cared more about his characters and their
dilemmas and so moved more.  Despite shortcomings, Short Sun _is_ less=20
cool, I think. =20

I quite like Watson, but the main similarity with Wolfe is that his work
is intellectual and aimed at adults.  I would be curious to see what
Wolfe would have done with _The Gardens of Delight_ ;)

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