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The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
Author Roger Williams
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher Kuro5hin, Lulu
Publication date 2002
The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is a 1994 novella by Roger Williams. It deals with the ramifications of a powerful, superintelligent supercomputer that discovers a method of rewriting the "BIOS" of reality while studying a little known quirk of quantum physics discovered during the prototyping of its own specialised processors, ultimately heralding a technological singularity. After remaining unpublished for years, the novel was published online in 2002, hosted by Kuro5hin; Williams later published a print edition via print-on-demand publisher Lulu. One reviewer called the novel "a well-written and very creative, if flawed, piece of work" and ranked it as one of the more important works of fiction to deal with the idea of a technological singularity.
The Secret Commonwealth
of Elves, Fauns and Fairies
by Robert Kirk and Andrew Lang
A Child's Garden of Venery
Monday, Jan. 20, 1958
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The kind of impassioned prattle that made Franchise Sagan a sensation at 18 and a bestselling bore at 22 continues to infect young girl writers. Two current examples of vernal volubility, each the work of a 14-year-old:
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* Random: Better Than Being There
* Tough Subjects and Teens
BEAU CLOWN, by Berthe Grimault (188 pp.; Rinehart; $3), a crawling compost heap of a novel, accepts as normal and comical the sort of horror about which seamy-side Novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline wrote with fascination. Author Grimault describes a degenerate clan of French peasants and the flotsam that fetches up at their farm—two prostitutes, four U.S. Negro soldiers foraging for sex, and a netful of AWOL lunatics, including a gently demented old clown and a bloody-nailed slug named Chopper (he is obsessed with decapitation). When Chopper is gored by a huge white bull, a litter of bare-bottomed children worry his body like jackal pups, then lose interest while a pig nuzzles the corpse. The narrator, a young farm girl, tumbles through her tale with savage glee, takes a sorrowful tone only when relating that, although old enough (14), she is not big enough (4 ft. 3 in.) to attract the soldiers' interest.
Tiny (4 ft. 8 in.) Author Grimault, herself a French farm girl, groups her rush of words well in short, clear sentences. Despite the repulsive midden from her imagination, there is a kind of dirty-faced innocence about the book, and an undeniable storytelling ability. Half-illiterate when she wrote the novel, Berthe Grimault had help from a village postmaster who barbered the grammar, laundered the sex. Currently, a proper laundering is in process: at the Grove, a British finishing school, the staff is trying to get Berthe to behave as if she
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China Miéville's top 10 weird fiction books
* guardian.co.uk, Thursday 16 May 2002 00.00 BST
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China Miéville is the author of King Rat and Perdido Street Station, which won the Arthur C Clarke Award 2001 and the British Fantasy Award 2001. His latest novel, The Scar, is a seaborne fantasy.
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"I don't think you can distinguish science fiction, fantasy and horror with any rigour, as the writers around the magazine Weird Tales early in the last century (Lovecraft in particular) illustrated most sharply. So I use the term 'weird fiction' for all fantastic literature - fantasy, SF, horror and all the stuff that won't fit neatly into slots. Any list of favourites is subject to regular rapid change, of course, so what's here is just a fast-frozen moment."
In no particular order...
1. The Course of the Heart by M John Harrison
A towering genius of modern fiction. That he's not won the Booker proves the bankruptcy and back-slapping generic snobbery of the literary establishment. I nearly chose his seminal Viriconium sequence, but this unforgiving story of gnosticism and loneliness worries and worries at me like a dog, so I gave in and picked it, scared.
2. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The trilogy, not just the second volume, of course. Somehow this manages to be both rich and austere at the same time - the sense is of vastness, but of unbearable claustrophobia, too. The egregious BBC adaptation turned it into an Augustan costume romp and stripped out all the shadows and all the dust. Philistines.
3. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Not very original to choose an Alice book, but they loom so large in my head it would have been a lie not to. Both are magnificent, but this is the darker and stranger.
4. The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells
Jorge Luis Borges called this book "an atrocious miracle" and he's bloody right. Short, cold, economic and totally unrelenting. An utterly t
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As a rhetorical mode, description is not often used as the primary method of development. We usually think of description as something that helps other rhetorical modes: for example, in a narrative essay, description can make the setting or characters more vivid. In an analysis, description can help us highlight the essential differences between two items we are discussing. However, it is possible to use description as the primary method of development for an essay