Monday, October 08, 2007

Spook Country Discussion at SFAW

Recently, it was my privilege to take part in a discussion of William Gibson's Spook Countryhosted by the new Science Fiction Awards Watch. The discussion is between yours truly, noted anthologist Ellen Datlow, Michael Levy of Publishers Weekly and Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column and NPR, and is moderated by the wonderful Cheryl Morgan. I hope you all enjoy it. And, if you do feel free to drop over to this post and comment. Personally, I found Rick Kleffel's opening (and only) salvo the most profound comment on the novel:

"William Gibson’s latest novel, Spook Country, evokes the desolation that we find ourselves immersed in with a skill that is clearly the work of his unconscious. And that unconscious has a rather odd reaction to its isolation; it laughs, or at least it wants to laugh."

9 comments:

dave hutchinson said...

Very interesting discussion, and an interesting forum for discussion.

You may go down in history as the only person ever to namecheck Dorothy Tutin in relation to William Gibson's fiction. ;-)

Lou Anders said...

Surely not. I bet we could play Six Degrees too...

dave hutchinson said...

Six Degrees Of Dorothy Tutin? I'm sure I could manage a round or two of that, if you're up to it...

Lou Anders said...

Well, Tutin was frequently Harold Pinter's leading lady, who also directed Jeremy Irons in the film Betrayal...

dave hutchinson said...

...which also starred Patricia Hodge, who had a continuing role as Phyllida Erskine-Brown in Rumpole Of The Bailey...which starred Leo McKern, who appeared as Gloucester to Laurence Olivier's Lear in the BBC's 1983 production, alongside Dorothy Tutin as Goneril.

Don't just love the IMDB...?

Lou Anders said...

But that just connected Tutin to herself?

dave hutchinson said...

I know; I thought that was rather neat.

Okay. So...Tutin is Pinter's leading lady...Pinter directs Jeremy Irons...who appeared in A Chorus of Disapproval alongside Anthony Hopkins...who appeared in Dracula alongside Keanu Reeves...who starred in Johnny Mnemonic...which was adapted from a story by William Gibson.

I thank you.
*bows, gets on horse, rides out of town.*

Lou Anders said...

Bravo!

dave hutchinson said...

*blush*