The Rosetta Dream23/1/2013-by Julian Neuer (Listen to a podcast of this story here) “People can be forgiven for overrating language. Words make noise, or sit on a page, for all to hear and see. [But] thoughts are trapped inside the head of the thinker.” Steven Pinker A few hours after N. learns of the archeologists’ discovery, the […]
Confessional Writing1/7/2013-by Julian Neuer I find it easier to write fiction than to write about myself. I admit there is always a little bit of me in the fiction I write, but it is usually just a little, and it is well hidden — when it is a lot, then it is very well hidden — […]
Podcast of “The Rosetta Dream”22/8/2013-I have read my short story “The Rosetta Dream” for an episode of the Hacker Public Radio podcast. You can listen to the episode using the player below or you can visit the HPR web page for the episode. [audio http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps/hpr1336.ogg |titles=The Rosetta Dream |artists=Julian Neuer on HPR |initialvolume=90] Here are the show notes: Julian Neuer […]
Preface to a book of short stories I have yet to finish4/11/2013-by Julian Neuer I don’t know about you, but now that I am turning fifty, some things are starting to make sense to me. (Don’t get me wrong, most of them still don’t. Do they to you? Please send me an email if they do.) I’ve spent my entire life with a strong suspicion that […]
Three SF stories I wish I had written12/11/2013-by Julian Neuer I am no established SF writer — no established writer in any genre, for that matter — but I would like the reviewed authors to take this post as a manifestation of my modest semiprofessional praise. And I invite SF fans to check these stories as humble recommendations from a fellow reader. […]
Der Digitale Planet, from 1998 (audio only, available for download)30/12/2013-Der Digitale Planet was a conference held in 1998, in Germany (I think). Unfortunately, there is very little about it on the web, as a Google search shows. You can find some video (in rm format), but the quality is very low. The speakers were five writers/scientists that I like and admire: Douglas Adams, Richard […]
Leonard Cohen on writing and “slogans”3/6/2014-A 2-minute excerpt from a 2009 interview. LEONARD COHEN: But in writing, if you can discard the slogans that naturally come to you, especially in a highly politicized time, like we are now, with gender politics, and regular politics, and environmental politics, you know, where there’s a good thing to say about everything if you’re […]
Invasion…29/6/2014-Later: Retreat Photograph by Julian Neuer. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Is Science Fiction narrow?1/7/2014-Jon Orwant, from Google Research, introduces author Kim Stanley Robinson and gives us a nice quote from AI pioneer Marvin Minsky comparing Science Fiction and “regular” literature (about 1 minute): Kim Stanley Robinson is currently one of my favorite authors. The first book I read by him was Shaman, a novel about a human tribe in […]
Pecar5/7/2014-por Julian Neuer to sin sin ti (no go) no va no te vayas to sin sin ti (no go) sine qua non sin equa non sin equ anon anon ano n ano nano nan o nan onan oh no to sin sin ti sin […]
…and Retreat21/7/2014-Before: Invasion Photograph by Julian Neuer. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
“Fever” published in Transition Magazine1/9/2014-My short story “Fever” has been published in Canada, in the Summer 2014 issue of Transition Magazine, edited by Ted Dyck. You can read the pdf version here. “Fever” appears on page 26 (print) / page 28 (pdf file).
The Life of the Artist in the Digital Age21/10/2014-by Julian Neuer My fingertips possess fantastic powers. The power to skip and hop over these keys, to form words and sentences, to surprise and amuse readers, even when the readers are just me. The power to slide and dance over this trackpad, to trace lines and shapes, to enlarge and reduce them, to fill […]
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan11/2/2015-Just finished it. Cute little book. I consumed it in two sittings of 5 hours each, pausing to digest it better (not because the reading was hard — it was delightfully easy — but because it deserves to be savored). The review by Cory Doctorow says it is what “The DaVinci Code could be if […]
Time Flies12/2/2015-You’ve heard of it. But have you ever heard of time moths?
Fire Language15/2/2015-(a poem by Ann K. Schwader — original at http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/gallery.php?item=23416) What kindled in that cave were names of things like sparks from stars. Tongues struck against a thought again, & then again, as foxfire quickened in mute amino acids where mutation sang out as hands had not. No innovation of stick or stone or bone, […]
My short story “Fever” published in Transition Magazine21/3/2015- My short story “Fever” was published in Canada, in the Summer 2014 issue of Transition Magazine, edited by Ted Dyck. You can now read it for free here (pdf). There is also an alternative version (with one extra sentence at the end!) that you can read here (pdf)
Four versions of Lennon’s I don’t wanna be a soldier11/5/2015-Very different styles, each one reflecting the spirit of a decade. Cowboy Junkies (2005) Mad Season (1995) John Lennon (1971) The official version from the Imagine album, last track on side A (does anyone ever mention album sides these days?). John Lennon (early take, 1971, with George Harrison)
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami22/11/2015-Done reading. Below is a copy of my review at Goodreads: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami My rating: 4 of 5 stars Murakami is addictive. I’ve read three novels by him in a little over a month: Kafka on the Shore, Wild Sheep Chase and 1Q84. Next in line is Norwegian Wood. I like the way […]
Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami30/11/2015-My review at Goodreads. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami My rating: 5 of 5 stars Murakami’s fiction is delightful, whether he’s writing magical realism or a fake autobiography like this one. His style is the same in both genres: the trippy similes, the rich descriptions, the flights of introspection by the characters, the symbolism. That […]
My translation of Rubel’s O Velho e o Mar12/11/2016-O Velho e o Mar (When you awake inside) Lança o barco contra o mar Venha o vento que vier houver E se virar, nada Pega a mala que couber Vira a estrada sem saber E se perder, calma Beija a boca da mulher Tira a roupa sem pedir E se sorrir, fica Bebe o […]