30 September 2013

Who mourns for science fiction?


Not me, although there was a time when I took the respect for the genre more to heart. I think there are still followers who keep that fervour. Veteran readers who have invested years reading science fiction and nowadays they find that there's a sort of widespread shame to call it by its name. Now what it's used are descendents or substitutes: all are distopian fantasies, paranormal romances, urban uchronies or any other fancy term invented by marketing. Is what happens in the age of political correctness, hollow but twisted language and the scorn to arts. Maybe François Baranger won't have any qualms to qualify the illustration topping this article —his work Dominium ready to cast off— as what it looks like. On my behalf, perhaps I'm not very worried about the preservation and correct use of the tag science fiction, but I can afford myself to talk about the matter.

5 September 2013

Antigua Vamurta, by Lluís Viñas Marcus


Igor Kutuzov (alias of Lluis Viñas Marcus) was kind to send me the first volume of the Vamurta's saga. It's has been from that... I don't know, more than a year and a half maybe. I read the novel and left me wanting to know about what happened later. The resolution to this intrigue came in march of this year 2013, when the author announced the complete edition of the saga in one tome. Hooray! Or something like that I thought when the email from mister Viñas promoting this work reached me. It was even better that he offered it free for a few days through Amazon and I was quick enought to get one digital copy. Let this review of Antigua Vamurta La Saga Completa be my payment to so many books on the house.