12 replies on “2002 Hugos announced”

  1. philou says:

    american gods
    Now I am truly disgusted.
    Science fiction is now also polluted.

    AMERICAN GODS
    “a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit.”

    I bet it has a cover of someone in front of a US flag with a brave look on his/her face.

    does anyone else have nausea ?

    • fiziko says:

      Re: american gods

      AMERICAN GODS
      “a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story
      wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit.”

      I bet it has a cover of someone in front of a US flag with
      a brave look on his/her face.

      The cover is an empty highway in a
      rainstorm. As for the rest, the publicity description may
      be designed to cash in on the pro-American sentiment among
      the target market. I’ll reserve judgement on the actual
      content until I read it. (I’ve got a copy, but haven’t
      gotten around to reading it.)

      • philou says:

        Re: american gods
        Yes, I agree, the interior might be better than the title.

        The problem for Brits or english speakers outside the US is the (too?) obvious title.

        I am just worried that North american science fiction might crawl into it’s navel, that would be a great shame.

        • YaRness says:

          Re: american gods
          seriously, just read the book. that’ll clear it up for you. this is a guy that cowrote a book with terry pratchet (i forget the title, but the book was hilarious).

          read about it here on neil’s site.

    • dkichline says:

      Re: american gods

      Now I am truly disgusted.
      Science fiction is now also polluted.

      AMERICAN GODS
      “a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit.”

      I bet it has a cover of someone in front of a US flag with a brave look on his/her face.

      does anyone else have nausea ?

      • dkichline says:

        Re: american gods
        Not sure what happened to my comments above…

        Anyway what I was trying to say is that having read the book already the description is accurate. The book does revolve around the American Spirit. Do not get bogged down by the marketspeak.

        Now I am truly disgusted.
        Science fiction is now also polluted.

        AMERICAN GODS
        “a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit.”

        I bet it has a cover of someone in front of a US flag with a brave look on his/her face.

        does anyone else have nausea ?

    • Ntolnry says:

      Re: american gods

      Now I am truly disgusted.
      Science fiction is now also polluted.

      AMERICAN GODS
      “a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit.”

      I bet it has a cover of someone in front of a US flag with a brave look on his/her face.

      does anyone else have nausea ?

      Ah, an excellent troll. But I’ll reply anyways.

      It’s a sad thing that you couldn’t even be bothered to check what the cover looked like before you posted. It’s not that hard. You don’t even have to stand up for it. You just have to go to Amazon. You probably didn’t even consider that the book was written and published well before September 11.

      As someone else mentioned, although the description of the book is entirely accurate, it’s not at all what you’re thinking.

      There’s never once mentioned patriotism in the book. That’s not what they mean by American Spirit. It’s about the distinctive nature of a country that’s a patchwork of other systems of beliefs, and how those beliefs create and sustain gods in the land. How magic is fundamentally the same and different in America compared to, say, Europe or Africa.

      The interesting thing is the thought that Science Fiction can somehow become polluted. Like it’s this mythical source of pure art that can’t be tainted with such mundane things as the feelings of a group of people or reflections of what’s happening in the world.

      But it’s good that you have the capacity to make an instant and incorrect judgment about something which you know almost nothing. It gives me faith in people. Very adaptable, people are. Good for survival. Not as good for literary and social criticism.

      =Brian

      • Thornae says:

        Re: american gods
        Well said, and quite rightly too. I’d just like to add an observation that “a deep examination of the American spirit” doesn’t have to be all about flag waving and jingoism – and rarely is, in fact. Further, outside observers of American culture may find such examinations equally as worthwhile as Americans themselves. For an excellent example, try Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins. It’s a glorious dark look into the light and dark of American spirit. BTW, IANAA.

    • Jiyuu says:

      Re: american gods

      Now I am truly disgusted.
      Science fiction is now also polluted.

      AMERICAN GODS
      “a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit.”

      I bet it has a cover of someone in front of a US flag with a brave look on his/her face.

      does anyone else have nausea ?

      PS. You DO realize Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a novel about an attempt to find the American Dream, right?

  2. dkichline says:

    Not a bad read
    It really was a pretty good book. I did not know anything about the book when I bought it. All I new was the he had written the Sandman Comics that I loved. It was a wierd sort of read, but entertaining.

  3. Jiyuu says:

    Neil Gaiman? American propeganda? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    Read some of Gaiman’s work before you start labeling him. Neil Gaiman has been writing science fiction and fantasy since 1985 at least when he started writing the sucessful comic book Sandman for DC’s adult-oriented Vertigo line. Sandman has won so many awards it would take up my whole post repeating them all. Gaiman has also written Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, which has also won awards. Then there’s Stardust, a fairy tale for adults. Neverwhere is a fucking BRILLIANT novel about an underground fantasy world in London. And American Gods…you know, if anyone’d bothered to read a summery of the book rather than a tagline, they’d know that the book is about a man named Shadow who escapes from prison only to join up with ODIN…you know, Norse god…Shadow goes on a road trip around the country in an attempt to round up all the gods hiding in America. Hence, American Gods. Bunch of knee-jerking fanboys, the lot of you.

    • theangrymob says:

      Re: Neil Gaiman? American propeganda? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

      Bunch of knee-jerking fanboys, the lot of you.

      But how do you really feel?

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