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Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente
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Mar 14, 12

Read in March, 2012

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Did you think that Catherynne Valente was a fantasy-only kind of gal? If so, think again. For in ‘Silently and Very Fast’, her novella serialised at Clarkesworld and then published in its entirety by WSFA Press, Valente shows herself more than capable of making the transition to science fiction. And not only does she step firmly and masterfully into this subgenre, but Valente brings her own unique style and perspective to her tale of artificial intelligence, interweaving it with mythological fragments and passages that reflect upon ideas of identity, origins, the relationship between man and machine, and narrative itself: what do the stories we tell about ourselves tell us about ourselves (as it were)? (...)
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