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Odd Corners: The Slip-Stream World of William Hjortsberg

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In 1971, when William Hjortsberg first published Gray Matters, reviewers mentioned Borges. And in 1972 came Symbiography, a novella about a man who dreams for a living. He is, in fact, a best-selling dreamer. Before "Mad Max" (1979) and Neuromancer (1984), back in the days when reality was either "real" or chemical, Hjortsberg sat about to create a post-holocaust fiction, ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Counterpoint
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Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't generally like science fiction, but I was feeling too anxious to read Information Anxiety 2 and read this. I read the whole thing, which is saying a lot since I usually drift away mid-book for these kinds of things. I found the bus stop to be the best place to read it, lending enough background noise to help me suppress any nagging plot criticisms that always accompany science fiction plots.
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This was a pretty good sci-fi read. Dystopias and everything. Consists of two short stories and one longer story (the longer one is probably the best of the three).
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William Hjortsberg was an acclaimed author of novels and screenplays. Born in New York City, he attended college at Dartmouth and spent a year at the Yale School of Drama before leaving to become a writer. For the next few years he lived in the Caribbean and Europe, writing two unpublished novels, the second of which earned him a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University.

When his fellowsh
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