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Embracing the Strange
In early 2012, Jason Erik Lundberg was asked to deliver a plenary talk to Singapore's best and brightest young creative writers. He chose to speak about the extraordinary impact of speculative fiction on every facet of his life, from childhood to the birth of his daughter, and beyond. This talk was expanded, and integrated with a multi-part short story about a brave little ...more
Chapbook, 92 pages
Published September 2013 by Math Paper Press
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I can identify with a fellow geek as someone who also got his sci-fi awakening through Asimov (for me, his short stories). The structure of the book is a non-fictional speech interspersed with a short speculative story by him. I found the story less interesting and engaging then his own recollection of his life experiences - the latter was nice to read about. The short short stories in the epilogue were also pretty good. A nice short read for the train rides.
The "rah rah write" speech is well-written with some interesting pieces of advice, while the addition of the entwining story actually detracts from the overall power of Jason's words. The two works taken separately could work quite well, but the mash of them together comes across as haphazard.
Jason Erik Lundberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author of books for adults—including Red Dot Irreal (2011), The Alchemy of Happiness (2012), Strange Mammals (2013) and Embracing the Strange (2013); books for children—the six-book Bo Bo and Cha Cha picture book series (2012–2015) and Carol the Coral (2016); and ...more