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Emperor of Gondwanaland

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“[Di Filippo] channelsurfs postmodern apocalypse brilliantly.” —Jonathan LethemYou can try to escape from the mundane, or with the help of Paul Di Filippo, you can take a brief, meaningful break from it. In the vein of George Saunders or Michael Chabon, Di Filippo uses the tools of science fiction and the surreal to take a deep, richly felt look at humanity. His brand of ...more
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Published April 1st 2014 by Open Road Media (first published 2005)
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Jan 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fictional Speculators
Paul Di Filippo's "The Emperor of Gondwanaland" is an extremely eclectic collection of short fiction. Unlike his other collections (which revolve around clear themes), this anthology takes the opposite route, and gives a home to a troupe of stories that normally would never share the same space.

There can be no question that, among authors, Di Filippo is a mad scientist. While firmly in the camp of "speculative fiction," he consistently defies any further categorization, to the point that he
Nov 03, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore filippo heads
When I love di Filippo, I really, really love him. And when he writes like this, I want to gouge my own eyes out. He seems to write a lot of poorly crafted short fiction. Then again, there are the stories in Ribofunk, Lost Pages and the Steampunk Trilogy. Stunning stuff. Ultimately forgivable considering that body of work.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per gli amanti della fantascienza a trecentosessanta gradi e dei racconti, questa raccolta di Paul Di Filippo non può che essere un gioiello da custodire gelosamente. Di Filippo, "inventore" dello steampunk, con questi racconti mostra la vasta varietà di un genere estremamente poliedrico come la fantascienza. Il tutto è rigorosamente dominato da quello spirito metaletterario, con omaggi e rimandi vari, che ha caratterizzato la trilogia-manifesto Steampunk.
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Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second collection of Di Filippo stories didn't rise to the heights I experienced with Ribofunk. Than again this is often the case with seconds and this time the more varied material also meant that the focus was a bit less interesting form the go than in the previous that was more suited academically to my interest.

Still, the collection offered a fine selection of stories all served with the same kinda humour tinged with futuristic speculations mostly of the highest order. Stories like "And
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only a few really good stories, lots of throw away endings.
Mark Stone
The Emporor is imaginative, solid writing that's entertaining, but suffers in execution. This is especially true in how Mutt gets from (shall we say) point A to point B.
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Paul Di Filippo is the author of hundreds of short stories, some of which have been collected in these widely-praised collections: The Steampunk Trilogy, Ribofunk, Fractal Paisleys, Lost Pages, Little Doors, Strange Trades, Babylon Sisters, and his multiple-award-nominated novella, A Year in the Linear City. Another earlier collection, Destroy All Brains, was published by Pirate Writings, but is ...more