Mazes and the Futility of a Controlled Life: "Thirteen Generations" Reviewed

I am humbled at being read at all  and just about speechless on the handful of occasions when people have publicly shared their thoughts on things I've written. I've realized (probably a bit later than most people) that being a reader is really is a type of co-conspirator to text. To describe it in the loose-analogy of film-making: If a writer is providing a script then the reader must provide the rest of the production to create the particular experience in their mind: Actors, sets, camera-angles, CGI effects and other post-production, etc. It is the most flattering thing to be read and yet, one can never take too much credit for someone else's good experience in reading as they've obviously brought something special to the transaction themselves.

Derek Newman-Stille's pensive and insightful review of "Thirteen Generations" at Speculating Canada has me in such place. His piece "Mazes and the Futility of a Controlled Life" leads me to thinking about aspects of the story in ways I hadn't fully considered. I think he may understand this story better than me.

"Thirteen Generations" is up at AE: Science Fiction Review.