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Book Title: Alien Accounts|
The author of the book: John Sladek
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 659 KB
Date of issue: 1982
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Read full description of the books Alien Accounts:The best short story collection by one of my favourite writers.
Sladek is (in my opinion) one of the finest SF writers who ever lived, comparable to Lem, Aldiss, Ballard, Vonnegut... Actually he is even better than Vonnegut, despite the superficial similarities between certain aspects of their styles (these similarities tend to be over-stressed by critics). For one thing, Sladek's irony is darker and more technically astute, his humour more complicated, his situations much more bizarre. But comparisons are odious, we all know that; so let's just say that Sladek was a genius and an underrated one. Alien Accounts frames its component stories with Kafkaesque absurdity. If there is a common theme to all (or most) of these tales it is the utter nightmarishness of modern office and commercial life.
The collection opens with the brilliantly offbeat 'Masterson and the Clerks' and concludes with the even more brilliantly offbeat 'The Communicants'. Both are extended novelettes, dense with extraordinary logical and illogical invention, unique witticisms, wordplay, paradoxes, subplots that would fuel entire novels of other authors. They are substantially important works of science fiction, simultaneously satirizing and contributing to the genre. These masterpieces are bolstered by stories that are absurd fake forms, blank for the reader to fill in, except that they are impossible to fill in correctly. They are Kafkaesque blueprints.
The other stories in the collection are also very important. 'Scenes from the Country of the Blind' is one of the most ingenious pseudoscience debunking tales I have read. 'The Interstate' is a superb bus-centred infinite road trip with a relentlessly grotesque consumer society background... Sladek deserves to be much better known than he is. His work consistently challenged lazy thinking and simplistic tropes, and it did so in an enormously entertaining, stylish and informative manner.
Read information about the authorJohn Thomas Sladek was an American science fiction author, known for his satirical and surreal novels.
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