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I love your work! Me and a few piers are doing our junior research papers on analyzing your short stories. I personally chose your story because i have an passionate love for Science fiction and Fantasy novels, reading is my guilty pleasure So write on cause your work is continually appreciated and loved by many. Congrats on your many awards and recognitions!
Thank you, Gabrielle. I hope my work can continue to please you in the future. And please e-mail me a copy of your research paper when you’re done. (For anyone reading this, Gabrielle wrpte me privately to ask about the creation of my 2008 Hugo nominee, “Distant Replay”, which was actually inspired by a Frank Sinatra song — “Where or When” — that was playing while I was writing a different story.)
I was garage sailing a few months back when I found a copy of Santiago, for a mere 15 cents. The cover, back, and most of the publishing pages were missing, and after tearing through such a fantastic story, I was left in the dark as to who composed such a great tale. Subsequent googling of the title left me with no results, and I was afraid I would never find out who wrote what is now one of my favorite books.
I’m happy to say that a friend, who is also a very big fan of yours, told me about some of your works. He was particularly animated about Buntline, as we both love westerns (particularly weird-westerns). I decided to research you a bit, and was surprised to find my beloved Santiago listed under your works.
I’m very excited that my mystery is now solved and that I’m looking forward to reading the more of your stories. You’ve taken the spot of favorite author in my book.
Hope you like the Weird Westerns, and there -is- a sequel to SANTIAGO that came out 17 years later: THE RETURN OF SANTIAGO.
I just finished reading Starship series, and I fell in love with it. Is there any possibility to buy chronologically books from 1885 A.D. “The Hunter” (Ivory)? I only saw E-Books on internet etc, but its not the same…
A number of those are out of print, so you’re not going to find them at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If you feel you have to have them in paper rather than electronic form, you might try the two biggest used-book dealers on the internet —
http://www.abebooks.com and http://www.bookfinder.com
Also, when you see something in the chronology llike “The Hunter” (Ivory), the title in quotes is a story or a chapter,
and the title in parentheses is the title of the book in which it appears.
Recently started reading on Audible the starship series. In the second book(pirates) there is a passing reference to a fence by the name of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar.
As an ex rugby player this took me back 50 years and to my astonishment I found I was able to remember the first 2 verses of the story. The reference probably meant nothing to much of your North American audience but it had me chuckling for a long time and recalling days of yore!
Thanks for the memories.
Firstly I want apologist for my poor English. I got to know yours works on a series of starship. (I read it five times), now I search for rest of yours books in my country. I wish to ask you something:
– The Starship series has been written in such an incredibly cinematic climate. It’s any chance to see it in big screen?
– Do you have any novels that tell the story after Flagship. I try to find books, stories which I find in Chronology (annex 3)
– And could you invent more games sir? I am playing with my friends in bilsang, every saturday. (beter than poker).
Thank you for your time sir.
Hi, Konrad —
No, the series ends with Flagship. The books are currently under option to Jupiter 9 Films, but in truth being optioned just lowers the odds of becoming a movie from a million-to-one to perhaps 100-to-1. I have no current plans to write any more books in the series…but that could always change, depending on how much a publisher nags and how much he offers.
I just wanted to let you know how much i enjoy reading all your works and that one of my most favorite books is redbeard! i love it so much my friends and i have always wondered when it was going to be made into a movie ? i was sad when i searched for an extra copy that i couldnt find one i wanted to share it with every one. you are truly a wonderful writer and i wish you much more success ronda
I’m glad you enjoyed it. I must confess that it is one of my least favorite of my own books. I wrote it literally 45 years ago, and I’d like to think I’m 45 years better now.
I am a student of literature from Germany and was recommended “Kirinyaga” by one of my Professors. It was a marvelous read, and currently I am writing a paper on it.
The dedication says it was your “finest work”. That was back in 1998, and I wonder, would you still agree with this? And how would you judge the follow-up, Kilimanjaro, from 2008?
Thanks for your time : )
I hope you’ll send me an English translation of your paper when it’s done.
As for the declaration that KIRINYAGA was my finest work, well, it was true then and now…in a way. Which is to say it’s my most-awarded work, with 67 major and minor awards and nominations, and still acquiring the occasional one. So in that respect it’s my finest work.
But I have some individual stories I think are better, and certainly I have books that have sold better. I would imagine that worldwide SANTIAGO has outsold KIRINYAGA twenty-to-one, for example. I’ve had an individual story — “Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge” — win more awards than any of the individual stories that make up KIRINYAGA.
And then there’s the matter of the author’s taste. Mt favorite of my novels is THE OUTPOST, which sank like a stone compared to SANTIAGO -or- KIRINYAGA. I’ve won Hugos for 3 short stories — “Kirinyaga”, “The 43 Antarean Dynasties”, and “Travels With My Cats” — and I’m proud of all of them, but personally I prefer my short stories “A Princess of Earth” and “Down Memory Lane.”
And of course if you ask me tomorrow I’ll probably have changed my mind a couple of times by then.
In regard to your question about KILIMANJARO, I think it’s a very nice companion piece to KIRINYAGA. If it’s not quite as deep or complex, that’s because it’s set in the same milieu a century later, and it makes the point more than once that the people of Kilimanjaro have learned from (some of) Kirinyaga’s mistakes. Someday, if Subterranean Press nags me enough, I’ll probably write a third part to the saga…but not too soon: my writing schedule’s as heavy as ever, and now I’m editing Galaxy’s Edge magazine and the Stellar Guild line of books as well.
Well, the translation won’t be necessary since it is already in English : ) The prospect of having you read it hopefully adds to my motivation – writing on Easter Day, for example, is a good start.
I was also under the impression that Kilimanjaro was not as complex as the Kirinyaga stories, which probably has to do with the narrator. I usually agreed with him and his actions, which is a clear drawback compared to Koriba. This deprived me of these moments of gasping, of mentally crying out: “How can you possibly…!” I can hardly recall any other book that did this to me, maybe Nabokov’s Lolita.
I have also read “Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge” and loved it, thanks for the other recommendations.
Koriba was a unique invention — an entire book narrated by a bright, decent, moral man who was also a fanatic and dead wrong — and I couldn’t see any sense duplicating that approach in KILIMANJARO.
In fact, and I tried not to state it too directly but to let the reader come to the conclusion on his own, the very thing that defeated Koriba — that societies evolve, and that if you have a Utopia today, it almost certainly won’t be one tomorrow — is what Kilimanjaro will view as its role model.
Greetings Mr. Resnick,
Your stories are amazing and timeless! I have only read (about 10times really) an excerpt from one of your book in the anthology Decades of Science Fiction ( For I have touched the sun) and having recently(today) discovered a list of your other books, they have become my science fiction collection must-have. I guess I have touched the sun in that way.
Like Edward in Kirinyaga, I (I’m a Kenyan) have to put aside the idea of tribe , if only for a moment, and strive towards being Kenyan. It’s the new mantra. It would be interesting to see how things turned out in 2123!
Thanks for a great read. Looking forward to reading the rest of your collection.
All Kenyan, all the time (borrowed slogan of a local tv station)
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your ‘Hothouse Flowers’ story. As a result, I’ve just ordered Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight on Amazon in paperback. I’m planning on acquiring an ebook reader soon. So hopefully then, I can get your stuff direct from your site.
When I read ‘Hothouse Flowers’, the sci-fi mag it came in also contained a Resnick interview. I read it with interest. If I remember correctly, amongst other topics, you spoke about sci-fi addressing the human condition. I then happened to watch Asimov on a Youtube interview last night. He spoke about John Campbell and the sci-fi mags of the 40’s-50’s. Personally, I felt a subtext. In my own words, I felt something of: I’m a scientist; therefore I’m more qualified to write literature that investigates the issues of the future.
It set me thinking about the position of scientists in sci-fi. I found myself considering Azimov and the other ‘deans’ of the genre and their previous steepings in real science. Then I thought about Ray Bradbury and his claims that his work was fantasy rather than science fiction. I wondered if he felt something of my previously mentioned sub-text; whether perhaps he sought to somehow avoid association with sci-fi writers for this reason.
I wanted ask you: Do you think there was an attempt by Campbell to portray real scientists as better science fiction writers? And despite the wealth of major sci-fi pictures and books by non-scientist writers since then, do you think this hegemony still prevails today?
I find that I don’t find labels all that important. As fae as I’m concerned, I write stories about people, or analogs of people. If my publishers choose to call a particular story science fiction, or fantasy, or slipstream, or half a dozen other things, that’s their business, and they know marketing better than I do. Me, I just write the best stories I can and let them worry about what to call them.
As for Campbell, I don’t know that he especially favored scientists, but he certainly favored the scientific approach, which in the lexicon of Astouonding, and indeed of all science fiction, became “extrapolation”:. Bradbury only sold him one story…yet Bradbury just received a Pulitzer Prize a year or two ago for his life’s work, and every word he wrote is still in print. So much for extrapolation, and for a true scientific representation of Mars, etc.
A final thought: a scientist may indeed be more qualified to write about the issues of the future. But as fiction writers first, and science fiction writers second, our primary duty is to write about the human condition, and I submit that being a scientist does not give one an advantage in that particular undertaking.
Thanks Mike. I appreciate your words. Here and elsewhere! And it’s the coolest thing that the internet allows me to receive a personal reply from an author. Best regards Paul
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