Fiction In An Era Of Cartoonish Evil

Today we live in a surreal, bizarre world, with facts, alt-facts, and subjective judgments all mediated by corporate media, social media, and institutional power structures. It’s a hyper-capitalist world where communications are dominated by clickbait and hype – where only capturing lots of eyeballs leads to profits. Because everyone seeks a bigger audience all the time, media – corporate and …

R. Scott Bakker’s Novels: Brilliant and Deeply Flawed

R. Scott Baker’s grimdark epic fantasy trilogies, The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect-Emperor, dazzle some readers: Artistically, philosophically, and as genre fiction, they’re in many ways brilliant. I’d go so far as to say that the final book of the latter series, The Unholy Consult, is the book I am most eagerly anticipating this year — more, even, than George R.R. Martin’s The Winds …