Zelazny’s PermaFrost An Excellent Tale

Zelazny's PermaFrost An Excellent Tale

Okay, so I try to find time for authors I just want to read, regardless of edificational value. Roger Zelazny is one of them. The little I’ve read from and of him has only whetted my appetite for more.

I finally got hold of a book of his, Frost & Fire. The first story, Permafrost is very, very good. It is told in such a way that Past and Future are mysteries that climb inexorably toward a climatic meeting in the Present, like two pyramids touching apexes.

For those of you who think you don’t like science fiction, this might be a good story to prove yourself wrong. There is a certain image of woman –a man’s lover, dead and waiting, waiting in a far away cave–  that reminds me of Ondaatje’s The English Patient.

There is also an interesting, though in no way intrusive, Sci Fi creation that is a man who has found a way to continue his existence as a computer program after his natural body has died. There is also a nice thought-provoking demonstration of how a world’s ecosystem might actually form a vast network of communications, with feedback mechanisms and reactions that approach a sort of sentience.

Highly recommended :)


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