For the inaugural post of The Fantast, I wanted to look at a book which a number of people have recommended to me, by an author who many other speculative fiction writers believe to be critically underrepresented and unrecognized: the Viriconium series by M. John Harrison.
Note: While I have tried to keep spoilers to a minimum, some are certain to seep out; that’s the nature of the beast when dealing with a series. However, I think you’ll find, if you read the volume, that there is far less continuity between each of the novels than is typical in fantasy and science fiction sequences. If nothing else, Harrison’s evolving narrative style, coupled with the drastically differing approaches towards each novel, are a portrait of an author honing not just his mastery of the craft, but also of his particular area of interest within genre. Continue reading