I have an article up on Adam Shaftoe’s Page of Reviews about the divisions and definitions in genre literature, and why it might be time for us to start thinking about what makes a good story rather than fighting over whether it is or isn’t sci-fi.
In August, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction review published my short story Ascension, which is about the zombie apocalypse told from a zombie’s point of view. Some would say this alone makes it a horror story. Yet it also deals with mass consciousness and the transcendence of the physical to the purely mental―the zombie apocalypse as the singularity―topics normally found in science fiction.
So, is it then a sci-fi story?
My question is: does it even matter? And are these divisions hurting us as a community?
Head over to Page of Reviews to read it all and let Adam know you were there by leaving a comment.
Over on his Page of Reviews website, Adam Shaftoe has reviewed my latest story “Ascension” (which can be read on AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review).
Adam begins with:
What to say about Ascension? I suppose I could come out and say that it is the best piece of horror fiction that I’ve ever read. Although, I’ve been told that a good reviewer is never supposed to be so direct in their praise as it may come off as being too obsequious. But when a story works as well as this one does, there’s really no need to be circuitous with the praise.
And ends with:
Matt Moore has proven his masterful talent in using flash fiction to create a rich and thoughtful world. Ascension emphasises the living in “living dead” to create a unique demarcation from the established forms of zombie/horror fiction. Now will somebody please give Mr. Moore a bucket of scotch, an empty room and a blank cheque so he can write a novel of this calibre.
In between, he discusses a lot of the issues and ideas I tried to put into this story… and even some I was not aware I had addressed.
Many thanks to Adam for his thorough, thoughtful review.
If anyone had a bucket of scotch they want to donate, contact me using the links at right.
Adam Shaftoe of Adam Shaftoe’s Page of Reviews has published a fabulous review of my short story “Full Moon Hill,” currently available on Lightning Flash Magazine (and was first published in On Spec magazine).
The whole review reads like I paid my best friend to write it, but some highlights:
With very few words, Full Moon Hill offers an airtight story that is as bio-politically disturbing as it is utterly compelling. . . . (It’s) the kind of tale that sets a benchmark between a good story and great literature.
I am floored, overwhelmed, humbled and psyched to receive such a great review. Read the full review and please leave a comment to show some love.
Adam also reviewed “Touch the Sky, They Say” (available on AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review), but was not quite as taken with this story as “Full Moon Hill.” I don’t disagree with his review, but I think the difference there was wanting a hard SF story vs. a modern fairytale (which is what I was going for).