The Barrow

6/6/06

the Ultimate Science Fiction Novel

Christopher Priest (The Prestige, The Separation), in an interview in the June 2006 issue of Locus magazine, on the impact of reading Ian McDonald's River of Gods:

"It's like the ultimate science fiction novel: it's got science, inventions, some terrific characters, wonderful locations, and some of the filthiest sex I've read. When you finish a book like that there's the feeling of 'Holy ****! Now what am I going to do?' Why bother?' In the old days, that would have stopped me writing. I'd have to recover for a couple of years before I could forget it."

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