On a lighter but much happier note, I”d like to recommend a book to all readers of this blog! Brasyl is science fiction and high literature and contains pleasing explorations of quantum physics, parallel universes, many selves and three narrative timelines. Ian MacDonald should be revered here because, as in his last book, Rivers of God, this Northern Irish author brings Joycean word play to his compelling storytelling, powerful characterisation to his depictions of other cultures and an imagination that risks all. He is magical! This book should top all fiction’s best sellers, never mind sci fi. If you buy it or order it from your library, it would help!

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