Why are the drug gangsters and the characters from the projects hands down the most compelling in this series? One, because the stakes are higher. Though people go down in all the other ecological niches – police, the dockworkers union, politics, schools, newspapers – the percentage of deaths is miniscule compared to the projects. Two, and as a writer this is the most interesting, because of the language. The gangsters speak with the most immediacy, the most creativity, the quickest line from the mouth to the heart. Mos def. My hero, Omar, is the best spoken character outside of Shakespeare, you feel me? And the death of Wallace is one of the most tragic scenes in modern storytelling.
Here’s a link to my short story commissioned by SubTerrain Magazine It’s about the absurd hubris of life extension services. I can’t think of this story without laughing with wicked glee. Suggestions have been made to turn it into a novel. That thought rolls around my still attached head. Online version, with illustrations by the […]
In which I learn, after the alarming discovery that my mind tends to exhaustive lists of exceptions to any statement, the power of the declarative sentence.
Claudia Casper’s third novel, The Mercy Journals (Arsenal 2016), first reviewed by Joan Givner in BC BookWorld, has won the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award for the best work of science fiction published in paperback for the first time in the USA in 2016. The announcement was made on April 14, 2017 at the Norwescon 40 conference, in […]
philip k. dick, literary awards, science fiction, the mercy journals “I think of writers as mostly a horizontal tribe, people who work beside each other, people who avoid hierarchies. And then we publish a book, if we’re lucky, and our publishers, if they’re good publishers, enter our book into contests. And suddenly, we’re pitted against other writers for a prize that only […]
Reviewed by Joan Givner, Jan 20, 2017 Link: https://bcbooklook.com/2016/07/21/trumps-wall-foretold/ Claudia Casper’s new novel adds to a growing body of work designated as “cli-fi,” a genre distinct from sci-fi and fantasy, because the horrors described are not futuristic fantasies but predictions of a certain future. Fans of Casper’s highly successful first novel, The Reconstruction, will find The Mercy Journals (Arsenal […]
Published Jan 24, 2018 So a few months ago, I attended an event at the 2017 Vancouver Writers Festival where my close friend, poet, novelist, and educator Aislinn Hunter, was interviewing renowned author Eileen Myles. I went, not because I was familiar with Myles’ work, though what I found on YouTube more than piqued my […]