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Vergil and Med Fantasy

51M68AP5CQL._SX303_BO1,204,203,200_The last time we met Avram Davidson we were visiting Scythia-Pannonia-Transbalkania in the company of Doctor Eszterhazy. True, we met him briefly, too briefly, when we crossed paths with Marco Polo, and that was it.
Avram Davidson was an excellent writer, one whose style was his and his alone. He is responsible for some of the most memorable short stories in the history of the genre – like the one in which he describes the life-cycle of bicycles, from larval paperclips to wire coat-hangers, to full bicycles.
It feels deeply unjust that Davidson and his works have somehow fallen off the public’s radar. Granted, Gollancz reprinted some of his best works as cheap ebooks, and Robert Silverberg and Grania Davis curated a collection of his short stories a few years back that should still be available, but it looks like there’s a few of us that remember. Continue reading

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The Gollancz Gateway ebooks are one of the best things that happened to imaginative fiction in the last decade – the idea of making a huge back-catalog of out of print classics is simply wonderful.
Granted, the yellow covers are a bit off-putting, and often the price tag is a bit high, but the quality of the books is extraordinary.21193920

To celebrate the completion of yet another chunk of my work in this overworked, rather disconcerning beginning of the year 2015, I got me The Adventures of Doctor Eszterhazy – to replace an old battered paperback called The Investigations of Doctor Eszterhazy, which I bought in London in 1992 and was lost somewhere (or more likely, “borrowed” and never returned). Continue reading