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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Works I'll be citing...

I'm going to be putting my 3rd semester project up here in parts over the next few days. If you're interested in writing mosaic fictions, you might find it interesting, or horribly wrong. Discussion encouraged, tips, advice, etc. It was suggested that I seek publication on it somewhere more official, but blogs are livelier, and living places. I actually don't think I'm an expert, just a student of the form, and my research might be interesting to y'all.

Here are my footnotes for the whole, first, for the sake of keeping it clear as I post things.

   Bibliography: Kress, Nancy, “Elements of Writing Fiction - Beginnings, Middles, and Ends” Writer’s Digest Books, (March 15, 1999)
   Kress, Nancy, “Nothing Human” Golden Gryphon Press, (September 1, 2003)
   McKee, Robert, “Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting” It Books, (November 25, 1997)
   King, Stephen, “On Writing”, Pocket, July 1, 2002
   Steele, Alexander; Didato, Thom, “Gotham Writer’s Workshop” Bloomsbury USA; Second Printing Edition (August 21, 2004)
   Bradbury, Ray, “The Martian Chronicles” William Morrow, (February 1,1997)
   Valente, Catherynne M., “The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden” Spectra, October 31,2006
   Valente, Catherynne M. “The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice” Spectra, (October 30,2007)
   Wilder, Thornton, “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” HarperCollins, (January 6,2004)
   Stross, Charles, “Accelerando” Ace,  June 27, 2006
   VanderMeer, Jeff, “City of Saints and Madmen” Spectra (February 28,2008)
   Bowes, Rick, “Mosaic Novels”, August 8,2010
   Catherine Donaldson-Evans “An Interview With Sci-Fi Legend”,2933,110367,00.html , November 23, 2004
   VanderMeer, Jeff, “Veniss Underground” by Jeff VanderMeer, Spectra (September 27, 2005)
   VanderMeer, Jeff, “Quin’s Shanghai Circus”, Interzone #124, October 1997
   Gaiman, Neil, “The Absolute Sandman, Vol 1”, Vertigo (November 1,2006)
   Gaiman, Neil, “The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2”, Vertigo (October 31, 2007)
   “The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3” by Neil Gaiman, Vertigo (June 17, 2008)
   Gaiman, Neil , “The Absolute Sandman, Vol 4”, Vertigo (November 11, 2008)
   Boucher, Geoff, “Neil Gaiman: Alan Moore got to be the Beatles…I was Gerry and the Pacemakers” (December 2008)
   Simmons, Dan, “Hyperion” Spectra, (February 1, 1990)
   E-Mail message with Phil Athans, August 2010
   VanderMeer, Jeff, “Dradin, in Love: A tale of elsewhen & otherwhere” Buzzcity Press, 1996
   Phone-call with Jeff VanderMeer, August 2010
   Barth, John, “Lost in the Funhouse” Anchor, March 1 1988
   Various, “Shadow Unit”
   Anders, Charlie Jane, “What on Earth is Neal Stephenson’s Mongoliad?” (May 21,2010)
   Haldeman, Joe, “The Forever War”, St. Martin’s Griffin; (February 17,2009)
   Carpentier, Alejandro, “The Kingdom of This World: A Novel” Harriet de Onis (Translator), Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 1,1989)
   Diaz, Junot, “Drown”, Riverhead Trade, (July 1,1997)
   Ondaatje, Michael, “Divisadero” Knopf,(May 29,2007)
   Eugenides, Jeffrey, “Middlesex” Picador (September 16,2003)
   McDermott, J M, “Maze”, Apex Books, (April 1, 2011)
   McDermott, J M, “Last Dragon”, Wizards of the Coast: Discoveries, (February 5,2008)
   Masters, Edgar Lee,“Spoon River Anthology”, Penguin Classics (April 29,2008)
   Seth, Vikram, “The Golden Gate”, Vintage (June 18,1991)
   Danielewski, Mark Z., “House of Leaves”, Pantheon (March 2000)


Marty Halpern said...


You reference Rick Bowes's piece on "Mosaic Novels" but I don't see his mosaic novel, From the Files of the Time Rangers, listed in your source material. You may want to consider this novel if you haven't already done so.

Marty Halpern
[Note: I acquired and edited Rick's novel for Golden Gryphon Press.]

J m mcdermott said...

I have no real excuse, naturally, for not reading every mosaic novel out there before writing an exhaustive paper, but part of posting this whole thing up is to open the discussion of the form to things just like this.

It does look to be excellent! When I get to it in my reading pile, I get to it. Alas, I'm still in grad school, and I still have a full-time job, and I just don't have as much reading time as I would like!