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Alex Irvine

Alex Irvine is the author of A Scattering of Jades, One King, One Soldier, The Narrows and Buyout, as well as licensed work in the DC, Dungeons & Dragons, Foundation, Independence Day, Marvel, and Supernatural universes among others. His short fiction has appeared in most of the major magazines, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Asimov’s, and in many anthologies, and has been collected in Rossetti Song, Unintended Consequences, and Pictures from an Expedition. He lives in a 160-year-old house in Maine where there is not a level floor to be found with four kids, two dogs, one bird, and one snake.

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Anthropocene Rag: Its strengths outweigh its few issues

Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine

I’m of mixed feelings on Anthropocene Rag (2020), by Alex Irvine. On the one hand, the writing is often quite strong, and the novel has a creative, imaginative flair to it in many moments. On the other hand, its episodic nature didn’t fully work for me, and I can’t say the novel fully met its rich potential. Still, its strengths outweigh its weaknesses, and there’s often a true pleasure in reading it.

The story is set in a post “Boom” America, the Boom being when AI ran free and randomly (to human eyes at least) transformed things and people, “revising” the known world and creating beings called “constructs” that can’t always be distinguished from humans. Various parts of the country are varied in their degree of change and danger, with San Francisco one of the better “boomscapes” thanks to having electricity and food. Even there, ... Read More