Saturday, September 25, 2004
Jim Willer -- West Coast landscape painter, environmentalist, science fiction novelist and friend, now suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Jim's novel, Paramind (McClelland and Stewart, 1973), like Delany's Dhalgren and Gibson's "Fragments of a Hologram Rose," radically altered my sense of science fiction's stylistic possibilities.

"Hedley now...Merritt...the blue shaft of Lake Skaha!...With one white hovecraft like a water-doomed butterfly. The hills opposite are mimicking a glyptodon. Peachland. Clear, black silhouette against the silver bright sky. Kelowna, under that faint moon, and clouds playing 'pterydactyls'...ahead, the silver span of a bridge. Moth..."

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