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Totalitopia (Outspoken Authors)

John Crowley


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John Crowley's all-new essay "Totalitopia" is a wry how-to guide for building utopias out of the leftovers of modern science fiction. "This Is Our Town," written especially for this volume, is a warm, witty, and wonderfully moving story. One of Crowley’s hard-to-find masterpieces, “Gone” is a Kafkaesque science fiction adventure about an alien invasion. Plus: There's a bibliography, an author bio, and of course an Outspoken Interview, the usual cage fight between candor and common sense.

Praise For Totalitopia (Outspoken Authors)

"One of the finest writers working today." —Pittsburgh Tribune

"John Crowley is a virtuoso of metaphor, a peerless recreator of living moments, of small daily sublimities.” —New York Times Book Review

“Crowley has enough imagination for ten ordinary writers.” —Kirkus Reviews

"A writer of unmistakable humanity and unparalleled style." —Philadelphia Inquirer

“Like a magus, John Crowley shares his secrets generously, allowing us to believe that his book is revealing the true and glorious nature of the world, and the reader’s own place within it.” —Village Voice

"Crowley plays the devotional tone of the narrator’s youthful optimism like a master violinist." —Gary K. Wolfe, Locus

"The title essay, on the (im)possibility of predicting the future and the role of prognostication in science fiction, is, as per usual Crowley fashion, beautifully written and intellectually provocative." —Matthew Keeley.

"Totalitopia is a challenging, invigorating read. Short enough to read in one gulp, but you’ll be considering Crowley’s themes for many days thereafter." —Charles de Lint, Fantasy and Science Fiction

"The original story concerns faith, and loss of faith, and miracles, and guardian angels, and problematic family members – it’s a John Crowley story, which is really all the recommendation required." —Rich Horton, Locus Magazine

PM Press, 9781629633923, 128pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2017

About the Author

John Crowley won the Award for Literature of the American Academy of Letters in 1992 and the World Fantasy Award three times. His novels include Little, Big, the four-volume Egypt Cycle, and most recently, Four Freedoms.