>At 05:28 PM 6/4/01 -0400, you wrote: >>Can anyone suggest any current authors who are real science >fiction writers >>(not fantasy)? Has anyone else has read any Jeff Noon...? I think he's great, but I'm not sure how well his books travel. The ones that I've read are all based in a future, depraved, drug-addled Manchester, which is quite weird when you've got people meeting in places that I recognise... Anyhow, his books are a bit difficult to read - lots of invented words and slang, but you just have to go with it, and in the end you just pick it up from context and story. V. cyberpunky in that respect. You definitely have to go into his books with an open mind, if you can cope with it, once you've got going it's difficult to stop. Very clever writer, takes a concept and twists it as far as it'll go. One of his books (Automated Alice) is written in the style of Lewis Carol, and to appreciate it fully you have to have read Alice In Wonderland. My GF thought it was fab (though a bit forced at times). I thought Vurt was excellent, Pollen is v. good, as is Nymphomation. I can see why people wouldn't like him, but you've got to admire his writing all the same. Bit of a try it and see. Re Gibson: have to say I was disappointed with Neuromancer. I got the feeling that he was so carried away with his invented world, he forgot small details like a plot. Maybe I should read it again. And I didn't realise that there were more books in the series; maybe it livened up after that. Jon Chard.