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Lim, Eugene

Entry updated 14 March 2022. Tagged: Author.

(?   -    ) US professional librarian and author, active from the early 2000s, whose works of interest can be characterized as metafictions (see Fabulation; Postmodernism and SF). Fog & Car (2008) is gonzo but essentially nonfantastic. One of the disjointed narrative paths in The Strangers [for subtitle see Checklist below] (2013) includes a crew of intersecting Doppelgangers on a Ship of Fools-cum-Library. In Dear Cyborgs: A Novel (2017), two Asian American boys, trapped in the American Midwest, create (or encounter) a Parallel World dominated, it may be, by philosophical Superheroes. The Robot narrator of Search History [for subtitle see Checklist below] (2021) – the main title is both an internet term and an admonishment – retires suddenly from the world he has created, leaving bricolage in his wake: fragments of story, shifting worlds, a dead pianist named Frank Exit Reincarnated as a dog that turns out to embody an inventor Scientist and/or possibly the oversensitive AI the scientist has laboured to create. [JC]

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