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Weil, Josh

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1976-    ) US author whose first work was a nonfantastic collection, The New Valley: Novellas (coll 2009); his first novel, The Great Glass Sea (2014), should probably be thought in terms of Fantastika broadly conceived rather than primarily as sf. Though it is technically set not in a vague very Near Future but rather in an Alternate History version of contemporary Russia, this land and the Russia we know are (and are not) as indistinguishable as the identical twins who serve as the tale's protagonists. In this alternate Russia, a billionaire has (mysteriously) caused to have built a complex of apparently suborbital mirrors which ambivalently gift endless day and warmth upon the vast Arctic territory they cover; the reason the complex has been erected, which may be primarily agricultural as initially suggested, seems detached from the normal parlances of sf narrative, though the fluency of the tale, and its groundedness in land and personalities, give it an immediacy not always associated with books by Mainstream Writers of SF. [JC]

Josh Weil

born Roanoke, Virginia: 1976

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