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Ian Watson. EWAY IAN WATSON QUEENMAGIC, KINGMAGIC QUEENMAGIC, KINGMAGIC Ian Watson www.sf-gateway.com. THE BSFA AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE EMBEDDING. Front Cover.

Queenmagic  Kingmagic

In another world, somewhere in space and time, two countries - Bellogard and Chorny - are locked in perpetual war, conducted by magic. Each of the main members of the two countries' courts - king, queen, prince, bishop, knight and squire - has their own form of magic, and special ways of moving magically. A war may continue for centuries, until one side succeeds in killing the other side's king, at which point the whole world vanishes, only to reappear and have the cycle begin again. . . Pedino is a young Bellogardian who becomes the queen's squire and, as part of his training, is sent into a seedier part of the city to uncover a Chornian spy. During his adventures he meets and falls in love with a whore, Sara, who turns out to be a Chornian bishop's squire. Pedino succeeds in killing the other Chornian bishop - a remarkable achievement for a mere squire; but in the manoeuvres which follow Chorny proves to have outwitted its rival, and Pedino's whole world is threatened with extinction. There have been many stories modelled on chess games, but none so ingenious and enjoyable as Ian Watson's latest novel. And, as one would expect from Watson, the story of Bellogard and Chorny is only the beginning. When Pedino and Sara manage to escape the destruction of their universe, they find themselves in a series of even more bizarre worlds operating under still stranger rules, as they seek to discover the purpose of their existence, and the meaning of their universe. Queenmagic, Kingmagic is Ian Watson in sparkling, exuberant form.

The Work of Ian Watson

-K . V. Bailey , Vector > QUEENMAGIC , KINGMAGIC ( 1986 ) " Queenmagic , Kingmagic sees him take the hoariest chestnut - life as a chessgame- and transform it into something bright , new , entertaining , radical even .

The Work of Ian Watson


The Embedding

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores of Babylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies of Memory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

The Embedding

Ian Watson's brilliant debut novel was one of the most significant publications in British SF in the 1970s. Intellectually bracing and grippingly written, it is the story of three experiments in linguistics, and is driven by a searching analysis of the nature of communication. Deep in the Brazilian jungle, an isolated tribe face eviction from their ancestral lands - and the psychedelic fungus that makes their religious language possible. In a British laboratory, a brilliant linguist conducts cutting-edge experiments - but does his search for answers come at too high a cost? And in the ultimate test of linguistics, First Contact presents a challenge unlike any humanity has faced before . . . Fiercely intelligent, energetic and challenging, The Embedding immediately established Watson as a writer of rare power and vision, and is now recognized as a modern classic of SF.

The Gardens of Delight

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores of Babylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies of Memory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

The Gardens of Delight

In The Gardens of Delight Ian Watson boldly lands a starship within the hallucinatory terrain of Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, a medieval masterpiece which enchants and horrifies all who see it, for the picture shows what looks to be a paradise of pleasure yet it also displays a terrible hell of torments. And so the ship's psychologist, Sean Athlone, and two women companions explore the luxurious landscape of giant fruits and birds and strange towers and naked celebrating people, in quest of the godlike alien intelligence that has transformed a planet according to Bosch's vision, populating it with the colonists from a previous starship.

The Fantasy Literature of England

In his Queenmagic , Kingmagic ( 1986 ) we again deal with a game , a chess - war between two states , modelled on Alice Through the Looking - Glass , and the world is divided into moves , not looked at . The secondary world has become ...

The Fantasy Literature of England

In this, the first book on English fantasy, Colin Manlove shows that for all its immense diversity, English fantasy can best be understood in terms of its strong national character, rather than as an international genre. Showing its development from Beowulf to Blake, the author describes English fantasy's modern growth through secondary world, metaphysical, emotive, comic, subversive, and children's fantasy. In them all England has led the world, with authors as different as Chaucer, Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Salman Rushdie.

Science Fact and Science Fiction

... 92, 276 Queen Krinaleen's Plague (Collins), 170 ''Queen Mab'' (Shelley), 449 Queenmagic Kingmagic (Watson), 207 Queen of Angels (Bear), 35, 322, 420 ''Queen of Life, The'' (Flint), 547 ''Queen of Marincite, The'' (McHugh), ...

Science Fact and Science Fiction

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Parabolas of Science Fiction

Compared to these works, Ian Watson's novel Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986) may seem—in an exact sense—too rule bound. It is a distinguished entry in a very small subgenre of the fantastic: the chess novel.

Parabolas of Science Fiction

As a geometric term, parabola suggests a narrative trajectory or story arc. In science fiction, parabolas take us from the known to the unknown. More concrete than themes, more complex than motifs, parabolas are combinations of meaningful setting, character, and action that lend themselves to endless redefinition and jazzlike improvisation. The fourteen original essays in this collection explore how the field of science fiction has developed as a complex of repetitions, influences, arguments, and broad conversations. This particular feature of the genre has been the source of much critical commentary, most notably through growing interest in the “sf megatext,” a continually expanding archive of shared images, situations, plots, characters, settings, and themes found in science fiction across media. Contributors include Jane Donawerth, Terry Dowling, L. Timmel Duchamp, Rachel Haywood Ferreira, Pawel Frelik, David M. Higgins, Amy J. Ransom, John Rieder, Nicholas Ruddick, Graham Sleight, Gary K. Wolfe, and Lisa Yaszek.

The Flies of Memory

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores of Babylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies of Memory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

The Flies of Memory

Charles Spark is an expert on body language, a bestselling author and a consultant (or walking lie detector) much in demand with industry and government. So when the aliens arrive, who better to join the team that will attempt to understand them? But even though these insectoid aliens - the "Flies" - in their pyramid-ship speak both English and Russian, they seem unreadable. "We have come to your planet to remember it," they say and at first they seem indeed to be a bizarre group of intergalactic tourists. When human beings start to interfere, things begin disappearing. The Dome of St Peter's in Rome is the first to go, followed by downtown Prague, old Mombasa, Münich, the heart of New Orleans. In an effort to understand what has happened, Spark, and a strange group of pilgrims, embark on a bizarre journey to Mars - where the city of Münich has reappeared in a canyon. And where time, and memory, have become manifest.

The Fallen Moon

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores of Babylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies of Memory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

The Fallen Moon

The second and concluding volume of Ian Watson's extraordinary epic, The Book of Mana. Kaleva is Earth's first and only interstellar colony, discovered by Lucky Sariola who was transported there by an Ukko, a mysterious asteriod-like entity that responds to stories told to it - in Lucky's case, those of her Finnish grandmother. Now Queen Lucky, half-mad and newly widowed, is obsessed by relocating that Ukko - but this is potentially disastrous, as the snakelike alien Isi are also on its trail as part of their design to enslave humans. Understanding this, one of Lucky's daughters (with obsessions of her own) crowns herself rival queen. A summer turns into unseasonable winter and elysian peace turns to bitter civil war and Ukko, once more, has a role to play in the history of Kaleva.

The Book of Ian Watson

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores ofBabylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies ofMemory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

The Book of Ian Watson

British Science Fiction award winner Ian Watson graces us here with a brilliant new collection of short stories and essays. Though he dazzles the reader with his footwork in the kaleidoscope intensity of his vision, each piece is plainly the work of a master craftsman. Whether he is dealing with a future culture where whales control us ("The Culling") or taking a hilarious poke at the matter of government funding ("The President's Not for Turning"), his concepts are clear and undeniably logical. True to the highest ideal of science fiction, Watson carries present tendencies of our society to possible conclusions in "Roof Gardens under Saturn," and points a warning finger at the consequences of alienation from the environment. In an innovative style which borders on the experimental, Watson explores in "The Pharaoh and the Mademoiselle" the horrors of fascism. Ian Watson's writing stays with us. He entertains and he makes us think. If in some future and better world politicians were to take advice form writers, Watson should be one of them.

Hard Questions

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores of Babylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies of Memory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

Hard Questions

Meet Qua, the quantum computer with the immense power capabilities that tunes into pathways in parallel universes to operate at lightning speed. But with such power comes the threat of catastrophe, and as government agents, cult disciples, and computer criminals learn what this computer is capable of, Cambridge researcher Clare Conway makes every attempt to safeguard herself and society from the realities she discovers about Qua. For all of the power this computer offers, it threatens to spark a civil war in America, a danger unlike any other that history has ever known.

Miracle Visitors

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores of Babylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies of Memory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

Miracle Visitors

John Deacon uses hypnosis to research altered states of consciousness. One of his subjects, Michael Peacocke, is unusually susceptible and in their first session together he recalls a Close Encounter which took place some years before. Deacon is sceptical of UFOs and dismisses Peacocke's story as an adolescent sexual fantasy. But then inexplicable things happen - the tape of the session is mysteriously erased, Deacon's dog is killed, he and Michael see a pterodactyl, Michael's girlfriend is menaced by Men in Black - and Deacon is forced to reconsider. Could UFOs be symbols projected from the collective unconscious? Are they messages from the biomatrix? Does the mind have the ability to project tulpas, objects and people which are physically real yet somehow illusory?

Oracle

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores ofBabylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies ofMemory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

Oracle

When Tom Ryan stops his car late at night on a dark road for a man dressed as a Roman centurion, his first thought is that he's picked up one of those amateur re-enactors but the man, Marcus Appius Silvanus appears to speak only Latin. He insists the year is AD60 and that the British Queen is Boudicca - and that he and his men of the Fourteenth Gemina are in hot pursuit of her. Tom and his sister Mary shelter the Roman, but inadvertently attract the attention of an unscrupulous journalist. He's not the only one interested in the Ryans: an IRA terrorist who was once Mary's lover in Northern Ireland tracks her down to tell her the plane crash which killed her parents twenty years ago was caused by the British security services. Deep in the English countryside, those same servants of the state are busy exploiting the theories of a young prodigy to build 'Oracle', a probe that can view the past - and, they hope, the future, so that threats to national security can be stifled before they occur.

The A to Z of Fantasy Literature

... and Ian Watson's Queenmagic, Kingmagic. Other writers who have made significant use of multiverses include C. J. Cherryh, Tom de Haven, John Grant, Michael Scott Rohan, and James Stoddard. MUMMY. A corpse subjected to some kind of ...

The A to Z of Fantasy Literature

Once upon a time all literature was fantasy, set in a mythical past when magic existed, animals talked, and the gods took an active hand in earthly affairs. As the mythical past was displaced in Western estimation by the historical past and novelists became increasingly preoccupied with the present, fantasy was temporarily marginalized until the late 20th century, when it enjoyed a spectacular resurgence in every stratum of the literary marketplace. Stableford provides an invaluable guide to this sequence of events and to the current state of the field. The chronology tracks the evolution of fantasy from the origins of literature to the 21st century. The introduction explains the nature of the impulses creating and shaping fantasy literature, the problems of its definition and the reasons for its changing historical fortunes. The dictionary includes cross-referenced entries on more than 700 authors, ranging across the entire historical spectrum, while more than 200 other entries describe the fantasy subgenres, key images in fantasy literature, technical terms used in fantasy criticism, and the intimately convoluted relationship between literary fantasies, scholarly fantasies, and lifestyle fantasies. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography that ranges from general textbooks and specialized accounts of the history and scholarship of fantasy literature, through bibliographies and accounts of the fantasy literature of different nations, to individual author studies and useful websites.

Paperback Inferno Index

... 91, Queen Of Angels by Greg Bear 93 61 72 75 89 Queen Of The States by Josephine Saxton Queenmagic, Kingmagic by Ian Watson Queensblade by Susan Shwartz Quest For Lost Heroes by David Gemmell Quest Of The Dawnstar by Gordon McBain ...

Paperback Inferno Index

Indexes, covers and tables of contents of Paperback Inferno (issues 43-97, 1983-1992), the paperback reviews journal of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA). As well as complete tables of contents of all these issues, this book includes indexes to every book and magazine reviewed, every cover artist, and every letter writer, along with summary statistics of the issues.

God s World

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores ofBabylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies ofMemory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

God s World

The sudden appearance of angelic beings bearing a mystical space drive and a summons to ''God's World'' launches an international crew of scientists on a voyage to the far limits of space. There they become embroiled in an alien war that will decide the fate of all creation . . .

100 Must read Science Fiction Novels

... and C.M. Kornbluth, Gladiator at Law; >> Ian Watson, Queenmagic Kingmagic STEPHEN BAXTER (b. 1957) UK MOONSEED (1998) Opening with a 9.

100 Must read Science Fiction Novels

"A reliable guide to what science fiction is" Christopher Priest, award-winning science fiction author "A really good introduction to the genre" SFX Magazine "Perceptive and glorious" Ian Watson, author of the screenplay for Steve Spielberg's A.I. Want to become a science fiction buff? Want to expand your reading in your favourite genre? This is a good place to start! From the publishers of the popular Good Reading Guide comes a rich selection of some of the finest SF novels ever published. With 100 of the best titles fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended, you'll quickly become an expert in the world of science fiction. The book is arranged by author and includes some thematic entries and special categories such as SF film adaptations, SF in rock music and Philip K. Dick in the mass media . It also includes a history of SF and a new definition of the genre, plus lists of award winners and book club recommendations. Foreword by Christopher Priest, the multiple award-winning SF author.

Alien Embassy

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores of Babylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies of Memory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

Alien Embassy

Lila Makindi grows up in East Africa in a peaceful and harmonious 22nd century world, which has succeeded our own age of extravagance, environmental damage, and warfare. Its citizens know that the Space Communications Administration, better known as Bardo, is guiding the planet benevolently, thanks to contact with wise aliens by means, not of grandiose spaceships, but of psychic travel powered by the sexual techniques of tantric yoga. Wonderfully, Lila is chosen for psychic starflight. But she discovers that in reality mental starflight is spinning a web of protection around the world to safeguard the human race from a malign alien energy force, the Starbeast. Yet is this the true reality? Only when Lila travels to Tibet does she discover the actual, unexpected purpose behind Bardo.

Starcombing

... Philip 96, 110, 137, 216 Punch 142, 143, 150 Purloined Letter 135, 151 Pyle, Howard 45 Queen, Ellery 136 Queenmagic, Kingmagic 97 Quest 128 Quest for Fire 218 Quidditch Through the Ages 214 R.U.R. 156, 192 Rabelais 96 Radcliffe, ...

Starcombing

Starcombing contains eighty-five newly collected pieces of David Langford's witty commentary on the SF/fantasy scene - columns, articles, reviews, essays, even a few short-short stories from the famous 'Futures' page in Nature. Compulsive reading, crammed with insights and laughs.

Orgasmachine

... 2007) Deathhunter (1981) Chekhov's Journey (1983) Converts (1984) Queenmagic, Kingmagic (1986, 2009) The Power (1987) The Fire Worm (1988) Whores ofBabylon (1988, 2004) Meat (1988) The Flies ofMemory (1990) Hard Questions (1996) ...

Orgasmachine

The Three Laws of Feministics: 1. Your body is not your own; it belongs to another. Therefore you may not damage it nor, through inaction, allow it to be damaged. 2. You must obey all orders given you by your owner (or in cases of loss of ownership, by any man) even if such orders conflict with the First Law. 3. You may not injure any man, nor through failure to comply with the Second Law, cause him displeasure or mental injury. Women as chattels, as customised sexslaves; bodies freakishly modified to their owners' dictates, personalities preset to order. Welcome to the world of the Orgasmachine. But Jade and Mari escape their masters and dream of revenge, of revolution, of freedom.