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Zone NMA review

By Adam Roberts | August 31, 2010
Categories: Reviews

Jonathan McCalmont's review of New Model Army has just been posted at The Zone. I don't think I've ever read a more pleasurably gobsmacking review of something I have written. I'm a little amazed at myself, and a touch suspicious, how pleased it makes me. Over at his Ruthless Culture site, McCalmont summarises thuswise:

New Model Army is not merely a good book or an enjoyable book. It is a book that has the potential to reinvigorate science fiction as a literature central to the cultural and political life of the 20th Century. My review examines New Model Army through the prism of a particular understanding of the development of the modern novel. An understanding that suggests that the mainstream literary novel shaped and was shaped by a fundamental change in the way that we see ourselves as a species. A change that gave birth to the concept of the Human Right but also to the capitalist system that we currently live under. By virtue of its tendency to hug the walls of a literary ghetto, science fiction is rather less wedded to this particular politico-literary gestalt than the mainstream literary novel and while this has maginalised science fiction in the eyes of some critics and writers, this marginalisation has resulted in a greater degree of freedom in the ways in which science fiction can depict the human condition. New Model Army is a work that attempts to forge a new way of looking at human events. A mode that seems well suited to this particular time and this particular place and, as a result, the novel has the potential to change things.

Here's hoping.

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5 Responses to “Zone NMA review”

  1. Toby K Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Jonathon's review was great, really interesting. It's just a shame that they list the book as 'New World Army'!

  2. Adam Roberts Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Ha! So they do. I hadn't noticed that.

  3. peter lowrie Says:
    September 7th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    I read this book last week in about 6 hours solid sitting by the pool in Turkey. It was an impulse purchase and I could not put it down. I loved the whole concept and being born and raised in Northern Ireland throughout the "Troubles", it struck a chord with me as it would no doubt do with anyone who has lived through similar events in the world.

    It is the first book by Adam Roberts I have read and I am certain it will not be the last. Thank you.

  4. Steve B Says:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Why hasn't this been published in the US yet?
    I follow a couple of UK authors, and all this waiting gets old. Any idea? Are the publishers using for the Mayflower II?



  5. Adam Roberts Says:
    December 6th, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Steve: I wish I knew what to do to make myself more appealing to US publishers.

    Peter: thank you!