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Alasdair Gray

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Standard Disclaimer:

This is a brief discussion of Alasdair Gray and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Gray.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Gray: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Gray tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Gray worthy; in sum, to help you rank Alasdair Gray (and the works by Gray listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

Secondary Disclaimer:
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.

A Few Words About Alasdair Gray

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed farther down this page.

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Other Alasdair Gray Resources

Alasdair Gray Resources on the Web

Gray has achieved mainstream eminence, so material is not lacking. First off, Gray maintains his own web site. Then there is also an Alasdair Gray section at The Complete Review (which is a mark of respect). Another dedicated Gray site is Lanark 1982 (an "unofficial Alasdair gray website"). The Dalkey Archive Press has a useful essay by Janice Galloway, "Reading Alasdair Gray", while the site Glasgow: Pat's Guide to the West End has an interesting and material page Alasdair Gray, Writer and Artist". The BBC also weighs in on its "Writing Scotland" pages with "Learning Journeys: Alasdair Gray". The Times Literary Supplement has an article about Gray, "Faustian fun with Alasdair Gray". And the British Council "contemporary writers" site has a brief Alasdair Gray biography and bibliography.

Besides his web site, Gray has his own blog, "As Things Happen".

There are numerous interviews with him on line; here are a few--

There are also quite a few one-off reviews of individual books, and various other more or less brief biographies or notes. As always, Google is Your Friend.

Alasdair Gray Resources in Print

Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Alasdair Gray ***

(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)

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