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This is a brief discussion of Neal Barrett and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Barrett.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Barrett: 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 Barrett tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Barrett worthy; in sum, to help you rank Neal Barrett (and the works by Barrett listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
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 Neal Barrett
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.
Other Neal Barrett, Jr. Resources
First off, Barrett has his own site, Neal Barrett, Jr.. Regrettably, while there are various
other dribs and drabs available--such as an appreciation of Barrett from the
program of the 55th World Science Fiction Convention (aka LoneStarCon 2), for which Barrett was Toastmaster--there is nothing like the volume of material that there should be for this
There are several scattered one-off reviews of particular books, of which these are probably indicative and representative: The Hereafter Gang, in Infinity plus; Interstate Dreams, again in Infinity plus; Interstate Dreams in the Austin Chronicle; Perpetuity Blues and other stories, yet again from in
Infinity plus; Perpetuity Blues again, this time at the SF Site; Aldair In Albion at the Lost Book Archives; Prince of Christler-Coke by Rich Horton at the SF Site; The Prophecy Machine, also by Rich Horton, at SFF; and Through Darkest America and Dawn's Uncertain Light (sequel to the
former) at Fire and Sword.
Then there are a few interviews: 2000, "In a Genre of his own"
Infinity plus, by Nick Gevers; 1998, in Crescent Blues; and 1997, "A Double Shot of Wry". in the Austin Chronicle (mixed
analysis and interview), by Mike Shea.
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Neal Barrett, Jr. *
(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
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