I-O [Input-Output] [NOOK Book]

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"Logan is a stylish transgressor for the next evolutionary moment; he reminds me of Harlan Ellison at his most daring and dangerous-raw, fearless, unpredictable, disturbing, and much needed."
Jack O'Connell, author of Word Made Flesh and The Resurrectionist

"Like a combination of David Bunch and J.G. Ballard, Logan tells tales of a wounded humanity that has lived so long with its mechanical adjuncts that "nature" is a meaningless term. "
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I-O [Input-Output]

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Overview

"Logan is a stylish transgressor for the next evolutionary moment; he reminds me of Harlan Ellison at his most daring and dangerous-raw, fearless, unpredictable, disturbing, and much needed."
Jack O'Connell, author of Word Made Flesh and The Resurrectionist

"Like a combination of David Bunch and J.G. Ballard, Logan tells tales of a wounded humanity that has lived so long with its mechanical adjuncts that "nature" is a meaningless term. "
Asimov's Science Fiction

A collection of industrial fiction, exploring a world of dead TV's, hallucinogenic chemicals, sad machines and concrete wastelands of scrap metal.

The settings are as carcinogenic as a lethal poison, the characters constructed like semi-automatic pistols. Here the only future is that which is produced on the assembly line in one hundred thousand identical units from which you must choose.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011236501
  • Publisher: Simon Logan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 342 KB

Meet the Author

Author of the industrial crime thriller, Katja From The Punk Band, Pretty Little Things To Fill Up The Void and several short story collections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    Something New

    I have read (and watched) a lot of fantasy/science fiction/horror over the course of my life, and consequently I am always searching for new and inventive material. Also, my tastes generally run to more positive, upbeat brands of fiction, but some times I have a desire for something darker and more abstract. I discovered Simon Logan's website while searching online for art of literature relating to themes of industrial decay, and fantastic settings along those lines. I read and enjoyed the excerpts and 'remixed' stories on the website, and then I ordered I-O from here, and enjoyed it thoroughly as well. Its true the stories are not plot-driven. Whoever called them 'word paintings' pretty much hit the nail on the head. The setting of the stories...the rust and metal and bodily fluids and whatall else, is a character in and of itself. These pieces are designed to invoke images and feelings, rather than amaze readers with finely tuned plots. Many of the stories may not even seem to quite make sense there's rarely much explanation about the characters, the specific settings, or the events taking place, but again the point seems to be evoking images, feelings and ideas. Most of the stories make statements, most obviously about over-industrialization, loss of individuality, and alienation. Many of them can be interpreted in various ways and placed in more than one context, always a sign of good material. 'Akin to Insects' for instance can be seen in an anti-religious light, but it is also an affirmation of free will and self-determination. 'partofit' is the most obvious critique of industrial jobs and society. Even though in America at present factory-type jobs are becoming largely a thing of the past, one can still relate to the themes of monotony and impersonalism. 'Iron Lung' to me is a critique of people's unreasonable desire for an unattainable goal of safety. 'Coaxial Creature' is perhaps the most 'classical' story in the collection it reminds me strongly of both Lovecraft, and the old Outer Limits. 'Method of Pulse' honestly didn't entirely make sense to me, but still evoked powerful images, and unusual feelings. 'Foetal Chambers' seems like a sort of updated, Jekyll and Hyde story with elements of dependency, and of course images of darkness, deformity and metallic decay thrown in for good measure. 'Ignition' seems to be the favorite of many, but was probably my least favorite, although I did enjoy it. 'Prism' seems somewhat similar to, but is more uplifting than 'partofit.' Both have protagonists that are easy to relate to, despite their strangeness on the surface. Overall I think Simon Logan has created an interesting vision of where we might be heading, and where some of us may already be. I will definitely be purchasing more of his work down the road.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    The stories in I-O are unlike anything I've read before.

    Simon Logan's 'Industrial Fiction' style is very original. The stories in I-O are unlike anything I've read before. Simon creates a very moody atmosphere in his fiction that is a little depressing (in an enjoyable way, not in a slash-your-wrists way!). His unique writing style draws you deeply into his strange and dark little world. You'll be glad you don't live there, but you'll want to go back and visit him again. ¿Paul Fry, Peep show magazine

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    Posted July 2, 2011

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