Ultravioletta

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Fiction. "ULTRAVIOLETA is in the first place a mind that is spacious, with spangled depths on the order of William Blake and Phillip K. Dick. Our Mental Travelers are shining, friendly, off-hand and amorous astronauts, humans, monsters, aliens, and constructions, and they move through the galaxy on wings of a consciousness that is more than permeable...[Moriarty] has invented a new kind of tale in which the materiality of language and the magic of story combine in ever more wondrous agreements"--Robert Gluck. ...
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Fiction. "ULTRAVIOLETA is in the first place a mind that is spacious, with spangled depths on the order of William Blake and Phillip K. Dick. Our Mental Travelers are shining, friendly, off-hand and amorous astronauts, humans, monsters, aliens, and constructions, and they move through the galaxy on wings of a consciousness that is more than permeable...[Moriarty] has invented a new kind of tale in which the materiality of language and the magic of story combine in ever more wondrous agreements"--Robert Gluck. Laura Moriarty has taught at Naropa University and Mills College, and is currently the Deputy Director for Small Press Distribution.
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In her enchanting second novel, Moriarty (Cunning) goes for nothing less than the nature of time, space, life and art literally creating a fictional universe. Stella Nemo, the most appealing sort of sophisticated na f, plunges her paper ship, the Nautilus, into deepest, blackest space, crossing into the fraught domains of other planets and other minds, beaming requests for information to Ada Byron (a clone and psychic information scientist), and dreaming of the renaissance poet Thomas Wyatt (who exists as data). Stella's mission: to attempt to think and to write without being disturbed, derailed or killed by competitor plots, space junk or malfunction. Moriarty offhandedly lends Stella's journeys serious stakes: the elaborately artificial setting beautifully contrasts the joys, terrors and banalities of writing and publication, captured with delicate irony and attention to nuance. Sweet Borges-like thought experiments meet Philip K. Dick paranoia, with strands of science fiction, romance, pulp noir, fairy tale and the American road novel taken up by characters like Cap (a robot), beatlike figure Eddie Zed, hot muse Tinia, cute guy Dayv, blow-hard Pontius Pilate (pilot of the frighteningly huge, attention-grabbing ship Ultravioleta) and a malevolent, unstoppable, plural group called "the I." This mission is as keenly ambitious as it is successful. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891190247
  • Publisher: Atelos
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and in Northern California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley. She was the Director of the American Poetry Archives at the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University for many years. She has taught at Naropa University and Mills College and is now the Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution. Her books include A TONALIST (Nightboat Books, 2010), A SEMBLANCE: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS, 1975-2007 (Omnidawn, 2007), ULTRAVIOLETA (Atelos, 2006), SELF-DESTRUCTION (Post-Apollo Press, 2005), NUDE MEMOIR (Krupskaya, 2000), THE CASE (0 Books, 1998), SPICER'S CITY (Poetry New York, 1998), SYMMETRY (Avec Books, 1996), L'Archiviste (Zasterle 1991), LIKE ROADS (Kelsey St. Press, 1990), and RONDEAUX (Roof Books, 1990).
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    1. Hometown:
      Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 24, 1979
    2. Place of Birth:
      Honolulu, Hawaii
    1. Education:
      B.S.W., University of Kansas, 1993; M.A. in English, University of Kansas, 2000

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