The Speed of Clouds

The Speed of Clouds

by Miriam Seidel


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"Blends quiet and deeply human moments with the world-shaking consequences of epic science fiction, effortlessly weaving them together." —A. C. Wise, author of The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories

"A heartbreaking yet uplifting exploration of fandom, of universal truths revealed by imaginary universes, and of the astonishing power of human invention and reinvention." —Jon McGoran, author of Spliced and Drift

A deep dive into fandom at the turn of the new millennium, and the poignant story of one fan’s efforts to find a new way to live life on Earth.

Mindy Vogel may need a wheelchair to get around, and she may still be living with her mother, but she travels easily between star systems as SkyLog officer Kat Wanderer, while carrying on a romance with a strangely compelling cyborg. And she runs a kickass fanzine. But after a split with her own fan club, Mindy starts to lose her bearings, and her mother’s affair with a sleazy comics dealer threatens her home. Faced with so many disruptions, Mindy must re-imagine her life. Set at the moment when fandom went digital, this expansive novel finds room for Buckminster Fuller, the Ghost Dance of the Lakota, and cosmic-themed installation art alongside the fanfic, Cons, and cosplay of fan culture.

"Spot-on about how the dynamics of a show like SkyLog offers a way to understand the even-more-elusive dynamics of adult life. Most of all, in Mindy, Seidel has created a heroine who pushes through her personal and physical obstacles, and surprises both the reader and herself." —Simone Zelitch, author of Judenstaat, Waveland, and Louisa

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999550106
Publisher: P. M. Gordon Associates
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 1,158,355
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Miriam Seidel is a writer, curator, librettist, and longtime sci-fi fan. She wrote the libretto for an opera about the visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, performed in Belgrade, New York, and Philadelphia, and a sci-fi radio play for New American Radio. She's written about visual arts and performance for Art in America, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications, and her writing has won fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. This is her first novel.

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ReadersFavorite 10 months ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Miriam Seidel invites readers to join Mindy Vogel in The Speed of Clouds in her quest to overcome her personal and physical obstacles. A wheelchair user living with her mother, Mindy is a SkyLog diehard fan who is relieved of her position as the ‘Commander’ of her fan club and loses her control as the publisher and editor of her fanzine. Worst, her mother is having a relationship with a sleazy comic dealer, threatening Mindy's efforts to restart her connection to the other Skyloggers, and to keep her alter ego Kat Wanderer and her romance with the Wuvian-cyborg Roi alive. Set in the late '90s, the story quickly takes me back to a time when the world was abuzz with the Y2K scare, and the premise reminds me of several sci-fi series back then; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Farscape, Roswell, and even the animated sitcom Futurama. I’m an outsider when it comes to Cons, cosplays, collectors and fanzines. Experiencing it through Mindy’s perspective, however, made me feel welcomed in the fandom universe-specifically Transortium-with its own conflict and politics, along with the eccentric art of Rosie Grunwald, and the complicated dynamics of Mindy’s family, including her reluctance to join a group of Santak fans. The narrative flits back and forth between Mindy’s fantastic adventure of Kat Wanderer, SkyLog fanfics, priceless findings on Weldon and Sitting Bull, as well as her reality as a paraplegic and a sci-fi fan. To the credit of Seidel’s skill, the transitions are never confusing but absorbing instead. Simply put, The Speed of Clouds is not a simple slice of life tale but a colorful one. Witty, poignant, and inspirational, it’s an adventure in its own right.