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Stephen King Likes Robert Charles Wilson

For those who don’t know, Stephen King has been writing a column for Entertainment Weekly, the magazine in which (I think) JP likes to wrap dead fish before he steps on them and lights them on fire.

The latest issue’s column offers King’s Summer Book Awards. Along with the The Book of the Summer (The Ruins by Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan which was later made into a movie by Sam Raimi) and Best Outright Horror Novelist (Bentley Little, author of The Store and Dispatch), he also sites Robert Charles Wilson as the Best Science Fiction Writer.

Quoth the King:

I’m not a big science-fiction fan, but I’ll read anything with a story and a low geek factor. Wilson is a hell of a storyteller, and the geek factor in his books is zero. Like Battletsar Galactica on TV, this is SF that doesn’t know it’s SF. His current novel, Spin, is good. Two earlier books, Darwinia and Blind Lake, are even better. There’s plenty of imagination here, as well as character and heart.

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8 Comments on Stephen King Likes Robert Charles Wilson

  1. O.K., two things:

    First, why can’t SF know that it is SF and be good? Or rather, what is it with these morons who don’t realize that such a thing exists?

    Second, wouldn’t it be better to wrap the dead fish in the magazine, light it on fire, and put it on Pete’s doorstep so that he steps on it?

    Just a thought.


  2. I like Robert Charles Wilson; met him twice and had the opportunity to shake his hand. I’m glad someone else thinks so.

  3. Fred,

    I think you’re being unduly harsh on Stephen King. I interpreted his comments as a compliment on the author’s work not as a put down on the genre of science fiction.

  4. I would agree with Jose, Fred, but your jab at Pete grants you a free pass. 😀

  5. Javi Martos // June 20, 2006 at 7:29 am //

    Hello all!!

    John, could you send me the complete column titled ‘Book Awards’?

    I’d like to read it.



    Best Whishes

    Javi Martos, from Spain.

  6. Javi, check your local library for the the May 28-ish issue. Or, wait a few weeks and will probably post it.

  7. Does anyone know which issue of Entertainment Weekly that Stephen King recommended Bentley Little as Best Outright Horror Novelist in?

  8. Matt John // April 20, 2010 at 1:44 am //

    hey someone else mentioned this but i have to go ahead and point out that this is essentially Gore Vidal’s Julian, with a change of time and setting, but the similarities are obvious, even small details, like Julian’ beard, his love of philosophy and intense dislike for the ‘Galileans’ as the church or dominion was referred to in Gore Vidals rendition and even the vast territory and a western and eastern army…


    cisco training master!

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