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Alex Irvine is a fantasy and comic book writer. (Bowker Author Biography)
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(eng) The Alex Irvine page is combined here, since the name appears to be used only by Alexander C. Irvine. Since there are other authors called Alexander Irvine, the works from that page are aliased here rather than combining the two author pages.

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Obras por Alex Irvine

A Scattering of Jades (2002) 226 exemplares
Pacific Rim (2013) — Autor — 167 exemplares
The Adventures of Tintin: A Novel (2011) 155 exemplares
Iron Man 2 (2010) 101 exemplares
Exodus (Transformers) (2010) 92 exemplares
Batman: Inferno (2006) 86 exemplares
The Vertigo Encyclopedia (2008) — Autor — 85 exemplares
Marvel's The Avengers (2015) 74 exemplares
Anthropocene Rag (2020) 68 exemplares
One King, One Soldier (2004) 67 exemplares
The Narrows (2005) 65 exemplares
Daredevil Noir (2009) 65 exemplares
The Incredible Hulk (2015) 64 exemplares
Iron Man (2014) 62 exemplares
Have Robot, Will Travel (1999) 60 exemplares
Thor (2015) 59 exemplares
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) 46 exemplares
Buyout: A Novel (2009) 46 exemplares
Exiles (Transformers) (2011) 43 exemplares
Mystery Hill (2009) 43 exemplares
The Riddler's Gambit (2015) 35 exemplares
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) 31 exemplares
Iron Man 2: The Junior Novel (2010) 30 exemplares
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2015) 29 exemplares
Pictures From An Expedition (2006) 29 exemplares
Ant-Man (2016) 26 exemplares
Virus (1905) 26 exemplares
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2016) 25 exemplares
Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars (2015) 25 exemplares
The Life of Riley (2005) 18 exemplares
Hellstorm, Son of Satan: Equinox (2007) 17 exemplares
Unintended Consequences (2003) 16 exemplares
Power Rangers (2017) 12 exemplares
Iron Man: Rapture (2011) 11 exemplares
Mare Ultima (2012) 10 exemplares
Rossetti Song Four Stories (2002) 10 exemplares
Marvel: Captain America Civil War Movie Novel (2018) — Autor — 8 exemplares
Halo: Collateral Damage (2018) 7 exemplares
Seventh Fall 7 exemplares
Dragon's Teeth (2009) 5 exemplares
The Lorelei 3 exemplares
Shambhala 3 exemplares
Chichen Itza 3 exemplares
The Golems of Detroit 3 exemplares
Peter Skilling 3 exemplares
Green River Chantey (2012) 2 exemplares
Wizard's Six 2 exemplares
Down in the Fog-Shrouded City (2002) 2 exemplares
The Murder of King Tut [Comic Book 2] (2010) — Writer — 2 exemplares
Eagleburger's Lawn 2 exemplares
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun #1 (2011) 2 exemplares
Shad's Mess (2012) 2 exemplares
Daredevil Noir: Liar's Poker #2 (2009) 2 exemplares
The Murder of King Tut [Comic Book 1] — Writer — 2 exemplares
The Murder of King Tut [Comic Book 3] (2010) — Writer — 1 exemplar
Isla Tiburón 1 exemplar
Akhenaten 1 exemplar
A Peaceable Man 1 exemplar
Volunteers 1 exemplar
Reformation 1 exemplar
Glitch 1 exemplar
Deus Ex #2 1 exemplar
Two Tales 1 exemplar
The Dream Curator 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 498 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection (2003) — Contribuidor — 483 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection (2010) — Contribuidor — 279 exemplares
Trampoline: An Anthology (2003) — Contribuidor — 166 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Two (2008) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
Live Without a Net (2003) — Contribuidor — 143 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four (2010) — Contribuidor — 126 exemplares
Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories (2007) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012) — Contribuidor — 109 exemplares
Starlight 3 (2001) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 2 (2017) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
Futureshocks (2006) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy (2010) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven (2017) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Forbidden Planets (2006) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
Is Anybody Out There? (2010) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Retro Pulp Tales (2006) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Robots, A Science Fiction Anthology (2005) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Polyphony 4 (2004) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Polyphony 2 (2003) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Ignorance Is Strength (2020) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Burn the Ashes (2020) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Or Else the Light (2020) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 15: Worldcon 2008 Special (2008) — Contribuidor, algumas edições13 exemplares
The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories (2017) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 22/23: The Company He Keeps (2010) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Halo: Rise of Atriox (2018) — Autor — 9 exemplares
Nightmares on Congress Street, Part 5 (2006) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
The Best of Strange Horizons: Year Two (2004) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Crimewave 10: Now You See Me (2008) 4 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 101 • October 2018 (2018) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 43, No. 3 & 4 [March/April 2019] (2019) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Postscripts Magazine, Issue 20/21: Edison's Frankenstein (2009) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Tor.com Short Fiction: Sept/Oct 2023 — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 8 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Irvine, Alexander Christian
Outros nomes
Irvine, Alex
Irvine, Alexander C.
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Locais de residência
Maine, USA
University of Maine (MA ∙ English)
University of Denver (Ph.D)
teacher (American literature | University of Maine in Orono)
University of Maine in Orono
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Nota de desambiguação
The Alex Irvine page is combined here, since the name appears to be used only by Alexander C. Irvine. Since there are other authors called Alexander Irvine, the works from that page are aliased here rather than combining the two author pages.



At some point in the future the AIs not only got the upper hand against humanity but exploited it - everyone alive lives because they are let to and when the AI gets bored, it just dissolves them and makes them a part of whatever the AI is doing next - the ultimate wrong place, wrong time case. As everything is mixed up, folklore, literature and reality had collapsed into each other, reshuffled and spit out as history - with the AI's ability to create any person anytime anywhere.

In the middle of this madness, 6 young people receive a golden ticket (and if you miss that reference, Irvine will spell it out at one point). And while we follow the 6 of them first getting the tickets and then embarking on a journey to get to where the tickets lead, we see the America of the times - from the 6 places they each started from to the rest of the country (mostly in passing but not only).

The text is full of literary and historical references - some are spelled out, some are just hinted at. You can spend the novel just trying to recognize all of them (Irvine seems to have dropped most of the current cultural references he wanted to use into a mixer and started the thing on high). Even some real people show up (Mark Twain shows up twice even).

At the end the novel ends up being more about the world than the people or the quest - if one expects a resolution for our 6 lucky winners, they may be disappointed. It is not that kind of novel. It is really a novel about taking a risk by doing something new, about the path taken when you don't think any choices and about consciousness - because after all it is a tale about an AI trying to grasp with humanity - and not by just killing us all.
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AnnieMod | 1 outra crítica | Apr 10, 2023 |
freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Meh. Noir-style things are often a hard sell for me despite my wanting to like them because there's frequently a lot of misogyny and other such things in the genre. For example, I liked the character of Eliza and I liked Matt falling hard for her--it felt fast, but I was sold on it--until the revelation that she was a "psychopath." I didn't mind the twist of her being the Bull's-Eye Killer, but making the reason why she does what she does be "because she's crazy!" doesn't sit well with me. It's a harmful stereotype against people with mental illness and poor writing.

Also I feel like there should be a way to do noir-style art that doesn't leave me guessing which character I'm looking at in each panel based on context clues. Between two-thirds of every character being in shadows and the other third being stylized noir-grit, good luck recognizing anyone except Daredevil. Even Matt himself was difficult to recognize outside of his red Daredevil costume.

Also, and I realize this is a somewhat minor nitpick, but I feel like Matt being Foggy's employee is a characterization misstep. Nelson and Murdock are partners, and them having an inherently unequal relationship sat wrong with me.

So, like with most noir-type things, I wanted to like this more than I did.


Re-read this a second time, and I'm upping the rating from 2 stars to 4 stars. Know what to expect, I think, helped make this a more coherent read for me and thus a more effective one. I very much enjoyed this the second time around.
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coprime | 4 outras críticas | Aug 30, 2022 |
I really, really liked it, but a more recent version would be appreciated, since the book was published in 2009.
TheFangirl | 2 outras críticas | Jul 25, 2022 |



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