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Gwyneth Jones (1) (1952–)

Autor(a) de White Queen

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Gwyneth Jones (1) foi considerado como pseudónimo de Gwyneth A. Jones.

67+ Works 2,191 Membros 76 Críticas

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Obras por Gwyneth Jones

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como Gwyneth A. Jones.

White Queen (1991) 279 exemplares
Bold as Love (2001) 272 exemplares
Divine Endurance (1984) 247 exemplares
North Wind (1994) 147 exemplares
Castles Made of Sand (2002) 121 exemplares
Phoenix Cafe (1997) 102 exemplares
Midnight Lamp (2003) 99 exemplares
Spirit (2008) 84 exemplares
Proof of Concept (2017) 84 exemplares
Band of Gypsys (2005) 79 exemplares
Rainbow Bridge (Gollancz S.F.) (2006) 77 exemplares
Kairos (1988) 75 exemplares
Flowerdust (1993) 75 exemplares
Escape Plans (1986) 55 exemplares
Seven Tales and a Fable (1995) 38 exemplares
Grazing the Long Acre (2009) 36 exemplares
The Universe of Things (2011) 31 exemplares
The Hidden Ones (1988) 30 exemplares
Big Cat and Other Stories (2019) 19 exemplares
The Grasshopper's Child (2014) 13 exemplares
Saving Tiamaat (2007) 8 exemplares
The Tomb Wife 8 exemplares
The Fulcrum (2005) 6 exemplares
La Cenerentola 5 exemplares
The Ki-anna (2011) 5 exemplares
The Voyage Out 5 exemplares
Cheats 3 exemplares
Stone Free (Gollancz) 3 exemplares
Bricks, Sticks, Straw (2012) 3 exemplares
Grasshopper's Child (2021) 3 exemplares
Blue Clay Blues 2 exemplares
Gravegoods 2 exemplares
The Seventh Gamer 1 exemplar
The Mechanic [short story] (1993) 1 exemplar
End of Oil 1 exemplar
The Lovers 1 exemplar
A North Light 1 exemplar
Plans de fuite (1986) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como Gwyneth A. Jones.

The Time Machine (1895) — Introdução, algumas edições17,661 exemplares
Dhalgren (1975)algumas edições3,727 exemplares
City (1952) — Introdução, algumas edições2,555 exemplares
The Female Man (1975) — Introdução, algumas edições2,182 exemplares
The New Space Opera (2007) — Contribuidor — 551 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Third Annual Collection (2006) — Contribuidor — 528 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Sixteenth Annual Collection (1999) — Contribuidor — 481 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection (2008) — Contribuidor — 475 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection (1998) — Contribuidor — 434 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourteenth Annual Collection (1997) — Contribuidor — 417 exemplares
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuidor — 416 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection (2009) — Contribuidor — 391 exemplares
Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 385 exemplares
Engineering Infinity (2011) — Contribuidor — 353 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: First Annual Collection (1986) — Contribuidor — 314 exemplares
Sabella (1980) — Artista da capa, algumas edições302 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women (2001) — Contribuidor — 287 exemplares
The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) — Contribuidor — 284 exemplares
Year's Best SF 2 (1997) — Contribuidor — 262 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection (2012) — Contribuidor — 239 exemplares
Edge of Infinity (2012) — Contribuidor — 225 exemplares
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996) — Contribuidor — 204 exemplares
Year's Best SF 15 (2010) — Contribuidor — 200 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Second Annual Collection (1987) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
Year's Best SF 13 (2008) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection (1988) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
Old Venus (2015) — Contribuidor — 169 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection (2016) — Contribuidor — 157 exemplares
Eclipse 1: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2007) — Contribuidor — 149 exemplares
Year's Best SF 17 (2012) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Eclipse 4: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2011) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
The Best of Crank! (1998) — Autor — 100 exemplares
Year's Best SF 18 (2013) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2002: The Year's Best SF and Fantasy (2002) — Commentary — 90 exemplares
Meeting Infinity (2015) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Glorifying Terrorism, Manufacturing Contempt: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Tarot Tales (1989) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
When It Changed: Science into Fiction (2009) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Letters to Tiptree (2015) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction (2009) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 09 (1998) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 (2020) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Space Opera (2007) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
In Dreams (1992) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 14 (1988) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten (2016) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Dark Terrors 5: The Gollancz Book of Horror (2000) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Tales From the Forbidden Planet (1987) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Other Edens 2 (1988) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Dangerous Games (2007) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
New Worlds 3 (1993) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (2010) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Walls of Fear (1990) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Constellations (2005) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Myth-understandings (1996) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures (2008) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Best of British Science Fiction 2016 (2017) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
TRSF (2011) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Tales for Canterbury: Survival, Hope, Future (2011) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
To Shape the Dark (2016) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Drabble Project (1988) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 085 (October 2013) (2013) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories (2017) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Fairy & Folk Tales from around the World (1986) — Ilustrador, algumas edições11 exemplares
A World of Folk Tales (1981) — Ilustrador, algumas edições10 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 51 • August 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 4 (2020) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Gothic Lovecraft (2016) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Interzone 042 (1990) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Jones, Gwyneth Ann
Outros nomes
Halam, Ann
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Locais de residência
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Brighton, Sussex, England, UK
University of Sussex
Prémios e menções honrosas
Guest of Honour, Eastercon, UK (1988)



I've always struggled a bit with Gwyneth Jones' writing, but I've had Bold as Love on the shelf for years because people whose opinions I respect have called her work Significant. Part of my problem is probably that I've been guilty in the past of rushing her books; now, as a retired person, I don't have that excuse.

But to start with, I found the premise and characters in this novel not to my liking. I've always had something of a semi-detached relationship with the counterculture; and I suppose I identified as a Young Fogey back in the days when I was still young, although my knowledge of and contact with the counterculture was always sufficient for me to know about it, identify those places where I was in tune with it, and smile indulgently at everything else. That also meant that sometimes, I picked up on issues that others didn't immediately see, and my grasp of stuff sometimes confounded people who'd think things like "How does tweedy Robert know so much about lesbian symbiology?", which amused me. But hey, I've been to festivals and slept under canvas. My political alignment helps, too.

And yet, to begin with I was reading the novel and thinking "I don't identify with these characters." There's one character who looks and behaves like a walk-on nihilist grunge villain from Gotham. The novel, published around 2000, throws us into a near-future scenario that is now on a wholly divergent timeline. And Jones' idea of what Whitehall civil servants and politicians were like was perhaps ten years out of date in 2000; Tony Blair's "Cool Britannia" seems to have either passed her by or been treated as mere window-dressing, whereas that generation of politicians and officials were more in touch with the counterculture than people realise - even some of those supposedly in the loop, such as certain SpAds (special advisors), who put out an appeal for "weirdos and misfits" to join government whilst overlooking those already working away under their noses. Well, I've written about that before (https://robertday154.wordpress.com/2020/01/18/weirdos-and-misfits/), so enough said.

I was certainly contemplating not finishing the book if I didn't get any better vibes off it by the 50-60% point. But then some friends assured me that coming to terms with the characters was something of a slow burn; and sure enough, I found myself warming to the central triumvirate: Fiorinda, Ax Preston and Sage. Someone else pointed out that the book was subtitled A near future fantasy and had certain Arthurian themes; and that I could see, also. Perhaps i should have taken more notice of that, as fantasy isn't really my thing, especially if the writer is trying to combine it with a more ostensibly "realistic" setting at the outset.

There are also some other things I found problematical. There's a major thread in the book of rock musicians and child abuse. The attitude in Bold as Love seems to be "Everyone knew but no-one said." I'm sure that's true; it's what people said about Jimmy Saville (after the event). Sadly, that rather holes the argument about it being "fantasy" under the waterline, and some coming to this book now may want to reject it on those grounds. There is also some overt Islamophobia that goes directly unchallenged despite the question of Islam in Britain being addressed positively later on. The same goes for trans issues; Gwyneth Jones' treatment of themes which might resonate unfavourably with some readers twenty years later perhaps just goes to show how far we have come.

So: an important book from a major writer, to be sure; but some readers will have to work hard at it before they begin to get returns. There is an irreverent humour at play throughout the novel, and Jones knows her fantastic literature well enough to pepper the text with in-jokes. And the Gollancz hardcover is a lovely thing with an Anne Sudworth cover.
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RobertDay | 5 outras críticas | Jun 20, 2023 |

I read the first part of this when it first came out in Interzone, way back in the day, and thought I had read the rest since, but this was mostly new to me. I generally enjoyed it, which is a relief because I bounced off a couple of other books by Gwyneth Jones that I tried in the meantime. I also suspect that I would not have enjoyed it as much when it first came out; the disintegration of the United Kingdom's structure of government doesn't seem either as improbable or as unwelcome as it did in 2001. The setting is a near-future England where Scotland and Wales have become independent and Ireland has reunited, and the counterculture takes over the government so that senior political figures are also playing in their own bands, and if anything a bit better known for the latter than the former. Our heroine, Fiorinda, undergoes a gruesome sexual initiation in the first section of the book and one of the plot strands is her personal quest to come to terms with it; other strands involve the machinations of various factions, some more believable than others. It's a really impressive vision of what a future England could look like, even if it's now twenty years old; slightly dystopian but also with a tinge of optimism.… (mais)
nwhyte | 5 outras críticas | May 17, 2021 |

Russ is a fascinating writer, whose work I don't know as well as I would like, and this book goes in great detail (perhaps too much detail) in its recounting of the stories in each of her published (and some unpublished) work. But I don't get a sense of how she fitted into the broader sfnal picture - there is a discussion of the Khatru Symposium, but without really explaining where it came from and what happened after. Russ herself, as a personality, flits in and out of the narrative. I found it a bit frustrating.… (mais)
nwhyte | 4 outras críticas | Oct 3, 2020 |
I originally chose this because I thought it might work for teens, but I don't think it's quite engaging enough to be a crossover choice. It's definitely got an interesting premise, and the mystery elements were compelling, but I don't think the resolution delivered. Quick read, but if you want a sci-fi novella I think there are better ones out there.
bookbrig | 6 outras críticas | Aug 5, 2020 |



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