Friday, September 7, 2007

A Sad Day.

Madeline L'Engle is dead. Her "Wrinkle in Time" is one of the great works of sci-fi in the last century. It's thought-provoking without being showy, full of vivid characters who you are totally invested in and a wonderfully sparse (but powerful) study of the mindlessness of hate.

I read "A Wrinkle in Time" when I was 8 or 9. It was the first science-fiction book that meant something to me. Thanks to my Dad's book collection I'd been reading sci-fi since I could figure out how to swipe Heinlein books off the shelf. But this was the first "sci-fi" book I read that resonated, that showed me how damn good science-fiction could be.

In tribute, I think I'll be re-reading her classic work this weekend.

Farewell. (sniff)

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