Ultrameta: A Fractal Novel

  • Title: Ultrameta: A Fractal Novel
  • Author: DouglasThompson
  • ISBN: 9780956214706
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ultrameta A Fractal Novel Under the biological microscope fractal geometry reveals itself as the secret structure of Life itself Like Russian dolls the closer we zoom in the we pass into repeating realms of infinite divisib
    Under the biological microscope, fractal geometry reveals itself as the secret structure of Life itself Like Russian dolls, the closer we zoom in, the we pass into repeating realms of infinite divisibility In Ultrameta, Douglas Thompson searches for just such patterns in the confusion and social devastation of modern urban life Ultrameta is the metropolis of all meUnder the biological microscope, fractal geometry reveals itself as the secret structure of Life itself Like Russian dolls, the closer we zoom in, the we pass into repeating realms of infinite divisibility In Ultrameta, Douglas Thompson searches for just such patterns in the confusion and social devastation of modern urban life Ultrameta is the metropolis of all metropolises The city we all live in, wherever we happen to be in the world London, Glasgow, Athens, New York, Tokyo the City of the Soul that has grown within all of us The time span of the text ranges from Ancient Greece to the unnervingly familiar present, leading us to uncomfortable questions about ourselves and the life we live It encompasses a vast emotional and social spectrum, which we plunge through as we follow the main character, Alexander Stark, through a vivid range of different identities, moving from one time and place to another in a seemingly endless cycle of death and re emergence What is Ultrameta Visionary horror Experimental surrealism Trippy outsider art Like Danielewski s House of Leaves, this is one of those few books that possess a core of something genuinely unusual, both in its ideas and its approach to storytelling A tale of Serial Suicide or perhaps of immortality A circular novel or is it a story collection A four dimensional shadow of, or an enigma modelled on, Life itself Ultrameta represents a striking development in Slipstream writing and a unique way of looking at the world.

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    1. Douglas Thompson s short stories have appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, most recently Ambit, Postscripts, and New Writing Scotland He won the Grolsch Herald Question of Style Award in 1989 and second prize in the Neil Gunn Writing Competition in 2007 His first book, Ultrameta , was published by Eibonvale Press in August 2009, nominated for the Edge Hill Prize, and shortlisted for the BFS Best Newcomer Award His critically acclaimed second novel, Sylvow , was published in autumn 2010, also from Eibonvale A third novel Apoidea was released from The Exaggerated Press in 2011, a fourth Mechagnosis is due from Dog Horn in September 2012, and a fifth Entanglement is due from Elsewhen Press as an e book from August 2012, and as a paperback from November 2012,


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    1. Originally published at Risingshadow.Ultrameta is an experimental and complex novel for intelligent readers who want something more from their novels than ordinary fiction and easy storytelling. This novel is far from being a conventional novel or a short story collection. It's a novel that consists of different episodes (letters) that are connected to each other. Together, these episodes form a novel that will astound, excite and satisfy the reader.Ultrameta is a literary and surreal work of ar [...]

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    2. Alexander Stark is a university professor who goes missing; this book contains accounts of his life - or rather lives - from that point on. His - and sometimes her - stories take us all over the world and into the past, to ancient Greece and medieval Italy. Those he left behind try to piece things together from a trail of corpses. Where is he going? What is his purpose? Is he a serial killer or a serial suicide? I should say up front that four of these stories were published in magazines I edite [...]

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    3. Luckily, Stephen has already written an excellent review, which also includes a kind of synopsis of this remarkable novel, so I can save on work here. Which is a good thing, because I'm extremely lazy, and rarely write reviews on boards like this, but this book, which came to me almost by chance because it had been recommended, and rightly so, for Best Novel Award of the British Fantasy Society, really is so astonishing and so astonishingly good, indeed brilliant, that it is totally worthy of co [...]

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    4. This is the novel Samuel Richardson might have written had he been born a few hundred years later, been writing for a different class and been influenced by his dreams as much as the society around him. It is an ambitious book that defies the pigeonhole—that might be a portmanteau novel, a series of dense sketches, an epistolary novel or something entirely different. Not meaning that it is so radical that one does not know where to shelve it, but more in the sense that, like an author such as [...]

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    5. "Ultrameta" is a very difficult novel to review, but not a difficult novel to read. It may or may not be a difficult novel to interpret, and may or may not have multiple meanings. It might be a collection of inter-connected stories, or it might be a collection of unconnected stories. It might the ramblings of missing academic, Alexander Stark, or it might be the truth of the same character. Ultimately, "Ultrameta" is what you bring to it in terms of interpretation. The book is jam-packed with id [...]

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    6. If you thought Cloud Atlas was a little too conventional, Ultrameta may be the book for you. Trying to interpret (let alone synopsise) Douglas Thompson’s extraordinary first novel is probably a fool’s errand, but let’s see what happens anyway. Subtitled “A Fractal Novel”, Ultrameta is constructed as a series of linked short stories and story-fragments, but exactly how they’re linked is open to debate.Ultrameta centres on Alexander Stark, a university professor who disappeared, and th [...]

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