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mark211Weirdest and/or most unfathomable SFF ever?2015-06-14 06:41:17
mark211A great thing about SFF fiction is that it obviously affords huge scope for experimental stories both in terms of form and content. While some of this stuff can leave readers scratching their heads, I do think it's great that somebody somewhere is doing this stuff (even if it's not something I'd do myself.2015-06-14 06:43:06
mark211My first nomination in this category is Brian Aldiss's "Report on Probability A" which if you've not come across it, you can read about here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Report_on_Probability_A2015-06-14 06:44:00
Pippin91Philip K Dick has written several works like this, most notably The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and VALIS. The former is at times so incoherent that all I could do was hold on and see where it went. VALIS is a favorite of mine, a dense, foggy work where every once in a while the fog clears and a moment of stunning clarity emerges.2015-06-14 07:21:06
micheledutcherDon't know if it was scifi - but Naked Lunch was totally weird. The Windup Girl was unfathomable for me, but it won all kinds of awards. I read its plot online, so I know where it was going. Maybe if I had read other works from the author I would have understood his world. 2015-06-14 11:04:43
Pippin91Yeah, Windup Girl was very odd - I cannot imagine a world based on spring power!! Personally, I did not really like that book much. But it's beautifully written.2015-06-14 12:37:42
IronspiderI would also have nominated Naked Lunch - William Burroughs at his most obscure! Or the Soft Machine or Nova Express... Another author who dabbled in the obtuse (I've not read any of his recent work so can't comment on those) was Samuel R Delany - though I enjoyed both Dhalgren and Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, I can't say I really understood what either novel were about. Nice prose, rather cryptic plotlines.2015-06-14 23:58:17
jessbaumI have quite the scope for imagination, so if something's strange to me it's really out there. Perdido Street Station by China Meriville is one such tale. The main character is a scientist who's in love with a giant bug woman and the world he lives in is very odd. It's a good read though and I recommend it to you all. 2015-06-15 04:34:30
IronspiderJessbaum - Perdido Street Station is one of those novels I never managed to finish. Sometimes I come across a book that I just can't relate to and, despite numerous attempts, just never manage to read. It's not always the obscure or unfathomable books either; most often it's just that some facet (be that the plot or a character) doesn't come across well enough for me to want to continue reading. I do enjoy the odd difficult read - if something draws me in I'll hack through the verbiage to the last page. Not always a rewarding experience, but you can miss a good story if you're scared off by a complex read.2015-06-15 23:24:26
mark211@Pippin91: 'The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch' Oh that is just a phenomenal piece of fiction - I loved the image of machinery rusting on Mars (Mars?) while the colonists sit around playing 'Perky Pat'. 2015-06-16 15:03:40
mark211@Pippin91 & Michele: When I first read 'The Windup Girl' I was a bit disappointed by it, but it was only after thinking about it later that I realised how carefully thought out that was as a bit of SF. I would actually recommend it to anyone who's not read it, but it is one that grows on you rather than grabs you straight away (IMO). 2015-06-16 15:05:57

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