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Chris James is the critically acclaimed author of the first two parts of the science fiction trilogy The Second Internet Cafe, and Stories of Genesis, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 & Vol. 3, short story collections based on characters in songs by the rock band Genesis. Chris is also the author of the ground-breaking science fiction novel Class Action, and has published the comedy/picture book The B Team and Me. He has also published two feature-film length screenplays: the romantic comedy The Renewable Assignment, and a biopic of early Genesis and Tony Stratton-Smith, called Atmospheres: The genesis of Genesis.
Chris is an occasional lecturer in English at Warsaw University and a full-time language trainer. Chris lives in an agreeably anonymous – and nicely forested – suburb of Warsaw, Poland, with his Polish wife and three children.
on Aug. 03, 2013 :
The soundtracks to our lives not only provide background music to life events, they can also spur imagination of the highest order. How often do we listen to songs we love, wonder as to what the lyrics really mean, then just attach our own stories (really, our own fantasies) to those same songs?
Chris James has done that and oh, so much more. He's taken fan fiction to another level with this project. James has written original, imaginative short stories using the exhilarating, fantastical songs of his favourite rock band, the incomparable Genesis, as inspiration.
Let's be clear here. He hasn't quoted the lyrics directly. He's used the songs as springboard into his own, well-woven stories.
There is a range - an eclectic mix. At first I wondered if all of the stories should have been forced into a theme. But, that would have been so wrong. The common denominator of Genesis band inspiration is enough of a theme. Chris takes his stories into everyday lives, into the future and into fantasy; this mix is another strength of this collection.
I am really looking forward to reading more of his creative noodling and hope more volumes of this "new kind of fan fiction" will be forthcoming soon. Such creativity and excellent writing!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)