“I spent much of my youth soul-suckingly horrified by 'Star Trek' and not understanding why no one else could understand that it was a charnel ship manned by ghosts, because you die every time you teleport!” Mr. Miéville said. “It freaked me out.”
No one puts Doctorow in the corner: At Jacket Copy, Joshua Mohr (whose new Termite Parade is rounded up later today in Old Media Monday) talks about the summer read that became his favorite book, E.L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel:
I remember being so excited by Doctorow’s book that I brewed a pot of coffee at midnight, so I could stay up and inhale the narrative in one sitting. It’s a pretty big book. But my insomnia + all that caffeine = a jittery, palpitating success! It was also the first book that I finished, then immediately flipped back to page one and started again. I wanted to understand how he’d mesmerized me in such a strident way.
Artemis Fowl and the Penultimate Adventure: Eoin Colfer, back to his bread-and-butter after a turn at being Douglas Adams, tells the Guardian that his new book, Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex, will be the second-to-last in the series about the boy-genius criminal mastermind with, increasingly, a heart not completely of stone. The request from the bedtime Fowl readers and listeners in my household: a spinoff series featuring the explosively hilarious Mulch Diggums.
Moving and shaking: A Sunday NYT piece on Secret Historian, a new biography of Samuel Steward, the English professor turned Hell's Angels tattoo artist and lover of Rudolph Valentino, Thornton Wilder, and Rock Hudson among many others, makes an interesting bookend with the Sunday Book Review cover reviews of bios on more closeted contemporaries E.M. Forster and Somerset Maugham, and spurs the book into our top 100 and high on this morning's Movers & Shakers.