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Rjurik Davidson

Rjurik DavidsonRjurik Davidson has written short stories, essays, reviews and screenplays. He writes reviews of speculative fiction for the Age newspaper and film reviews for several magazines. Rjurik’s screenplay The Uncertainty Principle (co-written with Ben Chessell) is currently in development. He has been short-listed for and won a number of awards. He can be found at He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Unwrapped Sky: An evocative setting, but an off-putting sense of distance

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson 

Unwrapped Sky, the debut novel by Rjurik Davidson, has an evocative setting, an intriguing set-up, and an often lyrical and lovely prose style, but an off-putting distance between the reader and its characters/material works against these strengths, leaving more of a sense of “what could have been” than I would have preferred.

A clear denizen of the New Weird or Urban Weird, Unwrapped Sky introduces us to Caeli-Amur, an ancient city rising out of the dark ages brought about from the legendary God War and its ensuing Cataclysm, one which sank Caeli-Amur’s sister city beneath the waves and left the city peppered with ancient, often incomprehensible technology left by those Gods. Now, long after the Cataclysm and a hundred years after the Minotaurs saved the city from foreign conquest, it is ruled by a handful of Great Houses:  Technis, Arbor, and Marin. T... Read More