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Austin Tappan Wright

Austin Tappan Wright, a Harvard-educated lawyer, was born to a distinguished family. After serving in the Boston law firm of Louis Brandeis, Wright taught at the University of California Law School (Berkeley) and the University of Pennsylvania. He died at the age of 48 in an automobile accident.

Islandia: On the Edge

Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright

[In our Edge of the Universe column, we review mainstream authors that incorporate elements of speculative fiction into their “literary” work. However you want to label them, we hope you’ll enjoy discussing these books with us.]

Islandia is a keeper. It’s one of those books that lives on your shelf and which you gaze at lovingly from time to time, considering whether this is the time to crack it open again or not. You don’t want to do it too often for fear that you might dilute some of its power (and let’s be frank: it’s a looong book), yet you don’t want to let your immersion in its world go too long between visits. This is one of those books that I would use to refute M. John Harrison’s argument that world-building is the death of good fiction. This work ... Read More