|Pynchon posting in Brighton (courtesy Martin Eve)|
The second was in Saturday's Guardian Review, in which Russell Hoban himself contributed to a feature in which "leading SF writers choose their favourite novel or author in the genre". Hoban, it could be argued, is not strictly an SF writer (Fremder excepted), although given the chance a lot of people would probably put him in this category, if only for want of any suitable category. Then again, the author he chooses is HP Lovecraft, who is probably known more for horror than SF. But why split hairs? "Lovecraft is not everybody's mug of Ovaltine," observes Russ in the feature, elsewhere riffing on Cthulhu, "but I have always found him horribly cosy." Yum.