Wednesday, April 24, 2024



Get the sci-fi novel ALIEN BEACH for free
April 26-28, 2024 (Pacific Daylight Time) here:

PLEASE NOTE: The freebie will be available longer, until Monday April 29, in certain timezones (especially Europe).

What might have happened if aliens had visited our world, the real world, in the very recent past? What would NOT happen?

On a tiny Pacific atoll nicknamed ALIEN BEACH, a group of men and women come face to face with amphibian visitors from space.

They must learn to understand these enigmatic visitors, before the planet is thrown into a war that cannot be won... and in doing so, come to understand themselves. 
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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Book Review: THE CITY AND THE CITY by China Miéville

Book Review: THE CITY AND THE CITY (2009) by China Miéville 

This highly original novel is thematically related to China Miéville's novel EMBASSYTOWN (2011). Both books are based on how language and abstraction can shape our perception of reality. It's a detective story, mixed with Magical Realism, and cannot easily be classified as either Science Fiction or Fantasy.

(Tellingly, the novel has won awards in both genre categories.)

Imagine there's a city-state named Beszel, located somewhere in the Balkans part of Eastern Europe. It's post-Soviet, not wealthy, and a bit backward - like, say, Romania in the early 2000s. 

An experienced police detective in Beszel, Inspector Borlu, starts investigating the brutal murder of an American woman. But the investigation soon extends to another city-state, named Ul Qoma.

The inspector's work becomes involved with the complicated political entanglements and historical rivalries between the two cities... and he tracks down a possible conspiracy connected to the murder.

Now, where do you think that other city Ul Qoma is located? Next to Beszel? Across a river? Underground?

No. Both cities exist in the same place.

And yet, the people living in one city are forbidden to admit that the "other city" is there (this rule applies both ways).

So citizens of both Beszel and Ul Qoma have to live as if they know the other city formally exists - as a separate place and rival culture -  but never admitting the presence of (or bumping into) the "other people" among them.

Obviously, this state of things complicates Inspector Borlu's work - there are convoluted rules for "crossing over" from one city to another, and a secret police to keep the order.

The murder investigation allows the reader to get to know the two cities in great, gritty detail. They feel very much like realistic, lived-in places with an Eastern European sensibility.

By far, the greatest feat Miéville pulls off is to describe how the protagonist and the other characters go about not seeing (or "unseeing") the parallel city with all its people and activity. Even down to mundane details such as: How do you drive a car in urban traffic, when you're not allowed to see (or bump into) half the traffic?

This really shouldn't work - and yet the reader is pulled in.

The ending was not what I expected. I had anticipated something different, as it seemed the story was building up to some big revelatory or mysterious climax.

The book circle I'm in had a very interesting and lively talk about THE CITY AND THE CITY. When we discussed the ending, someone put it like this: The climax may seem anticlimactic, but is consistent with China Miéville's recurring themes. He's very much into writing "anti-romantic" or "anti-mythological" stories.

Nevertheless, the book is absolutely worth reading. If I would compare THE CITY AND THE CITY with the works of another author, I'd say Jorge Luis Borges comes close.

As with EMBASSYTOWN, a grain of doubt remained in the back of my mind. I "got" the concept, but even so... was it too illogical? Too self-contradictory? (Like when a child has a new, weird idea and gets very excited, but the grownup can see the fundamental logical flaw that makes the idea unworkable.)

Even when I admit that small doubt, THE CITY AND THE CITY remains a fascinating, thought-provoking experiment in Magical Realism. Recommended.

(FOOTNOTE: There is a BBC miniseries adaptation of the novel. Are you curious about how the TV series visually solved the problem of showing people not seeing something that exists in front of them? So am I.)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024


Novellsamlingen DET BLINDA RUMMET innehåller en stor del av mina tidigare publicerade noveller. Flera av dem har aldrig tidigare varit översatta till svenska.
Här finns halsbrytande fantasier, satir, skräck, humor och massor av science fiction.
Boken har fått lovord:
"Yngves noveller är innovativa och tidstypiska."
- Tora F. Greve, författare och redaktör

"A.R. Yngves noveller är fantasirika och pulpdoftande, inte sällan kryddade med en god portion humor."
- Patrik Centerwall, författare

"Yngves berättelser kombinerar Isaac Asimovs obevekliga logik och Philip K. Dicks oförutsägbara märkligheter. En fascinerande läsupplevelse!"
- KG Johansson, författare och musiker
Den svenska novellsamlingen DET BLINDA RUMMET kan beställas som pocket här:

Wednesday, April 03, 2024


FREE EBOOK WEEKEND (April 5-7 (PDT), 2024):

My scary ebook THINGS FROM BELOW And Other Stories will be available for FREE download from Friday April 5 to the end of Sunday April 7, 2024, PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).

Bookmark this link:
PLEASE NOTE: The freebie will be available longer, until April 8, in certain timezones (especially Europe). About THINGS FROM BELOW: BENEATH OUR FEET THERE ARE MONSTERS...

In the novella "Things From Below," the world is inexplicably attacked by giant creatures with a ravenous hunger for human flesh. Are these monsters real... or has reality turned into a living nightmare?
The book THINGS FROM BELOW also contains three additional tales of the macabre, by Swedish author A. R. Yngve. His short fiction has been published in the UK, Sweden and China.
Read a sample HERE.
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