Zibaldone No. 2 (list version)

As a writer and editor, I usually detest lists. So, consistency being a minor virtue, here are  some lists.

Novelist Rudy Rucker's List of His Mentors

  • Kurt Gödel
  • Frank Zappa
  • Robert Crumb
  • William Burroughs
  • Thomas Pynchon


Kathryn Schulz's Ten Best Facts Gleaned from Books in 2015

  1. Ian Fleming wrote Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. 
  2. During the Civil War, a group of counties in northern Alabama and eastern Tennessee rejected the Confederacy and tried to form a new state called Nickajack 
  3. Aaron Burr’s grandfather was Jonathan Edwards.  
  4. Speaking of preachers, the word “poltergeist” was coined by Martin Luther. 
  5. Those wrinkles you get in your fingers and toes after a long bath are basically rain treads. 
  6. The list of women who pioneered the field of investigative journalism (Ida Tarbell, Ida B. Wells, Nellie Bly) includes a badass Swede you’ve never heard of. 
  7. Prior to the development of birth control, between 10 and 40 per cent of babies born in Europe were essentially left to die. 
  8. London’s infamous pea-soup fogs were so bad that they sometimes reduced visibility to almost nothing indoors
  9. For 700 years, the lingua franca of the Silk Road was a now-defunct language called Sogdian. 
  10. In 2013, 40 per cent of streetlights in the city of Detroit did not work.


21 Books or Stories Nick Bantock is Thinking About Reading Again

  • "Nine Billion Names of God" — Arthur C. Clarke 
  • Siddhartha — Hermann Hesse
  • The Count of Monte Cristo  — Alexandre Dumas
  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame — Victor Hugo
  • The Foundation Trilogy  — Isaac Asimov
  • Titus Groan — Mervyn Peake
  • Cider With Rosie  — Laurie Lee
  • Cat's Cradle — Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cannery Row — John Steinbeck
  • Love for Lydia — H.E. Bates
  • First Love, Last Rights — Ian McEwen
  • The Wasp Factory  — Iain Banks
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — John Le Carre
  • The Chymical Wedding — Lindsay Clarke
  • Riddley Walker — Russell Hoban
  • Four Letters of Love  — Niall Williams
  • The Shadow of the Wind — Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Perfume — Patrick Suskind
  • Fingersmith — Sarah Waters
  • The Fencing Master — Arturo Perez-Reverte
  • Game of Thrones — George R.R. Martin


  • Rudy Rucker has written 30 books, many of them cyberpunk and transrealist fiction. His cyberpunk work includes The Ware tetralogy. Any writer can produce a trilogy. Real men write tetrologies.
  • Kathryn Schulz wrote that story in The New Yorker that freaked out everybody—"The Really Big One," about the impending (someday) massive earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. The Swedish badass you've never heard of is Ester Nordström.
  • Nick Bantock has written and illustrated a lot of great stuff, including the Griffin & Sabine heptology. Remember what I said about real men above? Makes Bantock a real man's real man.