Slipstream Fiction Goes Mainstream

February 6, 2015 12:31 AM

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Slipstream Fiction Goes Mainstream

Local news is different in Kelly Link’s world. “A woman had given birth to half a dozen rabbits,” says a radio announcer in one of Ms. Link’s short stories. “A local gas station had been robbed by invisible men…Nothing new, in other words.”

Ms. Link’s weaving of the real and unreal is part of a fast-growing strain of fiction some call slipstream. The label slipstream encompasses writing that slips in and out of conventional genres, borrowing from science fiction, fantasy and horror. The approach, sometimes also called “fantastika,” “in...

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