Articles by Ted Gioia

March 30, 2017

Did Vladimir Nabokov Write the Great Refugee Novel? 3

During the first hundred pages, you might even assume that this is a comic novel. But as the tragedy of Pnin’s life unfolds, in flashbacks and reminiscences, the reader is shocked into a deeper awareness of the reality of the refugee’s life in exile.

July 25, 2014

Italo Calvino’s Science Fiction Masterpiece 11

Cosmicomics is that rarity among progressive texts: its premises are absurd and almost incoherent, yet the plot lines are filled with romance, drama, and conflicts that draw the readers deeper and deeper into the text.

February 12, 2014

Martin Gardner: The Most Interesting Man in the World 8

You may think that the most interesting man in the world has a scraggly gray beard, drinks Mexican beer, and hangs out with women half his age. But you’re dead wrong. I discovered the real deal. His name was Martin Gardner.

March 25, 2013

The Weird 1969 New Wave Sci-Fi Novel that Correctly Predicted the Current Day 48

Stand on Zanzibar is set in the year 2010, and this allows us to make a point-by-point comparison and marvel at novelist John Brunner’s uncanny ability to anticipate the shape of the world to come. Indeed, his vision of the year 2010 even includes a popular leader named President Obomi.