Eibonvale Press, 2009
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Under the biological microscope, fractal geometry reveals itself as the secret structure of Life itself. Like Russian dolls, the closer we zoom in, the more we pass into repeating realms of infinite divisibility. In Ultrameta, Douglas Thompson searches for just such patterns in the confusion and social devastation of modern urban life.
Ultrameta is the metropolis of all metropolises. The city we all live in, wherever we happen to be in the world. London, Glasgow, Athens, New York, Tokyo... the 'City of the Soul' that has grown within all of us. The time-span of the text ranges from Ancient Greece to the unnervingly familiar present, leading us to uncomfortable questions about ourselves and the life we live. It encompasses a vast emotional and social spectrum, which we plunge through as we follow the main character, Alexander Stark, through a vivid range of different identities, moving from one time and place to another in a seemingly endless cycle of death and re-emergence.
What is Ultrameta? Visionary horror? Experimental surrealism? Trippy outsider art? Like Danielewski's House of Leaves, this is one of those few books that possess a core of something genuinely unusual, both in its ideas and its approach to storytelling. A tale of 'Serial Suicide' - or perhaps of immortality. A circular novel - or is it a story collection? A four-dimensional shadow of, or an enigma modelled on, Life itself? Ultrameta represents a striking development in Slipstream writing and a unique way of looking at the world.
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- Science Fiction & Fantasy: Ultrameta by Douglas Thompson
Ultrameta is one of the strangest novels I've ever read. It tells the extraordinary story of the enigmatic Alexander Stark, a professor of English at Glasgow University, who disappears for ten years. During that time, his wife ...
- Douglas Thompson, Ultrameta (2009) | Follow the Thread
If you thought Cloud Atlas was a little too conventional, Ultrameta may be the book for you. Trying to interpret (let alone synopsise) Douglas Thompson's extraordinary first novel is probably a fool's errand, but let's see what ...
- The Future Fire Reviews: Thompson, Ultrameta (2009)
Douglas Thompson, Ultrameta. Eibonvale Press, 2009. Pp. 336. ISBN 9780956214713. Array10.75. Reviewed by Hugh Cayless Ultrameta is hard to categorize. Part scifi, part detective story, part extended meditation on the ...
- Hugh Byars | Douglas Thompson's Blog
Just to say you're book Ultrameta is fantastic and thanks for the blog thing. ... Both of your work is amazing and i,m thrilled to hang it on my walls( well when i get one of douglas thompson's that will be the wall complete)!!!!!!!!
- Adam Lowe - Yorkshire's Olympic Poet: Review by Douglas Thompson
Here's a new review of Troglodyte Rose by author Douglas Thompson (Ultrameta). He gives the book four out of five stars, which is a huge compliment, and gives a detailed response to the book. As a rather experimental ...
- Science Fiction & Fantasy: Entanglement, by Douglas Thompson
I have previously reviewed two other novels by Douglas Thompson: Ultrameta (October 2009) and Sylvow (February 2011). A few extracts from these reviews give a flavour of this author's work: It might best be designated ...
- Guest Post: Douglas Thompson | Hannah Kate
As well as numerous short stories in magazines and anthologies, Douglas is the author of seven novels: Ultrameta (2009) and Sylvow (2010) both from Eibonvale Press, Apoidea (2011) from The Exaggerated Press, ...
- The Future Fire Reviews: Thompson, Sylvow (2010)
Nevertheless, I added Douglas Thompson's first book, Ultrameta (*) to my reading list on completion of Sylvow, as I enjoyed the author's compelling style and would like to read more of his work. The novel is an environmental ...
- Earlier Titles Sale ? One Week Left! Last Thompson 'First Editions ...
DSCN9935sm. The Eibonvale Press sale of earlier titles is almost over ? ending on the 18th. The following titles are extremely low in stock in both bindings: Ultrameta ? Douglas Thompson Sylvow ? Douglas Thompson
- Allen Ashley & Douglas Thompson: workshop & book launch ...
Allen Ashley & Douglas Thompson: workshop & book launch. Our next two events will be on Thursday 20th December 2012, at 5.30pm and 7pm, CCA Clubroom, Glasgow. 'Getting Started' Workshop with Allen Ashley, and ...
- Science Fiction & Fantasy: Sylvow by Douglas Thompson
Sylvow by Douglas Thompson. Having been intrigued by Ultrameta, a previous novel by this author (reviewed on this blog on 2 October 2009) I was looking forward to seeing how his new work, Sylvow, compared. There are ...
- Sylvow launching at Fantasycon 2010 | Douglas Thompson's Blog
What can fans of Ultrameta expect from this new book? Are there any fans of Ultrameta? Do they or anyone even read this blog? Och? it's better, much better, trust me. It is a journey you will never forget? the end of the world ...
- Scottish Writers' Centre Great Debate Thursday 24th May | Scottish ...
v Praise for Douglas Thompson: [Ultrameta] is a ?strange . . . disturbing but certainly magical mystery tour of the extremities of human experience?, Joy Hendry, Chapman Magazine; ?Thompson uses the tropes of the fantastic in ...
- Signed Copies of Thread of Truth, Ultrameta, Once and Future Cities ...
Thread of Truth ? Nina Allan (hardback only); Ultrameta ? Douglas Thompson · Once and Future Cities ? Allen Ashley · What the Giants were Saying ? David Rix. All of these are available in both hardcover and paperback.
- Films: Night at the Museum 2; X-Files: I Want To Believe; and Memento
After I had posted my review of Douglas Thompson's Ultrameta it was suggested to me that there were some similarities with the film Memento, so I managed to get hold of a copy. The film was written and directed by ...