Alephi is going to celebrate the December month as the month of Sci.Fi. writers. We ask one small question to the Sci.Fi. writers worldwide…
Richard Parks is an ex-pat Mississippian now living in central New York. He collects Japanese woodblock prints but otherwise has no hobbies since he discovered that they all require time. His fiction has appeared in Asimov’s SF, Realms of Fantasy, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, and numerous anthologies, including Year’s Best Fantasy and Fantasy: The Best of the Year. His work has been a finalist for both the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature.
Alephi : Which sci.fi. book do you like?
Richard Parks : “The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Acquaintances” by Peter S. Beagle, Tachyon Publications, 1997.
My first acquaintance with Peter Beagle’s work was the classic The Last Unicorn. I was hooked, and sought out everything else I could find. The Tachyon collection came along a good deal later, in 1997, I snapped it up, anxious to read stories I’d never read before, including the title story plus “The Naga” and the story original to this volume, “Julie’s Unicorn.” Assuming you haven’t read the stories I’m talking about, capsule summaries seem in order. That is, they seem to be in order, and that would certainly be considered polite. The problem with Beagle, as with most writers working at his level, is telling you what a story is about doesn’t tell you anything. The only correction for that is to read the stories yourself. Then, maybe, you’ll understand. Not before.