Welcome, Chaos (1983) by Kate Wilhelm

Welcome chaos2In keeping with this month’s theme of me showing up in places I don’t belong, both physically and virtually, my review of Kate Wilhelm’s post-Sweet Birds thriller, Welcome, Chaos has posted at Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations. Thanks to He Who Shall Be Called Joachim for letting me take over his site every once in a while. (I participated in the Michael Bishop series last year.)

Joachim’s author review series are an important effort to revive interest in still living authors of groundbreaking vintage works. It’s unfortunate but common that many celebrated and award-winning authors are overlooked by later generations. That new release you have in your hands right now? The one we’re all sick of hearing about? Probably not gonna be talked about much ten years from now. Yup.

And, twenty years from now, people are going to lose their shit over a similar book on a similar topic, written by some young punk. Because that young punk didn’t bother to read their classics. (Or did they? Hmmm.)

Anyway, here’s my review of Welcome, ChaosAnd remember to check out the other excellent Kate Wilhelm reviews. And then check back for more upcoming reviews this month!

And then go read Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976). Seriously.


12 thoughts on “Welcome, Chaos (1983) by Kate Wilhelm

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    From He Who Shall Be Called Joachim, thank you for the kind words! (and thanks again for the review — as always).

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  2. S. C. Flynn says:

    Good point in your intro, Megan (among many others) about how after 20 years or so similar ideas are reused for a new generation.


    • fromcouchtomoon says:

      Thanks, Stuart! I think so many of us read SF to discover something new. And I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for authors to watch their work become forgotten.

      And I see new authors saying things like, “Move over. Make way. My stories are more relevant. Old stories don’t matter anymore.” But are they going to like that treatment when it’s done to them twenty years from now?

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  3. Widdershins says:

    ‘alternately dubious and unputdownable.’ … your way with words is magnificence unparalleled. 🙂 Love it!


  4. Title sounds good. I am now hyperaware of titles, after thinking about them so much last week. Off to read that review…


  5. […] Welcome, Chaos (1983) by Kate Wilhelm– Submitted for Joachim’s Kate Wilhelm series, I was eager to try a second read from this award-winning author’s catalog. Chaos shares an apocalyptic focus with Wilhelm’s more famous Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1977), yet the two novels take completely different approaches, with Chaos abandoning the more plaintive, conflicted style of Sweet Birds for something more mainstream and suspenseful. The suspense is never quite suspenseful enough, although it is fun to watch Wilhelm’s doormat protagonist develop into a fem-inist-fatale. It’s okay, but Sweet Birds is a must read. […]


  6. […] recently given a mildly satisfied review to another commercial feeling, narratively bland novel, also designed for the grocery store shelves, I feel justified in saying that Bones of the […]


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