supergee: (nebula)
2017-09-13 05:55 am

Battling the literary establishment

Robert Heinlein: SJW

Thanx to File 770

ETA: And an editor told Joe Haldeman, “Sci-fi does not mix with women.”
supergee: (nebula)
2017-08-27 08:29 am


My inner 12-year-old screams with delight when Moorcock writes about Dick, but the important part is that Michael Moorcock’s favorite PKD book is also mine: Time out of Joint, which says that maybe everything is fake. Also, Adam Roberts makes what may be the possible case for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. (As a post-humanist, I am not terribly concerned by The Android vs. the Human as anything but a sign of progress, but it mattered to Dick, perhaps because, like a common type of homophobe, he feared he was what he wanted to eliminate.) There’s also someone who appears to actually believe that Dick’s mimetic writing was his best.
supergee: (book)
2017-08-03 01:51 pm

No more

Four of the great writers of my lifetime—John Barth, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Roth, and Robert Silverberg—have stopped writing novels. I’m a bit sad, but it would be ungrateful to be too sad, and I think they had a better idea than John Updike did. After he finished with Rabbit and Bech, his lifetime average decreased with every book.
supergee: (coy2)
2017-07-12 08:38 pm


Coed Demon Sluts is obviously a Big Idea.

Thanx to Whatever.
supergee: (starmaker)
2017-07-03 06:27 am


Darko Suvin said that sf is “cognitive estrangement.” Robert Anton Wilson said it’s “straight-faced bullshit.” I’m sure there are subtle differences between the two definitions, but that’s not important now; it’s a tension between opposites. SF that emphasizes the straight-faced part has traditionally been called “hard” sf, but that term has become entangled in controversy. So how about plausible science fiction?

Thanx to File 770
supergee: (book)
2017-06-14 05:39 am

Miss Portinari investigates

Thomas Pynchon seen (or not) from Brazil. Time to confess that I think of Against the Day as something I slogged through and lived to tell about, and I haven’t tried The Bleeding Edge for fear that it’s his Golem100.

Thanx to Metafilter