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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    A special place of dishonor

    When I had only a 4,000 item SF library I once decided to search my stacks for the worst book. I was searching for a gag gift for a 'Dirty Santa' exchange. This was it. --- But at the party I realized there is a special place for books this bad and managed to get it back. This was instructive in that he later wrote some fine novels and you could see not to judge a writer by his first book, matter how bad it is. Also it is so bad it very much like a Mystery Science Theater movie without the commentary, classically bad. Get popcorn and enjoy bad. --- Why is it so bad? Spinrad at that time seemed to have had no idea of science, no apparent knowledge of physics. He had a hack plot and worse dialogue. As I went along reading in helpless fascination it was like watching a slow train wreck I couldn't tear myself away just to see how worse it would get and who would come out alive. --- If you think I am alone in my opinion do a google of the title for reviews - someone else had the same experience but reading in a public library. Unlike him I was reading a paperback edition at home and did manage to throw it across the room a few times before being sucked back in. --- However, if you are the definition of a well-read SF fan you should seriously consider this book as a modern classic of bad writing. --- Recommended is another work of his *The Iron Dream*, which Spinrad purposefully writes as a bad science fiction novel and literary commentary about the fascist subtext and symbolism supposedly written by an alternate world Adolf Hitler. --- For a better book of his also look at *Child of Fortune* or some classic psychedelic short stories in *The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde*.

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