The Crazy Years [NOOK Book]

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A collection of witty, irreverent essays on subjects running the gamut from the space program to airport bans on smoking are included in this anthology. Written by Spider Robinson, The Crazy Years takes its name from Robert A. Heinlein's designation of the last years of the 20th century and contains essays from Robinson's tenure as op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail and from Galaxy Online. Environmentalists that place the survival of earth before the survival of humanity, the idiocy of computer designs, and ...
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The Crazy Years

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Overview

A collection of witty, irreverent essays on subjects running the gamut from the space program to airport bans on smoking are included in this anthology. Written by Spider Robinson, The Crazy Years takes its name from Robert A. Heinlein's designation of the last years of the 20th century and contains essays from Robinson's tenure as op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail and from Galaxy Online. Environmentalists that place the survival of earth before the survival of humanity, the idiocy of computer designs, and the downsides of the Internet are among the subjects Robinson uses to take the world to task.
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Publishers Weekly
Originally published in Toronto's Globe and Mail, the short essays in Hugo-winner Spider Robinson's The Crazy Years offer provocative comment on a wide range of subjects, including the U.S. space program, smoking, the environment, intellectual property rights and SF. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935251545
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/22/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 294
  • File size: 405 KB

Meet the Author

Spider Robinson is the author of Callahan's Key, Callahan's Legacy, and The Free Lunch. He has received three Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and the Pat Terry Memorial Award for Humorous Science Fiction. He is particularly known for his series Callahan's Place, believed to be the inspiration for one of the largest newsgroups on the Internet. He lives in Bowen Island, British Columbia. Lawrence Block is the author of The Burglar in the Rye, Hit List, Hope to Die, and Tanner on Ice. His articles and short stories have appeared in American Heritage, GQ, The New York Times, Playboy, and Redbook. He is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and has won the Edgar, Japanese Maltese Falcon, Nero Wolfe, and Shamus awards. He lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Exelent book, sub-par formating

    I am enjoying this book very much, but begin to notice spaces where spaces should not be. At one point, "starship" came out as "stars hip". As amusing as that was, I'd hunt for a hard copy if I were you.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Classic Spider

    I like almost everything Spider Robinson writes. This book is a collection of newspaper columns that, except for this book may have eluded other Robinson fans.

    For a number of years, Spider wrote a weekly column for the the Toronto Globe and Mail and this book is a collection of these columns. As a Spider fan, I enjoyed reading every one of them - even the ones I disagreed with.

    Other readers have complained that these columns have suffered the editing typical of newspapers where they must be shortened to fit into the planned space for them. Unedited versions of some of these columns are being posted on Spider's Website now and, while the ones I have seen are an improvement, these columns as published are well well worth reading for Spider's quirky but usually right-on-accurate opinions. They also give better insight into this fascinating and often funny writer.

    I strongly recommend this book for all Robinson fans and anyone else who would like a different look at many of the concerns of our times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2004

    The Crazy Years

    *** Spider Robinson has established a reputation as being one of the masters of science fiction, and here he proves Andrew Greeley's point that sci fi and fantasy writers are the philosophers of the modern world. His collected essays, ranging from the rigors of nicotine withdrawal, the variations of stupidity, and the differences between Canadians and Americans, particularly in politeness often amuse, when not hitting too close to home. His wit runs from dry to laugh out loud, yet the one true drawback of this book is that the more agnostic moments will most likely disturb or even offend those who do have faith. At these points, the best advice to readers is to pick out the bones, but keep the fish. ***

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