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THE REAL STUFF: LA Times Review PDF Print E-mail

 

The June 12th LA Times (E10) carried Edward Champion's review of The Real Stuff, a collection of SF stories on which films were based, edited by Brian Thomsen and Martin H. Greenberg.  Champion criticized Campbell's "Who Goes There" (calling it "talky,...with its quaint fixations on anti-gravity and its needless pulp bravado") in contrast to the films based on it. 

 

I would agree that the story is talky (i.e. there were a number of characters in it, and they spent a lot of time talking to one another, trying to define the problem and what they should do about it) rather than just doing stuff without thinking it through first.

 

 I don't think the brief appearance of anti-gravity at the end of the story constitutes a fixation.  It adds a final element of (intellectual) horror that the alien was that technologically advanced.  

 

I didn't notice the characters exhibiting any bravado (but admit I'm not sure what distinguishes pulpish bravo from other sorts of bravado or even bravery).

 

I suspectthat  Champion just doesn't like stories that focus on a challenge to the characters' intelligence as well as to their courage.   

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 June 2008 )
 
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books PDF Print E-mail

 

I found that all of Lang’s (Color) Fairy Books are on Project Gutenberg. 

 

(And I've just told Barry that we need a Review category for websites.

And we may also need a Discussion Corner for Readers. 

How do you think we should change the current Review & TalkFest menus so we could find a place for the following item?) 

 

I was fascinated to find that one of Beauty’s room in the Beast’s castle had a sort of television. 

 

“There was one room which she had not noticed particularly; it was empty, except that under each of the windows stood a very comfortable chair; and the first time she had looked out of the window it had seemed to her that a black curtain prevented her from seeing anything outside. But the second time she went into the room, happening to be tired, she sat down in one of the chairs, when instantly the curtain was rolled aside, and a most amusing pantomime was acted before her; there were dances, and colored lights, and music, and pretty dresses, and it was all so gay that Beauty was in ecstacies. After that she tried the other seven windows in turn, and there was some new and surprising entertainment to be seen from each of them, so that Beauty never could feel lonely any more.”

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 June 2008 )
 
The Life and Death of a Satellite -- reviewed by John DeChancie PDF Print E-mail

The Life and Death of a Satellite

by Alfred Bester

Little Brown, 1966, hc, 239 pp

 

Recognize the title?  I didn't, and I found it on my own bookshelf.  Apparently I picked this up in a library book sale awhile back and forgot I had it.  

 

It's nonfiction, reportage on a satellite launched, and a portrait of NASA in the era before it landed Apollo 11 on the Moon.  It's well-written, of course, and I can't help but think that old Alfie had half a mind to make some cash writing pop science books like his friend Isaac Asimo.  It's fun, it's easy, why not, but this was the only such book he ever did, I am fairly sure. 

 

Have I read it?  Not yet, but I've rediscovered it, it's here on my desk, and it will be read in time.  I'll let you know.

 

(reprinted from John DeChancie's APA-Lzine in APA-L #2227) 

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 June 2008 )
 
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