Monthly Archives: January 2012

no sci-fi to see here, keep moving

‘The Last Transaction’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1977) The last of the 15 long neglected but now finally read Malzberg novels in my collection. Let me say first that Malzberg can write in a way I enjoy reading, but I do … Continue reading

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sci-fi or consequences?

‘Scop’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1976) “we live in a time stream based upon astonishment and disaster, created by a series of accidents, based upon pain and brutality which sends us lurching inch by inch in pain toward a future … Continue reading

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science fiction…just is

‘Galaxies’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1975) Question: When is a novel not a novel? Answer: When it is written by Barry N. Malzberg. Ignore the cover art and the back cover blurb about the story contained within, what Galaxies is … Continue reading

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I see connections where there probably are none

This paperback cover of Joan Didion’s 1970 novel- reminded me of Patty Hearst’s 1974 club membership photo- but someone else has the “Revolution Chic” pose down better-

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Self-eating Sci-fi Watermelon

‘The Gamesman’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1975) “Fuck the future. We live in present time.” – Papa Joe Block, main character in ‘The Gamesman’ “The Game is merely a stimulacrum, a metaphor for life; if you fail here you fail outside.” … Continue reading

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Why does every Galactic power want to mess with Earth?

‘The Day Of The Burning’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1974) This time the plight of the underclass, as seen from both sides of the welfare office desk, acts as the main fabric of the story.  Along with failed space missions to … Continue reading

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The grass is always greener on the other side of no-mans land

‘The Sodom and Gomorrah Business’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1974) “Sex and death, ladies and gentlemen, death and sex, that most ancient and useful of all the equations.” (p. 41) “It has occurred to me…that all of this which I … Continue reading

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