Autobiographical schizophrenic metafiction?

‘Herovit’s World’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1973)

I enjoyed this book as I read it but after finishing began to wonder how much I failed to appreciate by not knowing more of Malzberg’s personal history as a writer because it seemed so autobiographical.

“The only way to deal with the science-fiction problem is to get out of the field…writing science fiction has got to be a very limiting sort of thing: most of your audience are adolescents…and most of them stick with it for only a couple of years before they find something more interesting…our field is something which people outgrow…so writers have to outgrow it too” (p. 72) (Spoken by Malzberg’s main character Jonathan Herovit)

“Science fiction is not a form of writing…it is a way of life, a way of thinking, a new and important means of dealing with the universe. The science-fictional way of dealing with reality is the only way, and we writers have nothing in common with any other kind; we are a truer, finer, deeper kind of person.” (p. 74) (Spoken by Malzberg’s character based on real life sci-fi writer A. E. van Vogt)

“God, how I hate science fiction. I hate everything about it…and don’t forget the idiots who read it.” (p. 122)


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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