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 other planets, images of assassinated U.S. presidents, joyless sex, pessimistic views of life, the fate of the world in the hands of a neurotic, working-class Joe Average – or is the narrator delusional? (there’s even a brief appearance of Mrs. Harry Evans, an astronaut’s wife, from Malzberg’s earlier novel, ‘Beyond Apollo’) Everything I’ve come to expect after 11 Malberg novels. Still, they are interesting reads.

“Most of the life and sense of welfare recipients is beyond me.” (p. 115)

“There has always been a low order in my life; a sense of things coming together in however pointless a fashion.” (p. 160)


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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