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 have a complaint – and maybe it isn’t even his fault, but the spine and front cover include the words “science fiction”, however there isn’t even a whiff of anything hinting at sci-fi contained inside. Blame it on the marketing department of the publisher, Pinnacle Books? Political or psychological thriller, character study or maybe just an interesting read but I felt cheated at the lack of space or time travel, menacing or misunderstood aliens and the overall exclusion of anything scientific.
“If you do something because it ought to be done, and you do it right, what’s the difference? The only thing that matters is the act.” (p. 91)
“The ability to convert people into abstractions is given unprecedented assistance by the technological devices of the late twentieth century” (p. 153)