Exorcise Carl Sagan and you get Barry N. Malzberg

‘Out From Ganymede’ by Barry N. Malzberg (1974)

Is Barry N. Malzberg what you end up with if you were to perform an exorcism on Carl Sagan? From the front cover facing page of this collection of short stories by Malzberg – “The universe is large, bigger than hell…and man is small, a bare specter in the endless ravening reaches of the cosmos.” Or this from the opening paragraph of the first story – “Settling into orbit around…(…Ganymede) Walker finds himself thinking of his estranged wife: unquestionably she was a terrific fuck.”

From ‘Some Notes Toward A Useable Past’ – “So and so lived in this year and the society was oriented at that time to such and such, and so and so wasn’t happy with such and such, so he decided to do this and that, which put him in revolt against such and such but eventually after a long struggle of this and that, so and so happened and they took paperback rights.” (from  p. 58-59)


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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