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ISBN: 0312941412
Author: Barry N. Malzberg
Language: English
Publisher: Bluejay Books (September 1984)
Pages: 198
Category: Science Fiction
Subcategory: Fantasy
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Malzberg's comparison of the list of science fiction "classics" that were written in the decade of the fifties, compared with the number produced in. .By the end of the book I wanted to give Malzberg a slap upside the head. Life is tough all over, you sniveling wimp," I wanted to yell.

Malzberg's comparison of the list of science fiction "classics" that were written in the decade of the fifties, compared with the number produced in any other decade, was an eye-opener for me. Likewise, the discussion of the subtext within Samuel Delany's story "Aye, and Gomorrah" gave me some insights into a story that I thought I knew well. And I could go on and on, picking out many other gems, large and small, that I found in this book. School teachers and postal workers and ditch diggers don't get the respect they deserve.

by Barry N. Malzberg. Aspiring science fiction writers, take heed! If you want to understand where the field has been and where it's going-if you want a career-you need this book.

Science Fiction and the Academy: Some Notes At the Divining Edge Some Notes Toward the True and the Terrible Wrong . This is a collection of essays on science fiction and life in the science fiction field by Barry N. Malzberg

Science Fiction and the Academy: Some Notes At the Divining Edge Some Notes Toward the True and the Terrible Wrong Rabbit John W. Campbell: June 8, 1910 to July 11, 1971 The Science Fiction of Science Fiction I Don't Want Her You Can Have Her- Onward and Upward With the Arts Part II Tell Me Doctor If You Can That It's. It details his love/hate relationship with the genre, and while it is almost impossible to always agree with his conclusions, it's an extremely thought-provoking volume. Nov 22, 2010 Kevin Brown rated it liked it.

1982 The Engines of the Night: Science Fiction in the Eighties (Essays, with some fiction). 1994 The Passage of the Light-The Recursive Science Fiction of Barry N. Malzberg (with Tony Lewis and Mike Resnick). 2000 In the Stone House. 2001 Shiva: And Other Stories. 2003 Problems Solved (all stories collaborations with Bill Pronzini). Crippen & Landru. 2007 Breakfast in the Ruins (A much expanded version of "The Engines of the Night"). 2013 The Very Best of Barry N.

Malzberg's last story collection, The Man Who Loved the Midnight Lady (1980) .

Malzberg's last story collection, The Man Who Loved the Midnight Lady (1980), featured a glut of ""afterwords""-in which this sf veteran bitterly railed against the publishing world and lamented his failure to win serious critical recognition. Here, then, is more of the same, with Malzberg's anguished self-regard (though only in his early forties, he speaks of his ""career"" in the mournful past tense) coloring almost all of these 40 mini-essays.

1982) Science Fiction in the Eighties A non fiction book by Barry N Malzberg. Aspiring science fiction writers, take heed! If you want to understand where the field has been and where it's going - if you want a career - you need this book.

appeared in Robert Lowndes’ Future Science Fiction. Any history of the decade in science fiction must draw attention to this; if nothing else it will work against undue sentiment or self-delusion ture was one of the longer-l. Any history of the decade in science fiction must draw attention to this; if nothing else it will work against undue sentiment or self-delusion ture was one of the longer-lived of the thirty or forty magazines that were born to perish within the decade; it paid a penny a word (less to unknown writers) around or after publication and had a circulation of, at the most optimistic estimate, thirty thousand as opposed to the one hundred that Galaxy or Astounding achieved at least intermittently.

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The Engines of the Night: Science Fiction in the Eighties (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1982). Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last Millennium (New York: Baen Books, 2007) Barry N. Malzberg: Dweller in the Deeps: A Working Bibliography (Leeds, West Yorkshire: Galactic Central Publications, 2003). Internet Speculative Fiction Database.

Bluejay Books, 1984. Trade paperback. Collection of critical essays. Locus Award winner.

Comments:

crazy mashine
These essays describe science fiction publishing and fandom in the 1970s, with a few looks farther back. The advice given is obsolete given the changes in culture and technology but as a historical look it's fascinating.
Elizabeth
Thoroughly excellent and engaging series of essays about authorship in the world of science fiction.

Barry has been there, seen and done most of it and offers some telling, ascerbic, thought-provoking and 'MALZBERGIAN' insights into the field.
Dozilkree
There's some interesting material in this collection of essays. Malzberg's comparison of the list of science fiction "classics" that were written in the decade of the fifties, compared with the number produced in any other decade, was an eye-opener for me. Likewise, the discussion of the subtext within Samuel Delany's story "Aye, and Gomorrah" gave me some insights into a story that I thought I knew well. And I could go on and on, picking out many other gems, large and small, that I found in this book.

But unfortunately, the majority of the book is taken up with Malzberg's self-pitying sniffling. The literary community doesn't give SF the respect it deserves. And society at large doesn't give SF the respect it deserves. And SF authors, past and present, don't get the respect they deserve. And many, many SF writers have burnt out before their time. Or died before their time (killed, according to Malzberg, by the stresses and rigors of being SF writers). And ignorant editors and publishers reject glittering works of SF art while accepting and promoting simpleminded garbage. And sniffle, sniffle, sniffle.

By the end of the book I wanted to give Malzberg a slap upside the head. "Life is tough all over, you sniveling wimp," I wanted to yell. "School teachers and postal workers and ditch diggers don't get the respect they deserve. People of all stripes burn out and die before their time. In every field of human endeavor, simpleminded garbage is bought and sold by the truckload while true art is neglected and rejected. And so on. What else is new?"

So... an interesting book with a real insider's look at the field of writing science fiction. If you can overlook the sniffling, or if for some reason you don't find it as tiresome and grating as I did, it's well worth reading by anyone interested in SF studies.
Renthadral
Brilliant, incisive, angry, despairing look at SF by 1 of its most prolific authors. Malzberg gets angry & sad over how many great talents burned themselves out in SF 4 such a small amount of payment. He looks at some of SF's "hot topics," not always in much detail; I prefer his historical work on the 50s in SF, & there R 2 unforgettable portraits of dead writers -- snapshots of Cornell Woolrich & Mark Clifton that R deeply moving. Malzberg keeps threatening 2 write something called "The True, Terrible History of Science Fiction," & I wish he would do it. I think the essay is the form he was meant 2 Xpress himself in. This is an intense, screaming book of criticism, suffused by Malzberg's deep love 4 SF. He tops the book off with a short story called "Corridors" that sums up many of the essays collected here. As good in its way as Algis Budrys' BENCHMARKS.
Mr_Mole
This book is essential for any scholar or passionate reader of SF or, indeed, genre fiction generally. Pair it with the author's novel Herovit's World for a bourbon & gasoline cocktail of black depression for those who genuinely care about the fiction no one takes seriously.
Malzberg's chapter on "instant" SF novels is both hillarious and sick making: take a plot from the list, buy and guzzle a fifth, make a novel in a weekend, pay the rent. He not only explains the genre writer's life, he does it in front the reader: you can hear the mordant tapping of his dance shoes.
A must for any would be writer, along with the essays of Flannery O'Connor.

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