Monday, December 19, 2016

A late SF giant and Pink SF

From a short, but substantive interview with the late Poul Anderson in 1975:
TANGENT: What do you think of the cycles and trends in science fiction, if they exist at all?

ANDERSON: Well, I think Algis Budrys put it very well once—a passing remark in a review or something: ‘Trends are for second-raters.’ There seems to be an occasional bandwagon, but what really happens is somebody has come along and broken new ground, done something original, and it’s worth exploring, you know, so naturally we all get interested—a lot of us try ourselves out in it too. But as far as making that an all-time direction or something, that is only what people incapable of originality would do. The originators, the ground breakers, they’ve gone on to something else.

I think, basically, that Jim Baen is right in his new direction. Not that there should be any declared moratorium on down-beat stories, but it does look as if that theme has been pretty well worked out, for the time being at least. What new disasters can you think of that haven’t already been done? (Laughs) You get these cycles, you know, about ten years or so ago, there was such a rash of stories, about psionics especially, and we all got sick of ‘psi’, and about ten years before that there’d been such a rash of anti-utopian things, especially bad imitations of The Space Merchants. I at least got the feeling that if I read one more of those I’d have to go and throw up.
In other words, this relentless push for multiculturalism, female authors, and diversity on the part of the SF publishers, too, shall pass.

In not entirely unrelated news, the third volume in Brian Niemeier's Soul Cycle series, THE SECRET KINGS, has been released.

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Blogger Brian Niemeier December 19, 2016 11:06 AM  

Thank you, Supreme Dark Lord.

You're not just kind. You're too kind.

Anonymous Sevatar December 19, 2016 11:31 AM  

What cannot go on forever will eventually end especially when it's a delusion of reality. As a child I did dream about exploring the stars, read Ender's Game and thought about what the future held for us. Instead we get to fight to save our civilisation and heating during winter.

OT: Russian Ambassador appears to have been shot dead in an attack in Turkey

Anonymous Anonymous December 19, 2016 11:33 AM  

Is it about a group of space gammas?

Anonymous BBGKB December 19, 2016 11:53 AM  

Instead we get to fight to save our civilisation and heating during winter.

Opportunity cost, we could have a manned base on Mars for the 21 trillion+ spent trying to make non Asian minorities equal.(Paul Kersey's calculation). Not only can we not go to the moon now but we have to hitch a ride to the space station with Russia. It took 60 years to go from Wright Bro's Kitty Hawk to the Moon.

Global warming was supposed to put NYC underwater by 2015, but 60 years from now we might be struggling to keep power & running water if demographic changes continue with a possibility of devolving into a mad max biker cannibal gangs.

Anonymous Sevatar December 19, 2016 12:20 PM  

Well I am considering planning to retire to semi rural Tasmania so atleast I will have access to 3kg lobster, abalone, salmon, honey and farm produce.

If you're going wait out the road war and the golden horde, do it in style.

Back on topic, looking forward to Sci-fi being great again. Fantasy as well. Good job all.

Blogger David-2 December 19, 2016 12:57 PM  

There are some things that are so perfect no alternate version is necessary, either as imitation, homage, sequel, or "reboot".

These things include The Seven Samurai, Pride and Prejudice, and ... The Space Merchants.

Blogger Earl December 19, 2016 1:49 PM  

The Supreme Dark Lord: no better friend, no worse enemy.

Anonymous Just another commenter December 19, 2016 2:06 PM  

"This too, shall pass."

I just wish it would hurry up and pass a bit less like kidney stones.

@6 - I don't know. Pride, prejudice, and Zombies was pretty good, in a low-budget sort of way.

Blogger tweell December 19, 2016 2:32 PM  

Poul Anderson was indeed a great author. He also understood the social ranking of men and used it extensively in his writings. Van Rijn of the Poleseotechnic League is an alpha with all the greatness and the downfalls of the breed, who gathers betas and deltas under him. Reading him was my first introduction to the red pill.

Blogger GFR December 19, 2016 6:41 PM  

Do blacks read science-fiction?
"Whitey on the Moon"

A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey's on the moon)
I can't pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey's on the moon)
Ten years from now I'll be paying still.
(while Whitey's on the moon)
The man just upped my rent last night.
('cause Whitey's on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey's on the moon)
I wonder why he's upping me?
('cause Whitey's on the moon?)
I wuz already paying him fifty a week.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Taxes taking my whole damn check,
Junkies making me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is going up,
An' as if all that shit was't enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arm began to swell.
(but Whitey's on the moon)
Was all that money I made last year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain't no money here?
(Hmm! Whitey's on the moon)
Y'know I just about had my fill
(of Whitey on the moon)
I think I'll send these doctor bills,
Airmail special
(to Whitey on the moon)

Anonymous Millenium December 20, 2016 9:30 AM  

I have not read much of Anderson's work and none of Kornbluth's work and had not even heard of The Space Merchants. Looks like I can think this blog for finding me some christmas reading.

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