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Marilee J. Layman

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03:01 pm: Asimov's February 2010
Sheila wrote about two women who helped her in her career and Silverberg talked about how he thinks Clarke was a bad writer.

As to the stories, I couldn't even read two of them. One was a pastiche/homage to PKD by Damien Broderick (I read four pages) and an althist by Stephen Baxter (read two pages). They're not badly written, I just don't like PKD's vogelsangeren or althist in general.

The only story I really liked was a ghost story -- The Woman Who Waited Forever by Bruce McAllister -- and normally I wouldn't like that.



Date:December 7th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)


I haven't tried to keep current with the magazines in 30-odd years or more (though Louie regularly reads F&SF) but I did have and do have opinions about Arthur C. Clarke. *A Fall of Moondust* I consider to be a first-rate science fiction novel, one of the best I have ever read that wasn't written by Heinlein. But he did write a juvenile once called *Islands in the Sky.* (It was first published as part of the Winston s-f juvenile series -- neither praising it nor knocking it, just stating a fact.) It is one of the two or three worst science fiction novels I have ever read. I plowed through it because it was Clarke and I kept hoping it would get better. It never did.

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