Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stairway To The Stars My Destination

Fans of literarytyped sci-fi (As opposed to droolers watching on telebision or sitting slack-jawed in cinemas [& surrounded by other humanoids; the skin crawls].) may or may not be interested in or amused by the Library of America's pages devoted to pimping its new sci-fi collection.
Not "new" new, but the Library's selection of nine novels from what they consider an actual Golden Age, 1953-1958 (coincidentally this reporter's Golden Age as well). We're inclined to agree that, Dianetics fan Campbell's Astounding partly aside, most of the '40s pulp crap was indeed pulp crap.

Robert Silverberg:
Historians of science fiction often speak of the years 1939–1942 as "the golden age." But it was more like a false dawn. The real golden age arrived a decade later, and — what is not always true of golden ages — we knew what it was while it was happening.
Also:

The Walking Dead: Bester’s adaptation of “Fondly Fahrenheit” (1954)

Dig around for other amusement yourselves: We're not your mothers.

2 comments:

mikey said...

Silverberg's "Dying Inside" is one of my favorite novels of all time, and to this day continues to be one of the influences that shaped the character mikey...

M. Bouffant said...

ESP Editor:
Never read that one. Real character-builder, eh?

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.