As I said in the comments section yesterday, it does not look like I’m going to get any more articles finished before the end of August. I believe this would be the first time I ever let a whole calendar month pass without a new article, but I could be wrong. Anyway, this time I definitely was wrong, because here’s an article. About somebody else’s article.
Pete has been doing a bang-up job on his Gaping Blackbird blog, and I’ve mentioned it before (plus there’s a link to it in my list of Known Associates.)
However, he’s just finished one of his best reviews yet, of John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar. Which I always meant to read, and I will someday, but do I let that stop me from commenting? Nah! A fine discussion already going, and a few more voices wouldn’t hurt.
So not sure how much of my readership has read that magnum opus of dystopian SF, but if you have–or if you always meant to, and need a bit more encouragement (it’s evailable!), why not head over there and check it out?
It is, shall we say, a timely work. And much as I’ve touted Mr. Westlake’s penchant for prophecy, I think even he would acknowledge Brunner his superior in that regard.
He’d also appreciate the man’s taste in typewriters–another Smith-Corona man, was Mr. Brunner. He used electrics, which Mr. Westlake might deplore, but he’d have appreciated a legend that Brunner emblazoned on his typewriters, reading “NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE STUPIDITY OF EDITORS.” (To which I would append the modifier ‘some’, but Brunner may never have had a Lee Wright or a Bucklin Moon in his life, and modifiers are wimpy. Sometimes. Arg.)
(And how do I know what typewriter John Brunner used? I’m so glad you asked me that.)
See you in a few weeks. Barring catastrophe, of course. There’s been some kind of upheaval in the world every single time I’ve visited Ireland as an adult. It’s a thing.