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9781887424240

Reflections and Refractions

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    9781887424240

  • ISBN10:

    1887424245

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1997-05-01
  • Publisher: Underwood Books
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Summary

A collection of columns originally published in various magazines between 1973 and 1997 discusses science fiction, science and society, the profession of writing, and other writers

Table of Contents

FOREWORD: Pontifications xi(10)
ONE: SCIENCE FICTION: SOME GENERAL THOUGHTS
xxi
Enwonderment
1(4)
Bat Durston's Blasting Jets
5(3)
Dumbing Down
8(3)
All Those Picture-Books
11(3)
Picture-Books, Continued
14(3)
Too Many Sequels
17(4)
The Way the Future Looks: Blade Runner and THX-1138
21(7)
Science Fiction and the Future
28(8)
Boomers and the Science Fiction Boom
36(3)
The Audience Grows Older
39(5)
Gresham's Law and Science Fiction
44(4)
Gresham's Law, Continued
48(5)
TWO: ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
53(88)
Genetic Hysteria
55(4)
More Genetic Hysteria
59(3)
Those Sinister Antifreeze Bacteria Again
62(4)
The Case Against the Antifreeze Bacteria
66(3)
Killer Tomatoes from Outer Space
69(4)
Genetic Luddites Yet Again
73(4)
The Last of the Codfish
77(4)
Extinct Again
81(4)
A Species Saved Is a Species Earned
85(4)
Ovary Transplants?
89(4)
The Gay Gene: One
93(5)
The Gay Gene: Two
98(5)
Warning: Radiation Zone
103(3)
Embalm Your Spouse
106(3)
Creationism
109(3)
Feedback
112(3)
Alternative Energy Sources
115(3)
Getting Rid of Acid Rain
118(3)
Getting Rid of Acid Rain, Continued
121(3)
The Green Flash
124(4)
Gods Almighty
128(4)
The Voyager Photos
132(4)
Six Trillion Miles High
136(5)
THREE: THE PROFESSION OF WRITING
141(88)
The Making of a Science-Fiction Writer
143(40)
The Long Despair of Doing Nothing Well
183(4)
Falsus In Uno, Falsus In Omnibus
187(3)
The Curse of Thoth
190(4)
Beginnings
194(4)
To a Writer Just Starting Out
198(4)
The Perils of Prosperity
202(3)
Starting Too Soon
205(3)
Becoming a Writer
208(3)
What a Writer Needs to Know
211(4)
Short Stories vs. Novels
215(4)
Revisions
219(3)
Writers' Correspondence
222(3)
Long-Term Careers
225(4)
FOUR: COLLEAGUES
229(102)
Players on the Team
231(5)
Going to Conventions
236(8)
Isaac
244(4)
Heinlein
248(5)
Don Wollheim
253(4)
Lester
257(5)
Campbell, Boucher, Gold
262(5)
Philip K. Dick: A Premature Memoir
267(5)
Philip K. Dick: The Short Fiction
272(10)
James Tiptree, Jr.
282(5)
Roger and John
287(7)
Zelazny: This Immortal
294(5)
Harlan
299(8)
Theodore Sturgeon
307(2)
Jack Vance: The Eyes of the Overworld and the Dying Earth
309(11)
Jack Williamson
320(3)
City: Clifford D. Simak
323(8)
FIVE: TODAY'S WORLD
331(62)
The Power of Words: One
333(4)
The Power of Words: Two
337(4)
Gourmet to Go
341(4)
The International Language
345(4)
The Fragmented Global Village
349(3)
Political Correctness, One: Minority Hypersensitivity
352(3)
Political Correctness, Two: Redskins and Bloody-Nosed Aliens
355(3)
Political Correctness, Three: Geezer Ruminations
358(3)
I'd Like to Talk to You, Robert
361(4)
Gold Doesn't Smell
365(4)
Struldbrugs
369(4)
When Empires End
373(4)
The Revenge of History
377(5)
Holocaust Deniers
382(5)
Coming Attractions
387(6)
SIX: A FEW PERSONAL ITEMS
393
The Books of Childhood
395(4)
The Books of Childhood, Continued
399(4)
The Oakland Fire
403(5)
Dreams
408(5)
A Science-Fiction Garden
413(3)
Why I Wrote a Sequel After All
416(4)
Introduction to "Sundance"
420

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