modern science fiction and the gimme part 3

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I CAME OF AGE as a reader of sci­ence fic­tion in the late 1960s and early ’70s. My ex­po­sure to what was hap­pening in sci­ence fic­tion was lim­ited, as I was never in­volved in any or­ga­nized fandom. For me, the early ’70s were spent turning on tuning in drop­ping out, protesting the war, ex­panding my con­scious­ness, and dis­cov­ering the dif­fer­ence be­tween girls and women. [Continue reading]

does america still have a star-spangled future?

THE FOLLOWING is ex­cerpted from the in­tro­duc­tion to Norman Spin­rad’s short-story col­lec­tion The Star-Spangled Fu­ture (1979, pages 7-11). Ex­cept within sen­tences or para­graphs where I have ex­cluded state­ments or phrases I thought un­nec­es­sary, I have not used the ed­i­to­ri­ally cor­rect el­lipses ( … ) be­tween para­graphs when I have left ma­te­rial out of the excerpts:

“Frenchmen, Eng­lishmen, Ital­ians, Ger­mans, Swedes, Indians—most of the other great na­tions of the world speak a na­tional lan­guage, eat a char­ac­ter­istic cui­sine, have na­tional music, one or two char­ac­ter­istic re­li­gions, and an in­dige­nous lit­er­a­ture and culture. [Continue reading]