Thursday, December 17, 2009

Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett an Appreciation - Brian Stableford

An essay I have not read in :

In Masters of science fiction : essays on six science fiction authors : Edmond Hamilton, Leigh Brackett, Barry N. Malzberg, Kurt Vonnegut, Robert Silverberg, Mack Reynolds / by Brian M. Stableford. It is 9 pages long, starting on page 6 and
finishing on page 14 (thanks to Mary Gosling at the NLA).

"Her work, which stands at the end of the sf pulp tradition, is orientated backwards in time, constituting in large measure a reflection upon that tradition insofar as it served the escapist needs of it, readers. In her way she was as little committed to the wilder excesses of this escapist need as—on close inspection—Hamilton turns out to have been. Thai is what made both of them science fiction writers rather than fantasists. They both owed allegiance to the weltanschauung of modern rationalism, and were significantly divorced in the spirit of their writing from the fantastic imagination of writers like Burroughs, Merritt and Cummings, whose work resembles theirs in superficial symbology, but which is irredeemably committed to the flight from reason."

3.5 out of 5

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