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Book Title: Galaxies|
The author of the book: Barry N. Malzberg
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Reader ratings: 5.2
Edition: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Date of issue: March 7th 1996
ISBN 13: 9780881844917
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First thoughts: So this is totally the glorious insane genre deconstruction that was promised to me.
Later: alright Malzberg, I know you admitted up front in one of his narrative-puncturing authorial address sections that it wasnt your thing, and I really don't care about "hard sf" ewiter, but I at least need to know your working model for how a black hole acts with a little more specificity. They're inherently fascinating and your conception is just a little too spongy: it's an unending limbo, the living and the dead become interchangeable, leaping out of it is potentially universe-breaking? Amazing. Now please give some slight lead on why believe these things.
And then: This is very nearly a critical essay on genre fiction form, and framing such as a narrative novel, or mixing the two so thoroughly, is actually pretty elegant.
And: I know you're aware of it, since you interject descriptions of how to get a word count up when needed, but I'm pretty sure you're stalling...
And: ...especially since the conflict, stated at the very start, is a pretty simple "the problem has only one possible solution, which theoretically is impossible. OR IS IT?" deal, which you've weirdly fleshed out with very vague philosophical discussion rather than any kind of systematic working-through of the theoretical outcomes based on the physics that supposedly inspired this.
And finally: Audacious success of a deconstruction of a sci-fi novel + not-so-compelling narrative drive / conflict / character = I'm realizing not so atypical Malzberg system, more theoretically engaging than actually, but still an odd and interesting appropriation of the willingness of sci-fi publishers to print practically anything if the cover copy sounds okay. Which I have to love.
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K.M. O'Donnell (science fiction/fantasy)
Mel Johnson (adult)
Claudine Dumas (adult)
Gerrold Watkins (adult)
Eliot B. Reston
Barry Malzberg lives with his wife and daughter in Manhattan and is worried about having recently reached the ominous age of seventy….
Mr. Malzberg’s first hardcover novels, Oracle of the Thousand Hands and Screen are seriously-intentioned works which, according to the author, were neither fun to write nor fun in retrospect. Major influences on his work in no particular order are Norman Mailer, J.D. Salinger, Saul Bellow, James Agee, Vladimir Nabokov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Nikolai Gogol.
Not quite. The major major influences upon the author’s "seriously-intentioned” hardcover novels, as well as eight paperbacks done for the Olympia Press America between 1968 and 1973 were really: Jayne Mansfield, Natalie Wood, Hope Lange, repentance, desire, lust, resentment, ambition and the collected opi of the Four Coins, Four Preps, Four Seasons and the Belmonts. (Dion, too.) Heady stuff for the kid, though, writing for Nabokov’s publisher, citing Gogol and Dostoyevsky as influences; I recommend this experience to everyone having real or even slight pretensions to artistry.--The New Olympia Reader
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