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Unpulped #17: Tongues of the Moon by Philip José Farmer

Prologue I couldn’t finish either Poul Anderson’s THE STAR FOX or Robert A. Heinlein’s FARNHAM’S FREEHOLD. Both were terrible: Anderson’s book in the expected ways re: space capitalism, space imperialism, and space sexism, and Heinlein’s in long-established SFF tradition of … Continue reading

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Unpulped #16: Earthman’s Burden by Poul Anderson

Sometimes I think I don’t write about a book immediately after reading it so that the bad feelings have time to fade. If I wrote in books, this one would be furiously underlined, bracketed, and starred. I’d be having one-sided … Continue reading

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Unpulped #15: Trader to the Stars by Poul Anderson

My girlfriend is surprised I finished this book, based on all the times I interrupted her own reading to complain about some passage I’d just read. I’m somewhat surprised, too. But I’ve developed an unhealthy fascination for Poul Anderson’s older … Continue reading

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Unpulped #14: The Rebel Worlds by Poul Anderson

The copy of the book I have has this tag line: “Two men and one woman in a desperate battle to win a galactic empire—or destroy it!” Though, really, the woman is incidental. Really, she is the focus of a … Continue reading

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Unpulped #13: The Trouble Twisters by Poul Anderson

When I started writing this Unpulped series, I knew I’d be reading bad books. However, even though Poul Anderson’s The Trouble Twisters is bad, I didn’t think any book I was reading would bother me as much as this one … Continue reading

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Unpulped #12: Ground Zero Man by Bob Shaw

Here I am attempting to be immediate in my book-talking again, because my default is to finish a book or a magazine or a game or a movie and want to talk about it immediately, but then end up writing … Continue reading

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Unpulped #11: Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke

This novel is remarkably bloodless. I mean, I don’t mean to be mean to Arthur C. Clarke or his writing (not that any meanness of mine would affect him in any way, and it would/will only make me seem spiteful … Continue reading

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Unpulped #10: The Weapon Makers by A. E. van Vogt

Today we will be talking about A. E. van Vogt’s THE WEAPON MAKERS. We’ve dealt with van Vogt before, talking about his influence on Philip K. Dick (in terms of throwing in so many new ideas that the novel dissolves … Continue reading

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Unpulped #9: They Walked Like Men by Clifford D. Simak

This novel is about bowling balls and talking dogs and the eventual takeover of the Earth by underhanded Galactic realtors. It’s a mess. It’s glorious in its insanity. It is the best example I’ve come across illustrating the A. E. … Continue reading

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Unpulped # 8: The World of Null-A by A. E. van Vogt

So I recently finished reading A. E. van Vogt’s The World of Null-A, a story about a guy named Gosseyn who uses the ideas of General Semantics to thwart an invasion of our solar system. However, today I’m less interested … Continue reading

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