Review: Hell’s Cartographers

Hell's Cartographers
Hell’s Cartographers by Brian W. Aldiss (editor) and Harry Harrison (editor)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The 1970s. Too little is written about the mechanics of the genre at that time. This collection is short bios and essays by well-regarded writers of the past. Regardless of whether I liked the outputs of the writers, I found this good, informative stuff. There were six contributors. For the benefit of readers of today, with the hindsight of many years, I have included (in parentheses) a representative work. Go check out SF writing as it was.

• Alfred Bester (Tiger! Tiger!
• Damon Knight (best known as a critic and editor, e.g. Orbit 1)
• Frederik Pohl (Gateway)
• Robert Silverberg (Dying Inside)
• Harry Harrison (The Stainless Steel Rat)
• Brian W Aldiss (Non-Stop is worth checking, also well-known as a critic)

As was the case back then, SF writers of today are often too busy ploughing their own furrows, nevertheless I would also recommend this to any who have an interest in writing beyond simply cranking out product.

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About Terence Park

Board games, US Comic books, SF Paperbacks, Vinyl records; I've plenty of them all. I write SF (the serious sort). I also do spreadsheets.
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1 Response to Review: Hell’s Cartographers

  1. Terence Park says:

    Reblogged this on A Guide to First Contact and commented:

    Really belongs here


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