A. E. Van Vogt's Isher and Weapons Shops Novels | Worlds of Speculative Fiction (lecture 55)

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  1. Johnny Plunkett

    August 14, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Van Vogt had ideas. But he let the story carry them. Heinlien gets preachy.

  2. Levi Khimesan

    August 14, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I love this old libertarian science fiction stuff though too be honest my taste in science has gotten so hard, and my taste in writers so elitist, that it's virtually impossible for me to read fiction anymore. I'd rather read actual physics books, which are usually more interesting than people in general.

    I read most of the greats and classics of pulp, science fiction and fantasy (most of the Masterwork novels, Heinlein, Howard, Lovecraft, Asimov) as a child. With a few rare exceptions (Blindsight by Watts) nothing I run into is remotely as interesting to the point that is actually a waste of time to try to read a novel unless I already know I'm interested in it.

    I compare every economist to Mises and every author to Goethe. I simply don't have enough interest in genre fiction or television to read anything that isn't virtually perfect. This goes for most history, popular science, etc. I can predict everything they're going to say and have probably read more than most of these authors.

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