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The Truth is Out There


“One of the most common critical mechanisms of hard-line fandom is the rationalisation of shabby prose as ‘entertainment'”. Discuss.

From a review of Anne McCaffrey’s Restoree written in 1969 by M John Harrison, and collected in Parietal Games: Critical Writings by and on M John Harrison, edited by Mark Bould and Michelle Reid. It may be worth noting that Restoree was apparently still in print as late as 1999…

2 thoughts on “The Truth is Out There

  1. Hey, man! It’s all about escapism, ya know?If a piece of writing takes me away from myself for a while…makes me forget about the fact that I’m still prepubescent or functionally illiterate or just dumb as a piece of sandstone…where’s the harm in it?!D’uh!(A bit over the top, maybe?)

  2. People’s standards of literary quality change over a lifetime. I could tolerate a lot more typos and Thog-isms when I was 10.

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