September 20th, 2011

krazy koati

Playing rock-and-roll music through the horn in his head

So to intermittent, as they happen, book reviews: Mark Clifton's 1961 When They Came From Space. Clifton is vaguely known as coauthor of They'd Rather Be Right, renowned as the worst novel ever to win the Best Hugo for novel except for whatever won in the year when the topic ``worst Hugo win ever'' is discussed. However. There are moments in They'd Rather Be Right where it seems there's some slyness, some intelligence sneaking in, even a spot of satiric intent. It's still a dumb book, but, it made me think Clifton (and Frank Riley) were trying for better than they let on.

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There's probably a good, light take on making First Contact a ridiculous comedy-of-errors, but this isn't quite it. But I'm increasing the estimate I have that They'd Rather Be Right was supposed to be taken as satirical the whole way through.

Trivia: In 1896 Indian mills produced about 8 percent of Indian cloth consumption. By 1945 they supplied three-quarters of domestic consumption. Source: Empire: The Rise And Demise Of The British World Order And The Lessons For Global Power, Niall Ferguson.

Currently Reading: When They Came From Space, Mark Clifton.