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You should read Lucifer's Hammer sometime. It's by Larry Niven, and a lot of people regard it as classic sci-fi. I found it to be quite silly, and appallingly racist. The racial stuff with the black characters is really over the top. And the pro-nuclear angle of the book is also quite strange.

Posted by AMB | May 29, 2008 1:22 PM

"To a dear friend, the written word."


I can see the author mailing a screenplay version of this to studios now.

Posted by Dougsf | May 29, 2008 1:45 PM

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Posted by I see your boobie | May 29, 2008 1:58 PM

all those guys, James Patterson and the ilk who sell boatloads of crime novels, are AWFUL. In a former life at "Seattle's largest Internet retailer", I had to "read" tons of those fuckers and they're all poorly plotted and written. They're the literary equivalent of a Jerry Bruckheimer produced, CBS crime drama and just as inanely popular.

Posted by michael strangeways | May 29, 2008 2:22 PM

I've written millions of words on the internet. Most of those words have been total crap and yet -- I still consider the written word to be a dear friend. Crap sensationalistic writing composing, as it does, the abstract and brief chronicle of our times, etc, etc.

A person doesn't have to be Charles fucking Dickens to be good friends with the written word.

Posted by Judah | May 29, 2008 6:16 PM

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