Barry N. Malzberg
Birth date: July 24, 1939
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Not as good as some of Cornell Woolrich's other novels but still well above the herd. Typically outrageous plot that we actually don't care much about as long as it carries the suspense. Woolrich supplies the usual twist and doesn't telegraph it too early. Full of metaphor and simile like all good n...
Some good and some middling stories in this set of stories about people who were famous and what if they took different paths in their lives. Interesting but sometimes I think they tried too hard.
This book has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will never be able to get into Anne McCaffrey. Most of the stories were pretty entertaining. I think The Bully and the Beast was my favorite.
If you thought Thomas Disch's The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of was a depressing look at Science Fiction, wait till you read Engines of the Night. Disch just describes SF as a form of children's literature, Malzberg compares SF to pornography.
This collection is pretty uneven. There are some really good stories and some not so good. The one that stands out in my mind is the Graham Masterson story, "The Seven Secret Senses" (I think that's the title). The protagonist is a young chef of Asian descent (yay) who gets approached by a strange, ...