Friday, June 03, 2005

SF blahging

Norman Spinrad is an author whose books have not aged well: many of his best - Bug Jack Barron, Void Captain's Tale, Little Heroes, Iron Dream - now read as somewhat embarrassing 70s style bricks, written to shock and titillate, with the serious message (and it is there) mostly obscured.

One of his books though remains intriguing: "Russian Spring" - it is a near future story, with the US withdrawing behind military technology and xenophobism, flirting with fascism, while Russia resurges in alliance with a strong EU.

Book has all of Spinrad's strengths, and fewer of his weaknesses. I wouldn't say it is an entertaining read, too grim for that, but it is worth a read; or a re-read.


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