Thoughts . . . by Mark Rich

. . . scribbled . . . scrawled . . . trimmed . . . typewritten . . . grubbed up . . . squeezed from circumstance . . .

Monday, March 29, 2010

New Review of the Kornbluth Biography

Another favorable review has just appeared. Steven H. Silver has reviewed C.M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary at SF Site (

A snippet: "Rich's work is a wonderful memorial to Cyril Kornbluth. ... C.M. Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary succeeds admirably at being what other author autobiographies only hope to achieve. For anyone interested n the evolution of science fiction, as both a literary genre and a culture, Rich's work is required reading."

Happily, Silver recognizes that the level of scholarship in CMK is of a different level from that which is found in many histories of science fiction. Happily, too, he understands that the book is deeply concerned with larger science fiction history.

It was no exercise in cameo portraiture -- and how nice for that to be noted.

Cheers ...


  1. Very nice! Congratulations ... any appropriate vino to crack open?

  2. Shopping-cart mark-down wine! Literally. This is still authorsville, remember?

    We're actually still moving into the period when our last-year wines have had their year of maturing ... and, egads, I still have bottling to do.

    In any case the first thought wasn't wine: it was whisky. So we toasted a few of those.

    Cheers ...