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The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
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Jun 05, 2012

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

Three and a half stars actually. I was quite taken by the sheer effrontery of this book, which fictionalized several of the sf writers I grew up on. It's delicious fun, if a somewhat trashy read, in that the plot is so unlikely and so unwieldy and yet it continually touches down in reality. It has the verisimilitude of history, but it isn't, of course. It's a little like Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. What gave me a tickle of unease was the realization that if Malmont could do this to Heinlein, Asimov & Co, then some future Malmont could do this to me and Kessel and Willis and Swanwick. With Dozois as our ringleader, as Campbell is here. What would be wrong with that? Dunno, but it makes my skin feel too tight.

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