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In Deep

In Deep Contents Four in One An Eye for a What The Handler Stranger Station Ask Me Anything The Country of the Kind Ticket to Anywhere Beachcomber

  • Title: In Deep
  • Author: Damon Knight
  • ISBN: 9780417022208
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Contents Four in One 1953 An Eye for a What 1957 The Handler 1960 Stranger Station 1956 Ask Me Anything 1951 The Country of the Kind 1956 Ticket to Anywhere 1952 Beachcomber 1952

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    1. Our b/f discussion a few mornings ago turned to science fiction and the idea that it has become mainstream. I beg to differ. When browsing the science fiction shelves of various bookshops recently what stood out for me was utter predominance of fantasy. There was almost no science fiction. And this is reflected in science fiction movies: (a) there are almost none and (b) they are generally done as fantasy perhaps because that IS now mainstream.Oh for the days when science fiction was about rocke [...]

    2. Mid Twentieth Century Science-Fiction (1 hour)"The central message of Damon Knight's The Country of the Kind is that it is impossible to be fully human without being capable of psychotic violence."a) To what extent do you think that this is a fair representation of the story? Why?b) Do you agree with the above thesis? Give arguments for and against.c) Do you consider it relevant that the author is American?

    3. The style is of course always nicely acerbic (as per Damon's tradition). But a few of these seemed based on somewell, kinda goofy underpinnings. Unlike with Far Out, they weren't so much snide as just kinda weird. "Stranger Station" (and "Ask Me Anything") probably played better at the time than they do now; their satire has been diluted by the years, and now they seem more an example of that sort of mindset than an expose.[First reading: * * * *][Second Reading: * * * Contains one of the all-ti [...]

    4. This along with Far out (watch this space) were two books I collected when I bought a job lot of science fiction books. To be honest I had not until now read much if any of Damon Knight - I knew the name as he seemed to have cropped up in numerous short story anthologies as either editor or contributor but this is the first time I have read an entire book of his work. And to be honest I am quite surprised - yes he is most definitely of a specific age in science fiction - I guess to some it would [...]

    5. Go ref: p. 10 [in story "Four in One":]; by the mid twenty-first century, the board had grown to 30x30; three paragraph description, then used as an analogy for space expansion by two empires.

    6. Fantastic fiction in the best sense. Eight superbly crafted science-fiction treasures from the 50's that brim with creativity and exemplify the best of thought-provoking entertainment.

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