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Sat Oct 19, 2019, 12:12 PM

32. Tin Soldier -- Joan D. Vinge

It's set in a future where space travel is painfully slow. It's not a Star Trek or Heinlein universe where men are men and brilliant women wear mini skirts at warp speed.

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Joan_D._Vinge

I'm not sure what "obscure" means since sooner or later everything falls into the sea...

Even the very best short stories in science fiction and fantasy tend to be obscure outside that community, and become more so as time passes.

Harlan Ellison's "Go Toward the Light" is one of my favorite explorations of time travel and religion. It expresses some of my own frustrations with time travel and religion.

I'll bet I could dig up some obscure short stories in my forty year old college papers, excluding perhaps a course by one professor who was infatuated with Doris Lessing. They might have called the course "Doris Lessing Three Days a Week" even though the actual title implied a much greater breadth of literature. There was nothing wrong with that. One hopes Doris Lessing is not obscure, at least not yet, since she was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Believe it or not I have a minor in English but it's possible they gave it to me just to make me go away. A university dean who'd seen me kicked out of school twice, once for fighting with one of his teaching assistants, told me, "Hunter, I think you should go to graduate school... BUT NOT HERE."

No he did not say it in all-caps, but I heard it loud and clear.

Here's a dollar kid, now scram!


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