Post by David Johnston Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by Dimensional Traveler Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by Lynn McGuire
"The Best Planetary Romance Books" by Dan Livingston
I have read "Foreigner", "A Princess of Mars", "Dragonflight", and
"Dune" of the 21 books.
Well, I think he's stretching the (elastic, but not *that* elastic)
boundries of the form to meaninglessness by including _Courtship Rite_,
_The Left Hand of Darkness_, _The Demon Princes_ & _To Your Scattered
Also, how can you mention _Jandar of Callisto_ without noting the central
Well, you just did.
I like living in the suburbs of Sanity. I can commute there when I need
to be serious or mature but otherwise I can do as I please.
Turns out I was wrong anyway.. operator headspace issue.
It's _Lankar of Callisto_ that has the conceit -- Fantasy author Lin Carter
gets caught up in the books he has been fronting and himself ends up on
Lin Carter's books pissed me off with the pretense that they were
something that really happened. But I give him credit for his modesty
in Lankar. It's not often in these kind of books that the Earth man
turns out to be useless, surviving only thanks to others dealing with
The narrator-as-bumbling-fool has some noteworthy examples in
literature. Consider Dante's portrayal of himself in the
_Commedia: continually asking stupid questions at the wrong time,
and being too shy to ask at the right time; not to mention
rushing here and there into situations that could get him killed
(since, unlike everybody else in the _Commedia_, he's still in
his mortal body. Chaucer's narrator in the _Canterbury Tales_ is
more subtle, but as he describes his fellow pilgrims, one
realizes that he takes everybody at face value.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com