2020-05-20 04:50:16 UTC
Rocket to the Morgue. Anthony Boucher. C 1942
What a GEM of a book.
All my early Science Fiction reading came from hardbacks from local
public libraries and I never had access to magazines nor unlimited
choice of cheap paperbacks. I suspect that the libraries with limited
budgets had their experts who concentrated on quality and I have a vague
recollection that more than 50% of the books on offer were the yellow
and black covered Gollanz (sp?) so was never exposed to pulp by the
likes of Edmond Hamilton and because I have never been involved in any
book related industry except as a reader know only the outlines of the
history of Science Fiction development. Despite that, I was still able
to appreciate the Science Fiction history aspect of Rocket to the Morgue
because of the introduction. To those with deeper background either in
reading or work in the industry, I imagine this book would be just
And it was wonderfully written, sophisticated and complicated, an
enthralling standalone murder mystery with many, many references to
Science Fiction elements through fictional excerpts from Hamilton-like
pulp and speculative humourous explanations of real events. Even without
awareness of the background in the introduction, this would have been a
memorable and entertaining read.
The standard book disclaimer in regard to being fictional and characters
not related to real people is included as well as a further denial in
the author's afterword which are contradicted by the introduction by F.
Paul Wilson, C 2019.
"And I bit, " said xxxxx xxxxxxx [a fictional character NOT based on
Scientology's creator]. "A good Fortean like me, and swallowing Science