From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) Moorcock Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 23:04:49 -0500 Dan'l quoted and wrote: >>Mike would be deeply insulted to be compared in any way to Heinlein, > >That's a pity, because to refuse such comparison is essentially to >insist on situating himself outside the SF/F genre entirely; RAH is, >so to speak, the elephant in the room. Like every SF/F writer from >the 1950s on, Moorcock uses (consciously or not) rhetorical techniques >and moves invented or improved by Heinlein to establish the nature of >his discursive pseudo-realities. Amen! I don't think I've ever been so entirely in agreement with Dan'l about anything so much as his eloquent defense of a man who shouldn't need defending. Perhaps the most conspicuous instance of Heinlein in Wolfe is "The Last Thrilling Wonder Story". From my first reading of it to today, I have always thought that Wolfe was making some sort of dig at Heinlein -- putting him down in some way -- that I've never been comfortable with. Maybe it's just me. -Roy --