The World of Mad Men (Fwd: [delany-list] Digest Number 1115)
> And then, in a recent episode, we learn that a character has beenIdle musings follow:
> writing SF stories in his spare time and getting them published in the
> SF magazines of the day...
Chip was writing novels (not short stories yet, in 1966 -- Babel-17 and
Empire Star) and selling them to Ace. It was interesting to think of the
young Chip as I watched the episode just 'offstage' as it were in the Mad
Men world. Down in the bohemian part of town.
I was wondering how realistic it was to have Cosgrove actually take a
meeting with an editor from Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux. In spite of him
having published a literary short or two previously, he was publishing
genre (in Galaxy, no less). The state of the science fiction was heavily
ghettoized in that era, with the exception of name writers like Heinlein
and Bradbury. It would have been more usual to have him talking with an
editor from Ace (or some other pb publisher) about a collection of shorts
(i.e., Heinlein's _The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein_ came out from Ace in
Ballantine in 1966:
Ace in 1966
Mind you, Farrar, Strauss and Young had published Sturgeon's More Than
Human a decade earlier but it feels like a strange exception:
In 1966, FSG published a handful of genre titles:
And only two adult sf: Ballard and Shirley Jackson. Prestige.
Oh well, no harm in Cosgrove aiming high. :)
On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM, Wade T Smith <skepticus@...>wrote:
> On 04 19, 2012, at 08:21:01, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > And then, in a recent episode, we learn that a character has been
> > writing SF stories in his spare time and getting them published in the
> > SF magazines of the day...
> Under nom de plumes, of course, one of which was Ben Hargrove. Not ringing
> any bells, not that it should. The one rag mentioned was Galaxy, which was
> a big 'un, for sure. From the general description of the stories he was
> writing, possibly a Cordwainer Smith type.
> I don't know if anyone here ever mentioned the most excellent episode of
> Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 'Far Beyond the Stars', which was specifically
> about a black science fiction writer trying to get a black protagonist in
> print in this period. Perhaps non-coincidental, the name was Benny Russell.
> Chip was asked about this episode, but said at the time he had not seen
> it- http://www.sfsite.com/06b/srd106.htm . This was over a decade ago, so
> I hope he has since then.
> - Wade
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