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Four Science Fiction Masters: Lost Interviews with Herbert, Pohl, Simak & Dickson

Four Science Fiction Masters: Lost Interviews with Herbert, Pohl, Simak & Dickson [Kindle Edition]

D. R. Martin
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This book includes lost interviews with four masters of post-war American science fiction. Frank Herbert was the creator of the spectacularly popular DUNE series of novels. Frederik Pohl--who died only recently--wrote powerful and provocative SF for nearly seven decades and was one of the genre's top editors for much of that time. When he wasn't doing his day job in science journalism, Clifford Simak wrote thoughtful, graceful SF of a pastoral kind. Gordon Dickson was one of speculative fiction's most prolific writers, covering everything from hard SF to whimsical fantasy. This compact volume catches them all in their primes, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1063 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Conger Road Press (15 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006978IPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting historic interviews 31 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The interviewer claims to have been an obsessive SF fan from early childhood. As such, he should have been able to ask pertinent questions from his own knowledge. This did not really happen as he was aiming to sell the interviews to a non-SF market. The consequence is that it this little book does not go very deep. For example, he fails to ask Fred Pohl about his collaborations, or any of his fifties work, or why he spent so much time as an editor when it wasn't as profitable as his own writing. Despite that, this is worth having, particularly at the price. The Frank Herbert interview is the only one to include the published article, which is as useless as all the newspaper articles I read about SF authors at the time, and, frankly, later.

The Pohl interview is as engaging as any other of the many interviews with him, and no more deep. The two with Simak reveal more about Simak's personal life than his works, and reveal his modesty and sense of isolation.

The raw interviews with Herbert and Dickson are the most interesting, not in facts, which are relatively sparse, but in personality. Both are egomaniacs and very satisfied with their works. Both, particularly Dickson, run off at length from the bland questions asked. This inflated view is certainly not unusual from major SF authors of their generation.

So, not an important work, but an example of how the modest costs of e publishing allows the publification of marginal books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rresurrected SF interviews - Simak - Pohl - Herbert - Dickson - recommended 25 April 2012
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Four Science Fiction Masters: Lost Interviews with Herbert, Pohl, Simak & Dickson [Kindle Edition] D. Richard Martin

Mr. Martin deserves a "thank you" for resurrecting these interviews. I appreciate that most of his queries gave the authors abundant opportunities to expound on their works and literary occupation.

I was particularly interested in the Simak interviews as it was my primary motivation for purchasing the book. From the text I acquired a better appreciation of this "almost" forgotten author.

Anyone farmiliar with the writings of these authors, or just curious for that matter, would be advised to purchase this e-book. This is a slim volume; I read it in about an hour. As a bonus you can download a preview for free to see if you may want to spend 99 cents for the entire e-book.
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