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The Void Captain's Tale by [Spinrad, Norman]
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About the Author

Norman Spinrad is the author of over twenty novels, including the acclaimed BUG JACK BARRON. He is a multiple nominee for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for science fiction achievement, an American Book Award Nominee writer, and winner of the Prix Apollo. He has written scripts for Star Trek and produced two feature films. He has also published over 60 short stories collected in half a dozen volumes, and his novels and stories have been published in over a dozen languages. He has been President of Science Fiction Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) three times. He is a tireless campaigner for authors' rights and is the creator of the "model contract" now in use by several writers' organizations. He's been a literary agent, President of World SF, briefly a radio phone show host, has appeared as a vocal artist on three albums, and occasionally performs live. He is a long time literary critic, sometime film critic, perpetual political analyst, and sometime songwriter. He grew up in New York, has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Paris, and travelled widely in Europe and rather less so in Latin America, Asia, and Oceania.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HRT7KU
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #502,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This novel is the ultimate Freudian construct; religion, politics, spaceflight, all rooted in sex. In Spinrad's far-future certain erotic machinery has been bequeathed to us by an enigmatic race (akin to Pohl's Xeelee), which has been used to make FTL travel possible, but only at the orgasmic command of a particular kind of woman (read into this what you will), the Pilot. It is the religious Zeal of one Pilot for the state of bliss Beyond (The Great and Only) which turns her Captain's universe upside down and his struggle for meaning drives the plot forward.
The claustriphobic and incestuous life of the starfaring rich is beautifully drawn, their small minds a counterpoint to captain and Pilot.
The language is worthy of note, being a melting-pot mixture of European tongues (mostly English, thankfully for me), doggerel ("revulsive" and "tranquillify") and archaisms ("mayhap"),which lends an Otherness to the whole experience.
This novel is full of contradictions; intensity and formulaic ritual, passion and a medieval 'fin amor', transcendence and bigotry. Thought-provoking, darkly humorous and intriguing.
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Transcendence is no simple affair. It's certainly no literal matter. Religions try to manipulate our impulses to transcendence but religions are easy to refute because they reek of human inventiveness but try so hard to hide that. And religious tales of transcendence are full of holes, so instead belief is demanded and submission to the authority of a few is encouraged.

To the contrary, Spinrad's tale of transcendence, however fantastic, is not readily dismissed. It lingers, having pointed directly at the human dilemma, being torn between what's practical and what our hearts really long for. But Sprinrad is no scripture writer, no temple is erected, and yet every reader can be enpowered. Who needs a contrived God when anyone can look out at the stars and feel overwhelmed by the Void, when everyone's heart feels ready to make the Blind Jump? ... Did you jump? The others seem to have forgotten. But Void Pilot Dominique Alia Wu is not to be forgotten. Can you captain the Void? This remarkable book with intoxicating language may help you answer that.
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First of all, I've given this book five twinklers, but I do have to say this is a very subjective score. This book is a prose poem that is both gorgeous and bleak, weaving a cosmos-sized Romantic loneliness with a paean to the depths of the human psyche and libido. That really rings my bell, though, obviously, it might not yours.

I don't know if that's how the author got the idea for this story - making an imaginative connection between the phrase 'sex drive' and all those spaceship propulsion cliches of SF, hyperdrive, etc, but in the book a spaceship's ability to leap across the starry vasts is enabled by an orgasm brought about by intercourse, of a sort, between the vessel and the pilot. I won't give away the plot, but it has something of the defiant anti-socialness and seedy gothic of Edgar Allan Poe. The book is very well written. The characters speak in a neolexical English that incorporates a lot of words and phrases from other European languages delivered in a slightly pompous, high-flown manner. To say Mr Spinrad gets away with this sounds like faint praise, but since most attempts at this sort of thing fall horribly, cheesily, flat, then it is actually a laurel - the only better one being Burgess's unsurpassed Nadsat.
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Discribes the comflict between the Numinious and Humatarian values.Qusi Utopian society Flawed by exploitation of few. Sequel to PASSING THROUGH THE FLAME pendant to CHILD OF FORTUNE
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