Item description for The Crazy Years: Reflections of a Science Fiction Original by Lawrence Block Spider Robinson...
A collection of witty, irreverent essays on subjects running the gamut from the space program to airport bans on smoking are included in this anthology. Written by Spider Robinson, The Crazy Years takes its name from Robert A. Heinlein's designation of the last years of the 20th century and contains essays from Robinson's tenure as op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail and from Galaxy Online. Environmentalists that place the survival of earth before the survival of humanity, the idiocy of computer designs, and the downsides of the Internet are among the subjects Robinson uses to take the world to task.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2004
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 1932100350 ISBN13 9781932100358
Reviews - What do customers think about The Crazy Years: Reflections of a Science Fiction Original?
Reflections from a sensible mind Sep 22, 2007
I've always enjoyed Spider Robinson's work. Here, we have a collection of columns published over the years that reflect his sense, his humor and his mass of insights. His philosopher side shows through with great talent and strength; I refer to this one often when I'm feeling a bit off. Wisdom doesn't have to be ancient to be true:)
A mixed bag of old newspaper columns. 2.5 stars Jul 23, 2007
I finally got around to reading (part of) this collection of some of his columns for the Toronto Globe and Mail. I used to really enjoy Spider's book reviews, and I like the capsule reviews (usually for music) that he slips into his fiction, or afterwords, or whatever. Unfortunately, this collection is basically Spider's views on politics, life and such, which I didn't find very interesting or readable. And column collections always suffer from short shelf-life -- many of the older ones here are pretty dated. YMMV, but not of much interest for me. I note that the Globe & Mail has since dropped his column.
Happy reading (something else?)-- Peter D. Tillman
Spider Essays Mar 12, 2007
While I don't agree with Spider Robinson on most things political, I enjoy reading him because he never wastes my time. His writing is concise, his opinions clear, his energy evident.
Spider at his best! Jan 11, 2007
Thhis collection of Spider's Columnns [not previously seen in the US] is a wonderful collation of his wit, predictions, and social observations.
Catch and Release 22 Apr 24, 2006
It is a reflection of the "interesting times" in which we live that Spider's collection of common sense essays are viewed by some as controversial.
The subjects range from pro-cigarette diatribes (nicotine is addictive but harmless, while tars are harmful but not addictive), marijuana (good), politics (bad), religion, Hollywood, global warming, computers, pre-emptive wars, the natural moral superiority of Canadians... All stuff you'd expect from his novels, which touch on such everyday morality but never really come out and slap it on the counter.
Here, Spider brings the fish out from its display case.
It's a brave move, prairie-dogging in the shooting gallery*. Lesser men have lost ears, and you won't be hearing from THEM again. But Spider (despite his name) has some kind of aversion to webs of deceit ("What kind of spider understands arachnaphobia," sang Robert Wyatt) and insists on "telling it like it is" -- despite the fact that right this minute Valentine Michael Smith is probably testing the grandfather paradox with Winston Smith.
What was it Yossarian said? When everyone around you is crazy, acting sane is the best way to get put away (or something like that... ask Klinger).