Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

The Crazy Years: Reflections of a Science Fiction Original [Paperback]

Our Price $ 10.46  
Retail Value $ 14.95  
You Save $ 4.49  (30%)  
Item Number 257047  
Buy New $10.46
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

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.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100350  
ISBN13  9781932100358  

Availability  0 units.

More About Lawrence Block Spider Robinson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Essays > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Classics
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Canadian > Classics > General
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Canadian > Collections & Readers
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Canadian > General
6Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > United States > General
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > General
8Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Authors, A-Z > ( R ) > Robinson, Spider
9Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > General

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).

* - I never metaphor I didn't like, sorry.

Write your own review about The Crazy Years: Reflections of a Science Fiction Original

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding The Crazy Years: Reflections of a Science Fiction Original

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy