Worst science fiction writer you've ever read? Now that *is* a challenge.
Probably the worst writer I've read, and re-read, is Philip E High. I
read and enjoyed his book "The Time Mercenaries" many years ago, but
almost everything else of his I've ever read has been pretty bad. I
keep reading them, though, whenever I come across a new one.
2009/12/10 Dennis Fischer <[log in to unmask]>:
> Fanthorpe was the single worst science fiction writer I have ever read (and that's saying something). Perhaps it would be better that Peggy skip re-acquainting herself with that story, or re-read Heinlein's Red Planet instead.
> From: John T <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Wed, December 9, 2009 4:10:39 AM
> Subject: Re: [SF-LIT] book title?
> Hi Peggy in Tampa,
> Here's what I could find on your question... at least it fits the
> parameters, except it's a novelette, not novel.. but it was published prior
> to 1970 :)
> Title: The Flight of the Valkyries
> Author: R. L. Fanthorpe
> Year: 1958
> Storylength: novelette
> a.. Supernatural Stories, No. 14, (Feb 1958, John S. Manning, Badger,
> #SN14, 2/-, 160pp, pb, magazine) Cover: Ray Theobald
> John T - in Bradenton, just south of Tampa :)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peggy Callahan" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:30 AM
> Subject: [SF-LIT] book title?
>> Hi all,
>> I got a question from a library patron:
>> "When I was in High School (1971-1975) I read an SF/Fantasy novel that had
> "of the Valkyre" or "of the Valkyries" in the title. I'd love to read it
> again but can't remember complete title or author's name.
>> It was about people on an airplane that had been lost or re-routed to
> another planet. These ppl slowly realized they were there for observation.
> They finally escaped by making a boat/canoe which some of them used to go
> downstream and under a fence.
>> Once there, they found that their captors looked like giant spiders (or
> had machines like spiders?), and one of the ppl got somehow stuck behind
> one, which pulled him to his death.
>> The book made a big impression on me and I've always wanted to reread it,
> but haven't had luck in finding it, b/c I can't remember the correct title.
> Can you help?"
>> Any ideas? Let me know and thank you!
>> Peggy in Tampa--
>> curiouser and curiouser!
>> -- Lewis Carroll
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