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. Barry 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 > Publications: > 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 >> >> >> > > -- I am a Statistician. One False move and you're a Statistic.