Bad SF lexicon
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Mon Nov 7 22:28:22 UTC 2005
In a message dated Sun, 6 Nov 2005 17:45:35 -0500, Damien Hall
_halldj at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU_ (mailto:halldj at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU) writes inter alia:
>Just a bit of data for you, Jeff; if you're doing your SF dictionary from
>entirely 'legit' SF sources, this may come from outside your purview. But,
>anyway, here it is: in his novel *The Taking*, (horror / supernatural
>Dean Koontz has his characters use two (contrary, actually) definitions of
>Koontz, Dean. 2005 (pbk ed). *The Taking*. New York: Bantam Dell. pp152-3.
and on Sun, 6 Nov 2005 15:12:30 -0800, Jeff Prucher _jprucher at YAHOO.COM_
(mailto:jprucher at YAHOO.COM) replied:
>I'll take citations from any old place I can find 'em. Indeed, I'm very
>interested to see where SF terms cross over into other lexicons, although in
>this case I'd be inclined to think of Koontz as being more or less within
>fold, since if memory serves he's written a few other SF novels.
in the early 1970's Deen Koontz was considered within the SF community to be
an up-and-coming science fiction writer. I don't know when he started
writing horror (maybe even before SF) nor whether he still writes straight SF.
I read one Dean Koontz novel, whose title escapes me. Unfortunately the
book was hackwork, so I have never bothered reading anything else of his. If
memory serves, I read the book while stationed at Fort Myer, which was 1969-71.
P Schuyler Miller in his book review column in Analog (probably about the
same time, because he wrote a short review of the book I had read), described
Koontz as "the hardest working [of the then newer generation of SF writers]"
- James A. Landau
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