Bad SF lexicon

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 8 04:24:03 UTC 2005

On 11/7/05, Jim Parish <jparish at> wrote:
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> Wilson Gray wrote, of Dean Koontz' output:
> > Twenty novels in five years?! no wonder that it struck Jim as hackwork!
> 'Swhat the book says. It may be worth recalling, though, that SF novels
> of that period were a deal shorter than they tend to be today. (I recall,
> when I first read Zelazny's _Lord of Light_ back around 1970, thinking
> that it was quite long; I recently came across a copy, and found that it
> was of no more than average length by today's standards.)
> Jim Parish

"A deal" shorter?! Not "a good deal" or "a great deal" shorter? Say it ain't
so, Jim!
-Wilson Gray

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