Remember when David Truesdale used to make the Tangent newsgroup the best place for slapfights? Remember how he helped Karen Joy Fowler win a Nebula? Remember how sad we all were when he left the internets?
Guess what? He’s back!
For our online visitors, we are posting a column by Dave Truesdale, Off On a Tangent: F&SF Style.
In his first column he devotes himself to reviewing some columns by Alfred Bester which were published in F&SF in 1960-61.
Approximately halfway through his stint as F&SF Book Reviewer and already Bester has ticked off the fans, been reproached by his editor, and has missed a column altogether. Never mind his excellent insights into the craft of writing, his humorous suggestions to Blish and Sturgeon on how to improve their writing by becoming more human and less serious about sex, respectively, and his brilliant rant against most of the authors in the field.