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by Barry N. Malzberg


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At the second annual cocktail party of the New League for Science-Fiction Professionals, Jonathan Herovit finds himself accosted by two angry readers who also despise his work.

Enter the SF Gatewa. n the last years of the twentieth century (as Wells might have put it), Gollancz, Britain’s oldest and most distinguished science fiction imprint, created the SF and Fantasy Masterworks series. At the second annual cocktail party of the New League for Science-Fiction Professionals, Jonathan Herovit finds himself accosted by two angry readers who also despise his work.

Malzberg graduated from Syracuse University in 1960. He worked as an investigator for the New York City Department of Welfare in 1961–1962 and 1963-1964. In 1963, he was employed as a reimbursement agent for the New York State Department of Mental Health. He married Joyce Zelnick in 1964.

Title: Herovit's World (Arrow science fiction) Author(s): Barry N Malzberg ISBN: 0-09-912920-5 .

Herovit's World (Arrow Science Fiction). by Barry N. Malzberg. The novel follows his efforts to get his life back under control

Herovit's World (Arrow Science Fiction). The novel follows his efforts to get his life back under control. In Herovit's struggle Malzberg has crafted a savage, unrelenting satire of the science fiction genre, and of its writers, fans, professional organizations, and publication process.

Written by. Barry N. 12 years, 6 months ago at Feb 5 23:46. Manufacturer: Arrow Bks. Release date: 7 June 1976 ISBN-10 : 0099129205 ISBN-13: 9780099129202. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody, sci-fi, comedy Locations paris, submarine, new york.

Aspiring science fiction writers, take heed! If you want to understand where the field has been and where it's going-if you want a career-you need this book

Aspiring science fiction writers, take heed! If you want to understand where the field has been and where it's going-if you want a career-you need this book. Would science fiction have been better off without Hugo Gernsback and the pulp-literature stigma with which he cursed it? What are the seminal works of science fiction? Can science fiction kill you? His answers are brilliant, unequivocal, and surprising.

Barry N. Malzberg - the complete book list. Jonathan Herovit is a science fiction writer in a state of deep personal and professional crisis. Jonathan Herovit is a science fiction writer in a state of deep personal and professional crisis The Spread.

Although Herovit’s World (1973) contains many of the same metafictional trademarks of Malzberg’s best work, it should be noted that the novel is not science fiction and more a work about writing (pulp) science fiction

Although Herovit’s World (1973) contains many of the same metafictional trademarks of Malzberg’s best work, it should be noted that the novel is not science fiction and more a work about writing (pulp) science fiction. In this case, the mental collapse of a pulp writer whose life may or may not contain true autobiographical kernels from Malzberg’s own experience in the fiel. oven into the classic Malzberg narrative framework that features in most of his works - tormented man going through a difficult time with his wife while he experiences a mental breakdown - are scathing jabs at authors.

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ISBN 9780385091411 (978-0-385-09141-1) Hardcover, Doubleday, 1972.

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Kulasius
Publication date: 1973

Jonathan Herovit has written ninety-two Space Survey novels, but the ninety-third finds him at the end of his tether:

... He sits quickly, extends a leg to kick the door more firmly closed, pulls the chair to the desk, and considers what is in his typewriter.

“Get those rockets aligned now, men!” Mack said to the crew-slaves, and slowly the great ship shuddered as it shot showers into space, then ground its engines for the launch. Mack felt himself partake of the power of the ship; it was a good feeling to know that you had at your beck and call something so vast and capable of weaponing such enormous destruction.

Not so good. Not good at all; this is very bad stuff, Wilk was right, and maybe a man would be better off dead than turning out garbage like this for adolescents, most of whom were afraid of their own erections and would have to work themselves gradually to a state where they could function with girls. Not that he wants to pursue this line anymore. It is just all too depressing

... Yet somehow all this self-loathing, with his wife, his friend, and his agent heaping additional contempt on his scotch-addled head was fun to read. The humor s sardonic, and for the most part too rude to quote.

"... The world begins to make sense to him in its weary, banal way; there are only so many confrontations possible or so many sequences of events; given its chance, the tired world, like a hack writer, will settle at the easiest level of accommodation. Not for the sake of structure, but because it has nothing else on its mind, no better idea."
Yllk
Odd, difficult, sometimes funny story of a science-fiction writer who's life is falling apart. Johnathon Herovit starts having a breakdown in the middle of writing his 53rd "Mack Miller" science fiction novel. When Herovit can't handle the Xistential Dspair & his marriage falls apart, his pseudonym takes form, offers 2 take over Herovit's life & handle things 4 him -- & does an EVEN WORSE job. At the end, their fictional creation Mack Miller himself takes over just B4 total collapse. Ends similarly 2 K.W. Jeter's brilliant novel MANTIS (which U should also read -- not only is it outstanding, it's dedicated 2 Malzberg, & shows that Jeter really knows his way around Malzberg's territory). Not an EZ read, but only the 2nd Malzberg novel I've bn able 2 get thru without bogging down -- so far....
Hra
Not Malzberg in top form. Try Beyond Apollo instead
Elizabeth
HEROVIT'S WORLD is the third book by Barry Malzberg that I've read (OVERLAY and BEYOND APOLLO the other two), and so far, I'd have to put HEROVIT'S WORLD at the top. Barry Malzberg is, I think, always only going to appeal to a small subset of readers, and many of those who WOULD appreciate him have probably never heard of him because of his close association with genre fiction. Which is a shame--HEROVIT'S WORLD, for instance, really has no `science fiction' about it at all; instead, it's about a science-fiction writer who is essentially having a nervous breakdown. Yet it still should have special appeal to lovers of science-fiction, as it satirizes the field, the writers, and the subjects, while at the same time giving us a glimpse (probably quite accurate) of the lifestyle of a pulp fiction writer.

Jonathan Herovit, successful author of ninety-two novels, has been going downhill for a long time--everybody knows it; his fans, his editor, his wife, himself. Even his alter ego, the pseudonym Kirk Poland knows it--Kirk Poland, who Herovit imagines to be everything Herovit is not, and who offers, finally, to step in and replace Herovit, and to get everything back on track again. Herovit can only avoid the lure of this kind of escape for so long, and soon enough, Poland is calling the shots--but is Herovit's life as easy to direct in reality as it seemed from the sidelines?

In many ways, HEROVIT'S WORLD reads as if Mr. Malzberg never really had a clue where he was going with it--just kept inserting paper into the typewriter, and whatever came to him next was what went into the novel. For me, this actually added to the charm of it--several times I thought I knew where it was going, and it took off in a completely different way. Conversely, there is a somewhat disjointed feel to it, as well as material that reads like filler. All of which conforms to the way Herovit is described as writing--I don't know if Mr. Malzberg's descriptions of Herovit gave me the idea, or the material itself, but knowing that Mr. Malzberg wrote dozens of novels himself, I have to believe at least some part of his description of the writing process was taken from his own experience.

This passage, in particular, seems to sum up the idea of churning out book after book, and might be an insight gleaned only from real life:

"But he tries never to revise. It was an old policy settled from the beginning. Once you started revising, there was just no end to any of it: first it was a line here or there, then a paragraph or a shred of dialogue that didn't quite work; soon you were up to whole scenes that didn't work...if you got deep into the revision question, you might never be able to write new stuff again. Hunks of novels and short stories, like dismembered limbs, would be fed through the typewriter over and again and nothing would ever be right. That was the problem once you started looking at this stuff critically: it NEVER could be right; it was already rotten to the bottom."

Whether or not HEROVIT'S WORLD is another `rotten to the bottom' piece of pulp-fiction hack work, or something that rises above is surely a matter of taste. For myself, it seems to fit well into the Stanley Elkin, Bernard Malamud style of humor, with the added benefit of dealing with a genre that I've dearly loved in the past.
Herovit's World (Arrow Science Fiction) download epub
Science Fiction
Author: Barry N. Malzberg
ISBN: 0099129205
Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Arrow Books; paperback / softback edition (1976)
Pages: 212 pages