SEEKERS OF TOMORROW by Sam Moskowitz

SEEKERS OF TOMORROW

KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a truly gratifying book. It's about space writers, madmen of the cosmic opera. Moskowitz has reviewed every issue of Amazing Stories Astunding Stories and so on and produced this glorious grab bag of biographies. The long line of heroes includes Ray Bradbury, Edmond Hamilton (Captain Future), E. E. Smith (Ph.D.), Murray Leinster, (Superman), L. Sprague de Camp, Robert A. Heinlein, A. E. Van Vogt, Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov, Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch (Psycho), Arthur C. Clarke and a starburst of others. And what a tragic story it often is--space fictioneers who will spend ten years on a tetralogy, only to wind up hallelujahed by fans but dead broke. Something like Cervantes grinding out Don Quixote over ten years. What is satisfying is to see these authors deeply engaged in works of pure tripe and imagination (Barnum called it hokum) and watch them emerge with a fish so big (macrocosmic) that they become world-renowned. This book should be called Super Time, because each of its subjects is a bit like the success stories in Time--each author has written his Moby Dick of interstellar fantasy. These guys think BIG! These are wild talents pouring out words to oblivion.

Publisher: World