(urth) Van Vogt. (Was: Re: I Claudius)

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes danldo at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 18:53:16 PDT 2006

On 9/7/06, Jesper Svedberg <jsvedberg at gmail.com> wrote:
> (of course, Van Vogt isn't as good a
> writer as Wolfe, but I think he's better than his reputation and better
> than many of his more famous contemporaries).

He was a half-good writer. On the level of sentences, his writing
was probably better than Asimov's, maybe even Heinlein's, but
not up to Simak's or Merrill's. But his plotting was atrocious, and
his characters ... wellllll, they're about as deep and well-rounded
as Clarke's, but (unlike Clarke) he depended on character to propel
his story, which only adds to the jerryrigged plotting.

Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, writer, trainer, bon vivant
I've got a piece of braaaaain lodge in me heeead!!!

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