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Plumage from Pegasus

Author: Paul Di Filippo
Publisher: [Canton, OH] : Cosmos Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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What happens when the tools and themes of science fiction are applied to the genre of science fiction itself-and to publishing in general? Surprisingly, the result is not a black hole of dreary self-referentiality but a supernova of literary comedy, in the manner of classicists such as S. J. Perelman, Stephen Leacock and Robert Benchley, and postmodernists such as Mark Leyner, Will Self and Steve Aylett.
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Di Filippo
ISBN: 0809556103 : 9780809556106 : 080955609X 9780809556090
OCLC Number: 74661965
Description: 277 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Paul Di Filippo --
Introduction / Barry Malzberg --
Falling expectations --
My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends --
The great Nebula sweep --
Your moneyTM --
It was the blessed of times, it was the cursed of times --
Manuscript found in a pipedream --
Have gun, will edit --
Nature, wineberry in tooth and claw, with a hint of claret --
Narrative contents may have settled during shipment --
The only thinkg worose than yet one more bad trilogy --
You won't take me alive! (without at least ten percent of the box office gross) --
Next big thing --
Esxcapist velocity --
Never let them see you nova --
Scissors cut paper, paper covers schlock --
As through a pair of mirrorshades darkly --
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world --
The history of snivelization --
Missed connections --
In the air --
When you wish upon a midlist star --
The factchecker only rings once --
This is my gun, this is my pen, sir! --
Hail to the hack --
Two sample shapters, an outline, and a sawed-off shotgun --
Just me and my protoplasmic ego extension --
I'll trade you two Nobel,s a Macarthur grant and a Pulitzer for one of those starry paperweights --
"The magazine chums versus the Baron of Numedia", by C. J. Heintz-ketzep --
Woolpullers, Inc. --
"Adventures in Mishmash Land, by A. Patchwork Girl, Customizer --
ASsociational roundup --
"press one for literature" --
Kiss of the spider critic --
Ultrasenator versus the lobbyists from beyond! --
My life-and welcome to fifteen percent of it! --
Games writers play --
Excerpt from "Decad" --
Nebula Awards voting cancelled --
The unkindests cuts --
Readin' and ritin' and royalties --
A vade mecum for the third millenium --
Prose, by any other name would smell as sweet --
We, the publicists.
Responsibility: Paul Di Filippo.

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What happens when the tools and themes of science fiction are applied to the genre of science fiction itself-and to publishing in general? Surprisingly, the result is not a black hole of dreary self-referentiality but a supernova of literary comedy, in the manner of classicists such as S. J. Perelman, Stephen Leacock and Robert Benchley, and postmodernists such as Mark Leyner, Will Self and Steve Aylett.

In this collection of short, sharp, satirical gems, Paul Di Filippo-noted for his own fiction and criticism, which gives him an insider's perspective-turns a keen eye on the foibles, fallacies, fads and failures of science fiction the industry, mining comedic gold from the gaffes, pomposities and pretensions of authors, publicists, reviewers, publishers, editors, fans, librarians and bookstore owners.

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