(A Specter is Haunting Texas) [PDF KINDLE] Å Fritz Leiber
Since I m writing a semi satirical subversive attack novel I ve been reading like minded novels out of the past to feel some community and perhaps steal a few good deas been reading like minded novels out of the past to feel some community and perhaps steal a few good Never Mind ideas this little title stirredn my memory I feel like I must have read t as a preteen sci fi fan some 45 years ago although almost nothing n Keep Writing: Bk. 2: A Writing Course For Arab Students (Kewr) it seemed all that familiar how fleetings life human memoryAnywho The future as seen from a now somewhat distant past 68 a rather key year looks both Let Me Feed You: Everyday Recipes Offering the Comfort of Home interestingly prophetic and totally bogus as I guesst must Some of the satirical prophesies made me laugh some WAS OVERDONE SOME UNNERVED ME AS IT SKIRTED DANGEROUSLY overdone some unnerved me as Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss it skirted dangerously to racist and were certainly sexistA friend of mine tells me that satire and humor only workf you punch upward at those stronger than you Punching downward at the Atlas Alone immigrant the weak the minority those considered andor treated asnferiors women for Can You See Me? instances only cruel and very uickly not funny As I m old enough to remember a time when Polish and Irish jokes were a gas I uestion the maxim but I must say for today s world I also agree There s too much suffering The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 2: Geography in the world that s too real to me now to laugh at the expense of those I wish had the advantages that I by birth have always enjoyed Which leads me to the philosophical problem I have with A Specters Haunting Texas ts satire although pretty right on and often chuckle worthy s omnidirectional Johns Hopkins: A Silhouette it takes nothing really very seriously Therefore whent s lambasting the blow hard uber Americaness of Texans I m rather amused but when The Learning Curve it jokes about the Mexican slave revolutionaries we re a little too close to the truth of a conflict that the Trump propaganda machine has created this last year and a half I can actually envision a world of hormone giant Texans reducing Mexicans to cyborg slaves forced to crouch through doors only 45 feet high but to joke then on a horrifically racist term for Mexican workers with the pun bent back regarding how the Texans keep their slaves height downs just not funny anyGranted Leiber The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day is pretty great stylist The alliterations the diction the voice of our narrator are well penned Sadly the vane self obsessed polygamist a political actors not very likable especially when he really doesn t take sides during the revolution Then again revolutions tend to be bloody and two sided even when one side Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture is definitelyn the wrong before they begin otherwise there d be no need for them Perhaps that s the point However an unlikable a political narrator also means that the novel to today s reader sensitive to racial Stalin's Police: Public Order and Mass Repression in the USSR, 1926–1941 issues can t even hide behindts heart s Challenging Slavery in the Chesapeake: Black and White Resistance to Human Bondage, 1775–1865 in the right place Its heartsn t Soldiering for Freedom in the right place the narrator s full of flaws and his pov therefores not at all PC At least there s a certain Wilderness First Aid Field Guide integrity to the narrator not having much of a political opinion on the things he sees that leaves the politics up to the reader But I also thought of Leiber flying along behind the white flag of the neutral angelsn Dante s InfernoStill three stars for the jollity the alliterations the exuberant writing style and some of the satire which works Andrew Jackson: The Course of American Freedom, 1822-1832 in a surreal sci fi way much of the time But boo hiss on the pot shots at lesser targets the neutrality racism and sexism that came from satirizing everything shownrony A Story of Yhwh: Cultural Translation and Subversive Reception in Israelite History is all corrosive and therefore a political dead end Ironys where Stigma 2.0: Abuse, Insults and Mocking on the Internet ideologies lose their foothold and fallnto an abyss of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen inconseuentiality Late 60 s post apocalyptic political satire After WWIII and the atomic fireworks Texas controls most of the North American continent except for the east coat and the west caost Texas survived relatively unscathed due a vast network of fallout shelters Then there s the hormone which the Texans use to grow 8ft tall Oh yeah the Texans have turned the Mexicansnto midgets and cyborgs but only during the day to do work At night without their cyborg yokes they can t remember anything that happens during the day Pot Ancient Britons the Antiquarian Imagination: Ideas from the Renaissance to the Regency is legal The main charactern the story Sublime Noise is Crockette Scully La Cruz An actor He comes from the Cislunar space colony called the Sack becauset s a null gee environment Scully s a thin also 8ft tall with no muscles to speak of adapted to zero gee He arrives on earth clad n an exoskeleton to allow him to operate on high gravity earth Scully hopes to sell family help mining claims SQL Tips and Techniques in what was Yellowknife Canada to get funds for his acting troupe back on CisLuna He gets mixed upn Texas political Hello English Grade 6a Workbook Tal Edition intrigue a Mexicannsurrection at least 2 women mining and Russians who due to the hormone. A Spectre Not Another Bad Date is Haunting Texass a Fritz Leiber novel 1st appearing as a book Cambridge Horizons Level 3 Student's Pack: For Bachillerato Tecnol�gico in 1969 originally published as a 3 part serialn Galaxy Science Fiction Thebaid, Books 1-7 (Loeb Classical Library) in July August and September 1968 Scully Christopher Crockett La Cruzs an actor fortune seeker adventurer from the Sprachenlernen leichtgemacht! Die Birkenbihl-Methode zum Fremdsprachen lernen isolated orbital technocratic democracies of Circumluna the Bubbles Congeries He landsn what he believes to be Canada to reclaim family mining Faust Among Equals interests He discovers Canadas now N Texas what remains of civilization n N America s ruled by primitive backslapping bigger than life an. ,
Ing a few laughs Plus view spoilerthe sexism In the Dream House is laid on a bit too thick to really convince us thatt s part of is laid on a bit too thick to really convince us that Flames of the Dark Crystal it s part of satire and the main characters an annoying arrogant and naive jerk who just wants to have earth sex at the expense of far That Night important things hide spoiler Fritz Leiber evidently far from sober writes a bizarre andll conceived satire on George W Bush s America and then manages to get out of his time machine n the wrong decade Well that s the most plausible explanation I ve come up with so far
Originally I Read This I read this sometime n the early 1970s the best I can recall For those of you who are sci fi aficionados I m not sure I am myself this was the time of lots of small ndependent publishing houses that allowed uite a bit of experimentation n the genreFirst the blurb The protagonist and first person narrator Pie Fidelity: In Defence of British Food is a Mr Christopher Crockett Del le Cruzs a denizen of the Sack a bubble of space station the size of small asteroid that orbits the moon Time Pour the Oil is a couple of hundred yearsn the future after WWIII and Del le Cruz I'm Not Millie! is a thin an extremely thin human selected by near zero gravity to be nearly 8 feet tall Del Le Cruzs on a mission to Earth to save his family s thespian company Earth How Do You Go to Sleep? is open to visitors for the first timen a century or so and he s there to take claim to some mineral rights The Wind on Haunted Hill in order to save the company from disbandment by the technical and puritan minded leadership of the SackUpon landingn Dallas he The Ghosts of Eden Park is surprised to find the surviving Texans the anglo Texans thats have mutated themselves to also be 8 feet tall They are fascists through and through and have a subjugate the Hispanic population and mutated them as well to all be under 5 foot tall Texas now stretches Beautiful Scars: Moving on and Creating a Joyous Life from the Ashes of Childhood Abuse into Canada There Tulsa Texas Kansas City Texas and so on Politics are a matter of the laser pistol and Texas women are kept at home or dabblingn the arts where they belong says the Governor of Texas It s all ge haw and ge haw this with Del Le Cruz playing the part of a honorable Texan despite his ethnic heritage one moment and a snake oil salesman the next High melodramatic drama and a revolution ensue Okay so Lancelot ou le Chevalier de la Charrette in 1969 Fritz Leiber himself the son of actors missedt a bit predicting WWIII and the frying of most of Earth s population But when I read the book Napoleon's Military Machine Operations Manual in the 1970s I didn t know he was the son of actors Thanks Wikipedia or thatt was his first novel the best I can tell after his wife died Praying Ephesians in the mid 1960s Leiber went on a three year drunk thanks again Wikipedia and didn t write much which says a lot about the myth of alcohol being a writing museAlln all t s one of those novels that remind me how I got hooked on sci fi It s not so much about technology but the mutability of humans and human culture We are so easily re wired mentally by our culture and our culture s to some degree a factorial of our technologyYou can find aobut lost gems of sci fi on my blog at B One of those old anti racist satires that happen to be full of racism which makes يوسف شريف رزق الله: عاشق الأطياف it a bit of an annoying read especially at the top The broad comedy often fails and the bigdeas tend to turn out a little neat which can be for the better or for the worst depending on how you feel about thatBy the end I guess this s spoilers n some sense but only broadly Perilous Poetry it turnsnto a story about the victory of anarchist and socialist societies over capitalism explicit Texan fascism and their need to focus on cleaning up the radiactive wasteland they The Truants inhabit whichs pretty chillIt s maybe just what I have been reading lately but the total lack of consideration of climate change Mr. Slow is pretty strange It wasn t obviously the clear threat then thatt Minecraft Chapter Book is today butt just feels off to set a story Collected Poems 1947-1997 in the future with our contemporary continental geography still explicitlyntact Going back to an Keis Gift (Darshian Tales, imaginary where nuclear weapons made the world a targets a little bizarre Because you have to aim for and attempt to hit a target What we know now Lawrence Grassi: From Piedmont to the Rocky Mountains is that no one has to press the red button we simply have to organize our global society around the profit motive to turn the world to soupMy only previous experience with Leibers the librivox audiobook of The Big Time which I thought was very good As annoying as this was to read I Can Read Biscuit - 6 Book Set (I Can Read, My First) it cements himn my mind as a joyful prose stylist who deserves consideration alongside Clifford D Simak and I am looking forward to seeing what else he wrote A brilliant blend of science fiction and horror Fritz Leiber creates a uniue world all his own and effortlessly brings you alon. Aty Texas was bossWith the coming of the 3rd World War the atomization of Washington New York San Francisco so forth secrecy became unnecessary Texas escaped the USA's nuclear destruction because of the foresight of Lyndon I An emormous bunker known as the Houston Carlsbad Caverns Denver Kansas City Little Rock Pentagram now referred to simply as the Texas Bunker had saved the heartland during a war that destroyed the American coasts Europe Russia China Africa Texas then conuered the rest of the continent tho Hawaii Cuba remain stubbornly unconuer.
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Remember the hormone actually look like bears Hadn t "read Leiber n a long time Took awhile to get nto t but after a delayed hook the book "Leiber n a long time Took awhile to get After Suffrage: Women in Partisan and Electoral Politics before the New Deal intot but after a delayed hook the book nto in a long time Took awhile to get nto Wilson and China: A Revised History of the Shandong Question: A Revised History of the Shandong Question it but after a delayed hook the book turnednto entertaining read A bit short on science fictiony contrivance but long on observations of the human condition and the Texas condition as well as veiled political commentary on late 60 s America At least we didn t start WWIII back then I hope we don t during the next 4 years A fun satire with goofy characters and laughable societies n space and on Earth Light reading and dated but fun Back in 1973 the parents having just divorced and me home from college for the summer I decided to get my eight 1973 the parents having just divorced and me home from college for the summer I decided to get my eight younger brother out of Chicago and away from our depressed father for a few months by bundling him off with me and my friend Martin to the family cottage n Michigan I got enough work as a gardener for a couple of wealthy couples down the beach to pay the bills by working twenty hours a week and the three of us settled down to a season of sun sand and sun and sandLife Wild Boy in the country without television stereo and the modern conveniences got boring Brother Fin found a few friends and would be gone all day Martin and I would punctuate thediocy of rural life Marx with rides through the area Crap Kingdom in his white Galaxy 500 checking out the sights looking for bookstoresOn the road from Sawyer to Three Oaks Michigan we found a bookstore of a sort owned by an engaging old fellow who made his livingn retirement by selling books mostly through the mail His home had been a farm There was what might have once been a garage out front This was his money maker books about Lincoln and related subjects Out back there was the barn another much larger book storage area which filled the soul with awe and admiration We being poor and his prices being steep I bought this edition of A Spectre out of politeness and because lacking Blacklands its dustjackett was unusually cheapThe book a political satire May B. is mildly amusing thought would probably seem dated now since the references are to the early and mid sixties to LBJ and Goldwater Watergate hearings were going on then Leiber s satire was too mildOur host the bookseller however was a fascinating guy His personal Escape from Bridezilla intellectualnterest was Beijing Coma in millenarian cults of the Midwest such as those House of David remnants upn Benton Harbor My own Milk Goes to School interestn the history of the American Left was tangent so we spent delightful afternoons chatting on his front porch I Jennifer Government impressed that a farmer knew so much he probablympressed to discover that not all city longhairs were Sausage: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Homemade Sausage ignorantThe old guy and his paradise of books are gone now Like the skeletal spectre protagonist of this book the bones are strong The general concepts funny and probably culturally relevant and O Sangue dos Outros insightful for the timet was written late 60s but the story New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches is weak and generally obnoxious The main characters comically misogynistic and detached from the entire plot of the book Up until the end of the book all he wants to do Powerless is pork two women and eventually marry both at the same time Spoiler bigamy happens andt s cool because they re an advanced society living Enchantress of Numbers in a space station and social arrangements like tricking two womennto being your wives Race: How Blacks And Whites Think And Feel About The American Obsession is very progressive as we all know So aside from two chicks at the same time the other major themes all Texans are oil blooded fascists which Doppelgangsters is really pretty funny at first buts also just so one dimensional that If I Built a Car it become uninteresting uickly In fact all characters are extremely flat All Texans are bad dumb and dim witted morons trying to control the world Theres only half hearted attempt to provide nuance to any of the characters which makes the novel a boring chronicle of meaningless events All of this The Winemakers Wife is disappointing because thedea of a future North America run by a Texan state could be White Wolf Moon incrediblynteresting and would be much funnier State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States if just one dose of subtlety were allowed Unfortunately each page turn left me disappointed and I was happy to be done with this weird little piece of sci fi history In Episode 45 A Specters Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber we discovered that Fritz Leiber may have coined the term sword and sorcery and he may have written some legendary stories but this book Blood Meridian is not to be counted among those same accomplishmentsLine to line the writings actually pretty good and the dialogue A Table by the Window is believablen the world of the book There s even some great satire n this book the whole vision of Greater Texas but t doesn t really end up doing much besides produc. Ti The Cure for Death by Lightning intellectual good ole boys convinced of their own moral superiority In the tortured version of history known to the giant hormone boosted Anglo Saxonnhabitants who rule a diminutive Mexican underclass the original Texas had secretly ruled the pre nuclear war USA since 1845 Of t was never given out to the general public n the states who never had no brains or guts nohow flustered easy that this assumption of leadership was annexation but Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney it was always known to the Speaker of the House the senators who countedn Washington that secretest tre.