The Crazy Years

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BenBella Books, Inc., Jun 1, 2009 - Literary Collections - 294 pages
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A collection of witty, irreverent essays on subjects running the gamut from the space program to airport bans on smoking are included in this anthology. Written by Spider Robinson, The Crazy Years takes its name from Robert A. Heinlein's designation of the last years of the 20th century and contains essays from Robinson's tenure as op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail and from Galaxy Online. Environmentalists that place the survival of earth before the survival of humanity, the idiocy of computer designs, and the downsides of the Internet are among the subjects Robinson uses to take the world to task.
 

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A collection of Robinson's columns written for the Toronto Globe & Mail. Like any such collection, the quality is uneven . . . but overall it's extraordinarily high. Robinson's prose is always elegant ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Substance Abuse
21
OCanada
53
Pull Up a Soapbox
65
Present Imperative or Social Mahooha
93
Environmental Floss
131
Extreme Forms of Argument
143
It claims to be fully automaticbut actually you have to push
159
The New Idiot
179
Space
204
Nostalgia For Tomorrow
227
Intellectual Property
243
Silver Lining
261
Lagniappe
279
Afterword
289
Copyright

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Spider Robinson is the author of Callahan's Key, Callahan's Legacy, and The Free Lunch. He has received three Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and the Pat Terry Memorial Award for Humorous Science Fiction. He is particularly known for his series Callahan's Place, believed to be the inspiration for one of the largest newsgroups on the Internet. He lives in Bowen Island, British Columbia. Lawrence Block is the author of The Burglar in the Rye, Hit List, Hope to Die, and Tanner on Ice. His articles and short stories have appeared in American Heritage, GQ, The New York Times, Playboy, and Redbook. He is a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America and has won the Edgar, Japanese Maltese Falcon, Nero Wolfe, and Shamus awards. He lives in New York City.

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