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Faint Praise

I was checking out a new used books/CDs/DVDs place on Bloor near me (Zoink's!) and I was looking at the re-issue of A.E. van Vogt's The World of Null-A. Here's what the cover blurb said:

"Fine for addicts of Science Fiction" - The New Yorker

Wow. Now, why did the publishers want this on the cover? It's about one step up from "Useful as toilet paper". Did the simple fact that is was a quote from The New Yorker trump all other considerations? "The New Yorker knows that SF exists! We feel so validated!"

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Talk about damning with faint praise!

I dunno, I've never read The World Of Null-A, but I've seen it mentioned along with Slan, and while the basic ideas of Slan were groundbreaking and fascinating, the book itself was kind of hard going. Maybe that's how The New Yorker felt about The World Of Null-A.

However, it is NOT a blurb I would put on the cover! Jeez!

Actually, I do agree with The New Yorker here, we did this book a while back at my SF book club and it was pretty thin, but still, why that blurb?

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