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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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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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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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