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One book I won't buy

Bookshopping in London yesterday, my eye was caught by the Mammoth Book of Mind-Blowing Science Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley. I have been suspicions of the Mammoth Books of anything sfnal since the publication of George Mann's pisspoor Encyclopedia (I confess I have no idea if the two are related), so didn't bother even looking inside.

It turns out that if I had looked inside, I might have spotted the rather peculiar choice of authors. Luckily others have done so for me, so I don't need to worry any more about whether I might want to buy it.

(Hat-tip to nancylebov and also to james_nicoll.)

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sammywol
Aug. 4th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Echoes of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature - that huge, frighteningly expensive, twin volume collection that managed to include not one single female author. I remember seeing Declan Kiberd plugging it on the then RTE book show with Nuala o'Faoilain and the interviewer asked him why there were no female authors and you could see an awful, stunned 'oh shit!' look cross his face. I really believe that he just ... had ... not ... noticed!
inuitmonster
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I think I would choose to read an anthology based on whether I thought the contents were any good or not, not on how representative of society the authors were.
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