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beamjockey
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:10 pm (UTC)
I liked the timebinding structure of Amy Wallace's Wired article, but when it arrives at 1939, I must take exception at "Asimov, characteristically, sneaks in."

This is not consistent with any of the several accounts of the 1939 Worldcon I have read. The chronicler one might expect to be most hostile to the Futurians, Sam Moskowitz, says that he admitted Asimov and several other Futurian fans to the convention after asking them to promise they wouldn't disrupt it. I've never before heard that Asimov was sneaking in.

Anyway, what the hell does "Asimov, characteristically, sneaks in" mean? What other examples does history hold of Asimov sneaking into places?

If one were to make a list of the sneakiest science fiction writers working in 1939, the 19-year-old Asimov would be nowhere near the top.

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