“You were magnificent, I think, but hidden: a black hole at the heart of history. We can trace you only by your gravitational pull.” This essay first appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, September 2015.
“You were brilliant, I think, but consumed by the inevitability of the abattoir. In your fiction all the gates are closed; characters are funnelled down a chute to flashing knives.” Epistolatory criticism first published 2015.
I read Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow for the first time in 2005. Five pages in, I wondered why I’d never heard of this novel. Twenty pages later, I was wondering why it wasn’t universally acknowledged as the first Great American SF Novel.