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  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    What an imagination. The Immeasurable Horror! CAS has a way with words, I thought this was a beautiful passage. "But in his musings there was neither light nor fire; and turning from the greyness of the present, from the darkness that seemed to close in so imminently upon the future, he groped backward among the shadows of memory, even as a blind man who has lost the sun and seeks it everywhere in vain. And all the vistas of time that had been so full of gold and splendor, the days of triumph th What an imagination. The Immeasurable Horror! CAS has a way with words, I thought this was a beautiful passage. "But in his musings there was neither light nor fire; and turning from the greyness of the present, from the darkness that seemed to close in so imminently upon the future, he groped backward among the shadows of memory, even as a blind man who has lost the sun and seeks it everywhere in vain. And all the vistas of time that had been so full of gold and splendor, the days of triumph that were colored like a searing flame, the crimson and purple of the rich imperial years of his prime, all these were chill and dim and strangely faded now, and the remembrance thereof was no more than the stirring of dead embers."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nom Chompsky

    A little repetitive now and then, but overall an incredible sample of CAS’ writing. A Brooklyn poet goes to a far off planet, helps a wizard overthrow a religious government, falls out of graces and is tortured, escapes by an act of seemingly divine intervention and wanders across the strange planet to meet the alien love of his life, and it all starts on the earth newspapers racing to tell the grimmest version of his possible demise. Incredible. Just one example of many greats. A lot of the mos A little repetitive now and then, but overall an incredible sample of CAS’ writing. A Brooklyn poet goes to a far off planet, helps a wizard overthrow a religious government, falls out of graces and is tortured, escapes by an act of seemingly divine intervention and wanders across the strange planet to meet the alien love of his life, and it all starts on the earth newspapers racing to tell the grimmest version of his possible demise. Incredible. Just one example of many greats. A lot of the most overtly problematic elements of the genre (see: racism) are here, but, by and large CAS actually dumps a lot of that nonsense into the colonial characters themselves, and keeps a safe distance from actually saying anything about any ‘blacker, lesser tribes’ or whatever such Lovecraftian messiness the genre usually does; I think CAS lets his more foolish narrators be fools and embody crappy values as a moral lesson as opposed to an actual diegetic hierarchy of being, which makes the work tenable in a refreshing way. CAS is also in love with the extraterrestrial and romance and the written word in a way that reminds me of Bradbury, and that’s also a gift. If you like war of the worlds, or annihilation, but you want to read the actual best-rendered versions of those premises, this is where you’ll find them. Glad I stuck with this. Perhaps even on to the next in this series collecting CAS’ work.

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