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They Pay Brisk Money for this Crap

Raymond Chandler on Science Fiction, 1953:

Did you ever read what they call Science Fiction? It's a scream. It is written like this: "I checked out with K19 on Aldabaran III, and stepped out through the crummalite hatch on my 22 Model Sirus Hardtop. I cocked the timejector in secondary and waded through the bright blue manda grass. My breath froze into pink pretzels. I flicked on the heat bars and the Brylls ran swiftly on five legs using their other two to send out crylon vibrations. The pressure was almost unbearable, but I caught the range on my wrist computer through the transparent cysicites. I pressed the trigger. The thin violet glow was icecold against the rust-colored mountains. The Brylls shrank to half an inch long and I worked fast stepping on them with the poltex. But it wasn't enough. The sudden brightness swung me around and the Fourth Moon had already risen. I had exactly four seconds to hot up the disintegrator and Google had told me it wasn't enough. He was right."

They pay brisk money for this crap?


That's awesome.

No, really.

Link.

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ironed_orchid
Jun. 12th, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)
"I had exactly four seconds to hot up the disintegrator and Google had told me it wasn't enough. He was right."

Prescient!
benpeek
Jun. 18th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
i would totally have read the chandler sci fi novel.
exp_err
Jun. 19th, 2012 12:39 am (UTC)
+1
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