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  •  This is the classic "Fans are Slans" reaction that (3+ / 0-)

    has been so common among science fiction readers. The SF that I like has always been the works that appeal to more independent people (which is almost all of the genre).

    •  i am super intelligent (2+ / 0-)
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      but i do not have the ability to read minds...

      and I'm glad I don't, after reading the Silverberg novel "Dying Inside" about a man who develops the ability to read minds--it drives him insane

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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      by TrueBlueMajority on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:24:10 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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        Dying Inside stuck with me as well.

        Also a more obscure novel of his, The Man in the Maze.

        Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. -- Ambrose Bierce

        by OkieByAccident on Fri May 10, 2013 at 07:30:14 PM PDT

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        •  i read that! (0+ / 0-)

          the idea of being "mentally repulsive" to people moved me deeply.  i actually used to feel like that sometimes.  the things highly emotional teens take upon themselves...

          had to overlook the odd sex scenes in that book.  i found out later that Silverbob wrote erotica under an assumed name

          Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
          Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

          by TrueBlueMajority on Fri May 10, 2013 at 07:46:35 PM PDT

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        •  Total Silverberg fan (0+ / 0-)

          I sort of shrugged off the gratuitous sex scenes; there was a period in the late 60s to late 70s, where novelists were allowed to finally indulge the "Sex Sells" motif by the mainstream publishers....

          Even Heinlein jumped on the bandwagon, sort of, with Friday.

          Siverberg's work, even when not entirely to your taste, was groundbreaking stuff; imaginative, entertaining and in general, appealed (at least some of the time) to the head on your shoulders, as well as - well, you get the idea.

          Man In The Maze was awesome. Book of Skulls was too, as well as Tower of Glass.

          Even as a middle-aged adult, they still hold up pretty well in today's dystopia.

          The "extreme wing" of the Democratic Party is the wing that is hell-bent on protecting the banks and credit card companies. ~ Kos

          by ozsea1 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 08:11:30 PM PDT

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      •  to clarify (0+ / 0-)

        super intelligent beings who read minds is a description of the SLANS referred to upthread

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
        Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

        by TrueBlueMajority on Fri May 10, 2013 at 08:07:09 PM PDT

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