(Karel Thole’s cover for the 1977 edition of The Star of Life (1959), Edmond Hamilton)
Joachim Boaz maps the more esoteric inclines and declines of 50’s-70’s science fiction. The 1930’s had too many scientists conjuring elixirs. And in the 1980’s more space opera happened. When SF tackles the greater morass of things and our oblique interiors he is happy. Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations charts these movements. He has other pretensions of course, under other names.
I lay out my reasons for reading and reviewing SF published between 1945-1985 here.
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“Joachim Boaz was how he named himself.” — The Pillars of Eternity (1982), Barrington J. Bayley
“Jachin-Boaz traded in maps […] He sold maps to poets that showed where thoughts of power and clarity had come to other poets.” — The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973), Russell Hoban
Early Flight (and flights of fancy)
Science Fiction (generation ships)
Meditations on decline
Plots? What are plots?