RAY DEHLING An imaginative iook at “Tomorrow's Amazing Transport Machines" SCKNCC ncno N stoaics Brand New in this Issue CHARLES L. FOUNDED IN 1926 BY HUGO GERNSBACK Opinion • 4 Robert Siiverberg Anderson • 58 Barry N. The bookseller is the custodian of printed word and the conduit through which ideas reach the public.Bunch A “Moderan” view of the Future VKtr*wjoron • 103,130 John D. I think one of the series of banned books is surely trash, and I have no opinion about the other.Having utterly fauled to make a convincing case within the scientific com- munity, the creationists are appealing the decision to the public arena — where passion, power, eind pressure can cover up the metny gaping holes in their rea- soning.Let’s face it — Americans go crazy over the word “equal”.
But when that bookshop starts drawing the line within the sf/fantasi/ field, tossing this book or that off the shelves because it is morally or p)olitically unacceptable, it is, in its tiny way, setting us on the road to the Third Reich. Once the banning of books begins, there’s no erxl to it short of the Final Solution.
AD mail addressed to editor assumed av 2 ulable for publication unless otherwise requested. They caury almost everything that’s in print in our field, and a nice selec- tion of old and rare items besides, and I enjoy dropping in there, shooting the breeze with the proprietors and their em- ployees, picking up interesting new books or magazines, keeping and eye on the way my own books are selling, and so on and so on.
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The most novel feature of creationism is the way all its leading writers use the same alternative universe — one in which evolu- tion is a null word, the earth is 10,000 years old, and the universe was supematurally created in six solar days.
The creationist writers have taken a unique approach to advertising, pronxjting their imaginary world before school boards, in court- rooms, and at legislative hearings.