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Why I was asking about "don't lesnerize" - Input Junkie
May 17th, 2014
10:26 am


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Why I was asking about "don't lesnerize"
I had the perfect occasion to tell someone to not lesnerize, but then I wondered what the odds were that I'd be understood, I couldn't find the story online, and I wasn't in the mood to summarize it.

Since then, of course, I've found a copy of "Protection" by Sheckley, and I'm pleased to see it's still a classic.

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Date:May 18th, 2014 07:08 am (UTC)
Interesting story. Sounds like Golden Age, or at least Old School.

Leaving aside any possible political elements in it (I didn't notice any), and pretending it met all the eligibility requirements, and was not outshone by other candidates -- what chance would it have of getting a Hugo from current fandom?
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Date:May 18th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
It was from 1956, which I think counts as Golden Age.

I think it would at least have a decent chance at a Hugo. It's very clever and more than a little memorable. The sense of humor isn't quite modern, or at least I can't think of anyone else who's writing in that voice, but I don't know whether that matters.

I can only read with the mind I've got, and I don't know how the story would look 20 and 30 year olds who'd never seen it before.

I may be kidding myself, but I also think the best Heinlein juveniles would have a chance at a Hugo if they were new.

Edited at 2014-05-18 11:56 am (UTC)
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Date:May 18th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
I had never seen it before, either. Its tone seemed out of tune with more recent things, but so do Heinlein's juveniles.
From:David Oster
Date:May 19th, 2014 05:35 am (UTC)

Th great masticator

I'd confused lesnerizing with fletcherizing.
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