Re: RARA-AVIS: Death of a Citizen

Robert E. Skinner (
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 08:47:35 -0600 wrote:
> Perhaps one of my problems is reading the books one after the other. . . My friend replied, "but you're not supposed to read them that way.">

Well, it is "formula" fiction. I always imagined that fiction of this
sort, particularly Gold Medal fiction, reached the audience it did
because people liked the formula. Hamilton is a strong, articulate, and
facile writer, but the Helm stories do have a rather rigid formula.
Having deliberately not written to a formula in my own work, I can only
imagine that a tried-and-true formula allows one to turn stories out
quickly, and to a rather rigid publication schedule. Hamilton and the
others will be frank in telling you that they never conceived that they
were writing deathless literature, only entertaining stories.

Robert E. Skinner, Director
Xavier University of Louisiana Library
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