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Ron Jacobs, author of Daydream Sunset: Sixties Counterculture in the Seventies (and the new article “Some Hazy Cosmic Jive“) discusses the evolution of popular culture in general and science fiction in particular. We’ll also touch on subjects of other recent articles including houselessness and Ron’s experience serving jail time for marijuana possession.

(Republished from Truth Jihad by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Culture/Society, History, Ideology • Tags: Counterculture 
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  1. Oddly enough, the period in which he perceived a lack of interest in science fiction, the late 1980s, was the exact time when my interest in the genre peaked. I suppose I had a skewed view, as works that were already a decade or more old were brand new to me, not to mention simply assuming that anything I liked was rare and uncool.

    I do remember that some science fiction did very well indeed. There seemed to be an endless supply of Frank Herbert and Anne McCaffrey sequels that sold well, and of course some of the biggest movies of the time were SciFi.

    The stuff that really made the biggest impression on me, though, were various collections of short stories and novellas from the 50s and 60s. They have stuck in my mind as more visionary and yet more relevant than most later works, despite the latter being ostensibly more ‘mature, experimental, and socially aware’ in general.

    Either I was hopelessly behind the times, or the changes that the 60s and 70s brought to the genre were not necessarily for the better? Hard to say. But by the time cyberpunk came around, I had lost my original enthusiasm to explore anything recent in the genre.

  2. cohen says:

    Funny your guest brought back some old memories. The mention of Satan Bug by by the British mystry writer Alistair MaClean the Guns of Navarone famed author…… The movie Satan Bug was made in 60s. Some parallels with Covid 19 stories

    Unfortunately, his first book H.M.S. Uylesses movie project never got finished. Dont know why.
    Gregory Peck was to play leading role.

  3. R2b says:

    Nice conversation!
    And just get the RFK Fauci-book!

  4. Dually says:

    Beware middle-class hippie draft-dodger speech police. The preferred term for homeless people is not “houseless” – it’s “camper”.

    • Replies: @SteveRogers42
  5. @Dually

    I have seen “the unhoused”. Which implies that it’s society’s duty to “house” them.

    • Replies: @Dually
  6. Dually says:

    “Camper” doesn’t specify whether or not they’re living on the street – but without the mealymouthed patronizing condescension of “houseless”. This is the kind of speech-policing which is the specialty of a kind of insufferable, North Eastern US puritan do-gooders who are currently wrecking civilization, as usual.

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