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Beyond Apollo Paperback – 1974

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881845515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881845518
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cameron-vale on July 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
Barry N. Malzberg was one of the most prolific and brilliant science fiction writers of the 1970's and early 1980's, cranking out an amazing 75 novels and hundreds of short stories in a relatively short time while still maintaining remarkably high literary standards. His output has slowed way down since his most fruitful period although he does manage to produce the occasional excellent short story in major anthologies. Most of his best novels, including great works such as DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE, HEROVIT'S WORLD and GUERNICA NIGHT, are frustratingly out of print at the moment. Even Malzberg's most acclaimed and popular book, BEYOND APOLLO, is currently unavailable. In some ways, APOLLO is the greatest loss of all, as most critics agree that this novel was a signature genre title of the 1970's, certainly an important starting point for any reader interested in sampling this often grimly powerful writer's works.
BEYOND APOLLO tells the story of the doomed first manned exploratory mission to the planet Venus. As usual, Malzberg takes such a commonplace and horribly cliched premise and twists it beyond all possible expectations. The mission's lone, and possibly completely crazed, survivor recounts the details of the disastrous expedition as a novel-in-progress. Written with Malzberg's customary heavy irony and outlandish black humor, APOLLO features some of the writer's sharpest and funniest dialogue ever.
The winner of the John W. Campbell award as best science fiction novel of 1972, APOLLO is part of an angry and obsessive trilogy of thematically related novels Malzberg wrote about NASA, all published within months of each other. Although APOLLO is surely the most critically championed of the three books, I actually prefer both THE FALLING ASTRONAUTS and REVELATIONS.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Parzival on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I read the book back in ca. 1974, as a kid, and liked it. At first the read was very very annoying---How you ask?
You are setup, you read then learn what you have just read was a wrong (or a lie), okay, you move forward, or at least you think so, then learn again that things are not as they seem... this time it was a dream, or a lie who knows... move forward with the story.. over and over again: a lie, a dream, reality, hopes, or some combinations here and there. Gave it to a couple of friends to read--- they seemed to have had to force themselves to read through it---and were not happy with the end effect. I liked it (oh, it is a bit mature when there are sexual dreams).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicki D. Rock on August 7, 2014
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I did not enjoy reading Beyond Apollo. Each time I returned to it was with the hope that I would gain more clarity on its meaning ... which I must confess, I never fully did. I was relieved to finish it. However, fans of post-modern fiction may embrace this book. It just wasn't for me.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Battaglia on October 21, 2003
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There's something deceptive in the way Barry Malzberg books are marketed. Publishers seem unable to describe what the book is actually about and what they settle on seems to fall very wide of the mark. Both with this book and "Galaxies", the descriptions on the back cover emphasize aspects of the book that are really insignificant in the story itself and give sort of a false impression of what the book is really about. This even extends to the cover, which can be called "trippy" at the very least and seems to hint that enjoyment of the book involves a psychedelic experience. It's not necessary to do these things, since Malzberg's books don't really need any extra selling, even if they are hard to classify. This novel takes a fairly simple premise (men venturing into an unexplored planet) and uses it as a launching point to both belittle SF and the space program. Two astronauts go out on a trip to Venus, only one comes back. What happened to the other, the survivor will not say, nor will he say what happened on the planet itself. Malzberg dodges the issue expertly, never letting on if the main character is crazy (and if he is, did he start out that way?) and it's impossible to say which of his narrative is true, if any. The ultimate truth is elusive, a rarity in writing, where readers like everything to be spelled out. Told in brief bursts of short chapters this is a book that reads quickly and like most of Malzberg's books there's not a wasted word, he makes his point and moves on, leaving the reader to figure out the rest. Nor does he makes his comments in broad strokes, his criticisms are always incisive and focused and in a sense are still relevant today.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Morbius on January 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
I began reading author Barry Malzberg during his brief, Kohoutek-like fluorescence(and eventual disappearance)during the early to mid 1970s. While on a vacation trip in Florida in 1976, I remained indoors for a full day, totally absorbed in reading an Ace paperback copy of "Beyond Apollo". Outside my motel room, I skipped a visit with friends to a nearby Gulf coast beach and even ignored the well-oiled, bikini-clad college girls milling around the pool in the courtyard beyond my motel room. Ha, what a nerd I was! Years later, now, I still remember "Beyond Apollo" and those flickering, kinetic shadows of bikini-women in the raw sunlight.
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