User Friendly by Spider Robinson

Review by Matthew Urick

This latest collection from Spider Robinson is the most fun I ever had reading a book I didn't like. It's tough not liking something Spider writes. It's tantamount to not liking Spider himself - he puts so much of himself into his writing. But there is too much in this set that is similar to what I've read before.

I enjoyed his eulogies for Robert Heinlein and Theodore Sturgeon done in the style of Lord Buckley. Did this collection also need an essay about how these two were huge influences on Spider? Was it necessary to have two stories that are essentially in-jokes for authors? And enough with the super-competent and ultra-moralistic protagonists.

I had fun reading this, I just wish I liked it more.

From the SIGMA 161, June, 1999

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