TOR Double #21

Home is the Hangman

by Roger Zelazny

We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move in a Rigorous Line

by Samuel Delaney

Review by Bill Johnston

Home is the Hangman/We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line by Roger Zelazny/Samuel R. Delany is the twenty-first TOR double. Home is the Hangman is a story of a detective hunting down a frankenstein monster. The story won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, but I really can't find anything exceptional about it. We, etc. is about a biker gang that wants to live primitively, but the government insists on putting power lines in their home. It seems like straight fiction with science fiction tacked on. Still, I enjoyed reading both stories because I like Zelazny's and Delany's writing styles.

Zelazny's other books certainly do not need to be listed here, but Delany is not as well known. I found Babel-17 and Empire Star, and to a lesser extent The Einstein Intersection, worth reading but felt that Dhalgren was an overly long novel with no conclusion, and Stars in My Pocket like Grains of Sand had an interesting universe, but too much emphasis on sex scenes.

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