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The Silver Eggheads

First published in 1962 by Ballantine as a Paperback

A fun book, set in a similar world to stories such as Bread Overhead and most specifically ‘The Last Letter’.  Lots of in jokes for writers and followers of fiction as our hapless hero tries to save the day.  Not a biting satire like A Spectre is Haunting Texas, but enjoyable none the less.

“Automated ‘wordmills’ produce the popular fiction (or ‘wordwooze’) of the future, in this satire on the writing, publishing and consumption of hack literature. The plot is silly, but the humour is good and there are some memorable details.”
The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction – David Pringle

Review at Net Massimo


  1. Did Fritz Leiber coin the term “wordwooze” ?

    • FranzWesten

      August 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      I honestly don’t know! I am not sure if it was slang in the late fifties amongst publishers or not…

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