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December 23, 2016

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Todd Mason

I have a Bennett or two, presumably but not necessarily abridged, awaiting me in BESTSELLER and MERCURY MYSTERY issues in the stacks...pretty interesting background she had...I wonder why she gave up on writing, though some of the stories one reads about writing for the BBC at certain points in the '60s (and perhaps just general life-burnout for a middle-aged radical...) could lead one to see why a cessation occurred. (I suspect that she was consciously echoing the title of G. B. Shaw's THE INTELLIGENT WOMAN'S GUIDE TO SOCIALISM...Asimov did so, with his first major commercial success in book form, THE INTELLIGENT MAN'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE (later editions known as ASIMOV'S GUIDE TO SCIENCE, and Asimov would, almost apologetically, note that the original title wasn't meant to slight his women readers so much as to refer to the Intelligent Man who was the book's author.)

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