The Tale that Wags the God

This is a posthumous collection of Blish essays, mostly on science fiction and fantasy. These include studies of Poul Anderson, James Branch Cabell, and the application of Spengler to science fiction. Other pieces range from "Music of the Absurd" (modern music—more fantastic than any fiction ) to the autobiographical "A Science Fiction Coming of Age". More

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About James Blish

James Blish (1921-1975) was one of the "Futurians" along with Asimov et al., is best known for his books Cities in Flight, A Case of Conscience, the Star Trek novelizations, and as a sharp-tongued critic who applied the tools of literary criticism to science fiction. He co-founded the Milford science fiction writers' workshop, and wrote science fiction criticism under the name William Atheling, Jr.

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