I'm reading this to see whether Manny's bright 16 year old eye or Paul Bryant's jaundiced 20 year old's was right.
Blow by blow as I plough through it, so more to come....
1) Ballard: Paul 1 Manny 0
Paul is so right. A dreary story and I fail to see what is sf about it. I hope it is true that this does not represent Ballard as his finest.
2) Ellison: Paul .5 Manny .25
I'm afraid the only reason this one perked me up was because it came after 1). Much better written, but unfortunately that is no great compliment.
3) Wilson: Paul 1 Manny -.25 (for conveniently ignoring this in his review.)
What the fuck. The printer got something wrong here. A section of Sports Illustrated smack bang in the middle of a sf book. At least that issue of SI was improved by whatever SF story was accidentally included.
Manny's in trouble so far. Will he recover??? Stay tuned.