"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane
I got a curious letter and I would like everyone’s reaction to it.
I want to compliment you on your old review of Mission Earth from 1986. I am sorry that you were in anyway harassed back then by anyone from my church. While I have been a scientologist my entire life (2nd generation), I recognize ignorance and misguided evangelism.
As a future attorney in my 3rd year of law school, I have gained the ability to subjectively and objectively take any writing and look at it from different facets. Coupled with my mechanical engineering background, I have a more logical and real viewpoint on things than most.
Having said that, your article is actually quite positive. I don’t know what Simone or anyone else from the church were thinking at that time, and I do know that the church itself was going through internal upheaval in management—in fact Simone’s very superiors were expelled in 1987 for crimes much worse than harassing a reviewer of science fiction.
You context on taking the review prima facie instead of in light of scientology is well played. And your analogies—while eyebrow raising to someone in the church—communicates quite effectively to the average joe who might not have any better clue or knowledge of scientology other than Tom jumping on a couch. To me it “dead-agents” any preconceived notions so that someone might actually look at the book and story itself on its face and FOR THE STORY. So well done.
I came across your old review in an ebay auction. Upon further investigating, I had to respond to your warning. Maybe one day someone from within the church—instead of a mere parishioner like myself—will apologize for Simone’s actions and make up the damage in a manner appropriate in your eyes. And maybe it will then be ok to remove an equally old warning on my church. But in the mean time, you review is well received by me. As a fan of the old greats—especially Bob Heilein—I really appreciate your putting the book and its author in a proper context so as to be reviewed without the outside “clutter”. Your review on the story was spot on and I couldn’t agree with your break down more.
It seems he does not realize that I’m not a ‘sir’ LOL
And now, I would like to make a public reply to this:
Nothing will ever make up for the loss of income I suffered back then as a result of Simone’s actions. A million dollars would not make it up.
Because the past is the past and can never be changed.