The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Science Fiction #2

Planet Stories
(Summer, 1948)


Brent McKee said...

Gardner Fox was of course best known as a comic book writer, first of the Justice Society of America in the 1940s and then of the Justice League of America in the 1960s.

Vanwall said...

To be honest, I much prefer reading Planet Stories than just about any other mag from that period - quirky and with a great roster, plus awesome covers. What more could growin' boy ask for?