2008-08-31 · in Books, Null-A · 91 words

I don't think this is nearly as bad as the critics make out, although it's very much a product of its time; the ideas are good even if the execution's iffy.

The important thing to note is that General Semantics is not nearly as cool in real life as van Vogt makes it out to be in the novels, but you do have to give him credit for doing such a spectacular marketing job for a set of abstract philosophical techniques.