ⓘ Catacomb Years

                                     

ⓘ Catacomb Years

Spider Robinsons comments on the books structure: "Plainly, but they are ruined by a setting which exposes their worst weaknesses." Robert Frazier strongly disagrees: Catacomb Years is not a rough sculpture with visible seams and weak welds; it is a polished puzzle entity la Miguel Berrocal." Author Elizabeth Lynn was equally impressed: "Bishop takes his wildly diverse plot elements…and weaves them into a shining and almost seamless tapestry… The material, to those who have read the pieces as they appeared…will be familiar and friendly. But set against each other they acquire new significance and a new luster. Bishops skill at characterization is impressive, as his ability to juggle his cast and his numerous subplots."

Greg Costikyan reviewed Catacomb Years in Ares Magazine #2 and commented that "The stories are almost universally well-written. The language is sharp and clean; the characters well-rounded; the themes strike a responsive chord. Each stands on its own as a perfectly-crafted gem. The hype on the cover is almost justified, and yet…"

Kirkus Reviews states "Though a series of expository "interludes" attempts to link the stories into a more conventional and shaky kind of future history, the stories are most impressive on their own terms--bearing witness to the weedlike survival of human instinct and aspiration in the most confining and programmed environment."

                                     

1. Reviews

  • Review by Andrew Kaveney 1979 in Foundation, #17 September 1979
  • Review by Charles N. Brown 1979 in Isaac Asimovs Science Fiction Magazine, April 1979
  • Review by Andrew A. Whyte 1979 in Galileo, May 1979