The letter reads:
OK, it's time for the very first Antick Musings Contest! Guess which book got this person so incensed, and win something cool. (I'm still figuring out what, exactly, the prize will be, but I can include a selection of SFBC original anthologies, like Between Worlds and The Fair Folk; books I edited like Off the Main Sequence by Heinlein and Black Seas of Infinity by Lovecraft; and whatever I have on my random stack of discarded galleys and whatnot at home. I think I have a numbered bound galley of Knife of Dreams, if anyone wants that.)
I am returning a book which I purchased from you about 20 or 25 years ago. I am now returning it. I don't expect a refund for it after all this time. I'm only returning to let you know that I hate the book. a disgrace to science fiction. Most of the people in the book are the exact opposite of people in most science fiction stories. It shouldn't be classified as science fiction. It should be classified as fantasy or adventure instead. Maybe it should be classified as childrens literature. If it's still included in the Book Club selections, I suggest that you remove it.
You probably notice that the book is in a damaged and charred condition. That's because I tried to burn it before mailing to you. It might be a good idea for most science fictions who have the book to do the same, assuming that they feel the same way I do about it.
- The book in question was sold by the SFBC.
- The book is at least 20 years old.
- I believe that most SF readers would not agree with this person's assessment of this book.
The deadline is five o'clock (Eastern Daylight Time) Monday. I may post more clues if no one is close. C'mon, folks, I want to give stuff away, so start guessing!