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Jeffrey Kramer

Why does LeGuin describe Asimov as "the old chieftain of the Cold Warriors"? My impression was that he was supportive of nuclear disarmament.

Lance Mannion

Jeffrey, Good question. I wondered about that myself. It doesn't fit with anything I know about Asimov's politics. He was an outspoken Democrat and liberal, opposed the Vietnam War, and hated Richard Nixon. None of that would have precluded his being a Cold Warrior though. Many liberals of his generation were. John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, for instance. LeGuin doesn't explain why she calls him a Cold Warrior. I assumed though she was implying he led the contingent who stripped Lem of his honorary membership in the SFWA. At any rate, the reason I liked this passage was LeGuin's self-deprecating line about "the perfect irony that awaits anybody who strikes a noble pose on high moral ground".

Chris G.

I had the same question as Jeffrey Kramer!

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