First there was Della, the woman who wanted . . . love She did not - could not - know, for where love should have been was emptiness.
Then came the Poet, who wanted only to please, but did not know how. His every effort was rejected - but he could not stop trying.
Rogers was the completion, the part above all other parts that made the whole.
And then there was Archer - and the thing in his brain . . .
Barry N. Malzberg (1939-)
Barry N. Malzberg is an American writer, editor and agent, whose prolific career has spanned numerous genres - most notably crime and science fiction. Malzberg was particularly active in the science fiction scene of the early seventies, although he became disillusioned with the market forces defining the field, and has rarely published SF works since. His most recent activity in the field has been in the form of advice columns for writers in the quarterly magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Barry N. Malzberg has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick.