O grave, where is thy conquest
Robert Conquest, gone at 98. To the sf tribe, he was one of our respectable defenders when we didn't have many. Along with his pal Kingsley Amis, he compiled anthologies and wrote,
SF's NO GOOD!I'm tempted to call him a major minor poet; he wrote great little things like:
They bellow 'til we're deaf
But =this= is good
Well, then, it's not SF!
Seven Ages: first puking and mewlingBut of course he was best known for The Great Terror, his merciless expose of the horrors of Soviet Communism. He lived to be vindicated and enjoyed it. As the Times puts it,
Then very pissed-off with your schooling
Then fucks, and then fights
Next judging chaps' rights
Then sitting in slippers: then drooling
In a moment of gleeful malice, Mr. Conquest told friends that his suggested title for the new edition was “I Told You So, You Fools”—with a vulgar adjective inserted between the last two words.