Carcinoma Angels by Norman Spinrad is a 1967 story that should not be hyped, reviewed in full or spoiled in any way. It should instead be slipped into every man woman and child’s reading list and just wait for the screaming.
Comic Book Logic, done right:
At the age of eighteen, Konstantine Paradias was an aspiring scifi nerd. While shifting through his dad’s pile of old books, he found Harlan Ellison’s anthology Dangerous Visions and met Harrison Wintergreen, a right old bastard who could take on Lex Luthor in a game of chess and win. With his mind blown, he vowed never to read crappy fiction ever again (his goal still evades him, however.)
There’s no such thing as a non-spoiler summary for a story like Carcinoma Angels. You just pick it up, you read it, then you buy every book Spinrad’s ever written and praise the Lord for genius.
- 5,000 words, freshly picked and culled from a great literary mind.
- A tendency to read way too much into comic books.
- The irresistible urge to make fun of them, even as you worship them.
- Eye of newt, skin of lizard.
- A December 1967 publication, included in Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions Anthology.
- To cure the plague, kill the wizard.
Where to find Carcinoma Angels:
In the fevered dreams of comic book writers and scifi nerds, but also in Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions anthology. While you’re at it, also purchase the Bug Jack Barronbook and follow his Amazon page.
Or just read it for free here: http://hermiene.net/short-stories/carcinoma_angels.html
Konstantine Paradias is a Greek science fiction and fantasy writer. He has a blog, called Shapescapes (shapescapes). There, you can find comic book and movie reviews, a collection of his short stories as well as lots of other (slightly unrelated) articles to while away the time.
For comments or plain old contact, you can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org