The Eye of Argon is reputed to be the worst
science fiction story ever written, with
some justification, I think. Some SF cons run competitive
There have been attempts to write a
sequel in the same vein. Although they are awful,
they don't have quite that same kind of awfulness, leading me to
believe the original wasn't a deliberate spoof, as some have suggested,
but was indeed genuine.
You might think you don't need help finding bad writing on
the web, but there are some authors whose dreadfulness has won
them immortality. Celebrate them...
'Dundee's best-remembered nobody' took up writing in
middle age. His Quixotic belief in his genius despite
laughter, criticism and grinding poverty is rather touching.
Controversially we prefer the Tay Whale to the famous Tay
|Julia A Moore
America's McGonagall was Moore, the self-styled 'Sweet
Singer of Michigan'. Typical of the differences wrought by the
Atlantic, Moore was derided but became a bestseller. Read the
'Introduction' first -- her story is fascinating, and her
poems are terrible and odd.
|The Eye of
Reputedly the worst science fiction story ever, The Eye
is lovingly presented as part of Susan Steney's [sic] science
fiction archive (a literate sci-fi fan is always such a
pleasure). The best bits are the versions that have been run
back and forth through language translation programmes.
|-- Metro London, 13 April 2000