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Monday, March 16, 2020

Curb Your Enthusiasm 10.9: Science Fiction

A rare Curb Your Enthusiasm - 10.9 - tonight, in which science fiction figures in a semi-major way.

First, in a conversation with Freddy Funkhouser (Vince Vaughn), Jeff, and Richard Lewis, the subject of a car moving without a driver comes up, and the danger that it might hit a stroller with a baby comes up.  One of them says if the baby were a future Hitler, that might change everything, but that's dismissed as "science fiction".

I wouldn't say that qualifies as a "semi-major way," but it turns out Richard is staring in a theatrical presentation of Flowers for Algernon.   Now that's science fiction.  In fact, I consider Daniel Keyes's 1959 novelette (later expanded into a novel and then made into a movie) the best science fiction novelette ever written.  That's why, when I President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000, I named Keyes our Author Emeritus at our New York Nebula Awards Celebration.  My wife, two kids, and I had dinner with Keyes and his wife after the award presentation, and it was one of best dinners my family and I ever had.

Scott Edelman (toastmaster, left); Daniel Keyes; my hands clapping (right), at Nebula Awards, New York City, 2000

Anyway, the rest of this Curb was, let us say, not on such a literary level.  So I'll leave it there, and see you here after the season finale next week.

See also:  Curb Your Enthusiasm 10.1: Reunited! ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 10.3: Garbage Cans and Apples ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 10.8: Meets Mad Men

See alsoCurb Your Enthusiasm 9.1: Hilarious! ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 9.2: Wife Swapping ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 9.3: Benefits ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 9.4: "Hold You in his Armchair" ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 9.5: Schmata At Large ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 9.8: The Unexpected Advocate ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 1.9: Salmon Discretion ... Curb Your Enthusiasm 1.10: Outfit Tracker

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