Young, Neil, "After the Gold Rush."

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Young, Neil.After the Gold Rush. 1970. Audio CD: Wea/Warner, 1987. ASIN B000002KD9. Rob Latham calls our attention to the final stanza's capturing "some of the yearning techno-mysticism of the best sf": the dream in the song of "silver spaceships" taking all "the chosen ones"—imaged as "Mother Nature's silver seed"—to their (our?) "new home in the sun." Erlich finds the lyric beautiful but problematic, also in the tradition of good SF; to start with, those silver seeds and spaceships are going to burn up trying transcendence into the sun.

(Rob Latham (RDE), O7/IV/00)