Jonathan Lethem, at Salon, remembers embarrassing himself while getting an autograph from Anthony Burgess. He asked —
The Wanting Seed, my favorite of his novels – could it, possibly, by any chance, have been influenced by the writing of Philip K. Dick? (I now know that Burgess’s novel was written well before any of Dick’s major novels had appeared; the question was foolish.)
“I don’t read science fiction,” Burgess hissed, taking his revenge now.
But he knew who I was talking about.
This happened in 1985.
Greg Benford, pointing to Lethem’s post, put the lie to Burgess’ claim.
Anthony Burgess didn’t read science fiction ? Oh yeah?
In 1981 he wrote me a letter about Timescape…