PHILIP JOSE FARMER: Mr. Blish mildly takes me to task for some statements in my Baycon speech. As usual, Mr. Blish is cool, logical, restrained, scholarly, informative, and stimulating. I won't argue with him about McLuhan. After all, I used McL's pronouncements only as a basis for what if speculations regarding the 192-39 period of sf as prophesy. I should have made it clear that I was not proposing that McL was some sort of contemporary Moses inscribing an electrical tablet on a global-village Mt. Sinai. But I think Mr. Blish may be wrong when he cited Mozartian music as an example of art which is entirely devoid of prophetic content. I see no reason why Mozart or Beethoven could not have been prophesying or why some of the music of the 20th century is not prophetic in the McLuhanian sense. Perhaps interpreters of modern music will arise and will tell us what it is prophesying. :: Also, Mr. Blish's remarks about R. Wagner and the limitations of an artist -- his nesessary noninvolvement in politics, etc -- and the remarks about A. MacLeish, etc, were appropriate and justified. I say were. They do not apply now. The situation of the world, the entire world, is different now. This is not 1845 or 1938. Man faces extinction, a no-so-slow poisoning, and every man, rice farmer, truck driver, engineer, poet, composer, student, assembly-line worker, is required to be involded. :: Lowndes' reactions to my "Riders of the Purple Wage" were predictable. If anyone would have asked me, I would have foretold fairly closely what he would say about the story. What else can be expected from a man who maintained (seriously) that Edgar A. Guest is the greatest of 20th century poets and that Douglas' "The Robe" is a far greater novel than "The Brothers Karamazov"?