What really stands out, though, looking at it from a writing-critique standpoint, is how it would not survive a critique session done today, let alone get over the hurdles of publication. It has huge chunks of info-dump, just pages upon pages where it's just telling us How Things Are. It also is a complete mess in terms of point-of-view. It's sort of third-person-omniscient, but also sort of third-person-limited from Baley's POV. But even with Baley's POV, it more often tells us what his face is doing rather than what his feelings are.
The big thing I saw, however, is a lot of the Bad Writing Ticks I had a few years ago (namely, large meandering infodumps and messy POV) are right there.
So: learn from the masters, but at the same time, recognize the things of old that don't cut it anymore.
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