Reread Walter Jon Williams's Implied Spaces on the plane yesterday. I had forgotten how good it was...
Now I find myself looking for someone who has written an essay about the Zelazny hero--the Competent Man whose problem is existential despair, and whose hero's journey is his reconnection with people, thus purpose.
The point is not saving the universe (though that happens too. The point is becoming who he is, or perhaps or rather who he once was.
But I cannot find such essay anywhere in the usual places.
Has anybody written it?