Oh the joys of amazon gift cards… And perusing dusty corners of local bookstores.
Here are my latest acquisitions.
1. Robert Silverberg’s World Inside (1971) (MY REVIEW HERE)
I’ve always enjoyed semi-dystopic works about the social ramifications of overpopulation (John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar is my all time favorite sci-fi novel). I wonder if Silverberg was inspired by Brunner’s work. I’ve yet to read a Silverberg novel and I’ve read that this is a pretty good effort. So, those factors contributed to my purchase.
2. Doris Piserchia’s Billion Days of Earth (1976) (MY REVIEW)
Doris Piserchia is a criminally under-read sci-fi author. I thoroughly enjoyed her highly imaginative (if somewhat poorly structured) Doomtime (1981). A Billion Days of Earth is considered among her few readers to be her best effort — humans have evolved into God-like creatures who have tinkered with rats creating semi-sentient beings — appears, at the very least, unhinged and unusual i.e. my cup of tea.
3. Gordon R. Dickson’s Sleepwalkers’ World (1971)
I’ve yet to read a Gordon R. Dickson work. This is not one of his better known books. However, the premise where most of a world is “wrapped in a hypnotic deep sleep” lured me…
4. Brian Aldiss’ Greybeard (1964)
I was influenced by the moody cover… I impulsively procured a number of Brian Aldiss novels after reading his masterful work, Non-Stop (1958). Although my initial elation was muted somewhat by the dismal (although occasionally thought provoking) The Dark Light Years (1964)… Hopefully my opinion of Aldiss will be resurrect somewhat by what is considered one of his better works.
5. Brian Aldiss’ Bow Down to Nul (1960) (multiple variant titles) (MY REVIEW HERE)
Blame the absolutely amazing cover…. Hydrogen beings… Probably a run of the mill rebelling against the aliens who have conquered earth novel — but the art!!!
6. T. J. Bass’ The Godwhale (1974)
I’ve yet to read a T. J. Bass novel — The Godwhale has been on my radar for a long long time. I’m hoping Bass fulfills my need to read a relatively unknown author who has been unjustly forgotten…. Evolved “hive” liked humans escape their restrictive societies and visit the Godwhale!! I’m very excited…. The reviews are very encouraging.
7. Alan Dean Foster’s Voyage to the City of the Dead (1984)
Another well-known author I’ve yet to read. Not one of his better known works but, the premise sounds intriguing — a voyage down a river on an alien planet… I don’t have very high hopes.
8. A. E. Van Vogt’s The World of Null-A (1945) (MY REVIEW HERE)
The World of Null-A is one of the great classics of science fiction and considered way ahead of its time…. Although famously slammed by Damon Knight, The World of Null-A is at least an attempt integrate in a sophisticated manner philosophy into science fiction. It had to begin somewhere… I suspect Philip K. Dick was heavily influenced by the work since it questions the concepts of self and existence. My next read.
9. A. E. Van Vogt’s The Players of Null-A (1966)
I purchased this quite a long time ago at the local used bookstore not knowing that it was the sequel to van Vogt’s The World of Null-A. I won’t read any reviews etc until I read/form my own opinion (s) about the first one… The cover is one of my ALL TIME favorites.
10. D. G. Compton’s Unsleeping Eye (1974) (MY REVIEW HERE)
Considered an unknown classic by an under read author… The amusement industry creates a television program about a dying young woman. It was also turned into a movie by the famed French director Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de Torchon, Life and Nothing But). Looks promising.
11. Stanislaw Lem’s Memoirs Found in a Bathtub (1973).
Stanislaw Lem is one of my favorite authors. Solaris, His Master’s Voice, and his collection of experimental book reviews, A Perfect Vacuum are all in my top twenty books of all time. As with all of his works, I have very high expectations. A blight destroys all paper in the year 3149… Memoirs are preserved in volcanic rock which record the strange life of a man trapped in a hermetically sealed underground community… Satire, black comedy, purposefully complex and absolutely absurd…
There are more: Ben Bova’s Welcome to Moonbase, Stephen E. Whitefield’s The Making of Star Trek, Piers Anthony’s Orn, Heinlein’s Glory Road… Enough to happily occupy me for the next few months!
Good reading to all!