My old sci-fi book hunting grounds have proved abundant (again) — Half Price Books Austin, Texas….
1. Son of Man, Robert Silverberg (1971)
I’ve been on a Silverberg binge recently. This is not supposed to be one of his best but definitely looks intriguing….
2. The Blue World, Jack Vance (1966) (MY REVIEW)
Sea monsters! Floating towns! Looks great! (well, not the cover….)
3. Half Past Human, T. J. Bass (1971) (MY REVIEW)
T.J. Bass’ Nebula Nominated fix-up novel looks promising. Although, criticism of the prose (since Bass is doctor by training) worries me….
4. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1969)
I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read any Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. So, I shall!
5. Trader to the Stars, Poul Anderson (1964)
A collection of stories about Nicholas van Rijn (Polesotechnic League period) by Poul Anderson. Looks fun! Poul Anderson is a great story teller…
6. Chronocules, D. G. Compton (1970) (MY REVIEW)
Published in the UK as Hot Wireless Sets Aspirin Tablets, the Sandpaper Slides of Used Matchboxes, and Something that Might have been Castor Oil. I was really impressed with Compton’s Synthajoy so I picked up this with great expectation.
7. Downward to the Earth, Robert Silverberg (1969) (MY REVIEW)
I’ve been on a Silverberg tear (Thorns, The World Within). I’m also kind of excited to own one of the worst EVER covers. Funny colored elephant aliens with silly head ridges..
8. To Open the Sky, Robert Silverberg (1967) (MY REVIEW)
Alas, a fix-up novel… Yes, Silverberg’s early stuff isn’t the best but I’ll give it a shot. The cover is interesting at least!
9. Big Planet, Jack Vance (1957) (MY REVIEW)
I really enjoyed Vance’s Showboat World (MY REVIEW) which is set in the same world. Big Planet is the first of the two to feature the world so hopefully it’s at least half as interesting.