Gifts! Gifts! A varied haul — Spinrad, Herbert, Dickson, Niven, Norton…
1. The Solarians (1966), Norman Spinrad
Before Norman Spinrad’s metafictional if Hitler wrote a pulp extravaganza The Iron Dream (1972) and Bug Jack Barron (1969) there was The Solarians… No doubt a middling to poor/silly pulp adventure. And the cover! I’ve found Spinrad hit or miss — Agent of Chaos (1966) was rather bland.
2. The Flight of the Horse (1973), Larry Niven
Dear Larry Niven, I used to read your work compulsively until I picked up a copy of one of your atrocious sequels to the inventive (if highly overrated) Ringworld (1970). ARGHHH… pain. However, I was too hasty in ditching your works — so, it’s time to try again with your often fascinating short stories.
3. Secret of the Lost Race (1959), Andre Norton
I’ve yet to read any of Andre Norton’s works — I’ve always been tempted to pick up a copy of this one. I’ll read Witch World (1963) first….
4. Whipping Star (1970), Frank Herbert
I’ve read a substantial number of Frank Herbert’s non-Dune novels (I’ve read all of those) — The Dosadi Experiment (1977), Destination: Void (1966), The Jesus Incident (1979), The Lazarus Effect (1983), The Ascension Factor (1988), The Green Brain (1966), The Saratoga Barrier (1968), and the horrible Soul Catcher (1972) — none of have been brilliant but a few were readable and interesting. Hopefully Whipping Star is as well.
5. Ancient, My Enemy (1974), Gordon R. Dickson (MY REVIEW)
I’m currently reading Dickson’s The Alien Way (1965) and it was interesting enough to pick up a collection of his short stories. Does anyone have a favorite Dickson short story (or novel) I should procure?