A selection of gems sent to me by one of my friends 2theD at Potpourri of Science Fiction Literature… Don’t worry at least eight books are being sent his way…. And a few left over Marx book purchases… I have two of Sheckley’s short story collection — now I have one of his short satirical novels! Sohl’s Costigan’s Needle (1953) has spectacular early Powers cover art AND Sohl isn’t supposed to be half bad either.
1. The Status Civilization, Robert Scheckley (1960) (MY REVIEW)
(Uncredited cover for the 1960 edition)
From the back cover: “The Life expectancy of a new arrival on Omega averaged three earth years. Barrent had been tried, convicted, and memory-washed on Earth — an Earth strangely altered and stratified by fear of the radical and the non-conformist. Now he was serving his sentence on Omega — a prison planet walled by a ring of hovering guard-ships from which there was no escape. Omega was a world of horror, a savage, ruthless way of life. But it was only a momentary ordeal, a prelude to a return to Earth and the subtle terrors of its own status civilization.”
2. Costigan’s Needle, Jerry Sohl (1953) (MY REVIEW)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1954 edition)
From the back cover: “Costigan’s needle… To the greedy it meant easy wealth. To the daring is the door to adventure. To the sick it promised the end of disease and suffering. To the timid it was a sacrilege — a monstrosity that had to be destroyed But to all of them it was a mystery that had to be solved — a challenge that had to be met!
3. A Far Sunset, Edmund Cooper (1967)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1968 edition)
From the back cover of a later edition: “The year: 2032 A.D. The Gloria Mundi, a starship built and manned by the new United States of Europe, touches down on a planet, Alatair Five. Disaster strikes, leaving only one apparent survivor — Paul Marlow, whose adventures in the lair of a strange primeval race known as the Bayani leads him first to their God, the omnipotent and omniscient Oruri, and eventually to an unlimited power that is so great that it must include a built-in death sentence. The forces that have remained static for centuries overcome both the forces of the future and the quest for unlimited knowledge.”
4. Godling, Go Home!, Robert Silverberg (1964)
(Uncredited cover for the 1964 edition)
No back cover summary or inside flap. Eleven short stories by Silverberg.