My first book from the 80s in many a year! But, I’m on a Norman Spinrad kick so when I saw it for one dollar at the store I had to snatch it up his post-apocalyptical vision Songs from the Stars (180)…. The premise is rather hokey but perhaps a quality writer like Spinrad can imbue it with some vigor.
I’m most excited about The Ninth Galaxy Reader, ed. Frederik Pohl (1966) (twelve short stories from the Galaxy Magazine) due the top-quality author line-up — Brian W. Aldiss, John Brunner, Richard Wilson, Damon Knight, Philip Kose farmer, Harry Harrison, Frederik Pohl, Lester Del Rey, Roger Zelazny, C. C. MacApp, Larry Niven, and R. A. Lafferty….
1. Songs from the Stars, Norman Spinrad (1980)
(Uncredited cover for the 1982 edition)
From the back cover of the 1980 edition: “Centuries after the big smash, a new civilization flourishes — build on the laws of white science: muscle, sun, wind, and water. Led by Clear Blue Lou, perfect master of the Clear Blue Way, and Sunshine Sue, queen of the Word of Mouth network. Fed on what magic they need by Arnold Harker, sorcerer who dares traffic in Black Science: atomics, petroleum, and physics. Now they wildest dreams and darkest fears will resonate to the music of… SONGS FROM THE STARS.”
2. Rax (variant title: Hello Summer, Goodbye), Michael G. Coney (1975) (MY REVIEW)
(Josh Kirby’s cover for the 1975 edition)
From the back cover: “It was an alien planet — yet not too alien from Earth. It had its differences: its ice-goblins, its curious furry lorin, its thickening water, and its unearthly tides, but for a young man like Alika-Drove thinking of a vacation by the sea these oddities were the norm. But this vacation was to be different. Rax was coming into the ascendant and Raz, that cold second sun, was the equivalent of evil, of Satan and Hell. And as its time drew near everything began to get warped and sinister… until for Alika-Drove it would be either the harsh brutal end of his innocence or the end of his world forever.”
3. The Ninth Galaxy Reader, ed. Frederik Pohl (1966)
(Uncredited cover for the 1968 edition)
From the inside flap: “Twelve superb tales, including: This was the world that Machines had made. Could men hope to win it back? JUNGLE SUBSTITUTE, Brian W. Aldiss. It wasn’t a bad planet. The food was good — once you managed to eat it. THE WATCHERS IN THE GLADE, Richard Wilson. Youth is beyond doubt the most precious commodity in the world — too bad it’s WASTED ON THE YOUNG. John Brunner. Plus stories by Damon Knight, Philip Jose farmer, Harry Harrison, Frederik Pohl, Lester Del Rey, Roger Zelazny, C. C. MacApp, Larry Niven, and R. A. Lafferty.”
4. Tama of the Light Company, Ray Cummings (serialized 1930)
(Jerome Podwil’s cover for the 1965 edition)
From the back cover: “Are all the artificial satellites circling the Earth ours? How can be sure that these little metal globes, these observational devices with their secret interiors, were all made on Earth? Perhaps these is one up there that was not? When such a space satellite was located, it causes a furor. But that was nothing to what happened when it was accompanied by a mysterious rash of kidnappings — young girls were being taken away, carried off to some strange destiny in outer space! TAMA OF THE LIGHT COUNTRY is the startling novel of the conflict with Mercury — the smallest world of the solar system — which harbored an unsuspected secret.”