Recent travels yield wonderful SF hauls—including one of the most famous post-apocalyptical novels of all time, George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides (1949). Thankfully my edition is graced with a gorgeous Lehr landscape—strange forms in the distances, crushed cars in the foreground.
The most famous SF anthology of all times—Ellison’s Dangerous Visions (1967). As a proponent of the New Wave movement it’s about time that I snagged a copy (disclaimer before the cries of derision: I have already read numerous stories contained in the anthology).
An early Holdstock novel (I might get to that one soon)….
And a shot in the dark—M. K. Joseph’s The Hole in the Zero (1967). John Clute (the noted SF critic) describes it such on SF Encyclopedia: it “begins as an apparently typical Space-Opera adventure into further dimensions at the edge of the Universe, but quickly reveals itself as a linguistically brilliant, complex exploration of the nature of the four personalities involved as they begin out of their own resources to shape the low-probability regions into which they have tumbled. Ultimately the novel takes on allegorical overtones. As an examination of the metaphorical potentials of sf language and subject matter, it is a significant contribution to the field.” Sounds intriguing to me…
1. Earth Abides, George R. Stewart (1949)
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1974 edition)
From the back cover: “A novel about a tomorrow that could happen today. In this unforgettable story about the aftermath of a catastrophe that has wiped out almost the entire population of America, George R. Stewart brings into chilling focus the terrors, the challenges, and the triumphs of human survival.”
2. The Hole in the Zero, M. K. Joseph (1967) (MY REVIEW)
(Ed Soyka‘s cover for the 1967 edition)
From the back cover: “BEYOND THE BARRIER OF REALITY lies an entirely random condition of existence where mathematiics [sic] and probability have no force. Trapped in this pocket of unspace, four very different travelers experience all the alternative potentialities of their interwoven lives, live through the possibilities of racial myth, memory and fantasy—all the while battling their way back toward orderly existence.”
3. Dangerous Visions, ed. Harlan Ellison (1967)
(Vincent Di Fate’s cover for the 1972)
See back cover above.
4. Eye Among the Blind, Robert P. Holdstock (1976)
(Dave Griffiths’ cover for the 1976 edition)
From the back cover of a later edition: “THE FEAR—mysterious, unstoppable, this deadly plague is slowly wiping out humanity. And only one world seems to offer hope of sanctuary–Ree’hdworld, home of the only other intelligent beings in the universe. But Ree’hdworld is not as safe as it seems. For something has been happening to the natives—both the friendly Ree’hd and their more primitive kinsmen, the Rundii. And only three people stand any chance of discovering and surviving the danger that the humans of Ree-hdworld will soon face: Kristina, an Earthwoman who is slowly “going Ree’hd”; Maguire, a blind man who should have died centuries ago and who, living, has seen all the secrets of the universe; and Zeitman, a brilliant scientist who holds the key to salvation on Ree’hdworld in his mind—if only he can discover it in time…”