Still abroad. Need my desk and familiar surroundings to write book reviews. Alas.
That said, more books from my Scotland travels. Here’s Part I in my Scotland series.
1) I need to read more John Wyndham. I often find short stories are the best place to start. And as I was journeying around the UK, Penguin editions are plentiful!
3) A late 70s Brian W. Aldiss collection. He’s long been a favorite on this site—especially his short fiction. I’ve reviewed the following collections: Starswarm (1964), No Time Like Tomorrow (1959), Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (1960), and Who Can Replace a Man? (variant title: Best Science Fiction Stories of Brian W. Aldiss) (1965).
4) And finally, another Bob Shaw novel. I’ve heard that The Palace of Eternity (1969) is one strange read.
Note: As I am still abroad and without my handy scanner, I’ve had to include cover images of two of the books which I do not own. At some later point I might replace the images with high-res scans.
As always, I look forward to your thoughts and comments!
1. The Seeds of Time, John Wyndham (1956)
(Uncredited cover for the 1966 edition)
From the back cover: “Shots of the future from the author of The Day of the Triffids. John Wyndham catapults the reader of these stories into a world where time barriers have ceased to exist, where there is discrimination against Martians, where not only thought transference but body transference is an everyday event. Yet so convincingly are the inhabitants of this extra ordinary world, that its remoteness vanishes in a second.”
Contents: “Chronoclasm” (1953), “Time to Rest” (1949), “Meteor” (1941), “Survival” (1952), “Pawley’s Peepholes” (1951), “Opposite Number” (variant title: “Opposite Numbers”) (1954), “Pillar to Post” (1951), “Dumb Martian” (1952), “Compassion Circuit” (1954), “Wild Flower” (1955)
2. Crash, J. G. Ballard (1973)
(Chris Foss’ cover for the 1975 edition)
From the back cover of the 1993 Falmingo edition: No premise blurb. Here are two of the critic comments: “‘An ugly, frightening, deliberately provocative book, it would well turn out to be the key British novel of the decade… one of a handful of books this country has produced that can comfortably stand alongside Burroughs at his best.’ Time Out
‘The novel is both obsessive and obsessed, with a numb, luminous quality that loiters in the mind. It is also his most mannered and literary book… a mournful and hypnotic tour de force.’ Martin Amis, Observer.”
3. New Arrivals, Old Encounters, Brian W. Aldiss (1979)
(Uncredited cover for the 1981 edition)
From the back cover of the 1983 Granada edition: “Ranging across the mind-blowing wastes of space and time, the dozen short stories in New Arrivals, Old Encounters are by Brian Aldiss at this sharpest and most inventive. Here are space colonizers, god creators, god implanters, visions of future Earths (on one of which the EEC has become a horrifying bureaucracy where people speak SpEEC) and new stories of the zeepees — the Zodiacal Planets.”
Contents: “New Arrivals, Old Encounters” (1977), “The Small Stones of Tu Fu” (1979), “Three Ways” (1979), “Amen and Out” (1966), “A Spot of Konfrontation” (1979), “The Soft Predicament” (1969), “Non-Isotropic” (1979), “One Blink of the Moon” (1979), “Space for Reflection” (1979), “Song of the Silencer” (1979), “Indifference” (1978), “The Impossible Puppet Show” (1979)
4. The Palace of Eternity, Bob Shaw (1969)
(Chris Foss’ cover for the 1972 edition)
From the back cover: “The Palace of Eternity. A tremendous story of mankind’s interstellar battle to the death against an implacable alien culture. The astounding outcome is told with total conviction and audacious imagination.