I’ve updated the website template (and purchased the domain name) and would like to know if it is easy to navigate (especially on mobile devices). Obviously I can’t please everyone but hope that it is more streamlined and 2017 than before.
I started Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations way back in 2010. My first post bashed John Brunner’s Born Under Mars (1967) in vaguely substantive terms (sometimes I think about deleting my earliest reviews). Since then I have written some 300 odd review reviews, 114 cover art posts, and various film reviews, indices, lists, guest post series, an interview, etc. With all of this in mind, I thought I’d give you a sense of what is on the horizon.
Reminder: If you’re the emailing rather than commenting sort I can be reached at ciceroplatobooks (at) gmail (dot) com.
The Three Major Projects
1) I’m in the process of compiling a resource page for Barry N. Malzberg that would include links to reviews/interviews/academic articles from around the web. Let me know if there are any links you would like me to include. Even if you aren’t a Barry N. Malzberg fan, if you happen to come across in your SF perambulations any relevant information I’d be very appreciative if you’d send them my way.
2) This will appeal to far more readers. Over the last few years I’ve been slowly working my way towards a “My Favorite 1970s SF Novels List.” Let me be clear—this is not a “Best Of” list but rather my personal favorites. A good sense of what I enjoy and don’t enjoy can be gleaned quickly with a glance at my ratings INDEX. I’ve read all of the Hugo Award Best Novel winners for the 1970s other than Vonda N. McIntyre’s Dreamsnake (1978) (*hangs head in shame*) and have piles of other potential novels to read before I put together the list.
If you have any suggestions of books I might like—if they’re not listed on the review INDEX there’s a chance I read them before my site or never got around to reviewing them—please let me know.
A handful of the novels I KNOW I still need to read before I put the list together: J.G. Ballard’s Crash (1973), Vonda N. McIntyre’s Dreamsnake (1979), Robert Silverberg’s Tower of Glass (1970) and A Time of Changes (1971), Gene Wolfe’s The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972), Thomas M. Disch’s 334 (1972). There are many others!
3) A new Guest Post series? (three previous installments) Perhaps this time thematic rather than author or topic driven—I would restrict the publication years to c. 1945-c. 1980. Surprising to none of my regular readers, themes along the lines of memory, storytelling, trauma, and mythologizing all come immediately to mind. And yes, I’d ultimate pick a theme that resonates with me.
As always, I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.