For my readers who do not have twitter I’ve decided to post every few weeks links to articles/reviews/and other resources that particularly interested me. Predominately vintage SF/F related, a few might dally in more diverse directions—German avant-garde art for example.
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As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the books/articles.
1) A fascinating article: SF New Worlds and Savoy Books: Michael Butterworth via Andrew Darlington on his indispensable site Eight Miles Higher.
“Michael Butterworth was an integral part of the ‘New Worlds’ SF New Wave, just as he was perpetrator of the sensationally iconoclastic ‘Savoy Books’ revolution in Manchester, and his fiction is never less than challenging. Andrew Darlington charts his evolution as a literary activist…”
“There’s no such thing as a ‘regular’ Michael Moorcock novel. Even so, ‘The Twilight Man’ is untypical of what we think of as a Michael Moorcock novel. There are spaceships, strange alien species, and the Bleak Worlds of space.”
(Uncredited cover for the 1966 edition)
3) MPorcius over at MPorcius Fiction Log reviewed a libertarian wet dream of a novel: Raymond F. Jones’ The Cybernetic Brains (1962). You know, the “we are plunging towards an evil welfare state” type dalliance. Not something I’d would read or a belief I’d espouse but a slice of SF history nevertheless…
They were dead, the cyberneticists said from the beginning. The activation of the neurons was no more than the jerking of a dead frog leg by an electric current…. But they couldn’t know; no one could tell them. The mute prisoners of darkness could never tell. They could only live–and hope for death.
4) Chris (Admiral.Ironbombs) reviewed Ward Moore’s famous alt-history novel Bring the Jubilee (1953).
Bring the Jubilee is the kind of novel that a non-SF fan could greatly enjoy, and those who read extensively in the genre could do worse than dig out this old gem and give it a go. I found it vaguely comparable to books like Leigh Brackett’s Long Tomorrow, Walter M. Miller’s Canticles of Leibowitz, and Wilson Tucker’s Year of the Quiet Sun and The Lincoln Hunters, which should give you some idea what you’re looking at.
(Chris Moore’s cover for the 2001 edition)
5) [non-SF] #WOMENSART posted a fascinating article about the work of Hannah Höch (1889-1978).
[She] was a German artist who was part of the early 20th century European avant-garde art movement known as Dada. Such artists emphasised the absurd and irrational in their art, aiming at protesting a bourgeois and capitalist society in the aftermath of World War one.
6) Biblioklept shows off two recent Philip K. Dick finds….
7) Jesse over at Speculiction reviews Eric Frank Russell’s The Mindwarpers (variant title: With a Strange Device) (1964).
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1965 edition)
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