As always which books/covers intrigue you? Which have you read? Disliked? Enjoyed?
1. The Memoirs of Alcheringia, Wayland Drew (1984)
From the back cover: “What began as just another Alcheringian raiding party—sanctioned by the chief and approved by the Gods—had gradually become a war to the death.
But noting was quite as it seemed to the primitives of Norriya, for forces they could hardly comprehend were influencing events from offstage. More than tribal honor was at stake—the future of Man was being decided and time was running out!”
Initial Thoughts: This is a completely unknown author and book to me. I found it in the dollar bin at a Half Price Books pre-Covid, and I liked the futuristic helicopter on the cover.
Oh, and there’s a fun map!
2. Les Guérillères, Monique Wittig (1969, trans. by David Le Vay 1971)
From the back cover: “Originally published in France in 1969, Les Guérillères is one of the most widely read and frequently cited feminist novels of our time. Depicting the overthrow of the old order by a tribe of warrior, women, this epic celebration proclaims the destruction of patriarchal institutions and language and the birth of a new feminist order.”
Initial Thoughts: Radical feminist depiction of the overthrow the patriarchy with experimental prose and poems? Not for everyone, but definitely for me….
Check out my review of Suzy McKee Charnas’ Walk to the End of the World (1974).
3. The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum, with an introduction by Isaac Asimov (1974)
From the back cover: “This event took place in 1934. The story was “A Martian Odyssey,” and, as Asimov explains, it became a model for almost every other writer in the field. and, Asimov continues, “By the time of Weinbaum’s death only one and a half years later, he had published twelve stories; eleven more appeared posthumously. Yet… he remains alive in the memories of fans. Any collection of his stories remains a major event in science fiction.”
Contents: “A Martian Odyssey” (1934), “Valley of Dreams” (1934), “The Adaptive Ultimate” (1935), “Parasite Planet” (1935), “Pygmalion’s Spectacles” (1935), “Shifting Seas” (1937), “The Worlds of If” (1935), “The Mad Moon” (1935), “Redemption Cairn” (1936), “The Ideal” (1935), “The Lotus Eaters” (1935), “Proteus Island” (1936).
Initial Thoughts: I’ve reviewed Weinbaum’s A Martian Odyssey and Other Classics of Science Fiction (1962) in the past. For a 30s pulp writer, Weimbaum is solid and worth reading—especially his 1934 classic “The Martian Odyssey.” I thought I’d explore further.
4. Universe 8, ed. Terry Carr (1978)
From the back cover: “8 spellbind and stunning science fiction stories making their unique appearance in this volume.
8 wonder-working writers ranging from established science-fiction stars to dazzling distinctive new voices.
8 ways to stretch your mind and expand your vision of what is, what may be, and what quite possibly will be on earth, on the planets, among the galaxies, and in the even more exciting innner spaces of humans and other beings.
8 reasons why you cannot afford to miss the latest and greatest of the most acclaimed anthology series of our time—UNIVERSE 8.”
Contents: Michael Bishop’s “Old Folks at Home” (1978), Cynthia Felice’s “David and Lindy” (1978), Gordon Eklund’s “Vermeer’s Window” (1978), Greg Bear’s “Scattershot” (!978), Charles Ott’s “The Ecologically Correct House” (1978), Michael Cassutt’s “Hunting” (1978), Gregory Benford’s “Nooncoming” (1978), R. A. Lafferty’s “Selenium Ghost of the Eighteen Seventies.”
Initial Thoughts: This anthology contains a delightful range of authors–from the brilliant (Michael Bishop and R. A. Lafferty) to unknown quantities (Michael Cassutt, Cynthia Felice, and Charles Ott). Bishop’s Urban Nucleus sequence of stories clocks in among my favorite science fictional worlds–a future domed (and doomed?) Atlanta. I’ve only begun to explore the works of Greg Bear, Gordon Eklund, and Gregory Benford.
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