Which books/covers/authors intrigue you? Which have you read? Disliked? Enjoyed?
1. Dad’s Nuke, Marc Laidlaw (1986)
From the back cover: “BARBECUE THE NEIGHBOURS. In post-collapse suburban America, keeping up with the Joneses has got a little out of hand. Fallout shelters used to be the ultimate status symbol–until Mr. Johnson had his baby daughter’s digestive system adapted to consume radioactive waste.
Now Jock Smith has the edge on his neighbours–he has installed his very own tactical nuclear missile in the back yard.
After all, these are dangerous times..”
Initial Thoughts: I’ve not read anything by Marc Laidlaw. According to SF Encyclopedia, Dad’s Nuke “is a Satire of suburban life and Christian fundamentalism set in a Near-Future community, effectively a Keep sealed off from the rest of the disintegrating America; ritual technological fixes for anxiety include having a personal nuclear power plant and a baby adapted to recycle the wastes into her lead-lined diapers.” As an unabashed fan of satires of suburban life and nuclear catastrophe, count me intrigued!
2. Martians, Go Home, Fredric Brown (1955)
From the back cover: “IN THIS INGENIOUS TALE of the invasion of earth by a billion Martians, Fred Brown, author WHAT MAD UNIVERSE, again creates a brilliant, weirdly imaginative science fiction world.”
Initial Thoughts: As I’ve only read Fredric Brown’s solid The Light in the Sky Are Stars (1953), I’m eager to get a better grasp on his work.
3. Jirel of Joiry, C. L. Moore (1969)
From the back cover: “Castle Joiry had been taken. The heavy boots of invaders rang in the hallways, and the arching ceilings echoed back the clash of falling swords. Joiry’s commander was brought, still struggling violently, before the conqueror. Standing tall, armor running red with blood, Jirel of Joiry refused to surrender her home, and vowed to her enemy that his victory would cost him his life, and more.
That very night Joiry’s Lady crept by secret ways to the castle’s deepest dungeon. Laying her strong hands on the forbidden door, she bade farewell to the world of treacherous men–then walked of her own will through the doorway and into Hell, in search of her revenge.”
Contents: “Black God’s Kiss” (1934), “Black God’s Shadow” (1934), “Jirel Meets Magic” (1935), “The Dark Land” (1936), “Hellsgarde” (1939)
Initial Thoughts: Another author I’ve simply not explored enough… I’ve read and enjoyed Doomsday Morning (1957) but haven’t read her influential sword and sorcery tales. Considering this style of fantasy is not for more this will be more for my historical edification.
4. The Towers of Utopia, Mack Reynolds (1975)
From the back cover: “Shyler-Deme is under siege!
The enemy has no face. It does not show on the scanners. It avoids the world’s most sophisticated surveillance system. But it leaves a wake of profitless crime and motiveless murder… and puts the future of mankind’s paradise-on-earth in peril!”
Initial Thoughts: Like the rest in this post, I’ve not explored Reynolds’ fiction extensively. Apparently The Towers of Utopia is the second volume in the Bart Hardin (1974-1976) sequence. I’ve already read the third book Rolltown (1976) and didn’t I needed knowledge of the earlier volumes. I do not own first volume Commune 2000 A. D. (1974) yet.
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