Book Review: A Choice of Gods, Clifford D. Simak (1971)

(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1973 edition) 3.25/5 (Average) Nominated for the 1972 Hugo Award for Best Novel Clifford D. Simak’s A Choice of Gods (1971) is a flawed but intriguing novel.  Simak’s renowned for his original anti-technology pastoral visions.  His science fiction (replete with unusual aliens) is more likely to intersect our future world in … Continue reading Book Review: A Choice of Gods, Clifford D. Simak (1971)

Book Review: The Werewolf Principle, Clifford D. Simak (1967)

(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1st edition) 3.25/5 (Vaguely Good) “Have you ever thought that I was frozen and thrown off the ship because they didn’t want me aboard, because I’d done something or they were afraid of me or something of the sort?” (49) Andrew Blake, with memories of an earlier Earth, is discovered … Continue reading Book Review: The Werewolf Principle, Clifford D. Simak (1967)

Book Review: Why Call Them Back From Heaven?, Clifford D. Simak (1967)

(Leo and Diane Dillon’s cover for the 1970 edition) 4.5/5 (Very Good) I have found that the most successful science fiction novels on the theme of immortality are not about the immortals themselves or the state of “being immortal.”  Novels like Raymond Z. Gallun’s The Eden Cycle (1974) might attempt to convey, at moments effectively, … Continue reading Book Review: Why Call Them Back From Heaven?, Clifford D. Simak (1967)

SF Book Review Index by Rating

Science Fiction Novel and Short Story Review INDEX by Author (here) 5/5 Masterpiece The Affirmation, Christopher Priest (1981) 5/5 Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (2014) 5/5 A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire, Michael Bishop (1975) 5/5 Beyond Apollo, Barry N. Malzberg (1972) 5/5 Catacomb Years, Michael Bishop (1979) 5/5 The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (variant title: The Unsleeping Eye), … Continue reading SF Book Review Index by Rating

Updates: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. XIV

Over the last months I’ve restrained myself from impulsive science fiction purchases considering the massive pile of books I still need to read — however, a stop at Half-Price books while visiting my nostalgic onetime home of Austin, TX was too good to pass up. And lo and behold, I procured a first edition Philip … Continue reading Updates: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. XIV

Updates: Recent Science Fiction and Fantasy Purchases No. CCXCII (Jack Vance, Craig Strete, Cherry Wilder, Giorgio De Maria)

Which books/covers/authors intrigue you? Which have you read? Disliked? Enjoyed? 1. The Brave Free Men, Jack Vance (magazine 1972) From the back cover: “The Faceless Man was a prisoner in his own palace and his power over the people of Durdane was in the hands of another–the hands of Gestel Etzwane, a youth whose thirst … Continue reading Updates: Recent Science Fiction and Fantasy Purchases No. CCXCII (Jack Vance, Craig Strete, Cherry Wilder, Giorgio De Maria)

Generation Ship Short Story Review: Arthur Sellings’ “A Start in Life” (1954)

This is the 11th post in my newly resurrected series of vintage generation ship short fiction reviews. I’m continuing my exploration of 50s visions. As a reminder for anyone stopping by, all of the stories I’ll review in the series are available online via the link below in the review. You are welcome to read … Continue reading Generation Ship Short Story Review: Arthur Sellings’ “A Start in Life” (1954)

Updates: Recent Science Fiction Purchases No. CCLXIII (John Sladek, C. J. Cherryh, John Morressy, Edmond Hamilton)

As always which books/covers/authors intrigue you? Which have you read? Disliked? Enjoyed? 1. Tik-Tok, John Sladek (1983) From the back cover: “Tik-Tok was one of the finest domestic robots ever made, but his asimov circuits were defective. He could injure people as much as he pleased–and he pleased to do it often! But the life of … Continue reading Updates: Recent Science Fiction Purchases No. CCLXIII (John Sladek, C. J. Cherryh, John Morressy, Edmond Hamilton)