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Book Review: Half Past Human, T. J. Bass (1971)

3.25/5 (Average)

1971 Nebula Nominated Novel

T.J. Bass’ Half Past Human is a flawed yet occasionally intriguing fix-up novel which was nominated for the 1971 Nebula Award.  I found that the atrocious prose overshadowed all the work’s positives and made it a chore to read.  Bass is a practicing doctor and thus apparently finds it fun to inundate his narrative with medical Continue reading Book Review: Half Past Human, T. J. Bass (1971)

Book Review: The World Inside, Robert Silverberg (1971)

5/5 (Near Perfect, a Masterpiece)

1972 Hugo Nomination for Best Novel, withdrawn (I suspect because Silverberg had another novel in the running that year, A Time of Changes)

Science fiction from the late 60s and early 70s dealing with overpopulation has always fascinated me Continue reading Book Review: The World Inside, Robert Silverberg (1971)

Book Review: Bow Down To Nul (variant title: The Interpreter), Brian W. Aldiss (1960)

2/5 (Bad)

Ok, I admit, I bought this book because of the gorgeous red/helium-breathing alien/humans toting spears cover…  Sadly, there’s very little behind the cover besides a standard uninventive pulp-ish romp.  Aldiss expends little effort and as result the work lacks an interesting society or an involving plot and all the action takes place in the slip-shop last few pages.   Continue reading Book Review: Bow Down To Nul (variant title: The Interpreter), Brian W. Aldiss (1960)

Book Review: The World of Null-A, A. E. van Vogt (published as a serial in 1945, revised in 1948)

3.5/5 (Above Average)

A. E. van Vogt’s The World of Null-A is a frustrating but worthwhile experience.  This is in part because of the trite introduction inserted in my edition of the work by A. E. Van Vogt defending his work against the notorious (and career making) critique by the sci-fi writer Continue reading Book Review: The World of Null-A, A. E. van Vogt (published as a serial in 1945, revised in 1948)

Update: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. I

Oh the joys of amazon gift cards… And perusing dusty corners of local bookstores.

Here are my latest acquisitions.

1. Robert Silverberg’s World Inside (1971) (MY REVIEW HERE)

I’ve always enjoyed semi-dystopic works about the social ramifications of overpopulation (John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar is my all time favorite sci-fi novel).  I wonder if Silverberg was inspired by Brunner’s work.  I’ve yet to read a Silverberg novel and I’ve read that this is a pretty good effort.  So, those factors contributed to my purchase.

2. Doris Piserchia’s Continue reading Update: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions N. I