(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1968 edition)
The esteemed science fiction critic John Clute claimed quite adamantly that Ian Wallace’s Croyd (1967) and its sequel Dr. Orpheus (1968) “are among the most exhilarating space-opera exercises of the post-World War Two genre” (SF Encyclopedia entry for Ian Wallace). With this endorsement in mind I picked up a copy with high expectations. But Clute’s assessment leaves me utterly flummoxed.
Wallace attempts to channel A. E. Van Vogt’s 1940s at a time (the 60s) when a large percentage of the writers were eschewing this form for social science fiction and the literary aspirations Continue reading Book Review: Croyd, Ian Wallace (1967)