" In this universe the night was falling; the shadows were lengthening towards an east that would not know another dawn. But elsewhere the stars were still young and the light of morning lingered; and along the path he once had followed, Man would one day go again"

Arthur C. Clarke Against the Fall of Night

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Reading Exercise Part Two

Illustration by Jack Gaughan

The reading exercise mentioned in my last post continues with Doug and I both offering selections and then reading and briefly discussing them. I had hoped to be providing posts on some of the titles by now but that will have to wait as I have other commitments for the next few weeks. Doug has read everything we have chosen so far but I have to admit I read less than half of Class Six Climb by Cochrane. While I look at older SF as historic artifacts that may include the racism and sexist attitudes of the time the misogyny of Class Six Climb was setting my teeth on edge. But it was the writing that finished me off. Many of the incidents included in the plot were simply illogical, and after one third of the story the characters still had not begun the climb. I could go on but I see little point. My intent in this blog has always been to post only about works or authors that I think have something worthwhile to offer.

Cover by Frank Kelly Freas                                       Cover by Dean Ellis

The system or non-system we have initiated for choosing specific titles has worked so far. While I was trying to avoid reading a number of works on specific themes one after another, the repetition of themes is almost unavoidable as certain tropes have come to define science fiction. So instead we simply play it by ear. The recent revelations concerning Jupiter have, for example encouraged us to read a number of stories concerning that planet. I have to admit I am enjoying seeing how the same concepts play out across stories by different authors and also how the passage of time and a more diverse group of authors has changed the way they are handled. 

Anderson Poul, Call me Joe, (ss) (1957)
Anderson Poul, Epilogue, (ss) (1962)
Anvil Christopher,  Strangers in Paradise, (1966)
Anvil Christopher, Experts In the Field, (ss) (1967)
Anvil Christopher, The Trap, (ss) (1969)
Asimov Isaac, Not Final, (ss) (1941)
Asimov Isaac, Victory Unintentional, (ss) (1942) 
Baxter Stephen, Tempest 43, (ss) (2009)
Bodard Aliette de, The Waiting Stars, (ss) (2013
Clement, Hal, Close to Critical, (1958)
Dickson Gorden R., Wolfling, (1969)
Egan Greg, Wang’s Carpets, (ss) (1995)
                                                       Cover by John Harris
Cover by Dominic Harman  
Hallus Tak, Mini-Talent, (ss)  (1969)
Harrison Harry, The Man from P.I.G., (ss) (1967)
Harrison Harry, The Man from R.O.B.O.T. (ss) (1969)
Kapp Colin, The Wizard of Anharitte, (1972)
Kornbluth C.M. & Pohl Fredrick, The Space Merchants, (1953) 
Laumer Keith,The Last Command, (ss) (1967) 
Leiber Fritz, Gather Darkness, (1943)
Piper H. Beam & McGuire John J., Null-ABC (ss), (1953)
Reynolds Alastair, Fixation (ss) (2009)
Schmitz James H.,The Witches of Karres, (1949)
Sheckly Robert, Specialist (ss) (1953)
Silverberg, Downward to the Earth, (1969)
Simak, Clifford, Time is the Simplest Thing, (1961)
Simak Clifford,  Desertion, (ss) (1944)

Illustration by Frank Kelly Freas

Sipes Richard Grey, Of Terrans Bearing Gifts, (ss) (1967)
Van Vogt, The Voyage of the Space Beagle, (1939)

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