the wheels of if by l sprague de camp (published in 1940)
7 short to very short science fictions stories written between 1938 and 1942. the first 2 are quite stunning for their time and involve alternative history. when reading the first few pages you might be shocked and check the date this was printed as the ideas are modern
if you had read the wheels of if in the 1940s how could you then have endured the sci fi movies, stuff on tv and books by other authors? reality would have sucked and the only escape would have been more brilliant classic sci fi writing Continue reading
finished reading the awesome heretics of dune - thought it was brilliant but surprising end of the dune series - then found out there was another last book written by frank herbert - there is a god emperor!
heretics of dune by frank herbert (published in 1984)
stunning fifth book in frank herberts dune series. introduces the effects of the scattering path - also its back to the planet dune/rakis in all its desert life/death/glory/mystique
heretics of dune is a revelation with lots of answers/action/intrigue all the way. delving deeply into the superb missionaria protectiva of the bene gesserit bitches/whores
god emperor of dune by frank herbert (published in 1981)
the dune trilogy has been completed - what would you do next with one of the greatest science fiction stories ever?
if you are hoping for another clone of the original dune book then this will disappoint - frank herbert does what frank herbert does with each of the books - makes it very different to what you expected/experienced in the others
battlestar galactica by glen larson and robert thurston (published in 1978)
the original battlestar galactica book that the 1978/1979 tv series and movie was based on. this story is the plot line for the television pilot show - saga of a star world.
if you have only seen the superb 2004 reboot series then the stories will be sort of familiar but some of the important characters have been radically changed!
luna: new moon by ian mcdonald (published in 2015)
its an interesting book with good ideas on how the first humans may colonise the moon and what sort of technology it would need and create. the luna: new moon book also goes into what society would be created up there
a mixture of david wingroves chung kuo and kim stanley robinsons red mars series? there are a few stunning/wonderful ideas in the luna book but perhaps not as good as either of those books? Continue reading