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
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
ringworld by larry niven (published in 1970)
like a nebula awards winning farmer this book is outstanding in its science fiction field. ringworld book is still stunning even though other sci fi authors have been inspired by the story ideas have become more common
the first few chapters set the scene and introduce the characters. if you have read larry nivens neutron star then it really helps with the background story and the full flavour of why nessus the piersons puppeteer is so alien strange to everyone
the wailing asteroid by murray leinster (published in 1960)
is there a book that accelerates at lightspeed into the story and then goes beyond it to deliver the end of the very short novel?
the wailing asteroid very intriguing/interesting book as it never takes you along the story you think it is going.
at the start you know that the story has to suddenly take a few years to happen but then the author takes you on a very quick journey.
a plague of demons by keith laumer (published in 1964)
mad plot lines, fantastic hard tech science ideas, comedy, mental powers, aliens, big fuck off robots, conspiracy of aliens living on planet earth and assuming positions of power - a plague of demons book is a typical keith laumer science fiction story
if you can handle improbable coincidences but essential for the pure enjoyment of the story, 1960s ideas of advanced technology and lots of fun then this could be for you
prime number by harry harrison (published in 1970)
the prime number book is a very good collection of science fiction short stories in the philip k dick style of some actually surprising plot twists