Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (1958 to 1963): Yesterday's luminaries introduced by today's rising stars
The collection that brought Gideon to my attention. I normally expect to have read some or most stories in any "best of Science Fiction" collection from the 50s or 60s. Yet here were not only stories but authors that were new to me. I loved discovering the tales in this collection and am excited to see more collections like it in the future.
Gideon Marcus$11.99 $11.03
I grew up reading the Juveniles of Asimov and Heinlein, along with science fiction influenced YA books like Tom Swift and Danny Dunn. So I was ready for a book like Kitra that is a throwback to such books while adding in modern touches like strong female characters with agency. Well worth a read by both current and former teenagers.
Robert A. Heinlein$9.99 $9.19
Winner of the Hugo award for best novel in 1960, this is probably Heinlein's best known work for the modern audience. Starship Troopers is the grandfather of modern military science fiction and has just been redone in a new edition by Random House. You can see how WWII and the ongoing cold war influenced Heinlein's writing, and it is interesting to contrast it to some of his later works like Stranger in a Strange Land
Walter Miller$7.99 $7.35
Winner of the Hugo in 1961, what a contrast between this and Starship Troopers from 1960. Canticle for Leibowitz was my introduction to post apocalyptic fiction. I love the slow buildup throughout the course of this book and am always happy to put this book into a reader's hands, knowing they are in for a treat.
American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1960-1966 (Loa #321): The High Crusade / Way Station / Flowers for Algernon / . . . and Call Me Conrad
Clifford D. Simak, Poul Anderson, et al.$37.50 $33.75
One of the tragedies of classic Science Fiction is when a novel like The High Crusade is either out of print as a stand alone novel. It is good that Library of America has put High Crusade into its collection of Classic Science Fiction but you should also be able to track down a copy at a used book store with a good science fiction section. The mix of space travel and Medieval England works well and is as good a read now as when it was published.
J. G. Ballard$15.95 $14.67
A book from Gideon's list that I have not read, but I have a copy on order and have added this to my TBR pile. It is interesting to me how Scienc Fiction was looking at topics like global warming in 1962.
Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson$15.99 $14.71
A classic that has been read an dloved by generations of children and adults. I have included the graphic novel adaptation on this list as I am intested in how graphic novel adaptations like this or the recent graphic adaptation of Octavia Butler's Kindred are bringing classic science fiction to new audiences.
Philip K. Dick$14.95 $13.75
Combining time travel and politics in this this twisty novel. Not as well known as Man in High Castle or Blade Runner, this is a good place to go for anyone who wants to discover Philip K Dick and see whata grat storyteller he was.
Lloyd Biggle Jr$11.99
Gideon had included Biggle's work All the Colors of Darkness on his list for tonight, but it is currently out of print. I have included this collection of Biggle's early short stories and urge you to give him a try.
Ursula K. Le Guin$15.99
Seventeen of Le Guin's short stories all in one volume. One of the things that I have appreciated over the last few years is how many collections of Le Guin's writing have been published. If all you have ever read from Le Guin is Wizard of Earthsea you are in luck that so much more of her writing is available for you to devour.
Poul Anderson$16.99 $15.63
One of the books that Gary Gygax claimed as an influence in the development of Dungeons and Dragons,
Margaret St Clair$9.95 $9.15
Another book from Gideon that I have not read, so adding it to my TBR pile. A post apocalyptic underground society mixed with Witchcraft sounds like it would be fantastic.