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Women in SF

I cover a range of books from the shiny new, through to classics and more neglected works of SF. Really, it’s just a reflection of the kind of thing that I’ve been reading. Granted, I don’t cover everything that I’m … Continue reading

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Orbitsville – Bob Shaw

I recently read Bob Shaw’s Other Days, Other Eyes and although I didn’t think that it was a bad novel, it did have a few problems. The main one being that it didn’t hang together particularly well as a self-contained … Continue reading

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The Revolving Boy – Gertrude Friedberg

I’d never heard of this novel until I noticed it up for sale online. The premise sounded reasonably interesting and it had a couple of positive bits of blurb attached to to the advert for it. So I thought I’d … Continue reading

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The Journal of Nicholas the American – Leigh Kennedy

I was first made aware of this novel in some of the online chat surrounding the lack of well-known works of SF by female writers. It was suggested that it is a fine companion to Robert Silverberg’s (excellent, in my … Continue reading

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Other Days, Other Eyes – Bob Shaw

Bob Shaw’s 1972 novel, Other Days, Other Eyes, concerns the idea of slow glass. This is discovered accidentally when it was found that cars which had been equipped with a new and more heat resistant windshield, were crashing when making … Continue reading

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Morlock Night – K. W. Jeter

Morlock Night is K. W. Jeter’s 1979 sequel to the classic time travel novel, The Time Machine. I’ve always been a little wary of posthumous sequels, and indeed novels written late in an authors life with another (this having read … Continue reading

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Swastika Night – Katherine Burdekin

Originally published in 1937, Katherine Burdekin’s dystopian SF novel depicts a future 700 years hence by extrapolating from the events of her time. In this future, the Axis powers of Nazi Germany and Japan had won a world war and … Continue reading

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Infernal Devices – K. W. Jeter

George Dower has inherited a business from his late father, a watchmaker whose skills extended beyond the manufacture of timepieces. At the opening of Infernal Devices, he is visited by a man described as a ‘mysterious Brown Leather Man’. He … Continue reading

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Rogue Moon – Algis Budrys

Rogue Moon was recommended to me on Twitter by Jonathan McCalmont who commented on the gloriously demented nature of the novel. In particular, he drew my attention to the misogyny that suffuses it. This is a novel filled with manly … Continue reading

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The Black Cloud – Fred Hoyle

The front cover of my Modern Classics edition of Fred Hoyle’s The Black Cloud has a quote from Richard Dawkins: “One of the greatest works of science fiction ever written.” Well, it isn’t (though the combination of it first being … Continue reading

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