Visions of Paradise

Friday, July 11, 2008

Recommended reading for the summer

Some recommendations for the summer:

• 6 sf classic novels you may want to revisit:
> Way Station, by Clifford D. Simak
> Timescape, by Gregory Benford
> Nova, by Samuel R. Delany
> Rite of Passage, by Alexei Pansion
> Nightwings, by Robert Silverberg
> This Immortal, by Roger Zelazny

• 6 sf classic novellas:
> “We, In Some Strange Power’s Employ, Move On a Rigorous Line,” by Samuel R. Delany
> “The Last Castle,” by Jack Vance
> “The Girl Who Was Plugged In,” by James Tiptree, Jr.
> “April Fool’s Day Forever,” by Kate Wilhelm
> “Her Habiline Husband,” by Michael Bishop
> “Green Mars,” by Kim Stanley Robinson

• 6 classic single author collections:
> Four For Tomorrow, by Roger Zelazny
> Driftglass, by Samuel R. Delany
> The Persistence of Vision, by John Varley
> Blooded on Arachne, by Michael Bishop
> The Earth Book of Stormgate, by Poul Anderson
> Neutron Star, by Larry Niven

• 6 sf classic anthologies:
> Adventures in Time and Space, edited by Healy & McComas
> A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, edited by Anthony Boucher
> The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, vol. 1, edited by Robert Silverberg
> The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction, edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
> The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels, edited by Silverberg and Greenberg
> The Science Fiction Century, edited by David Hartwell

Check my sf blog Out of the Depths for more recommendations.


  • I can't believe how much our tastes in SF overlaps. Do you listen to audio books? Way Station just showed up on Audible, and Lord of Light and This Immortal came out a few weeks ago. It would be great is they did Nova and Rite of Passage. I even made a list of all the Hugo winning books that Audible offers and each month they fill in another missing slot.

    By the way, I bought The Last Witchfinder, but I'm having trouble getting into it. It has more interesting details than story.

    By Blogger Jim Harris, At 4:26 AM  

  • Oh, I forgot to say, yeah to you for recommending Rite of Passage. Panshin's forgotten novel is as good as a Heinlein juvenile. I don't know why it doesn't stay in print.

    By Blogger Jim Harris, At 4:34 AM  

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