RARA-AVIS: January will be HB SF month

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 30 Nov 2003

Giving January 2004 (when the list will turn seven) an SF (the preferred term for science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, etc.) theme sounds great. I noted some titles that were mentioned and I'll add this list to the reminder:

John Barnes, KALEIDOSCOPE CENTURY (1995) Neal Barrett, Jr., THROUGH DARKEST AMERICA (1986);
   DAWN'S UNCERTAIN LIGHT (1989) Greg Bear, QUEEN OF ANGELS (1990) Alfred Bester, THE DEMOLISHED MAN (1952) Michael Blumlein, THE MOVEMENT OF MOUNTAINS (1987) Leigh Brackett's science fiction David Brin, KILN PEOPLE (or KIL'N PEOPLE) (2003) Philip K. Dick, FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID (1974);
   DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? (1968); A SCANNER DARKLY (1977) Harlan Ellison, "A Boy and His Dog" (1969);
   "The Whimper of Whipped Dogs" (1973) M.J. Engh, ARSLAN (aka A WIND FROM BUKHARA) (1976) William Gibson's cyberpunk, e.g. NEUROMANCER (1984) Russell M. Griffin, THE TIMESERVERS (1985) K.W. Jeter, DR. ADDER (1984); THE GLASS HAMMER (1985); DEATH ARMS
   (1989); FAREWELL HORIZONTAL (1989) Richard Matheson, I AM LEGEND (1954) Richard K. Morgan, ALTERED CARBON (2002) Curt Siodmak, DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1942) Bruce Sterling's cyberpunk Theodore Sturgeon Jack Womack, RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE (1993) (prequel to the
   Terraplane series)

Drop me some mail if there are any others you'd recommend. Personally, I didn't like the Brin or Morgan books, but they're very Chandlerish. I can't remember how hardboiled or noirish PKD's FLOW MY TEARS is, but if you haven't read anything by him the others are good places to start
(though A SCANNER DARKLY is near the top of his freaked-out paranoid books). Bester's THE DEMOLISHED MAN is a classic.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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