RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled SF: Roger Zelazny

From: Graham Powell ( bleekerbooks@hotmail.com)
Date: 01 Dec 2003

Roger Zelazny wrote three short novels about an unnamed futuristic troubleshooter. They are "Eve Of Rumoko", "Kjawlll'kje'k'koothai'lll'kjr'k"
(sp? who knows?), and the most famous, "Home Is The Hangman". They're all pretty good and have been collected in "My Name Is Legion".

I'll second the nomination for A SCANNER DARKLY, probably my favorite Philip K. Dick book. And though THE DEMOLISHED MAN fits in better with the scope of this list, I think that THE STARS MY DESTINATION is a better book. Alfred Bester also wrote an excellent short story called "Fondly Fahrenheit" that may be of interest.

And just about anything Algis Budrys wrote is sort of noir. WHO?, made into a movie with Elliot Gould, is pretty bleak.


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