This year I have mainly read vintage science fiction novels. While that remains my preferred genre, I do like to read just about everything else as well. However, I admit, the other genres usually do not entertain me or engage me as successfully as the science fiction. So, giving space and aliens and the future… Read More Why Shoot a Butler?
The Secret Visitors is James White’s first novel, published in 1957. I read the darling ACE edition that has tiny font that hurts my eyes. Cover by Schinella (???). However, it should be noted that it was originally (at least parts of it) serialized in 1956’s New Worlds Science Fiction publications. This is significant because… Read More The Secret Visitors
This is a novel that I suspect used to be read more widely than in the last decade or so. While the story used to be very well-known, almost as a familiar anecdote, it seems that fewer people actually know the story. I, for one, had never read it before. However, I was aware of… Read More The Scarlet Pimpernel
A Trace of Memory was first published in novel form in 1963. It is the second novel by Laumer that I have read. The novel is actually an expanded version of the story that appeared in Amazing Stories in 1962 (July – September). I read a 1984 Tor Books edition with artwork by Bob Layzell.… Read More A Trace of Memory
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak (1904 – 1988) is the third novel by the author that I have read. It was published in 1963 and won the 1964 Hugo Award for best novel. Off the bat, I have to say that this is the most polished of the three novels by Simak that I… Read More Way Station
“It could happen! A taut, authentic tale of tomorrow’s headlines.” – the tagline on the front cover of my 1957 Ballantine Books edition of High Vacuum by Charles Eric Maine (1921 – 1981). The cover art is by Richard Powers. This entire novel is about a lunar landing by a developing space program. The first… Read More High Vacuum
One Step From Earth is a collection of vignettes by Harry Harrison and published in 1970. The collection presents a possible timeline in human history that follows the development of “matter transmission” technology. I read the Macmillan hardback edition with cover art by Carl Titolo. Harry Harrison (1925 – 2012) is known for his Stainless… Read More One Step From Earth