Jack London applies his skill at naturalistic adventures to a tale of the Pleistocene, following the adventures of proto-humans in a savage eon.
Will Barrent finds himself shipped to a prison planet with a byzantine social structure promoting the worship of evil, and the use of murder and drugs as tools to gain status and prestige.
Humans arrive on a planet populated by matriarchal bee-like humanoids living in a strict caste system. While commenting on gender roles and monogamy, it turns into an adventure novel.
A lengthy look at a rest and recuperation center for soldiers fighting a war across the time-streams. A unique Hugo winner closer to a stage play than a novel.
I really dig Ed Emsh’s style; at his best, his book and magazine covers are vibrant and dynamic. I’ll let these high(er)-res covers speak for themselves: an assortment from books (mostly Ace and Pyramid paperbacks), pulps, and digest magazines, from the early 1950s to late-1960s. I put them in rough chronological order.
Scientists unleash ancient alien monstrosity from the briny deep; it proceeds to go about re-conquering our world via its psychic powers. A B-movie in book form.
Four people venture to the end of Earth’s future to prevent a nekrotic plague of pure negative energy from destroying all of time. Along the way, they make a lengthy pitstop.
A mutant, alien Orpheus sets out to reclaim his dead Eurydice, with the aid of a musical machete, Jean Harlow, and a Christ-allegory. No, really, this is serious SF.
Have you ever wanted to see Jack Vance’s dying earth taken to its logical extreme, with a journey quest and extinction-level-event? If so, John Brunner’s your man, and this is your book.
Continuing my Silverberg binge, Planet Stories’ newest omnibus, The Planet Killers. Three halves of three Ace Doubles, space operas with espionage and intrigue akimbo. As a fan of mystery/crime novels, I consider this a good thing.
Another vintage Robert Silverberg yarn, an extended version of a tale I’ve already read. Two warring alien species planting sleeper agents on Earth, crosses and double-crosses, a telepathic unborn fetus… what’s not to like?