After mushroom clouds erupt over New York Harbor from a surprise attack, Westchester housewife Gladys Mitchell struggles to keep her daughters safe.
The second in Stirling’s Lords of Creation series brings us to Mars, in the proper tradition of Burroughs, Bradbury, and Brackett. This one was even better than The Sky People.
Venture back, long ago, to the far-away world… of Venus. An amazing pastiche-slash-homage to the likes of Burroughs, done with modern sensibilities and writing style.
A grim vision of a United States divided at the Mississippi River into two halves: one ruled by military martial law, the other a be-plagued nuclear and biological wasteland.
Thanks to the power of science, enlarged and unstoppable Bermuda grass overtakes the world as humanity bickers over the means to stop it. Highly recommended.
This has been picked up by numerous other blogs by now, but the rights to the James Bond novels are changing hands, going from their venerable owner Penguin Books to the more-hip genre publisher Vintage. Two preview covers have been released for the new editions; they remind me more of old ’40s mystery novels—like the Dell Mapbacks—than James Bond novels, with their subtle, art-deco, low-impact covers.
“There were five of them, each prepared to kill, each with his own reasons for accepting what might well be a suicide mission. The pay? $20,000 apiece. The mission? Find a way into Cuba and kill Castro.”
One of the first Cold War-era spy thrillers, a fine little tale of post-war intrigue. It has everything: the Orient Express, Soviets, Bulgarians, OSS operatives, and yes, even Nazis.
Genius biochemist gives cells sentience, injects them into his body rather than pitch them like his boss ordered. Hilarity ensues. Chilling look at the apocalypse and/or transcendence of the human body.
Hawksbill Station, the prison at the end of time: a gulag in the Precambrian era for political extremists and protesters. A captivating story laden with concepts that demand introspection.
Here’s one with a lot of promise: a tale of a tropical island, of monstrous sea creatures and Cold War paranoia and an apocalyptic holocaust. That sounds like an amazing book. Sadly, Sea Siege isn’t that book.