Data pirate is caught up in galaxy-spanning intrigue, with multiple factions seeking to control the primitive plant of his birth. The key is a woman with unforeseen powers.
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.
Three short novels of space, in the fine tradition of ’50s pulp. Stories of Earth lost and found, of Earth decadent and pacified, of space battles and time travel and intrigue.
From noted science fiction writer Zelazny, an art smuggler finds his ex-partner dead, and is blackmailed by the CIA to perform a favor in return for a cleared murder charge.
“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.
“He met a stranger – She said she was his wife.” A slick little tale about a man who wakes up with everyone thinking he’s somebody else. There’s a lurking shooter off in the woods, and a redheaded Tomboy, and some Red menace.
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?
The grandmaster of spy fiction John Le Carre is getting amazing new covers by Matt Taylor for his books, and …
Collection of Robert Silverberg’s earliest stories, very pulpy, sometimes tacky, but all of them entertaining. If you can overlook their nature, they’re fun, exciting, and thrilling.