In conjunction with other SF bloggers, here are eight books that I’d recommend should be added to Gollancz’s SF Masterworks series, and my reasoning why.
At the age of 650 miles, Helward Mann begins an apprenticeship with the Futures guild that will alter the course of the city of Earth forever. (What the hell did I just read?)
Long after the Accident sterilized humans (and most other big mammals), 56-year-old Greybeard and his wife tour an England overrun by madness and entropic nature.
Mankind uses abandoned alien spacecraft to explore the unknown, which often leads to disastrous consequences—or, in a few cases, to wealth beyond measure.
A sleepy English village is turned upside-down when a one-day blackout leads to a deluge of pregnancies—all of the children blonde, golden-eyed, and full of sinister power…
Everyman Robert Neville is the last surviving human on an Earth overrun by vampires, hordes of living undead spawned by bacterial warfare. Matheson’s most famous work.
Red Schuhart is a stalker, meaning he sneaks into the guarded Zone of Alienation where extraterrestrials once landed, grabbing the aliens’ left-behinds and selling them on the black market.
“Reality is a dream. George Orr is the dreamer. George’s dreams change the world. In the hands of a power-mad psychiatrist George is forced to dream… forever seeking utopia…”
For the first time in billions of years, a new human is born. More importantly, he’s the first person in billions of years with the driving curiosity to leave his utopian city.
The best novel I’ve read so far in 2012, and one of the best ’50s novels around. A very complex novel that can’t be explained away in a short two-sentence excerpt.
Silverberg’s magnificent tale of science-fiction post-colonialism, and an effective homage to Joseph Conrad to boot. Not to be missed.