100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels by Stephen E Andrews

By Stephen E Andrews

This e-book is prepared by means of writer and contains a few thematic entries and distinctive different types, similar to technological know-how fiction movie variations, technological know-how fiction in rock song, and Philip okay. Dick within the mass media. additionally it is a heritage of technological know-how fiction and a brand new definition of the style, plus lists of award-winners and ebook membership techniques. features a foreword by way of Christopher Priest, the multiple-award-winning technological know-how fiction writer (with an immense movie model of his e-book, The Prestige, launching on the time of publication).

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For where there is apparent clinical calm, a new kind of cathartic brutality is arising from a most unexpected source. Echoing his early collection Vermillion Sands, Super-Cannes might be described as the second volume of a thematic tetralogy Ballard has produced recently (including Cocaine Nights, Millennium People and Kingdom Come), focusing on the effects of excessive luxury upon the middle classes. There are similarities between these books and his savage 1970s’ urban series (Crash, Concrete Island and High Rise), as both sequences push the envelope of contemporary psychopathology with bullseye observations singularly relevant to their times.

His doomsday scenario in Moonseed is worked out with a strict adherence to scientific possibility and the practicality of the desperate attempts to leave a stricken Earth are described with a loving attention to detail and plausibility. Yet Baxter never neglects the storytelling essentials required to maintain the reader’s interest. His plotting is cleverly organized to maximize the tension as the countdown to destruction continues and his characters, especially the flawed but credible Meacher, ring true.

Jaunting is at the heart of The Stars My Destination, just as ESP fuels the plot of The Demolished Man, and the plot moves with the same speed as jaunters propelling themselves through space. The sheer prodigality of Bester’s inventiveness is remarkable. Ideas which another writer would have stretched out to support an entire novel, Bester recklessly and exhilaratingly throws away in the space of a paragraph or two. The book is dominated by the driven outsider Gully Foyle, one of the most unforgettable characters in all of SF, but it is also a vehicle for its author’s pyrotechnic displays of imagination.

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