One of the least known works on David Pringle’s The 100 Best Novels between 1949-1984 list and soon to be published as a Gollancz Masterwork… For reference here’s a link to the list. Hopefully the Gollancz publication will bring the price down! (paperbacks go for ~30$ online).
A collection from a prolific 50s/60s primarily short-fiction SF author who died too young (at 41 due to lymphoma)….
Another Avram Davidson novel…
And a suspicious work by Jacqueline Lichtenberg described as for “admirers of the Early Heinlein”—of which I am obviously not. But, then again, the way presses marketed new women authors took on strange guises in the period. It might not feel like Heinlein in the slightest!
Two gorgeous covers by Richard Powers!
As always, thoughts and comments are welcome.
1. A Handful of Time, Rosel George Brown (1963)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1963 edition)
From the back cover: “ROSEL GEORGE BROWN has long delighted science fans with her deft, witty handling of human cussedness. Her writing has that particular and enchanting quality that invests everyday problems with the aura of her own wry humor—the result is that it in recognizing foibles common to us all, she makes the reader’s own world suddenly take on a glow. Beyond this, Miss Brown is gifted with wild flights of fancy, a tender and poignant regard for humans—and a respect for neatly fashioned words.”
2. Limbo, Bernard Wolfe (1952)
(Jack Gaughan’s cover for the 1963 edition)
From the back cover: “What makes this one of today’s most shocking novels? Is it the tantalizing picture of today’s ‘miracles of progress’ carried to their logical, post-miracle extremes? Is it the topsy-turvy concept of sex, in which male and female seem almost (but not quite) to have exchanged roles? Is if the possibility (man has puzzled over it for thousands of years) of making over people’s minds with the surgeon’s scalpel? Is it the fact that such a novel, diabolically conceived, brilliantly written, bitterly skeptical, bright with double-keen satire, can draw the reader along so swiftly in its foaming wake?
3. The Enemy of My Enemy, Avram Davidson (1966)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1966 edition)
From the back cover: “The Seven Signs of Tarnis Were:
Long fingers, with tips
Smooth and hairless bodies
Jerrod Northi—rogue, pirate and a citizen of Pemath—was desperate enough to want to go through the transformation. It cost 100,000 units for the Craftsmen to endow him with the Seven Signs—a rather steep price even for him. But he would pay it somehow, for since the attack of the deadly leeris, he feared that the cost of missing this opportunity to find a refuge in the land of Tarnis would be even higher.”
4. House of Zeor, Jacqueline Lichtenberg (1974)
(Alan Magee’s cover for the 1977 edition)
From the back cover: “Earth is divided between Sime and Gen, both offspring of the ancient race of men—and mortal enemies. The Sime cannot control their thirst for the kill’ terrified Gen cannot escape the sinuous tentacles whose grip means death… Hugh Valleroy, crossing into Sime territory in a desperate search for the woman he loves, comes on a brave new experiment—one that could mean the survival of the world.”