Yes, yet another post where we ask you, the loyal SF Signal reader, to post your thoughts on various subjects. This time, taking a cue from the earlier Movies You Haven’t Seen post, we’re going to talk about books. There are a ton of SF books out there so there’s a very good chance that you have read something that most other people haven’t read. If you have a book that you liked that others probably haven’t read, list it here. In about a week or so, I’ll collate this list into one giant post. In the interest of generating less work for me, please list up to 3 books and say why you like them.
And now, my list:
- Evening’s Empire by David Herter – A contemporary fantasy (yes, fantasy, without the elves) set in Evening, Oregon. It’s got atmosphere, a 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea opera, strange goings-on, buried ancient cities, and cheese. What more could you want? Even a rushed ending doesn’t completely mar the the rest of the book.
- The Alacrity Fitzhugh and Hobart Floyt trilogy by Brian Daley – Published in the 80’s and comprises Requiem For A Ruler Of Worlds, Jinx On A Terran Inheritance, and Fall Of The White Ship Avatar. These are good old-fashioned space adventure/comedy stories. Think a buddy movie in space, as Earth-bound and sheltered Hobart Floyt must pair up with lazy, general breakabout Alacrity Fitzhugh. Many adventures ensue. Heck, just about anyone can read these books, as they are generally rated G, but they are a lot of fun, with lots of humor, adventure and a neatly realized far-future. Its too bad Daley passed away because he hints at something big lurking about the galaxy in the last book. Still, well worth a read if you can find them.
- The Book Of Ash by Mary Gentle – Comprised of A Secret History, Carthage Ascendant, The Wild Machines and Lost Burgundy. Takes place in 15th century Europe and tells the story of Ash, the female commander of a mercenary group who hears voices that help her with her battle tactics. Is it alternate history? Time travel? Or something else? A well done story, if a bit long. The ultimate resolution if very SFnal.
- Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle – Read our review. A hard SF novel set in an alternate historical setting where the Greek view of the universe is the ‘correct’ view. Garfinkle has done a great job thinking through the ramifications of the Greek world-view and has created a story about a war between the Greeks and the Orient. It has spaceships and weapons made from the Sun’s plasma. Extremely cool.
I could list more, but in the interest of time I’ll stop and turn it over to you. Post away!