Saturday, January 10, 2009

Science Fiction 3 - Collections & John Brunner

As well as the Science Fiction Hall of Fame collections, I do have others acquired over the years. The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus is such a one.

Next is a rarity - The Inner Landscape which I bought because it had a Mervyn Peake story, Boy in Darkness, which I had never seen before. This book was published in 1969 and the Corgi paperback edition was issued 1970.

Black Mist is a collection of Japanese influenced stories and Strangeness is another collection of various strange stories by genre & non genre writers like Shirley Jackson, Virginia Woolf & Thomas Mann. It is edited by Thomas Disch & Charles Naylor.

blackmist strangeness

John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar and The Sheep Look Up were very popular back in the 1970s though you hardly hear of them these days. He also wrote The Traveller in Black stories which were collected into one volume in 1987.

brunner_zanzibar brunner_sheep

Next - Michael Bishop & Ray Bradbury

1 comment:

Max said...


I remember struggling through that book at too young an age -- if memory serves there's a good story in there premised on all of humankind losing its short term memory, and struggling reclaim normalcy despite having to start over every morning from the previous days' notes.

And as well, a rather lovingly described tale of haute cuisine cannibalism ("The Last Supper?"), which grossed out my dad.