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September reads – a list

This is a list of the month’s reading experiences, with a sentence or two about each. The Best A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick (1977) – This is one of PKD’s top-tier novels, and the best book I’ve read … Continue reading

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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

A Scanner Darkly, a 1977 novel by Philip K. Dick is reviewed. I focus on the theme of self-awareness and intellect. Continue reading

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Tom O’Bedlam by Robert Silverberg

Continuing our mini-tour through Robert Silverberg’s post-1980 novels, we have the 1985 SF epic Tom O’Bedlam, about a vagrant possessed with uncanny visions. Although I found many things to appreciate in both Gilgamesh the King and Star of Gypsies (both … Continue reading

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The Zap Gun, by Philip K. Dick

The Zap Gun is a 1967 novel by Philip K. Dick that was first serialized as Project Plowshare, a more directly descriptive title. It has a fairly bad reputation as a mess of a novel, but a recent sffaudio episode¬†made … Continue reading

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Bettyann, by Kris Neville

Kris Neville (1925-1980) was a science fiction writer who (except for an occasional story) left the field sometime in the 1960’s, but not before creating an impression on some critics and other writers. His primary career in the plastics industry … Continue reading

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Star of Gypsies, by Robert Silverberg

Continuing my brief tour into Robert Silverberg’s “third phase” of post-1979 books, I look at the large 1986 novel Star of Gypsies¬†about a long-absent Roma “king” coming back to reassume his leadership and help his people survive an epic power … Continue reading

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an incomplete Brian Aldiss tribute list

Legendary British author Brain Aldiss (1925-2017) died last weekend, after an extremely long and productive writing career. Best known for his science fiction novels, he also published many short stories, criticism, essay collections and literary fiction. Having read many of … Continue reading

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