Or, speculative fiction books and authors I read a very, very long time ago!
I’m going back in time, not quite time travelling, as I don’t intend to leave the safety and comfort of my little office sanctuary, but I do want to take about authors and books I read decades ago, that yes, I still have a fondness for. I especially want to remind people/readers of those authors who came before, as with this being SciFiMonth, everyone is mostly talking about new (to me that is) authors, and what’s coming next year.
But no one, other than maybe me, the dinosaur from another era, is talking about the classics, or to be exact, my classics.
So, let’s get started with a few books and authors you’ve all probably never heard of let alone read … yet:
- JOAN D. VINGE — some of you may have heard of Vinge given she has written at least one book you might recognize: THE SNOW QUEEN (1980), and the The Snow Queen quartet of books. She also penned several collections and a lot of novelizations and tie-ins, including (would you believe) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and for the movie, Ladyhawk. Yes, hard to believe. So please, go look her up.
- JOHN VARLEY — Here’s another author that I grew up with, and whose work fascinated me. Varley, a Locus and Hugo Award nominee, has written a number of short story collections, but is probably best known for his trilogy of novels— Titan, Wizard and Demon—set aboard a sentient hollow world orbiting Saturn. His novel, Millennium was also made into a TV movie. Check out his novel, The Ophiuchi Hotline, which was by far his best work.
- C.J. CHERRYH — Cherry is probably one of the most prolific SFF authors you are ever likely to read (80+ books, I think?) She has done it all: space opera, aliens, colonization, fantasy—her world building is second to none. She has created some of the best fictional universes you are ever likely to visit (via a book). For SF, try the FOREIGNER universe, THE COMPANY WARS, ALLIANCE-UNION series, or CHANUR series. For fantasy, try MEROVINGEN NIGHTS series, or the MORGAINE series of novels.
Next week I’ll highlight three more authors for you, in the meant time, go check out these three and, enjoy!