All posts tagged: Dell

In A Galaxy, Far, Far, Away …

In this segment I want to highlight authors who wrote about distant planets or places humans colonize in a far flung future, and also, encounter a myriad of aliens—some benign, others not so. Hacking back to the Golden Age and Classics of SF, I started thinking about what authors exemplified my title: in a galaxy, far, far, away. Here’s who I came up with: • ROBERT SILVERBERG Bob is another of those prolific authors I was introduced to when I first read, Lord Valentine’s Castle (Bantam, 1981), which is set on the magical planet of, Majipoor. A weirdly, wondrous world populated by shapeshifters, yet settled also by humans. This book is the first in a series in which Silverberg explores a number of themes, including coexistence, destiny (or, maybe, fate) and, of course, what it means to be human. Check out: Lord Valentine’s Castle, the Majipoor Chronicles, and Valentine Pontifex. • JACK L. CHALKER My first Jack Chalker book was the start of a seven book series called, Midnight At The Well of Souls (Del …

Rereading Favourites — The Top 5 Books I want To Read Again

Following on from Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, I thought to take a look at five books I continue to reread if not once a year, at least on a fairly regular basis. Books that may have spoken to me, for one reason or another, at the time. Books that even now, still resonate with me long after that initial read. And though years have come and gone, I still feel a tug of nostalgia to re-visit these worlds, and these characters. Although I read any number of thrillers and crime or mystery novels now. That wasn’t always the case. Up until my mid 30s, I was a huge SF fan, and consumed an almost exclusive diet of speculative fiction. Then, the authors I loved and knew fell by the wayside, not being published anymore, or they had moved genre, or, quite simply, had died. And the new clutch coming in behind them? Just didn’t hit the right notes, or buttons. I moved genres. It happens.