Looking up at Zoo Station, Berlin.
The cover on this science fiction collection is gorgeous, big sky, futuristic architecture and stylistic typeface. The actual content of the book, rather than the dreamy utopian vision, fits with a lot of the ideas on how cities will develop in science fiction books of this period. The short stories are very dystopian, and many of them thought provoking, whether a measurement of the city itself or more the human response to overpopulation, pollution, natural disaster or machinery. It’s worth getting this book for these stories alone, definitely a read which makes you think about where we are going;
Meanwhile, We Eliminate, Andrew J. Offutt
The World as Will and Wallpaper, R. A. Lafferty
Death of a City, Frank Herbert
Getting Across, Robert Silverberg
Revolution, Robin Schaeffer
A great purchase from Kenilworth record fair a couple of weeks ago. Great image, fantastic colour pop. My first listen was in the following afternoon, low sun light over the trees at the back and a fresh coffee. Interesting sounds, I think there are others in the series…
Non Human Thought: Jaques Graven
This is such an interesting read about the psychology of animals, how they communicate, patterns, their social units, migration, memory and their relation to humans. I’ve always been interested in the behaviour of people, how we do things without realising because it is in our nature to do so, the way crowds move, body language, the subtle sense stimuli that we aren’t always aware of. Glances, scents, whispers.
Aside from the text, the design of this book is lovely, that classic Sci-Fi font and the Mothra attack splintered with fine blue lines. There is also a giant spider on the back in case that wasn’t disturbing enough.
Analog One – Science Fiction Compilation
Introduction: John W. Campbell
Monument: Lloyd Biggle,
The Plague: Teddy Keller
Remember The Alamo!: T.R. Fehrenbach
The Hunch: Christopher Anvil
Barnacle Bull: Winston P. Sanders
Join Our Gang?: Sterling E. Lanier
Sleight of Wit: Gordon Dickson
Prologue to an Analogue: Leigh Richmond
This is a great little collection of short stories from the 60’s. I love the typeface, similar modern fonts include Retroheavy, Bad Robot, Spaceship Bullet, Moon Monkey, JLS Space Gothic…I haven’t found this particular one yet…
TEXT: It was the tactile nature of the contraption. There was something satisfying in the switch flick, a red red light, a number flash. Different combinations, on off. Then there were the dials, a turn, a change. More subtle. Lost for a moment, for some reason, she hadn’t considered the effect of her machine play. Her childlike curiosity in the object was suddenly jolted by a chest pang, finger needles and a held breath. For the first time, she had forgotten to check whether it was plugged into the system, and if it was…
Repetitive variation, the vibrations would go undetected, as no one was monitoring the quiet noise. Her voice was so hushed, whispers along the airwaves. The sound was weak, but the words were defining, beautiful and important. The rhythm ensured they were memorised, and people were listening without realising.