Future City: Edited by Roger Elwood

Future City

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

 

 

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Pelican read of the week: Inventing the Future – Dennis Gabor

Inventing the Future

I recently stumbled on a selection of Pelican books in a charity shop and have a new obsession. Eek.

I have already been to a local second hand book shop and trawled the shelves for more (thanks Gosford Books). The cover designs and content of the ones I have are fantastic.

Today I am reading ‘Inventing the Future’ by Dennis Gabor. I am finding it difficult to stop turning the pages, but when drawn away I was interested to find out about the writer. Apparently Gabor was an electrical engineer who invented holography. He was also a gifted physicist and discussed cybernetics. And, lived just up the road from Coventry, in Rugby, for a short while. Wow.

 

Analog One

Analog One

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…