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
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 – 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…