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Book Haul


Haven’t done one of these for a while, so it’s about time I did. The books below have arrived here in the past week or so.

There’s nearly a theme to this book haul – five books on space exploration, plus The Hard SF Renaissance. Mars 1999, The Case for Mars and Space Station Friendship are all for the collection, and signed. The two coffee-table books hiding at the back are Apollo – The Epic Journey to the Moon by David West Reynolds, and Superstructures in Space by Michael H Gorn. The latter has some amazing photographs in it. (Incidentally, I’ve just posted a review of an earlier book on Mars, Mission to Mars, on my Space Books blog.)

Then there’s Tupolev Bombers, which is about, well, bombers created by Soviet aircraft design bureau Tupolev during the Cold War. The Tu-22 ‘Blinder’ is especially cool, although apparently it was horrible to fly (and some crews even refused). Just look at this video of the Tu-22’s last flight – yes, the crew strap themselves into their ejection seats and these then rise up into the fuselage. Just like the Angels in Captain Scarlet. I think that’s cool.

There are also a couple of poetry collections – one by Terence Tiller, and one by Edwin Morgan (recommended by Paul Graham Raven). And the much-lauded novel The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Little, which I found in a local charity shop for £3.99. Bargain. Finally, there’s a Le Guin collection.

Not a bad haul, I think.

9 thoughts on “Book Haul

  1. Not bad at all! The Hard SF Renaissance is a book I want to pick up. I’ve not read near enough hard sf, and it has a great cover.

  2. I’ll order “The Hard SF Renaissance” soon. Thanks for telling me about it.
    I am not well-versed in current space travel notions and have not yet read any books about them. But I do have a classic I love. It is one of the older editions of Willy Ley’s “Rockets, Missiles, and Space travel.” It is the book that got me interested in space travel and SF. I had the privilege of meeting with Dr Ley and his family twice, around 1957. They lived near my parental home in NYC, I liked his book and person, and contacted him. I have vivid memories of this and have written a homage, to Dr Ley and the fine NYC public library in which I found his book. About three years ago I bought a ciopy of the same edition online, used of course.

    • Hartwell & Cramer also edited The Space Opera Renaissance, which is an equally hefty anthology. They also use it to promote their theory that there was no such thing as New British Space Opera, which is patently rubbish. But the book does contain some good stories. I suspect the same is true of The Hard SF Renaissance

  3. They are Yank Imperialists! What do you expect? This reminds me of two silly reviews I read of G. Jones’ White Queen (I think it was that one in the trilogy).One was definitely in Analog, the other in some other American mag. Both deplored the fact that Americans play almost no role in those books! One muttered that the only American was someone sitting towards the back of a bar, which is true. Both deplored her style, I guess since one might have to do a bit (really: a lot) of thinking while one reads. Both said that Ms Jones might well have done this to conceal a lack of ability to write! By that time I had been living abroad for 20+ years, had read stuff like Ulysses and Kafka, and was not amused. I felt like writing and asking the reviewers what they thought of Faulkner, one of the 20th Century’s greatest American novelists. He’s at least as difficult as Ms Jones and won a Nobel. What provincialism.

  4. I looked at both books at Amazon and decided to buy neither. I’ve enough unread books to read. As far as my personal reading history goes, the New Space Opera began with Consider Phlebas.

    • I didn’t mean to turn you off the books. I may not disagree with Hartwell & Cramer’s reasons for putting the anthologies together, but the books do contain some stories worth reading.

  5. Well, perhaps I’ll change my mind. I am holding to a policy of not buying a new book in category X until I finish a book in X. Right now I cannot think of a new SF book I want to buy (any suggestions?), so if nothing else turns up they shall be bought soon.
    BTW, last week I bought Paul McAuley’s “Gardens of the Sun,” and am looking forward to reading it. Its predecessor might well be read by the local group, Upsalafandom. I recommended it.

  6. Ha! That was a lot of fun. I enjoyed writing it, although I was disappointed that such dangerous twaddle came from the author of the humanistic “Schismatrix.” I sent it to some like-minded friends in the States and they all enjoyed it. They too hate that nonsense I reminded them of.

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