Back on 22 June, I posted a poll to see which six allegedly classic science fiction novels you would like me to read as my summer reading project. I promised to read the books and then write a blog post on each one. In hindsight, it was clearly a foolish thing to promise, although perhaps there were one or two books in the seventeen I chose for the poll that I sort of wanted to read/reread. Sadly, only one of those made it to the final six. Which are, for the record:
|The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert A Heinlein||35 votes|
|Childhood’s End, Arthur C Clarke||32 votes|
|City, Clifford D Simak||23 votes|
|Tau Zero, Poul Anderson||22 votes|
|Foundation, Isaac Asimov||22 votes|
|A Time of Changes, Robert Silverberg||20 votes|
You lot must really hate me – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Foundation. Still, a promise is a promise. Foundation is one of three rereads of the six books. I last reread it in 2006, thugh for some reason I don’t appear to have written about it then. Childhood’s End I read some time back in the early to mid-1980s, I think. I’ve not reread it since. A Time of Changes I’ll have read around the time my Gollancz Classic SF edition was published, which was 1986. The remaining three books I’ve never read before. They’re also in the SF Masterworks series, and those are the editions I own – in fact, Foundation and A Time of Changes are the only books in the six that aren’t SF Masterworks.
Anyway, some time in July I will start my summer project, and after I have finished each book I will write a review here on the blog. I am not expecting my reviews to be positive, but you never know, I might be pleasantly surprised…
June 30, 2013 at 10:01 am
Good thing you didn’t put “Battlefield Earth” on the original list.
June 30, 2013 at 11:22 am
I’m not that daft…
June 30, 2013 at 11:43 am
I’ll be very curious to see how you go with these. I must admit I’m too scared to re-read some of them. I expect they’ll have turned into sh*te.
June 30, 2013 at 11:50 am
I think it’s more a case of they’ve always been shit, but now I’m old enough and well-read enough to realise it 🙂