Saturday, April 19, 2008

"Top 10 Obscure But Superb Science Fiction Novels"

"grubthrower" lists "Top 10 Obscure But Superb Science Fiction Novels". He also provides short summaries.

I reproduce the list below, but order according to my preference (best first, unread last). My rating is in brackets. If I have a post on the story, link on title goes there. Link on author fetches more fiction of author.

"Wasp" is superlative.

  1. Eric Frank Russell's "Wasp" (A); download; 1958: Adventures of a very resourceful spy saboteur. I've collected some quotes from this novel.
  2. Alan Dean Foster's "Midworld" (A); 1975: Adventure in a jungle world.
  3. Hal Clement's "Iceworld" (A); 1951: What we see depends on what we are!
  4. William Tenn's "Of Men and Monsters" (B); 1968; satire: What if humans changed places with cockroaches?
  5. Murray Leinster's "The Grek Bring Gifts" (B): "Helpful" aliens with a nasty secret agenda.
  6. Norman Spinrad's "Agent of Chaos" (B): Whatever the social system & level of contentment of population, its helps to have an agency that periodically stirs the waters! Among the more violent stories in this list.
  7. John D McDonald's "Ballroom of the Skies": Not read.
  8. William Sleator's "House of Stairs": Not read.
  9. Richard S McEnroe's "Skinner": Not read.
  10. Laurence M Janifer's "Bloodworld": Not read.
Related: "best of" lists.