Josh Glenn's top 75 Golden Age sci-fi novels


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/12/27/josh-glenns-top-75-golden-ag.html


#2

Really have to question why someone compiling a list of obscure books and stories with the intention of generating interest in the genre would include spoilers in the individual descriptions.


#3

But, but… I’m just finishing The Doomed City as was suggested right here on the BB… it’s quite a book.


#4

So nothing by H. Beam Piper, anywhere in the entire list?


#5

The cosmic puppets! One of PKD’s forgotten gems that.


#6

Heinlen homophobic and misogynistic? Can someone insert a “home alone” shocked face here?


#7

I’ve come to the conclusion that my tastes were formed more and run to the Silver Age writers, because although the ones on the list are good choices, I find myself second-guessing a lot of them. Why Red Planet and not The Moon is a Harsh Mistress?


#8

Well, for this list, because The Moon is a Harsh Mistress was written in 1966. Space Viking was 1963, though.


#9

Most of the books on that list aren’t obscure. In fact, most of this is pretty standard-issue sf reading list stuff, with a few related out-of-genre works thrown in for interest.


#10

Ok. So maybe they’re not obscure, but presumably, the list was created in part to entice people who hadn’t read the books to read them, and including spoilers is counter-productive.


#11

I was surprised at how many of these I’d read as a kid, but then, the books in my hometown library weren’t exactly up to date, so that made sense. Plus, I read all the Asimov, Bradbury, Clark, Lovecraft, Blish, Simak, the Lensman series, etc I could get my hands, on so that upped the score.

Several of these, most notably The Space Merchants, were turned into excellent radio dramas on X Minus One and Dimension X.


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