Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Science Fiction That Isn't Science Fiction (8)

A short non-canonical list:

The Alteration
- Kingsley Amis
Queen Victoria's Bomb - Ronald W. Clarke
SS GB - Len Deighton
Revelation Day
- Brendan DuBois
Histoire de la Monarchie universelle: Napoléon et la conquête du monde - Louis Geoffroy
Fatherland - Robert Harris
White Lotus - John Hershey
Aristopia - Castello Holoford
Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle - Vladimir Nabokov
If: A Jacobite Fantasy - Charles Petrie
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth
The Indians Won - Martin Cruz Smith

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about "the unusual life of Tristan Smith" by Peter Carey or practically everything by Italo Calvini
Phil

December 15, 2009 10:19 AM  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

Indeed.

December 15, 2009 11:03 AM  
Blogger Keith Ferrell said...

Joan Aiken -- The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase etc.?

December 15, 2009 11:42 AM  
Blogger Adam Roberts Project said...

Endgame, by Samuel Beckett.

December 15, 2009 1:56 PM  
Blogger George Berger said...

I second Dr Roberts! I saw Endgame in NYC around 1964. I decided at once that you could view it as an after-the-bomb play. The performance was wonderful. I have been meaning to buy it since then. Hm.....Perhaps it's available as a DVD.

December 18, 2009 9:12 AM  
Blogger George Berger said...

I was given a prepublication version of The Plot Against America and read it quickly. I did not like it. It struck me as a potboiler with some historical insights. Not much of a warning either.
I am no Roth fan. To me his stuff lacks emotional impact (high and low points, for example). It just doesn't register, as does the best of Bellow, "Humboldt's Gift," and "Herzog." Those are great, Roth seems droll by comparison.

December 19, 2009 10:10 PM  

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