Our bit of stress over the last few weeks has left me burned out and a bit battered. On the good news, we were JUST in time – the polyp was malignant, but not the stalk. So, saved in the nickers of time, thanks to Australia’s screening programme.
Chris’s post on Harry Harrison got me thinking about the sf/fantasy novels I’ve loved…. that no-one else seems to know. Books I think deserved to do far better. Books like William Burkett’s Sleeping Planet (which I am sure would be panned by Kirkus – seeing as the hero is white anglo-saxon male hunter, and humans beat the hell out of the Llarans by sheer gutsy cleverness.). I thought I’d toss up a few and you could add a few. Paula Volsky’s Curse of the Witch Queen (which I suspect is YA by modern definitions) which has a delightful cast of weird characters, including the professor who grows intelligent and carnivorous squashes, and gypsy types who are nothing more than thieves – and who get their come-uppance. Stanley G Weinbaum’s Martian Oddessey – with the really alien Tweel – and some of the most fascinating ideas on alien life I’ve seen. Michael Scott Rohan and Alan Scott, A Spell of Empire – the Horns of Tartarus – is absolutely brilliant alternate history meets fantasy meets satire (yes, it was an inspirational force).
Your turn :-).