“The Human Factor” by David Ely from Science Fact/Fiction, eds. Farrell, Gage, Pfordresher, Rodrigues Scott, Foresman and Company, 1974 Originally published in Saturday Evening Post, November 16, 1963 Price I paid: $6.56
Satellite City by Mack Reynolds Ace Books, 1975 Price I paid: 25¢
THE MOST EXPENSIVE, THE MOST LUXURIOUS, RESORT IN THE HISTORY OF MAN. Where no request no whim or pleasure, was denied. Where anything was possible…for a price.
THE HAVEN AND THE PLAYGROUND OF ONLY THE VERY RICH AND THE MOST POWERFUL. It was the most amazing pleasure complex ever built—and it looked down on the Earth from an orbit 22,000 miles high.
Yet, for all its glitter, there was something ominous about Satellite City—no nation or international body had any jurisdiction there, it was a law unto itself; no one knew who owned it; or what went on within its secret council rooms.
UNTIL ONE MAN PENETRATED THE WALL OF SECRECY AND DISCOVERED SATELLITE CITY’S HIDDEN MASTERS.
“EPICAC” by Kurt Vonnegut from Science Fact/Fiction, eds. Farrell, Gage, Pfordresher, Rodrigues Scott, Foresman and Company, 1974 Originally published in Colliers, November 25, 1950 Price I paid: $6.56
Cyborg by Martin Caidin Arbor House, 1972 Price I paid: none
He was a wonder of scientific perfection– but it was lonely as hell at the top. All the resources of NASA, the Pentagon, and Government Money put the pieces of Lt. Col. Steve Austin’s shattered body back together again. He came out of it more perfect than human. Better than new. A deadly, unstoppable weapon. Now all he needed was to find some human emotion in the tangle of plastic, wire and atomic metal that was fused to the remains of his flesh.
“Crabs Take Over the Island” by Anatoly Dnieprov translated by George Yankovsky from Science Fact/Fiction, eds. Farrell, Gage, Pfordresher, Rodrigues Scott, Foresman and Company, 1974 Translation originally published in Russian Science Fiction, NYU Press, 1969 Originally published in Russian in Дорога в сто парсеков, 1959 Price I paid: $6.56
Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede by Bradley Denton William Morrow and Company, 1991 Price I paid: Libraries are fun and educational
Several years ago Bradley Denton’s first novel appeared as a paperback original entitled Wrack & Roll. Locus called it “an eccentric triumph, recommended reading for members of that paradox-ridden generation where rock ‘n’ roll will never die, but kids have turned into grownups all the same.” “Moves at breakneck pace, filled with comic invention and brutal satire,” said Booklist. “Impressive work, highly original…Highly recommended,” said Science Fiction Chronicle.
Now he breaks into hardcover with Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, an extraordinary novel of realism and wild fantasy in the postmodern vein. This book brews a heady concoction out of such diverse elements as space aliens living in disguise next door in suburban Kansas; a resurrected Buddy Holly appearing on TV worldwide with the planet Jupiter in the background, on all channels, twenty-four hours a day, a desperately depressed computer-store clerk, Oliver Vale, whose nutty mother worships rock ‘n’ roll. What results is a car-and-motorcycle chase across the southern Midwest ending in a huge revival rally at the drive-in movie theater. Attending are a motorcycle gang, a murderous renegade secret agent, a sympathetic psychiatrist, a robot Doberman who likes beer, various alien beings in human disguise, and thousands of worried people whose TVs won’t work right.
Along with the strange and wonderful aspects of the story comes a strong sense of what life and the world have gone though over the last thirty years, a gently jaundiced view of the world at present, and a deep and abiding love of rock ‘n’ roll and its saving powers.
Bradley Denton is a strong and original voice in American fiction, dealing with pop culture elements and finely tuned characters in a hyperbolic plot reminiscent of early Vonnegut novels or the work of James Morrow, with a dash of Douglas Adams in his Hitchhiker’s Guide mode. Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede has wit, color, intensity, narrative drive, and an involving story. Hold onto your seats, Bradley Denton is here.
“The Gun Without a Bang” by Robert Sheckley from Science Fact/Fiction, eds. Farrell, Gage, Pfordresher, Rodrigues Scott, Foresman and Company, 1974 Originally published in the pages of Galaxy Science Fiction, June 1958 Price I paid: $6.56
The Humanoids by Jack Williamson Spectrum Literary Agency, 2011 Originally published by Simon and Schuster, 1949 Originally serialized in Astounding, March-May 1948 Price I paid: $5.99 (eBook)
Clay Forester is a scientist working in a weapons laboratory on a distant planet, when a vast army of robotic “humanoids” land and, as they have done on countless other worlds, take control of every aspect of human society. The official line is to “guard men from harm”, but in fact the humanoids deny any meaningful freedom to their human victims. Forester tries to fight back, with the help of a vagabond band of “psychophysical” adepts with amazing transphysical powers. Forester’s long fight against the strictures and despotic “protections” offered by the humanoids makes a fascinating tale, which Damon Knight called “without a doubt, one of the most important science-fantasy books of its decade.”
Author’s self-revealing Afterword, “Me And My Humanoids”, also included.
“E for Effort” by T.L. Sherred from The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction ed. Asimov, Waugh, Greenberg Carroll & Graf, 1989 Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, May 1947 Price I paid: $3
During the 1940s, the great names emerged in an eruption of talent. They formed the mould for the next three decades of science fiction and their writing is as fresh today as it was then.