Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1968

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PKD 4 Me (Earth as depleted backstreet, where it rains alla time, on junk, some of it running loose, he makes me care, story still developing)

dow, Monday, 17 May 2021 22:01 (five months ago) link

I've only read the SF stuff here, and not all of it: Dick, Le Guin, Clarke, Wyndham, Lem. Le Guin deserves a vote, the first Earthsea book is great but sets the stage for even better things, though I don't know if those are going to show up here as they're not on the wiki 'year in literature' pages. Lem is brilliant, sardonically bleak as noted above, it throws a wrench into the mechanism of typical first contact stories while deftly dealing with physics, psychology, philosophy, politics. Chocky is pretty good fun (or was when I was a kid), the bit where Chocky is a dick about the new car is almost a Lem-like moment for younger readers. (Lem: 'aliens will be incomprehensible'; Wyndham: 'aliens won't like your brand new car'.)

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 07:47 (five months ago) link

1968: The Year Science Fiction Exploded

I don't know if those are going to show up here as they're not on the wiki 'year in literature' pages

I use the "category: (year) novels" lists, not the year in lit ones.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 09:30 (five months ago) link

I want to try and vote for one of the later PKDs but I think it's between that and Nova as the only two I've read (I should pick up The Quest For Christa T. by Christa Wolf as I love Cassandra). PKD it is.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 09:43 (five months ago) link

"A Wizard of Earthsea" and "A Fan's Notes" has got to be the starkest contrast yet between novels I really care about appearing in the same year of this poll.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 11:14 (five months ago) link

Cancer Ward.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 11:29 (five months ago) link

Is Arthur Clarke 2001 a film tie in novelisation or a reissue of the Sentinel tied to the film

Stevolende, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 11:45 (five months ago) link

It was written concurrently with the film; film and novel are both based on several different Clarke stories, including The Sentinel.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 12:09 (five months ago) link

Only a few choices for me, think I'm going for one of the 'read as a kid' ones, probably Chocky.

emil.y, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 16:16 (five months ago) link

I should really read House Made of Dawn, as I've taught "The Way to Rainy Mountain" many times and love it more each time I teach it.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 17:54 (five months ago) link

House... was Required Reading in an American Studies course I took, and I know or think I know I much enjoyed it, but the PKD forces its way up front in the memory smog, even past Nove.

dow, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 23:53 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 19 May 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Wonder if anyone else would vote for the same thing as me.

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 May 2021 00:08 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 20 May 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1969

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 20 May 2021 10:54 (five months ago) link


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