Category Archives: SF Masterworks

The Prestige • 1995 • SF Fantasy Horror novel by Christopher Priest

Synopsis: Two world-class prestidigitators feud each other in fin-de-siècle London. Rupert Angier is a disinherited aristocrat starting his career with lucrative séances for grieving families. Alfred Borden is his opponent, a creative working-class magician frustrated by Angier’s unethical exploitations.  The rivalry … Continue reading

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Agency • 2020 • Cyberpunk/Zeitreise-Roman von William Gibson

★★★★☆ Inhalt:  Die Sequel zu “The Peripheral” alterniert zwischen zwei Zeitsträngen: Wilf Netherton aus dem London des Jahres 2136 wird von der zwielichtigen “semimythischen autonomen Richterin-Vollstreckerin” Lowbeer beauftragt, sich in ins Jahr 2017 einzuschalten.  Am anderen Ende der Kommunikationsleitung sitzt … Continue reading

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The Peripheral • 2014 • Time Travel novel by William Gibson

★★★☆☆ Synopsis:  In a small rural town in the U.S., Flynne and her brother Burton are hired for a security job in cyberspace. Flynne witnesses a murder there and doesn’t think too much about it because it’s just a kind … Continue reading

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Neuromancer • 1984 • Cyberpunk novel by William Gibson

To celebrate the 750th post on this blog, I’ve re-read this subgenre-defining SF classic. ★★★★★ The journey: My world was completely different in 1987 – I was a teenager leaving SF pulp behind, looking for tasty literary stuff which felt … Continue reading

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Central Station • 2015 • Posthumanity SF novel by Lavie Tidhar

★★★★ Central Station is a commercial space hub far several hundreds years in the future set between Tel Aviv and Jaffa. It is a rich atmospheric universe of its own, filled with an astonishing motley crew of characters from two families: There … Continue reading

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The Door into Summer • 1956 • SF novel by Robert A. Heinlein

★★ The story – silly technician looses his garage corporation predictably to greedy woman and former business partner – wasn’t very good with all that implausible back and forth through time and hibernated sleep. RAH rode that SF trope but … Continue reading

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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever • 1990 • SF Collection by James Tiptree, Jr.

★★★★★ James Tiptree, Jr. was praised as the male voice of feminism back in the 70s before fandom blew up the cover and exposed writer Alice Sheldon behind this pen-name. What a fascinating life! The author was a high ranked officer … Continue reading

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Aurora • 2015 • SF novel by Kim Stanley Robinson

★★★★★ Synopsis This is a love story. A love story of the sentient multigeneration Ship to its crew. Of course, it is also a Hard SF novel about environment, politics, economy, astronomy, computer science and other factors in the typical … Continue reading

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Hyperion • 1989 • SF novel by Dan Simmons

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. SF Master works. SF novel of Dan Simmons published in 1989. It won the 1990 Hugo, and Locus awards. Review Hyperion went easily into my list of favourite SF novels which deserved the Hugo and Locus Awards 1990. It is a … Continue reading

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The Fifth Head of Cerberus • 1972 • SF novel by Gene Wolfe

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. SF Master works #8. SF novel of Gene Wolfe published in 1972. A collection of three novellas: “The Fifth Head of Cerberus,” “‘A Story’ by John V. Marsch,” and “V. R. T.” Thematically a novel expanding the original novella published … Continue reading

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