Category Archives: SF Masterworks

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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The Man in the High Castle • 1962 • SF novel by Philip K. Dick

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. SF Master works #73. SF novel of Philip K. Dick published in 1962. It won the 1963 Hugo award. The Axis Powers (Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan) won WWII – Franklin D. Roosevelt was assassinated in … Continue reading

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The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress • 1966 • SF novel by Robert A. Heinlein

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. SF Master works #72. SF novel of Robert A. Heinlein published in 1966. It won the 1967 Hugo award. The novel describes Luna’s independence war saturated with society, politics, philosophical, cultural (e.g. enforcing behaviour without laws, presenting different family … Continue reading

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Grass • 1989 • SF novel by Sheri S. Tepper

★★★★ Meta: isfdb. SF Master works #48. SF novel of Sheri S. Tepper published in 1989. Synopsis: A plague threatens humanity’s demise. There is the vague hope of finding a cure on the planet Grass, eponymous for a grass-covered planet with alien … Continue reading

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Ubik • 1969 • SF novel by Philip K. Dick

★★★★★ Meta: isfdb. SF Master works #26. SF novel of Philip K. Dick published in 1969. This novel is a very typical PKD involving several tiers of reality: You never know where reality ends and an internal, imaginated world starts. It is … Continue reading

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