The SF Masterworks Request Thread

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    The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Zelazny's Worlds

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    I would like to see in this Series, which will inevitably be littered with Typo's to varying degrees in certain releases a'la Victor Gollancz style, nevertheless, I would like to see

    Childhood's End - Arthur C Clarke - 1953
    Hothouse - Brian Aldiss - 1962
    Greybeard - Brian Aldiss - 1964
    The Crystal World - JG Ballard - 1966
    Lords of the Starship - Mark S Gester - 1967
    Limbo - Bernard Wolfe - 1953
    The Alteration - Kingsly Amis - 1976
    The Inheritors - William Golding - 1954
    Norstrilia - Cordwainer Smith - 1964-68
    On Wings of Song - Thomas M Disch - 1979
    Doorways in the Sand - Roger Zelazny - 1976
    Creatures of Light & Darkness - Roger Zelazny - 1969

    any other suggestions?
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    iansales

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    Do we need Norstrilia if we already have The Rediscovery of Man?

    Also, how about This Fortress World, James Gunn
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    Ian Whates

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    Some great suggestions there Wanderer -- I particularly applaud the two Zelazny's and Childhood's End.

    What others would I like to see? Well, of course Gollancz are hampered by copyrights owned by other publishers (hence no Asimov or Herbert) and I did hear that the editor in charge of the series doesn't especially rate Heinlein... So, accepting those restrictions, how about:

    Slan – A.E. van Vogt – 1940
    Gather Darkness – Fritz Leiber – 1950
    The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury – 1951
    City – Clifford D. Simak – 1952
    Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 1953
    The Chrysalids – John Wyndham – 1955
    A Canticle for Liebowitz – Walter M. Miller Jr. – 1959
    Rogue Moon – Algys Budrys – 1960
    This Immortal – Roger Zelazny – 1966
    Rite of Passage – Alexei Panshin – 1968
    Bug Jack Baron – Norman Spinrad – 1969
    The Sheep Look Up – John Brunner – 1972
    The Embedding – Ian Watson – 1973
    The Mote in God’s Eye – Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – 1974

    I think I'm right in saying that for a long while the most recent book in the Masterwork series was Gregory Benford's Timescape (1980), but of course, this was a series that first started coming out in 1999, and inevitably, more recent editions have moved the goal posts forward -- Sheri S. Tepper's Grass (1989), Greg Bear's Eon (1985), Lucius Shepard's Life During Wartime (1987), etc.

    So, if we're now including books from the 1980's, how about these as well:

    Downbelow Station – C.J. Cherryh – 1981
    Startide Rising – David Brin – 1983
    Neuromancer – William Gibson – 1984
    Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card – 1986
    Ivory – Mike Resnick – 1988

    There, that should be enough to be getting on with. :D
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    The Wanderer

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    Perhaps that's the reason there's about 10 Philip K Dick and 1 Heinlein ' The Moon is Harsh Mistress' that was in print for a very short period of time, and is now going for ridiculous prices on Amazon sellers, something like $275 :rolleyes:
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    Ian Whates

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    I suspect so. Actually, you're under-estimating the Philip K. Dicks -- something like 13 out of the 67 volumes to date... and the Heinlein you mention was in the short-lived Hardback Masterwork series which came out in 2001 and only lasted about 12 volumes. Confusingly, this run contained many titles not included in the main paperback series, of which this was one.

    In the 67 volumes of the on-going series, there's not been a single Heinlein included so far.
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    iansales

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    It may be a rights issue again. Hence the hardback Masterwork of Dune, but no paperback.
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    iansales

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    Some more suggestions:
    Radix, AA Attanasio (1983)
    Dark Sky Legion, William Barton (1992)
    The Time Ships, Stephen Baxter (1995)
    The White Bird of Kinship trilogy, Richard Cowper (1978 - 1982)
    Engine Summer, John Crowley (1979)
    Take Back Plenty, Colin Greenland (1990)
    Morlock Night, KW Jeter (1978)
    White Queen, Gwyneth Jones (1991)
    Metrophage, Richard Kadrey (1988)
    Coelestis, Paul Park (1995)
    Schismatrix, Bruce Sterling (1985)
    Stations of the Tide, Michael Swanwick (1991)
    The Sea and Summer, George Turner (1987)
    The Ophiuchi Hotline, John Varley (1977)
    Chekhov's Journey, Ian Watson (1983)
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    The Wanderer

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    Geston, Sorry :eek:
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    The Wanderer

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    Does he not like Philip Jose Farmer either or is that a rights issue?, he (Farmer) could do with a lot of reprints to be sure
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    iansales

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    The TV adaptation of Riverworld may have scuppered Gollancz's chances of getting the rights to those books... Other than that, Strange Relations might be a candidate but I don't think there are any collections in the Masterworks series.
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    Ian Whates

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    Actually there are -- one at present: #10, Cordwainer Smith's Rediscovery of Man, with a second to follow this April: #69, Walter M. Miller Jr.'s Dark Benediction, which I think might be a repackaging of the 'Best of' which appeared in Gollancz's yellow jacketed, cigar banded 'Collector's Edition' series a few years ago.
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    iansales

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    Doh. I've read The Rediscovery of Man too. Ah well.
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    The Wanderer

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    David Pringle gave that one a 4, My curiosity is aroused ;)
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    iansales

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    Crowley has written better novels - The Deep is excellent, and the Aegypt sequence is one of the best fantasy series ever written - but they're fantasy. His other sf novel, Beasts, did appear in the Gollancz Classics series back in the 1980s.
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    The Wanderer

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    Anyone know when 334 and camp Concentration by Thomas M Disch are released on SF Masterworks, they are listed on Amazon UK as December 2006, but curiosly seem unavailable?:confused:
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    j d worthington

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    From what I'm seeing, they've not yet been issued. There may be a hitch in there somewhere, though....
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    iansales

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    Their numbers have been taken by Roadside Picnic and Dark Benediction. I've no idea why they were dropped from the series.
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    Homer Hoose

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    Excuse me fellows, I am assuming that the SF Masterpiece Series is a reprint of the best books of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

    If this is so then maybe they should include The Devil is Dead by R.A. Lafferty.
    Or maybe Lafferty in Orbit or anything by Lafferty as he is, rather, was, the best writer, of the Twentieth Century.

    Don't you think?
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    j d worthington

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    On your last point: To be honest -- no. That is not to say anything against Lafferty, who was indeed a very good writer, and whose work I regard quite highly. But "the best writer of the twentieth century"? I'm not sure there is a single "best writer" of any period. Too many variables. I'm not even sure I'd put Lafferty in the top 50 best. Again, nothing against Lafferty; just that there are too many damned fine writers out there in the last century.

    However... Yes, I do think they should include at least some of Lafferty's work, as it is indeed classic, and challenging, and well done (not to mention extremely enjoyable and quirky). And any number of his books would indeed be very good choices. I don't know as they are planning on including him in the set, but it wouldn't hurt to drop a line to them suggesting it....

    If you'd like to get a view of the set, here's a link:

    SF Masterworks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    At any rate; it's good to see someone bring him up again, as he doesn't get mentioned nearly as often as he should.:)
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    The Wanderer

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    in the Top 50 writers of the Century, you're competing with Faulkner, Proust, Conrad, Mauriac, Greene

    it's a tough call, but in the top 50 Science Fiction authors of the 20th C, I'd say yes

    Having said that he's probably better than most authors around these days in popular fiction considering the seemingly terminal decline in character and standards

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