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Vintage SciFi Not-a-Challenge

Welcome to the Vintage Science Fiction not-a-challenge!  Through out the month of January, 2012, 2013 I will be reading and discussing as much “older than I am” science fiction and fantasy that I can, and everyone is invited to join me!  We’ll be talking about time travel, laser guns, early robotics, first contact, swords and sorcery, predictions for humanity and the authors who came up with it all. Haphazardly, the defining year for “vintage” is 1979.  Read all about it herehere, and here and most recently here.  The only “rule” for this not-a-challenge is that your blog post must be during the month of January.

You too, can be on red alert for the Interstellar Patrol by using the badge above in your posts, or blog side bar, or wherever you’d like.

Reviewing or discussing a vintage SF/F book during the month of January? Leave the title, author and a link to your blog post in the comments below. on Twitter? use #VintageSciFi .

If you get to the end of January and you still need more, head on over to Stainless Steel Droppings to join  the 2013 Science Fiction Experience.

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Now that the holidays are over, I’m posting a bunch of early Hugo Award winners. I read this a couple months back, but that’s usually how long it takes me to post my reviews…

The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester, 1953 http://bluefairysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/01/demolished-man.html

Highlights: Early versions of psychic cops and use of telepathic powers. (Where did you think the name of the Babylon 5 character came from?)

I’ve posted a few initial thoughts on The Day of The Triffids by John Wyndham.
http://pekinghomunculus.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/the-day-of-the-triffids-an-introduction/

It took me way to long to read this short novel, but it is finally finished. The full review is here: http://pekinghomunculus.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/the-day-of-the-triffids/

Here’s our Ye Olde Book Club selections for January, 1918-1939 Sci-Fi:
http://darkcargo.com/2012/01/01/ye-olde-booke-club-january/

Hm. 1979. The year I was born. Not sure if that makes me vintage or not.

Here’s my first review, ‘Beyond this Horizon’, by Robert A Heinlein.
http://snakeoilreview.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/robert-a-heinlein-beyond-this-horizon/

if you are vintage, then so am I. I was born in ’79 too.

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[...] finished reading A Journey to the Centre of the Earth which I have read as part of the Little Red Reviewer’s Vintage Sci Fi (not a challenge).  I don’t suppose this story needs much introduction really.  In a [...]

Well, this isn’t from 79 I’m afraid. Hope still okay. My thoughts on A Journey to the Centre of the Earth:
http://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/a-journey-to-the-centre-of-the-earth-by-jules-verne/
Not chosen my next one yet!
Lynn :D

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Another week, another Hugo Winner. This book is often held to be the “Worst book to win the Hugo”:

They’d Rather Be Right, by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley, 1954
http://bluefairysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/01/theyd-rather-be-right.html

My latest, and it does seem to be popular this month as well, ‘The Time Machine’, by H.G. Wells:

http://snakeoilreview.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/h-g-wells-the-time-machine/

Hello
Just wanted to add my latest, Positronic Man – which I loved!
Lynn :D
http://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/the-positronic-man-by-isaac-asimov/

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Have you listened to Orson Welles’ radio dramatization of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds? Fascinating!
http://darkcargo.com/2012/01/15/welles-wells-war-of-the-worlds-radio-drama/

[...] was for last September’s YOBC but I didn’t get to it until this January, and since LittleRed is doing her Vintage Sci-Fi month I thought the mention now would be [...]

[...] was looking for stuff from our Vintage Sci-Fi period of between the world wars, and found some interesting things, and interesting omissions. [...]

Part 2 of my discussion of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation is now up, another one down for the Vintage SF Month. :)

http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/foundation-group-read-the-conclusion

My post for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is up: http://storiesgeek.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/fahrenheit-451/

Just put up my review of Robert Silverberg’s Pulp SF novella collection, Hunt the Space-Witch! Deliciously entertaining.

http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/hunt-the-space-witch-robert-silverberg

Just posted my review of H.G. Wells’ collected short stories. This kept me busy for a while!

http://snakeoilreview.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/h-g-wells-the-complete-short-stories/

Here is my first review for the challenge this month, my thoughts on Watership Down: http://alsgeekbanter.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-watership-down.html

Oops, forgot to post my Hugo Winner from earlier this week!

Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein, 1956
An actor is press-ganged into interstellar politics; I really liked this one!
http://bluefairysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/01/double-star.html

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Another one, this time it’s Arthur C. Clarke’s ‘Against the Fall of Night’.
http://snakeoilreview.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/arthur-c-clarke-against-the-fall-of-night/

Woo! I’m on a roll!
4th book to win the Hugo Award: ‘The Big Time’ by Fritz Leiber
Short, but had fantastic prose. It’s a small, personal story about mistrust and human nature, except the characters are all part of a Time War, and are drawn from across human history. Plus there’s aliens.

http://bluefairysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/01/big-time.html

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Something that has been missing from science fiction is the old pulp round robin story. My comments can be found (http://sciencefictiontimes.blogspot.com/2012/01/story-with-18-writers.html.

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[...] reading The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin, and yay, just in time to get one more in for the Vintage Science Fiction month (January) as well as The 2012 Science Fiction Experience (through February).  And also one [...]

One last one, The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin: http://storiesgeek.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/the-dispossessed/ Thanks for a great month!

My second review for the challenge, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams:

http://alsgeekbanter.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-hitchhikers-guide-to-galaxy.html

One more Hugo winner to close out the month:
A Case of Conscience, by James Blish, from 1958

http://bluefairysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/01/case-of-conscience.html

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[...] January, I participated in Vintage Sci-Fi Month, hosted by The Little Red Reviewer.  I hadn’t read much older sci-fi before, and this event served as a great introduction!  I [...]

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Nice! I’ve been reading *really* vintage stuff, myself: E.E. Smith’s “Skylark” series, and some older Andre Norton and the like. Good times!

Yes, I think I’m in! I’m over at http://www.coffeeandabookchick.com/2012/12/the-2013-sci-fi-experience.html

and I need to update the post with this banner and pic as well!

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My first review of 2013 is now posted. It is the second book in the Perry Rhodan series. Original publishing date: 1961.

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Hey
Watched Alien last night and couldn’t resist a post. Yes, I know, this isn’t really reading is it (well, it’s not reading at all full stop – it’s watching/viewing) – but it is vintage! And it’s VERY good!! And I couldn’t resist. And it’s definitely science fiction. But… I know I’m being a cheater so delete if you think not okay for VSF. :D
Lynn
http://lynnsbooks.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/alien-by-ridley-scott/

absolutely not cheating, media 100% counts! Also, Alien is one of my all time favorite movies! :D

After a brief stomach virus setback, I got my first post up! Damon Knight’s Analogue Men. I assume this is the best place to pimp a link, so here goes!
http://twodudesff.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/nygsf-analogue-men

My first review is up! The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein: http://overtheeffingrainbow.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/review-moon-is-harsh-mistress-by-robert_7.html

LOVED IT.

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Just reviewed At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs–1922, so I think that counts as vintage. :) http://marveloustales.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/a-familiar-story-at-the-earths-core/

I’ve reviewed Of Men and Monsters from 1968. It’s by William Tenn. It’s about a future where the human race has been reduced to living like rats in the walls of a conquering race of giant aliens. I liked it.

http://readywhenyouarecb.blogspot.com/2013/01/were-all-just-rats-in-walls-of-men-and.html

Decided to go with Andre Norton and Sargasso of Space (Solar Queen #1). First post.

[...] And for some more vintage sci-fi reviews, check out the Vintage SciFi Not-a-Challenge over at the Little Red Reviewer. [...]

My first entry for the year is Edmond Hamilton’s 1950 City at World’s End.

Second entry: Group Discussion Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (Parts I & II)

http://www.impressionsofareader.com/2013/01/book-discussion-dragonflight-by-anne.html

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My review of (what I could read of) A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs: http://overtheeffingrainbow.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/review-princess-of-mars-by-edgar-rice.html

For my Sunday entry I’m continuing with Andre Norton. “Andre Norton: Storm Over Warlock (Forerunners, Book #1)” This will be my last entry about Norton’s works. :)

http://www.impressionsofareader.com/2013/01/andre-norton-storm-over-warlock.html

Hi, here is my review of Catseye by Andre Norton, my first book read for your vintage experience: http://susanflynn.blogspot.ca/2013/01/vintage-reads-and-women-of-genre.html Thanks for hosting this
‘not a challenge” :-)

I just reviewed my first book for this year’s Vintage SF Month, The Time Traders by Andre Norton:

http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.com/the-time-traders-andre-norton

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Hello there!

My latest post the conclusion of: Group Read of Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (Parts III & IV).

http://www.impressionsofareader.com/2013/01/book-discussion-dragonflight-by-anne_17.html

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This should come up automatically, but here’s a link to Red Moon and Black Mountain, by Joy Chant. It’s fantasy, but it’s old and obscure, so hopefully Little Red won’t smite me.
http://twodudesff.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/red-moon-and-black-mountain/

old and obscure is the best!

I’m a little late to the party, I’m afraid, but I didn’t actually get much time to read during January. Here’s my review/discussion of Berserker, by Fred Saberhagen, published in 1963.
http://ps-ana.com/2013/01/20/berserker-the-wolves-of-space/

Posted a review of Randall Garrett’s Murder and Magic, the first Lord Darcy short story collection published in 1979, but all the stories were published earlier in Analog or otherwise. Alternate history + magic + murder mystery.
http://rightbroad.blogspot.com/2013/01/vintage-sf-randall-garretts-murder-and.html

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I reviewed The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov, a cross genre novel blending mystery and science fiction.

http://bitterteaandmystery.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-caves-of-steel-isaac-asimov.html

Just read and reviewed Earth Abides. Nothing like a little end of the world to help pass those winter days…

http://nashvillebookworm.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/review-earth-abides-by-george-r-stewart/

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Just posted my review of “The Radiant Dome”

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Just finished The Poison Belt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

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Second book! Shakespeare’s Planet by Clifford D. Simak

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I’m finally getting into gear on this, so here’s Ira Levin’s The Boys from Brazil – http://fightstart.blogspot.jp/2014/01/the-boys-from-brazil.html

[…] taking the F train down to Brooklyn and buying some old sci-fi from Singularity and Co. January is Vintage Sci-fi month, after all. It is probably just as well I no longer live in New York. I used to work one subway […]

Strictly speaking, not a review, but everyone loves looking at newly-acquired stacks of vintage books, so here are some notes on my latest haul from Singularity and Co, sci-fi bookstore in Brooklyn: http://genrebending.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/new-pile-of-old-books/

all I have to say about stacks of newly required stacks of vintage books is POST MORE PICTURES. Cuz I love this kind of stuff! :D

Will do! I am a big fan of ‘book porn’ myself.

I’ve read a bunch, but written little so far–here’s my first title, Rendezvous with Rama: http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2014/01/rendezvous-with-rama.html

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Third book: Dangerous Visions #3 by Harlan Ellison, ed

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, by PKD: http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2014/01/flow-my-tears-policeman-said.html

Boy was that a weird one. :D

Zamyatin’s We: http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2014/01/we.html

ooh, that is one I’ve been meaning to get to for ages!

At this rate ALL the cool kids will have read it before you have…

http://fightstart.blogspot.jp/2014/01/we.html

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#5 Triumph by Philip Wylie (1963)

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Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – my first one for the event, but not the last!
http://irrelevant-scribble.blogspot.cz/2014/01/roadside-picnic-by-arkady-and-boris.html

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The short science-fiction story “Visitor” from Will Eisner’s The Spirit: http://tomtificate.wordpress.com/2014/01/25/will-eisners-the-spirit-visitor/

Other Times, Other Worlds by John D. MacDonald A particularly good short story collection.

[…] Sci-fi Month before it’s over, but as always, if you need more vintage goodness, head to Little Red Reviewer’s blog. Big thanks to Little Red for hosting this vintage sci-fi experience and for letting me read some […]

My last post for Vintage Sci-fi month (doubt I’ll have time for one more before the month is over): A Different Light by Elizabeth A. Lynn. http://genrebending.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/vintage-sci-fi-month-a-different-light-by-elizabeth-a-lynn/

[…] late than never, I guess. January is the Vintage Science-Fiction Non-Challenge month hosted by Little Red Reviewer. I had intended to read a few more vintage sci-fi novels during the month to participate, but the […]

And so, to round out the month, Kobo Abe’s Inter Ice Age 4 – http://fightstart.blogspot.jp/2014/01/inter-ice-age-4.html

Probably my last read for this year’s event: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

My last title: Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky: http://howlingfrog.blogspot.com/2014/01/roadside-picnic.html Excellent book!

[…] thanks to all of you who participated in Andrea’s Vintage Science Fiction Month in January as well. I did a poor job of participation on that front, having not yet finished the […]

I had such a good time! Here’s my Wrap-Up Post.

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