Archive for the ‘overviews’ Category

The State of the Project

12 April 2010

I’ve failed in two ways, and then again, not at all. I have not read or watched as much as I had hoped – after a fertile January of reading marking ground me to a crawl – and I have written nothing of what I have done here. In part that is because of the Bastid Modem, which refuses to communicate with certain URLs, WordPress being several of them. As I am likely to be doing more work in libraries and a big evil multinational coffee shop that has free wifi, this may well change.

At the end of April, I have a study leave which I am going to dovetail into the Summer, and I will be reading and watching as if it has gone out of fashion. Dave’s bed in the middle room is acting as a library, with piles of 1970s papebracks in alphabetical order, and I’ve compiled a list of shortlisted novels based or the Hugos and Nebulas (BSFA Awards may yet be added). This is a long list – and what is shocking but not surprising is how much by women is not on this list. I am torn between the important (the short listed) and the significant (that by women), or possibly the other way round.

In part the head ache is caused by the notions of cultural history, which in new historicist terms would be based on accounts from the margins – which is arguably all of sf – or in terms of history from below is the marginalised voices of women, non-whites, gays, the working class etc. Obviously any account of 1970s sf that doesn’t include Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind is going to a be a little askew, and indeed not very useful. I can’t tell the story by simply looking at (what I consider to be) the subversive. The trick is working out where all the pieces fit.

Meanwhile, happenstance and luck plays its part along with skill. I remembered a story featuring Paddington Bear in one of the Blue Peter annuals, and this will be central to one of chapters I’ve plotted, for reasons which do not need exploring at this juncture. Of course, I had the first twenty of the Blue Peter annuals until it was patiently explained to me that I no longer needed these. A visit to a local secondhand book shop yielded a Paddington Bear Blue Peter Story Book, including said story, but the completist in me led me to seek out a copy of the actual annual. Successful at this hunt, I now need to look for several more to deal with Bleep and Booster, which I don’t actually recall seeing or reading, although I knew of their existence.

Today I’ve seen the last of the Planet of the Apes movies, Battle for the Planet of the Apes (J. Lee Thompson, 1974), a couple of episodes of Battlestar Galactica and read Tau Zero. More Anderson on the pile for tomorrow. I will write about some of the foregoing.

My current word count is 26,000 words, good news if my total is 100,000, even better if it's 80,000 (I must check).


The State of the Project

22 March 2009

I see this blog as a thinking aloud space, whilst I research and complete a book on 1970s sf. as such there is always going to be a bit of a trade off – if I include everything then why read the book, but I might want feedback on a key idea or two that shapes the book. Equally, it won’t go in, simply because it’s here.

I note this because of two thoughts I had yesterday. The first is the sausage to fortune, and the role that Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy is likely to play in the introduction – both as a text in Paul Magrs’s Strange Boy, a coming of age novel set in the north east, and as I something I watched in my grandparents’ maisonette. I think that if I acknowledge that I am uncovering my own childhood I might be able to avoid the sense that somehow I am travelling into myself as I conduct the work. Especially as it is very much a text about interior travel.

(We pause and consider how little work I conducted today on the article about queer YA sff I need to write, in which Strange Boy has a central role.)

Secondly – and Invisible Enemy could almost become a subtitle to Solar Flares right now – I was reading the start of a book yesterday that has helped the theme of the book really come into focus. The book, incidentally, is Stephen Paul Miller’s The Seventies Now: Culture as Surveillance, and one sentence in particular leapt out and unfolded into bloom. Certainly it gives me a frame for a good half of the chapters. For now I will pass over the sentence in silence.

But I have for the first time the glimpse of the figures that Michelangelo was to free from the marble blocks.

Meanwhile, here are two things I wrote in my general blog, Mock Mocha Mocker (although it was called something different back then), which was the state of my thinking in April 2007.

‘SF has not been much fun of late. All forms of pop culture go through doldrums; they catch cold when society sneezes. If SF in the late Seventies was confused, self-involved, and stale, it was scarcely a cause for wonder’ [Bruce Sterling]

And yet, and yet – I’ve been thinking about seventies sf for a number of years now, and I’ve written articles on three neglected figures of the period: Coney, Cowper and Compton. I’ve always felt that there was a book in it somewhere but whether anyone is interested enough to read it remains to be seen.

But I’m being drawn to the decade again, and I’m looking at this large block of marble, prepared to make the first chip. I’m sure there’s a statue there somewhere, but where?

I’m thinking that the seventies was the period when sf first truly escaped from being the property of white, bourgeois boys – after civil rights, after women’s rights, after gay rights, Something Changed. Sf became a venue for new political visions. The New Wave(s) had refreshed its voice, but now it had something to talk about. After all, it could hardly be about going to the moon.

The last thing I want to write about is the death of sf. (‘It may not be the worst thing that ever happened to sf that it died.’) But certainly the dinosaurs of First Sf were sorry relics who had been out evolved. And with four or five blockbuster films (Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters, Alien) there was sf around, even if it wasn’t the kind we were looking for or (and this is just me thinking aloud here) some of it was all too much like the First SF we told ourselves we’d outgrown. Sf writers weren’t competing for our beer money any more, but for the money we spent on lunchboxes.

What would a history of seventies sf look like, if these are indeed the parts of the statue in the marble? I don’t want to just write about exceptions. The mainstream stuff needs examining too. (‘Obviously the stuff I’m interested in is the radical subversive marginal stuff, because I’m a radical subversive margin.’ And so forth. Special cases don’t make a history, they make a special pleading.)

Is this sf as a postcolonial literature before the neo cons/roms returned in the 1980s?

So sf is dead, right, it’s in the doldrums by the seventies – after all, we’ve put a man (two men) on the Moon. (That’s where Aldiss and Wingrove begin their account, in Trillion Year Spree, with responses to the moon landing.) Agenda sf, if you will, is dead. But there are those writers of the Gernback-Campbell Continuum who are still writing (Campbell dies in the early 1970s – 1971): Heinlein gets flabby and oversexed, Asimov returns with a singleton before lapsing into silence until the late trilogies, Herbert adds to the Dune mythos, Clarke writes about Rama, one of many Big Dumb Objects of the period, and so on. Business as usual, just less frequently. Even Dick has slowed down.

The British New Wave crowd, faced with the entropy extending even to New Worlds’s circulation, have diversified into novels, which sometimes look less and less like sf as they deal with car crashes and traffic islands, and the alien planet is Earth. Even Doctor Who is Earthbound and paralysed. Meanwhile, a bandwagon is creaking into life: as Tolkien dies so the industry takes off, fueled by the growing role playing game craze and the first of many publications of material Tolkien himself would never have published. There is a fantasy boom – the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, Thomas Covenant, a book about rabbits and another about seagulls. Sf is dead, right?

Well, hardly. It’s not showing the hard sf concerns it once did to the same extent, but instead it takes on a political edge [Okay, yes: sf dealt with McCarthyism and the Cold War in the 1950s, and was hardly ignoring politics in the 1960s, but it takes on a more vital role post-1969 I’d argue.] as a barometer of the times. So, let’s see: the fag end of the Vietnam War, which lurches into genocide in Cambodia. The fall of Nixon. The oil crisis. Carter’s single term in the White House and the hostage crisis. In the UK, growing trouble in Northern Ireland and bombing campaign in England. The three day week. The winter of discontent. The election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister – which is followed by Reagan becoming president and a new twist in the Cold War. (I think I’m going to have to limit it to Anglophone sf – so Australia, Canada and New Zealand need a broadstroke history, too.)

The sf of the age will presumably have reflected these issues – somewhere along the line – and other concerns of the age, such as ecology and environmentalism. Also key to the period is the ongoing fight for equality for women, blacks and gays, with Tiptree, Butler and Delany being vital exemplars. Le Guin really comes of age, although Left Hand of Darkness is outside of the period proper, it only just is, and its ruminations on gender signal the confusions of the age. As do Heinlein’s genderbendings of I Will Fear No Evil and “The Number of the Breast”, for that matter.

At the same time, the iconography of Agenda Sf was being recycled (very green) in the imagery associated with various branches of popular music and, most visibly, the high concept, blockbuster movie of which Star Wars is the most prominent example, and The Empire Strikes Back forms a convenient bookend for the end of the decade (and a contrast with 2001: A Space Odyssey). The pessimism of the second film in the trilogy perhaps finds other echoes in Blake’s 7 and Battlestar Galactica. Meanwhile there were a whole raft of respected (and not so respected) raft of mainstream writers who were using sf tropes in their novels – Pynchon, Hoban, Burgess and so forth – leaving a sense that sf was going far beyond its fannish base.


18 February 2009

I felt I needed a phrase for “the seventies ending, you know the one where it’s sort of downbeat, but you can’t be sure, because there’s no real sense of resolution.” Amidst much waving around of hands.

I pondered the model of eucatastrophe and its twin, dyscatastrophe, coined unless I miss a guess in Tolkien’s essay on fairy stories. What I’m after would appear to be ambicatastrophe. Only that slots together Latin and Greek (like television), which is a no no. Amphicatastrophe seems to be the beast – although as a tame Greek colleague spluttered, none of these words are legal. You can’t shove a prefix like that on an already compound word.

I’ve muttered something about it being good enough for Heidegger, but that might not be company I wish to keep.

18 February 2009

Edited to add:

I’ll quote J.R.R. Tolkien, from On Fairy-Tales, and thus blame him for the barbarism of the Greek:
The consolation of fairy-stories, the joy of the happy ending: or more correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous “turn” (for there is no true end to any fairy-tale): this joy […] is a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. It does not deny the existence of dyscatastrophe, of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.
What we have in most narratives is a situation which is threatened, and characters who therefore experience a reversal of fortune, or peripeteia which is then resolved. In tragedy, which Tolkien seems to be placing fairy-stories in opposition to, there is clearly a (dys)catastrophe, a death, but which leads to catharsis in the viewer/reader. For the eucatastrophe, it seems as if a second peripeteia is required, producing not quite catharsis, but the notion of grace and the potential of salvation. My notion of the amphicatastrophe is that there is no second reversal – and no salvation – and if there is catastrophe, it is not accompanied by catharsis. The amphicatastrophe resists any notion of being consolatory.

10 March 2009

Films: Towards a Master List

11 July 2008

This is a list of sf films from 1970 to 1980 which I intend to watch:

  • The Andromeda Strain (1970)
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
  • Blood of Frankenstein (1970)
  • City Beneath the Sea (1970)
  • Crimes of the Future (1970)
  • Gas-s-s-s (1970)
  • The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
  • I Monster (1970)
  • No Blade of Grass (1970)
  • THX 1138 (1970)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971)
  • Diamonds are Forever (1971)
  • Earth II (1971)
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
  • Glen and Randa (1971)
  • Horror of the Blood Monsters (1971)
  • The Omega Man (1971)
  • Percy (1971)
  • Punishment Park (1971)
  • Quest for Love (1971)
  • Silent Running (1971)
  • Solaris (1971)
  • The Boy who Turned Yellow (1972)
  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  • Death Line (1972)
  • Doomwatch (1972)
  • Frogs (1972)
  • The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972)
  • Night of the Lepus (1972)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
  • The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
  • Day of the Dolphin (1973)
  • The Final Programme (1973)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1973)
  • Horror Hospital (1973)
  • It’s Alive (1973)
  • The Mutations (1973)
  • Phase IV (1973)
  • Sleeper (1973)
  • Solyent Green (1973)
  • Westworld (1973)
  • Zardoz (1973)
  • The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)
  • Damnation Alley (1974)
  • Dark star (1974)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  • Shivers (1974)
  • The Stepford Wives (1974)
  • Terminal Man (1974)
  • Who? (1974)
  • Young Frankenstein (1974)
  • Black Moon (1975)
  • A Boy and his Dog (1975)
  • Bug (1975)
  • Death Race 2000 (1975)
  • Doc Savage – The Man of Bronze (1975)
  • The Giant Spider invasion (1975)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  • Rollerball (1975)
  • King Monster (1976)
  • Ape (1976)
  • At the Earth’s Core (1976)
  • Embryo (1976)
  • Food of the Gods, The (1976)
  • Futureworld (1976)
  • God Told Me To (1976)
  • Logan’s Run (1976)
  • Man Who Fell to Earth, The (1976)
  • Aliens from Spaceship Earth (1977)
  • Brain Leeches, The (1977)
  • Brain Machine, The (1977)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  • Crater Lake Monster, The (1977)
  • Damnation Alley (1977)
  • Deadly Harvest (1977)
  • Demon Seed (1977)
  • Empire of the Ants (1977)
  • End of the World (1977)
  • Foes (1977)
  • Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1977)
  • Glitterball (1977)
  • Hardware Wars (1977)
  • Incredible Melting Man, The (1977)
  • Island of Dr Moreau, The (1977)
  • Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)
  • Last Dinosaur, The (1977)
  • People That Time Forgot, The (1977)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • Alien Factor, The (1978)
  • Alien Zone (1978)
  • Alpha Incident, The (1978)
  • Astronot Fehmi (1978)
  • Boys from Brazil, The (1978)
  • Capricorn One (1978)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  • Superman (1978)
  • Warlords of Atlantis (1978)
  • Alien (1978)
  • Alien Encounter, The (1979)
  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Black Hole, The (1979)
  • Brood, The (1979)
  • Clonus Horror, The (1979)
  • Dark, The (1979)
  • Darker Side of Terror, The (1979)
  • Day It Came to Earth, The (1979)
  • Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
  • Mad Max (1979)
  • Meteor (1979)
  • Monster (1979)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • Phantasm (1979)
  • Quatermass Conclusion, The (1979)
  • Shape of Things to Come, The (1979)
  • Spaceman and King Arthur, The (1979)
  • Stalker (1979)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Time After Time (1979)
  • Alien Dead (1980)
  • Alligator (1980)
  • Altered States (1980)
  • Apple, The (1980)
  • Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
  • Captive (1980)
  • Contamination (1980)
  • Day Time Ended, The (1980)
  • Falls, The (1980)
  • Final Countdown, The (1980)
  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  • Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
  • Island Claws (1980)
  • Lifepod (1980)
  • Psychotronic Man, The (1980)
  • Saturn 3 (1980)
  • Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Superman II (1980)
  • Novels: Towards a Master List

    11 July 2008

    This is a list of sf novels (and collections) published between 1970 and 1980, largely drawing on awards and awards shortlists. This is excluding what I will call (but not define) slipstream and (some) fantasy. Think of it as a reading list:

  • Anderson, Poul, Tau Zero (1970)
  • Clement, Hal, Starlight (1970)
  • Compton, D G, Chronocules (1970)
  • Compton, D G, The Steel Crocodile (1970)
  • Heinlein, Robert A, I Will Fear No Evil (1970)
  • Lafferty, R A, Fourth Mansions (1970)
  • Niven, Larry, Ringworld (1970)
  • Russ, Joanna, And Chaos Died (1970)
  • Saxton, Josephine, Vector for Seven: The Weltanschaung [sic] of Mrs Amelia Mortimer and Friends (1970)
  • Silverberg, Robert, Tower of Glass (1970)
  • Tucker, Wilson, The Year of the Quiet Sun (1970)
  • van Vogt, A E, Children of Tomorrow (1970)
  • Adlard, Mark, Interface (1971)
  • Anderson, Poul, The Byworlder (1971)
  • Bass, T J, Half Past Human (1971)
  • Cowper, Richard, Domino (1971)
  • Eklund, Gordon, The Eclipse of Dawn (1971)
  • Farmer, Philip, To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971)
  • Gutteridge, Lindsay, Cold War in a Country Garden (1971)
  • Harrison, M John, The Committed Men (1971)
  • Harrison, M John, The Pastel City (1971)
  • Lafferty, R A, The Devil Is Dead (1971)
  • Le Guin, Ursula K, The Lathe of Heaven (1971)
  • Lessing, Doris, Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971)
  • McCaffrey, Anne, Dragonquest (1971)
  • Moorcock, Michael, The Warlord of the Air (1971)
  • Pedlar, Kit and Gerry Davis, Mutant 59: The Plastic-Eater (1971)
  • Pery, Walker, Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World (1971)
  • Saxton, Josephine, Group Feast (1971)
  • Silverberg, Robert, A Time of Changes (1971)
  • Simak, Clifford D, Destiny Doll (1971)
  • van Vogt, A E, Quest for the Future (1971)
  • Wilhelm, Kate, Margaret and I (1971)
  • Zelazny, Roger, Jack of Shadows (1971)
  • Adlard, Mark, Volteface (1972)
  • Anderson, Poul, There Will Be Time (1972)
  • Asimov, Isaac, The Gods Themselves (1972)
  • Brunner, John, The Sheep Look Up (1972)
  • Compton, D G, The Missionaries (1972)
  • Coney, Michael, Mirror Image (1972)
  • Cowper, Richard, Clone (1972)
  • Effinger, George Alec, What Entropy Means to Me (1972)
  • Gerrold, David, When Harlie Was One (1972)
  • Gunn, James E, The Listeners (1972)
  • Malzberg, Barry N, Beyond Apollo (1972)
  • Moorcock, Michael, An Alien Heat (1972)
  • Moorcock, Michael, Breakfast in the Ruins (1972)
  • Moorcock, Michael, The English Assassin (1972)
  • Priest, Christopher, Fugue for a Darkening Island (1972)
  • Silverberg, Robert, Dying Inside (1972)
  • Silverberg, Robert, The Book of Skulls (1972)
  • Simak, Clifford D, A Choice of Gods (1972)
  • Spinrad, Norman, The Iron Dream (1972)
  • Stableford, Brian, The Halcyon Drift (1972)
  • Williamson, Jack, The Moon Children (1972)
  • Zebrowski, George, The Omega Point (1972)
  • Aldiss, Brian, Frankenstein Unbound (1973)
  • Anderson, Poul, The People of the Wind (1973)
  • Ballard, J G, Crash (1973)
  • Clarke, Arthur, Rendezvous with Rama (1973)
  • Coney, Michael, Friends Come in Boxes (1973)
  • Coney, Michael, Syzygy (1973)
  • Cowper, Richard, Time out of Mind (1973)
  • Dickinson, Peter, The Green Gene (1973)
  • Gerrold, David, The Man Who Folded Himself (1973)
  • Gutteridge, Lindsay, Killer Pine (1973)
  • Heinlein, Robert A, Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long (1973)
  • Lessing, Doris, The Summer Before the Dark (1973)
  • Merle, Robert, Malevil (1973)
  • Niven, Larry, Protector (1973)
  • Pynchon, Thomas, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
  • Simak, Clifford D, Cemetery World (1973)
  • Stableford, Brian, Rhapsody in Black (1973)
  • Tennant, Emma, The Time of the Crack (1973)
  • Tiptree, James, Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home (1973)
  • Watson, Ian, The Embedding (1973)
  • Anderson, Poul, Fire Time (1974)
  • Ballard, J G, Concrete Island (1974)
  • Bass, T J, The Godwhale (1974)
  • Charnas, Suzy McKee, Walk to the End of the World (1974)
  • Compton, D G, The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974)
  • Cowper, Richard, The Twilight of Briareus (1974)
  • Dick, Philip, Flow My Tears the Policeman Said (1974)
  • Disch, Thomas M, 334 (1974)
  • Dozois, Gardner, Strangers (1974)
  • Eklund, Gordon, All Times Possible (1974)
  • Harrison, M John, The Centauri Device (1974)
  • Jones, D F, The Fall of Colossus (1974)
  • Le Guin, Ursula K, The Dispossessed (1974)
  • Lessing, Doris, The Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)
  • Moorcock, Michael, The Hollow Lands (1974)
  • Moorcock, Michael, The Land Leviathan (1974)
  • Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle, The Mote in God’s Eye (1974)
  • Pedlar, Kit and Gerry Davis, Brainrack (1974)
  • Pisechia, Doris, Star Rider (1974)
  • Priest, Christopher, The Inverted World (1974)
  • Stableford, Brian, Promised Land (1974)
  • Stableford, Brian, The Fenris Device (1974)
  • Stableford, Brian, The Paradise Game (1974)
  • Tennant, Emma, The Last of the Country House Murders (1974)
  • Adlard, Mark, Multiface (1975)
  • Anderson, Poul, A Midsummer Tempest (1975)
  • Ballard, J G, High-Rise (1975)
  • Bester, Alfred, The Computer Connection (1975)
  • Bishop, Michael, A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire (1975)
  • Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Heritage of Hastur (1975)
  • Coney, Michael G, Brontomek! (1975)
  • Coney, Michael, Charisma (1975)
  • Coney, Michael, Hello Summer Goodbye (1975)
  • Cover, Arthur, Autumn Angels (1975)
  • Crowley, John, The Deep (1975)
  • Delany, Samuel R, Dhalgren (1975)
  • Doctorow, E L, Ragtime (1975)
  • Gutteridge, Lindsay, Fratricide is a Gas (1975)
  • Haldeman, Joe, The Forever War (1975)
  • Harding, Lee, A World of Shadows (1975)
  • Lee, Tanith, The Birthgrave (1975)
  • MacLean, Katherine, The Missing Man (1975)
  • Malzberg, Barry N, Guernica Night (1975)
  • McIntyre, Vonda N, The Exile Waiting (1975)
  • Mitchison, Naomi, Solution Three (1975)
  • Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle, Inferno (1975)
  • Pedlar, Kit and Gerry Davis, The Dynostar Menace (1975)
  • Russ, Joanna, The Female Man (1975)
  • Shaw, Bob, Orbitsville (1975)
  • Sheckley, Robert, Options (1975)
  • Silverberg, Robert, The Stochastic Man (1975)
  • Simak, Clifford D, Enchanted Pilgrimage (1975)
  • Sky, Kathleen, Birthright (1975)
  • Stableford, Brian, Swan Song (1975)
  • Tiptree, James, Warm Worlds and Otherwise (1975)
  • Wilson, Robert Anton, Leviathan (1975)
  • Wilson, Robert Anton, The Eye in the Pyramid (1975)
  • Wilson, Robert Anton, The Golden Apple (1975)
  • Zelazny, Roger, Doorways in the Sand (1975)
  • Amis, Kingsley, The Alteration (1976)
  • Bova, Ben, Millennium (1976)
  • Butler, Octavia, Patternmaster (1976)
  • Delany, Samuel R, Triton (1976)
  • Gotlieb, Phyllis, O Master Caliban! (1976)
  • Haldeman, Joe, Mindbridge (1976)
  • Harding, Lee, Future Sanctuary (1976)
  • Herbert, Frank, Children of Dune (1976)
  • Holdstock, Robert, Eye Among the Blind (1976)
  • Jeter, K W, The Dreamfields (1976)
  • Moorcock, Michael, The Adventures of Una Persson and Catherine Cornelius in the Twentieth Century (1976)
  • Moorcock, Michael, The End of All Songs (1976)
  • Piercy, Marge, Woman On The Edge Of Time (1976)
  • Pohl, Frederik, Man Plus (1976)
  • Pratchett, Terry, The Dark Side of the Sun (1976)
  • Randall, Marta, Islands (1976)
  • Sargent, Pamela, Cloned Lives (1976)
  • Silverberg, Robert, Shadrach in the Furnace (1976)
  • Simak, Clifford D, Shakespeare’s Planet (1976)
  • Tennant, Emma, Hotel de Dream (1976)
  • Vonnegut, Kurt, Slapstick or Lonesome No More! (1976)
  • Watson, Ian, The Jonah Kit (1976)
  • Wilhelm, Kate, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976)
  • Williamson, Jack, The Power of Blackness (1976)
  • Aldiss, Brian, Brothers in the Head (1977)
  • Benford, Gregory, In the Ocean of Night (1977)
  • Bradley, Marion Zimmer, The Forbidden Tower (1977)
  • Budrys, Algis, Michaelmas (1977)
  • Butler, Octavia, Mind of my Mind (1977)
  • Carr, Terry, Cirque (1977)
  • Dick, Philip, A Scanner Darkly (1977)
  • Dickson, Gordon R, Time Storm (1977)
  • Gaskell, Jane, Some Summer Lands (1977)
  • Haldeman, Joe, All My Sins Remembered (1977)
  • Holdstock, Robert, Earthwind (1977)
  • Jones, D F, Colossus and the Crab (1977)
  • Kilworth, Garry, In Solitary (1977)
  • Martin, George R R, Dying of the Light (1977)
  • Moorcock, Michael, The Condition of Muzak (1977)
  • Niven, Larry and Jerry Pournelle, Lucifer’s Hammer (1977)
  • Pohl, Frederik, Gateway (1977)
  • Scott, Jody, Passing for Human (1977)
  • Simak, Clifford D, A Heritage of Stars (1977)
  • Strugatsky, Arkady and Boris, Roadside Picnic (1977)
  • Varley, John, The Ophiuchi Hotline (1977)
  • Watson, Ian, Alien Embassy (1977)
  • Watson, Ian, The Martian Inca (1977)
  • Zebrowski, George, Ashes and Stars (1977)
  • Zebrowski, George, The Monadic Universe (1977)
  • Aldiss, Brian, Enemies of the System: A Tale of Homo Uniformis (1978)
  • Ballard, J G, The Unlimited Dream Company (1978)
  • Benson, Donald R, And Having Writ… (1978)
  • Bova, Ben, Colony (1978)
  • Butler, Octavia, Survivor (1978)
  • Charnas, Suzy McKee, Motherlines (1978)
  • Chayefsky, Paddy, Altered States (1978)
  • Cherryh, C J, The Faded Sun Trilogy (1978-1979)
  • Cowper, Richard, The Road to Corlay (1978)
  • Kilworth, Garry, The Night of Kadar (1978)
  • McCaffrey, Anne, The White Dragon (1978)
  • McIntyre, Vonda N, Dreamsnake (1978)
  • Moorcock, Michael, Gloriana (1978)
  • Priest, Christopher, Palely Loitering (1978)
  • Reamy, Tom, Blind Voices (1978)
  • Sheckley, Robert, The Alchemical Marriage of Alistair Crompton (1978)
  • Simak, Clifford D, Mastodonia (1978)
  • Simak, Clifford D, The Fellowship of the Talisman (1978)
  • Sterling, Bruce, Involution Ocean (1978)
  • Tiptree, James, Star Songs of an Old Primate (1978)
  • Turner, George, Beloved Son (1978)
  • Varley, John, The Persistence Of Vision (1978)
  • Vidal, Gore, Kalki (1978)
  • Vinge, Joan, The Outcasts of Heaven Belt (1978)
  • Watson, Ian, Miracle Visitors (1978)
  • Benford, Gregory, Timescape (1979)
  • Bova, Ben, Kinsman (1979)
  • Buffery, Judith, Saffron (1979)
  • Buffery, Judith, The Sheeg (1979)
  • Butler, Octavia, Kindred (1979)
  • Clarke, Arthur, The Fountains of Paradise (1979)
  • Cowper, Richard, Profundis (1979)
  • Crowley, John, Engine Summer (1979)
  • Disch, Thomas M, On Wings of Song (1979)
  • Disch, Thomas M, The Brave Little Toaster (1979)
  • Dodderidge, Esme, The New Gulliver or The Adventures of Lemuel Gulliver Jr. in Capovolta (1979)
  • Fairburns, Zoes, Benefits (1979)
  • Jeter, K W, Morlock Night (1979)
  • Kilworth, Garry, Split Second (1979)
  • Pohl, Frederik, Jem (1979)
  • Varley, John, Titan (1979)
  • Watson, Ian, God’s World (1979)
  • Watson, Ian, The Very Slow Time Machine (1979)
  • Wilhelm, Kate, Juniper Time (1979)
  • Williamson, Jack, Brother to Demons Brother to Gods (1979)
  • Broderick, Damien, The Dreaming Dragons (1980)
  • Buffery, Judith, Gringol Weed (1980)
  • Buffery, Judith, The Iron Clog (1980)
  • Butler, Octavia, Wild Seed (1980)
  • Charnas, Suzy McKee, Vampire Tapestry (1980)
  • Compton, D G, Ascendencies (1980)
  • Ford, John M, Web of Angels (1980)
  • Gearheart, Sally Miller, The Wanderground: Stories of the Hill Women (1980)
  • Niven, Larry, The Ringworld Engineers (1980)
  • Pohl, Frederik, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980)
  • Sargent, Pamela, The White Death (1980)
  • Saxton, Josephine, The Travails of Jane Saint (1980)
  • Silverberg, Robert, Lord Valentine’s Castle (1980)
  • Simak, Clifford D, The Visitors (1980)
  • Stallman, Robert, The Orphan (1980)
  • Sterling, Bruce, The Artificial Kid (1980)
  • Tevis, Walter, Mockingbird (1980)
  • Varley, John, The Barbie Murders (1980)
  • Varley, John, Wizard (1980)
  • Vinge, Joan, The Snow Queen (1980)
  • Wolfe, Gene, The Shadow of the Torturer (1980)
  • Bryant, Edward Particle Theory (1981)
  • Tiptree, James, Out of the Everywhere and Other Extraordinary Visions (1981)
  • Holdstock, Robert, In the Valley of the Statues (1982)
  • Varley, John, Demon (1984)