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Social norms have collapsed. Colin Charteris, a young Serbian who has been working in UN refugee camps in Italy, travels to England… where he falls under the influence of the hallucinogenics and finds himself hailed as a prophet by the pharmaceuticalized populace. Preaching a trippy Gurdjieffian gospel, Charteris could usher in a utopian social order… or perhaps his movement will help European civilization utterly devolve. In this experimentalist, poetic work, a year-old boy rescues a baby girl when her mother dies in childbirth.
He raises her in a world devoid of other humans. What has happened? Are Sam and An being studied by them? Who is leaving them messages — and what do the messages mean? As An grows older, sexuality introduces itself to this strange idyll. One by one, fourteen human colonists, none of whom understands their collective mission, are transferred to the planet Delmak-O — which is populated by gelatinous cubes who offer advice in the form of I Ching-like anagrams. A naturalist, a linguist, a geologist, a theologian, a physician, a pyschologist, and so forth: They are each eccentric and disgruntled, particularly once they begin to die off.
What is the factory-like building towards which they are drawn? Are they trapped in a maze — being observed and experimented upon? Lost fans, read this one. Fun fact: Except for Ubik , this is the book Dick most frequently references in his Exegesis. In the near future Bob Shairp, writer and dreamer and government worker, agrees to be a guinea-pig in a military experiment — to determine whether a human being can be reconstituted like orange juice.
However, as his persona is being uploaded to computer tapes in the form of data, his body is accidentally destroyed. Fun fact: The pieces collected here had appeared elsewhere, in various forms, previously. The first US edition was published in by Grove Press, after an earlier edition was cancelled because the publisher feared lawsuits.
The book inspired the Joy Division song of the same name from their album Closer. As riots break out in the streets, the government introduces psychoactive drugs into the drinking water; Tichy escapes to the sewers beneath the hotel, only to be evacuated several times — each of which turns out to be a hallucination — and then shot, and placed by doctors into a cryogenic coma.
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He wakes up in a transformed world; Lem is affectionately parodying H. Has the world become an overpopulated hellscape threatened by a new Ice Age? Fun facts: First published along with a collection of short stories shown above. Operating under the influence of Philip K. Dick, LeGuin wrote an uncanny, thought-provoking novella about George Orr, a Portland, Oregon man who has begun self-medicating in an attempt to prevent himself from dreaming. For everyone else, things have always been the way they are now. Visiting the well-meaning psychologist and sleep researcher Dr.
Unforeseen consequences ensue. For example, in an effort to dream about peace on Earth, Orr conjures up a fleet of invading alien spacecraft… which does unite humankind, but at what cost? The protagonist of this proto-postmodernist philosophical novel, Dr. In the near future of the s, politics have become fragmented to the point of neo-tribalism, mainline churches have become secularized to the point of banality or else overly dogmatic, and liberals and conservatives alike are prone to shocking acts of what they imagine to be justified violence.
Meanwhile, African Americans stage an armed uprising, and college-educated young whites gather in swamp communes. When chaos engulfs Paradise, More retreats to an abandoned motel… with three beautiful women. A certain type of Episcopal girl has a weakness that comes on them just past youth…. They fall prey to Gnostic pride, commence buying antiques, and develop a yearning for esoteric doctrine. When Jack Kirby left Marvel Comics for DC in , he launched a science-fictional epic revolving around aliens with superhuman abilities arriving on Earth.
These proto-postmodernist comics are a volatile admixture of religion the character Izaya evokes the biblical Isaiah , ancient-astronaut theories, sci-fi technology the Boom Tube, the Mobius Chair, the Mother Box , and s culture the Forever People are cosmic hippies. Truly awesome. Fun fact: The Fourth World storyline was intended to be a finite series, which would end with the deaths of the characters Darkseid and Orion.
In the distant future, a medieval-style way of life has risen from the ashes of civilization. Scavengers scour the ruins for power blades, energy cannons, and airboats. When news comes that the North plans to deploy scavenged alien automata against the South, a brooding poet-warrior, Lord tergeus-Cormis, travels with a mercenary, Birkin Grif, in search of a mad dwarf who is expert in ancient weaponry. The adventurers encounter mechanical birds, brain eaters, and a wizard of sorts; and they discover that a complex, lethal technology from the past lives on.
This is an affectionate, but also sardonic reimagining of the fantasy genre — nothing is resolved, things get murkier instead of more clear, heroes are unheroic. After the incidents, universally assumed to have been an alien visitation, bizarre artifacts have been discovered. So he embarks on one last mission, a quixotic effort to make everything come out right. Fun facts: Roadside Picnic was refused publication in book form in the Soviet Union for eight years due to government censorship.
Three subtly interlinked stories set on Ste. Anne and Ste. Croix — twin Earth-colony planets circling one another. Though not his first novel, Wolfe considered it his first good one. Raw materials are running out, and insects and micro-organisms have become resistant to efforts to eradicate them. Disaster could be averted if world governments and the wealthy were willing to make sacrifices; instead, the rich live obliviously in gated communities while the right-wing US administration, headed by an idiot president, is in thrall to corporations seeking only to maximize shareholder value.
The media, meanwhile, focuses on entertainment and delivers fake news. Environmental and social-justice activists are dismissed as un-American hippies. We learn all of this through fractured vignettes about multiple characters, headlines, reports. As both government and corporate services break down, and as food is poisoned, rioting and civil unrest sweep the United States.
Cause and effect are out of whack, here; ambiguity is the whole point. He does stop a peace conference — violently — though. There are other Cornelius stories, too. Selig has failed to develop meaningful relationships, or to carve a purposeful place for himself in society. Barry N. Evans, the surviving astronaut, in an insane asylum — and interrogates him. What went wrong?
He killed the Captain; the Captain tried to kill him; Venusians killed the Captain; there are no Venusians; he is the Captain, disguised as Evans. Was there a Captain, in the first place? Or is he just insane? Fun facts: Beyond Apollo won the inaugural John W. Detractors claimed that this was an insult to the memory of Campbell, the Golden Age sci-fi author and editor whose name was synonymous with the wonder of space exploration.
Vaughan, a car-wreck enthusiast who heads up a kind of sex cult of fellow fetishists. What does Margherita Erdmann, former star of a traveling sado-masochistic sex show, know about the device? Why do the Schwarzkommando, African rocket technicians brought to Europe by German colonials, worship the V-2? Slothrop discovers that he may have been experimented on, as an infant; does this have something to do with German occult warfare shenanigans?
Plus: silly songs, s pop culture references, kazoos. A typically dystopian, disorienting, and dashed-off Philip K. The year is ; in the aftermath of a Civil War, the USA has become a police state; African-Americans have been all but exterminated; college students have become underground guerrillas; people use their smartphones to seek hook-ups via the Phone-Grid Transex Network and advice via Cheerful Charlie, an app ; and recreational drug use has been normalized. The titular policeman? Fun fact: Winner of the John W. Shevek, a brilliant young physicist, lives on the peaceful anarchistic planet Anarres, whose inhabitants value voluntary cooperation, local control, and mutual tolerance.
The downside of this utopia is an entrenched bureaucracy that stifles innovation, particularly if it seems to challenge the prevailing political and social ethos. So he relocates to Urras, a nearby world Annares is its moon where disruptive new theories and technologies are welcomed. When Helward leaves the city, he discovers how truly strange the outside world is; time itself works differently, within the city vs. Also, he finds himself pulled southward by a mysterious, ever-increasing force. What is actually going on? A checkerboard-like medieval kingdom is housed on a circular plane balanced atop a pillar that emerges from The Deep, an abyss inhabited by an entity known as The Leviathan.
The Visitor is a kind of recording angel; was it sent here by Leviathan God? If not, what is its purpose? Is this all some kind of puppet show or game? One is reminded not only of George R. His earliest novels, however, including Beasts and Engine Summer , were science fictions. By reintroducing cultural and language differences, for example, or even by encouraging the underpeople to revolt.
Rod McBan the st, a young farmer on the planet Norstrilia — which had long ago been colonized by Australians, and which alone produces the immortality drug stroon — comes to the attention of the Instrumentality because of his unusually powerful, yet difficult-to-control psionic abilities. Sympathizing with the underpeople, Rod sacrifices his fortune for them. Dhalgren is set in Bellona, somewhere in the American Midwest Kansas? Some readers including Philip K. Someone should make a movie!
Our protagonist, Robert Laing, lives in-between these two characters; although he aspires to be as coolly uninvolved as Royal, Laing gets caught up in and enjoys the regressive mayhem: fighting in gangs, raiding and vandalizing other floors, killing pets, taking women. Yes and no. PS: Almost forgot to mention that there is a destructive interplanetary war, between Triton and Earth, too.
Our unnamed protagonist, however, refuses to buy into this nonsense. What the would-be colonists fail to realize is that our protagonist is a bad-ass who cannot be controlled. When the others pursue her, she opens up a can of whoop-ass. Finally, she records recollections of her life — and feminist musings on the nature of subjectivity — among other things, as she wastes away. Fun fact: Samuel R. Whose motivations Fred finds opaque. Also, this is a neo-noir crime novel — one in which we sympathize with the criminals, who are spirited free-thinkers, and despise the manipulative, cold-hearted cops.
When Fred is sent to a detox facility, he cracks the secret of Substance D… too late? But the appeal of Jimbo — an all-American, snub-nosed, freckle-faced punkoid wandering through Dal Tokyo, a planet-wide sprawl of a city founded on Mars by Japanese and Texans — is timeless. Jimbo is a high-lowbrow antihero, equally at home in the pages of the L.
Panter is now working on a collection of his Jimbo mini-comics. Before William Gibson, Iain M. In the year , four hundred years after the human race was displaced from the Earth by alien invaders who consider aquatic mammals more advanced , humankind scrabbles for survival on the Moon and other off-world colonies. Lilo and her clones are soon embroiled in a plot to battle the invaders… using a black hole!
Meanwhile, whoever has been sending information via the Hotline suddenly demands payment. Vonda N. In the far future, many years after a devastating nuclear war, genetic manipulation of plants and animals is routine, and humankind has reverted evolved into a neo-tribalist social order. Hers is a picaresque journey involving a desert-dwelling dreamsnake-venom addict, a handsome young lover, an abused year-old girl, a giant bandit, a character whose sex is never specified, and many hallucinations.
The novel version won the Hugo Award. James Tiptree Jr. Where to begin? Here on Earth, a group of troubled men and women with telepathic abilities are being studied like lab rats by the paranoid, drug-addicted Dr.
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Dann, as part of a US Navy experiment; Dr. Omaili, with whom Dr. Dann falls in love, is a computer scientist of African descent who has been unable to make meaningful connections since her teens, due to a ritual cliterodectomy administered by her stepfather. The minds of Dr. Dann, Dr. But what can they do to stop the Destroyer? Already well-known for her sci-fi stories, Up the Walls of the World was her first novel. A beautifully written, trippy novella set in a post-apocalyptic America, where relics of the past confound and amaze our protagonist, young Rush That Speaks.
This reader could have happily explored Little Belaire and its traditions along with Rush That Speaks for a longer stretch, but when Once a Day, the girl he loves, absconds to live with a cat-like society called Dr. Boots — from which he will never fully recover. I like these books, too, but strongly urge science fiction fans to revisit his early work. Octavia E. Dana, who is married to a white man in the present, discovers in the past her own ancestors — a white planter and a black freewoman who has been forced into slavery.
Fun facts: Kindred was a bestseller, and remains popular today; it is often chosen as a text for community-wide reading programs and high school and college courses. It was adapted as a graphic novel by Damian Duffy and John Jennings. In the capital city of a planet within a galactic empire dominated by humans and humanoid aliens known as Bergs , a mercurial private investigator, John DiFool, is nearly murdered by masked assassins.
Doro, who was born in Egypt during the reign of the Pharaohs, intends to breed a race of telepaths under his control; he has been collecting people with unusual abilities and breeding them, and Anyanwu is his next target. The chance finding of an ancient relic gets Riddley involved in this momentous struggle… and sends him on the run! Hoban is best known as the author of Bedtime for Frances , ill. Superhumans living anonymously among us use pop culture to stay in touch with one another; the pulp novels of Philip K. Dick may be on to something; the writings of Heraclitus, Schopenhauer, Freud and Jung must now be recontextualized.
Fat sets off, with a few friends, to find answers: about God, suffering, art, the mind, the secret history of humankind, and — naturally — about David Bowie, particularly his movie The Man Who Fell to Earth. Fun fact: VALIS is the first installment in a never-completed trilogy of novels fictionalizing the philosophical explorations Dick made into this experience via a rambling treatise, The Exegesis.
In the 22nd century, the titular judge-jury-and-executioner character and his colleagues police Mega-City One, which is subdivided into gigantic towers known as City Blocks stretching from Boston to Key West. Hundreds of millions of Mega-City One citizens are killed, and ninety percent of the city is captured — while Dredd tries to organize a guerrilla resistance movement. Failing that, he must consider the option of completely obliterating East Meg One! Illustrated by David Lloyd.
In the near future, following a nuclear war, the United Kingdom has become a fascist state run by the Norsefire Party. V, we discover over the course of the graphic novel, was imprisoned in a Norsefire concentration camp and experimented upon… which led him to develop superhuman strength, reflexes, and endurance. I cannot wait to read this book and highly recommend readers go out and pick up a copy.
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Britty is also part of the Pocket Podcast Network , which has a number of really funny and quality podcasts. I am still hard at work on the reboot of The Shape Shifter Chronicles and it is going really, really well. I already set up a page for Dwelling of Ekhidna as well. It also allows me to set up pre-orders for upcoming new releases. So my friend, Lyssa Chiavari, has been setting up pages for the reboot. There are already pages for the first two books and the links for Sere from the Green are already live.
Through Storm and Night is up and the links will be going live over the next couple of days. I was at Indy PopCon over the weekend one of my favorite cons. While there, I was given the opportunity to participate in an impromptu book podcast with Hypable Books, which was just posted. The interview was a lot of fun to do and my best friend was there, which made it even more special. Thankfully, the hosts were amazing and the experience was incredibly fun.
I am so excited right now. When I started writing, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have covers like the ones Najla Qamber designed for the series reboot. There is a race that lives among humans, unbeknownst to them, called shape shifters, those that can shift from human to animal at will. Many protect the innocent on Earth and act as the eyes and ears of the guardians, divine beings similar to gods in ancient myths. Isis is a woman who lives a normal life until the day she photographs a murder scene for her job.
When the body disappears from her photographs, Isis is determined to solve the mystery. Her investigation uncovers answers about her own past and sets her on a journey that will change her life forever. The Meadows is home to the guardians, a race of beings similar to the deities in ancient mythology.
They watch over the Earth from their serene lands, keeping everything in check. For millennia, it has been peaceful. However, in the beginning, there was a great war. A war with Chaos, a war that is still remembered in the legends of the guardians and shape shifters. When an old alliance is reforged, the Four are thrown into another mystery. An urban legend has begun to spread among shape shifters. It tells of a mysterious woman who stalks the night, hunting her victims. Clothed all in black, some even claim her eyes glow. The protectors are about to discover the truth behind the stories.
A list of names connected to the sinister Grenich Corporation and a massacre at a nightclub puts them on a collision course with the mysterious woman, known only as Blitz. Hers is a tale of revenge and death, of blood and violence. She holds the answer to the mystery of the glowing-eyes. Will the protectors survive their inevitable encounter with the wrathful woman? A brutal attack on the rebel Lair signifies an escalation in the war against Grenich.
The guardians strict policy of neutrality means the shape shifters must reforge old alliances with other species. However, the blood feuds between the two different species are not easily forgotten. Meanwhile, the Four try to figure out a way to strike at Set. A question looms over them: can experiments learn how to be protectors, even when it goes against all their instincts? The answer could determine the outcome of the war against Grenich. The reboot will be released on October 31st. The series is going to be released through Snowy Wings Publishing.
All professionally edited and with new material, bringing you deeper into the worlds of the shape shifters and guardians. Sere from the Green is already with the editor and Through Storm and Night is coming along beautifully. I cannot wait for readers to dive right back into the world. So, the reboot will be released in the late summer all four books will be re-released at once. However, there is going to be a cover release in June. She has brought the Four to life and I could not be more pleased with her work.
The cover reveal is happening on June 14th and I could really use some help getting the word out. So if anyone is interested in helping reveal some badass women, Snowy Wings Publishing has a sign up sheet:. Lauren Jankowski A fantasy novelist specializing in strong heroines, because there are never enough. Skip to content. Hello loyal readers! Thankfully, the phenomenal Britty Lea gathered an extraordinary crew and came up with something truly special: A very special thanks goes to Britty Lea personal website and Facebook and the cast and crew for making an action-packed trailer and showing Blitz wreaking havoc.
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