This is a yearly reading event held by the Little Red Reviewer, which she started in 2012. She also stresses this is “Not-a-Challenge!” Basically, it’s a chance to read some of the many older science fiction works that are out there. Then write or comment about them on the web. It’s also a great chance to interact with fellow bloggers and science fiction and fantasy readers.
Here’s the Little Red Reviewer:
“My definition of Vintage is anything before 1979, and my definition of Scifi is pretty loose: scifi, sci-fantasy, sword and sorcery, robots, magical swords, near future, far future, pulp scifi adventure, satire, War of the Worlds, Jules Verne, Mary Shelley. . .”
Again, these (not-really)-rules are not set in stone. You can change the year from 1979 to whatever year fits your own definition of ‘Vintage.’ The important thing is to spread some love and appreciation for the oldies. Plus, you might just discover your new favourite writer!
The Big Time (1958) by Fritz Leiber
“Fritz Leiber (1910–1992) may be best known as a fantasy writer, but he published widely and successfully in the horror and science fiction fields. One of his major SF creations is the Change War, a series of stories and short novels about rival time-traveling forces locked in a bitter, ages-long struggle for control of the human universe where battles alter history and then change it again until there is no certainty about what might once have happened.
The most notable work of the series is the Hugo Award–winning novel The Big Time, in which doctors, entertainers, and wounded soldiers find themselves treacherously trapped with an activated atomic bomb inside the Place, a room existing outside of space-time. Leiber creates a tense, claustrophobic SF mystery, and a brilliant, unique locked-room whodunit.”
I’ve heard a lot about this one. It’s been on my TBR pile for a couple of years so this seems like the right time to read it. I’ve read a couple of Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser short stories, but nothing else by him.
The Hounds of Skaith (1974) by Leigh Brackett
“Eric John Stark rides again! Leigh Brackett’s unforgettable science-fantasy hero of The Secret of Sinharat and The Ginger Star cuts a red swath across the brutal planet Skaith.
Having killed the king-dog Flay in his quest to save an old friend and mentor, Stark now wanders the Worldheart in the company of nine ferocious canines that respond to his every command. Ruling the hounds of Skaith means tapping into the savagery of Stark’s own mysterious past, and even a moment’s hesitation could turn the pack against him!”
I read Leigh Brackett’s The Ginger Star last year. I found it to be “exciting space-fantasy mixed with sword and sorcery.” I also really enjoyed Brackett’s 1951 novella Black Amazon of Mars, which I recommend to all!
How about you?
Do you have any Vintage Scifi in your TBR pile that is pleading with you to “read me, please, I’m begging you!”? This is a wonderful chance!