It is almost the greatest time of the year again—Vintage Science Fiction Month! Vintage Science Fiction Month is the brainchild of Andrea at The Little Red Reviewer. The gist is simple: read science fiction written before you were born. Write about it in January.
This will be my third year participating in Vintage Science Fiction Month. Previously I have posted on The Tritonian Ring by L. Sprague de Camp, The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, The Beast Master by Andre Norton, The Lord of Thunder by Andre Norton, and Dune by Frank Herbert. Including the movie.
I read Vintage SF all year, broadly speaking, for Throwback SF Thursday, so I try to be a little more focused in my reading for Vintage Science Fiction Month. January has five Thursdays, and I’m shooting for four posts this year. Only I haven’t exactly decided what I will be reading. My thoughts below:
The Related Work
I got a surprise review copy of Nevala-Lee’s history of John W. Campbell’s editorship of Astounding magazine. Otherwise I might have made the mistake of skipping this one. I’ve already read it, and it gave me the inspiration for the only other book I have picked.
Speaking of Astounding…
John W. Campbell gave Asimov his start writing early in Campbell’s career as editor of Astounding, and Asimov gets name-dropped in the subtitle of Nevala-Lee’s book. I asked around for recommendations where to start with Asimov a few weeks ago. But my local used bookstore didn’t have much of a selection, so I ordered a copy of Nightfall and Other Stories, mainly on the strength of Nevala-Lee’s recommendation in his history of Astounding. (The used bookstore I went to while I was in Texas had a much better selection; I could have waited.) I am three stories into this one and very impressed.
Plus Another Astounding Stalwart
SF Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein also gets name-dropped in the subtitle of Nevala-Lee’s book. I polled Twitter and Facebook, but I am still trying to choose among Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and Space Cadet (the three Heinlein books I own but haven’t read).
And Something Else
Past that, I am pretty lost. I do want to read a book I already own. Options include Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp, The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett, and my latest acquisition, The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.