…various things. Sometimes, I get started on a book, then start another, then another, and don’t finish any of them within a week or two, sometimes longer. That’s the case this week, I’ve got three books going. Here they are:
A Requiem For Astounding by Alva Rogers. Advent Press, 1964, non-fiction.
I read the review on the fine blog by Jerry House (read it HERE) and just had to find a copy of this. I’ve just started it, but it looks promising.
From The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: “Alva Rogers (1923-1982) US author and artist. Long involved in sf Fandom, he drew the covers for a number of 1940s Fanzines. His Requiem for Astounding (1964), though nostalgic and largely critical, provides a valuable history, rich in story synopses, of Astounding Science-Fiction before the name change to Analog, which it convincingly deplores.” (Malcolm J. Edwards/John Clute)
Paradigm Shifts, Typewritten Tales of Digital Collapse edited by Richard Post, Frederic Durbin and Andrew McFeaters. Loose Dog Press, 2019, short story collection.
I bought this after reading a review on the Black Gate blog. I’ve so far read the first four stories, and am enjoying it. The typeface (font, these days) used is that typically used for typewriters in the day, Courier in most cases, a couple of others in a few cases. It’s used on the cover. That took getting used to, but by the time I finished the first story I was fine with it. The idea here is that there has been a worldwide digital collapse, and nothing involving computers or internet is operable. The response to this disaster (or is it?) varies throughout the stories. It’s the concept here that drew me in, and there is a second book of stories covering the period a little later in the un-digitalizing of the world. Naturally, various authors see things in different ways, which makes this very interesting.
I really enjoyed Goldman’s first two mysteries featuring private investigator Nils Shapiro, Broken Ice and Gone to Dust, so I grabbed this one as soon as I could get my hands on it. A prominent lawyer is brutally murdered, and it seems everyone connected to him wants Shapiro to protect them from suspicion. I won’t tell you more, because I haven’t read far enough to, but expect a review fairly soon.
Meanwhile, what are you reading?