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Although, seriously, I think that New Wave speculative fiction embodies the best qualities of science fiction -- asking hard questions about the character and future of human society, and not just about the next generation of gadgets. Roger Zelazny's Dream Master (or, if you insist, "He Who Shapes") was sort of a turning point for me when it comes to the ability of science fiction to go beyond merely entertaining genre writing.
bluetyson, what Philip Jose Farmer are you reading? I've read the Riverworld books and a few others, such as The Wind Whales of Ishmael, but there are big holes.
I read Riverworld stuff a long time ago, and wasn't really a huge fan. I want to track down The Other Log of Phileas Fogg, as I can't remember if I ahve read it or now.
My to read list is a bit more than moderately long unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it :)
Just to address the initial post from some time ago, I also was very impressed with Dream Master. I read it just a short while ago and really loved how overstuffed it was, the automated car ride, the superintelligent seeing eye dog - all this fascinating extra stuff besides the actual premise of the story.
My favorite new wave writer would still have to be Robert Silverberg. Not really an innovator, but he took the staple premises of SF and added greater character development, a more frank attitude towards sex and an upgrade in the quality of prose.
It's probably best you read about it directly:
One of the really cool things about it is they have a section at the end of each item explaining all the allusions that Zelazny made. While I get most of them - I wouldn't enjoy reading him if I didn't - some go over my head.
Some of the short stories were never published, others only in an obscure place, so it's cool to read them. Ditto with his poems & some are corrected or have different versions. I'm not into his poetry, but it's still interesting.
The books are $30 each, which is tough to bear, but I've found them worth every penny. I've reviewed the first two & will start the third as soon as I've finished To Ride Hell's Chasm. The one bad thing about really nice books is I don't like to take them with me to work, so I only get to read them at night, which is often limited.
I'm thinking To Die in Italbar...
Possibly in Feb10, a 7th book, a bibliography, is going to be released. It should have thumbnails of all the cover art. Since several of his stories were based on paintings that are now very difficult to find, it should be worth getting. It was one of my complaints about the other collected works books. They'd mention a story was based on a painting, but didn't show it. Apparently that was partially a publishing cost & a fair use issue.
Does anyone own a copy of Here there be dragons and Way up high? I've read both stories, but on day I'd love to own the book so I could see the pictures. Apparently the book was long delayed because both the artist & the writer wanted too much money. It was finally published in a limited edition & seems to cost well over $100 when it does come up for sale. Too rich for my blood.