Words, Words, Words

July 27, 1999

Amazon.com has boldly taken a stand in the debate over whether science fiction is better or worse than it used to be. Their "Essential Bookshelf" includes ten "Classic SF" titles, and *37* science fiction paperbacks coming out this month. Every one of their classic s.f. recommendations really is essential reading for the serious s.f. fan (well, maybe not Hyperion, but certainly The Stars My Destination, A Canticle For Leibowitz, Foundation, etc.), so I can only assume that their contemporary recs are equally worthy. To think I've been missing the joys of such work as Prophecy: Book Five of the Blending and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Double Helix: Red Sector! (Three subtitles in one book, for only $5.20 -- I save 20%!)

Of course July may have been a particularly strong month. I hope so; I'm not sure where I'll find the time to read 37 titles a month.

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