We’ll discuss four classic S-F books at Lunacon 2009.
Each book is famous, often reprinted, worth re-reading, worth reading a
first time now. Each discussion will take up one book. You’re welcome
to join in.
These adventures are set in the decline of a Galactic
Empire, ten thousand years or more in the future. Asimov knew Gibbon’s
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and cracked that he had “done a
little cribbin’ from the work of Mr. Gibbon.” But anyone can get an
idea; how did he carry it out?
Rogue Moon (1960)
Probably Budrys’ most famous novel, existential,
gripping, both more and less bleak than it seems, it has love and
learning, death and determination, and as Vladimir Nabokov said, “the
precision of poetry and the passion of science.”
Arthur C. Clarke
The City and the Stars (1956)
The City of Diaspar has lasted at least a billion years.
By advanced technology everyone there has lived many times — except
Alvin. He is beyond his teacher, beyond Khedron the Jester, perhaps
beyond the Central Computer but it does not tell all. What if he keeps
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)
Framed in a time-travel fantasy is a remarkable story of
a benevolent alien bringing advanced technology. Is it distinguishable
from magic? What is the tragic flaw of Hank Morgan? This book is much
more widely popular than the others in our set of four. Why?