Imposing Aurealis HQ is in Melbourne, Victoria, and we’re in full-on lockdown now, so quality reading is more important than ever. Here’s our next instalment in trawling the past to bring you books that you may have overlooked, others may have underrated, and we all may have forgotten.
- Overlooked: The Luck of Brin’s Five, by Cherry Wilder (1977). Rich, detailed, knotty.
- Underrated: Alamut by Vladimir Bartol, (1938 in Slovenian; 2004 in English). Unsettling, mesmerising, profound
- Forgotten: Winter’s Tale, by Mark Helprin (1983). Inventive, imaginative thoughtful.
In our efforts to suggest titles for your CovidDays reading, here are three more books you may not have considered, along with our customarily pithy three word teasers:
Overlooked: The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg (1972) – disturbing, absorbing, unique.
Underrated: Ubik, by Philip K. Dick (1969) – quirky, entertaining, phildickian.
Forgotten: Synners by Pat Cadigan (1991) – punchy, dense, trenchant.
To help everyone find some good SF&F reads in these straitened times, the Aurealis editors will be offering an irregular series of ‘Overlooked, Underrated and Forgotten’ titles for your attention.
Here are our three for today:
Overlooked – Replay by Ken Grimwood (1986). Poignant, thought-provoking, life-changing.
Underrated – The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers ( 1983). Rollicking, twisty, entertaining.
Forgotten – The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett ( 1955). Moving, powerful, sensitive.
Contributions welcome for the threefold ‘Overlooked, Underrated and Forgotten’ list – and don’t forget your three word teasers!