The past is a foreign country, all right, but it’s chock full of great SF&F titles to get us through Corona Days. Here are the latest offerings from the Aurealis Editors, complete with our pithy teasers.
- Overlooked: Darkfall by Isobelle Carmody (1997). Immersive, transfixing, interwoven.
- Underrated: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick (1965). Unsettling, bleak, hallucinatory.
- Forgotten: Out of the Silence by Erle Cox (1925). Ground-breaking, best-selling, Australian.
What better time to read? And, as such, Aurealis is continuing our deep dive into the SF/Fantasy of the past, those books that have been sitting at the back of bookshelves for ages awaiting a re-read. Why not these give a try?
- Overlooked: The Prestige by Christopher Priest, 1995 . Imaginative, intelligent, gripping .
- Underrated: Star Gate by Andre Norton, 1958. Engaging, robust, brisk.
- Forgotten: The Devil’s Elixirs by E T A Hoffmann, 1815 in German, 2009 Oneworld Classics English translation. Macabre, disorienting, labyrinthine.
The past might be a foreign country, but there are plenty of excellent Spec Fic reads to be found there, and aren’t good reads what we all need in these difficult times? Try these, and tell us what you think.
- Overlooked: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (1963) funny, thoughtful, scary.
- Underrated: Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (2002) poignant, touching, powerful.
- Forgotten: And Disregards the Rest by Paul Voermans (1993) quirky, weird, deep.
Here are some more Aurealis reading suggestions, goodies from the past, perfect for pandemic reading – or re-reading. Some of these might take some finding, but they’re well worth it.
- Overlooked: Wormwood by Terry Dowling (1991). Entertaining, Enthralling, Dowlingesqe.
- Underrated: Deryni Rising, by Katherine Kurtz (1970). Thoughtful, deliberate, intricate.
- Forgotten: The Sea and Summer by George Turner (1987). Prescient, incisive, Australian.
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.