The Endtable Pile

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2017-11-11 15:00:00 No comments

Last weekend I was at my parents' place up in New Jersey, and I dropped a bundle of money on books at the Strand — not once, but twice — as part of my mission to do some more SF/fantasy-oriented reading in the coming year. Here is a tentative list of what I plan to tackle in '18:

  • Gene Wolfe's Book Of The New Sun. This is not exactly of-the-moment — it's from the early 1980s — but it's one of those "influential" and "important" titles I missed when it first came around. I suspect I would have been too young to properly appreciate it at the time, anyway.
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Binti. I've been longing to see a wave of Afro-futurist SF for a long time now, and it finally seems to have arrived — and not just in the form of one author, either. (We had Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delaney before, but now black SF is becoming more of its own recognizable thing.)
  • Liu Cixin's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. This has a very classic Arthur C. Clarke flavor to it, and that's either good news or bad news. Good news in that such stories can be enjoyable and eye-opening when done well; bad news in that they can also come off as dated and retrograde.
  • Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch series. Ditto as per the above.

This is alongside and on top of all the other reading I've got tagged, like The Unbearable Lightness Of Being (one of those "about time I got around to reading it" books) and tons of nonfiction (monographs on Gerhard Richter and James Rosenquist, for instance).

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