Ossus Library Index Science Fiction Books

SCIENCE FICTION ARCHIVE

The list of books below were read between 1988 and 1995, rated at that time, but not reviewed. Eventually, I may get around to re- reading them -definitely for the good ones!

The ratings in this section may not be too accurate, as the rating system has been changed, and my tastes and maturity have evolved since I read most of these books.

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DOUGLAS ADAMS
THE HITCH-HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
A comedy science fiction series. Mood has a lot to do with liking books. I know that just about everybody who read this series thought it was laugh out loud funny, but I don't think I laughed more than a handful of times. My apologies to those who liked it.
1 star+ 1. THE HITCH-HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Read 1994-05-05 to 1994-05-07
1 star+ 2. THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE
Read 1994-05-07 to 1994-05-12
2 stars 3. LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING
Read 1994-05-18 to 1994-05-21
1 star+ 4. SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR THE FISH
Read 1994-05-24 to 1994-05-28
1 star 5. MOSTLY HARMLESS
Read 1994-05-30 to 1994-06-04

ISAAC ASIMOV
I've read a lot of Asimov, which is listed on the main menu, but here is a collaboration with Robert Silverbarg:
2 stars NIGHTFALL (with Robert Silverberg)
Read 1992-06-22 to 1992-06-30

ARTHUR C. CLARKE
Clarke has written some great stuff, but I didn't like this one in the slightest. I read it as part of a high school reading group. Expectations might have had something to do with it.
1 star CHILDHOOD'S END
Read 1989-04-04 to 1989-04-09

MICHAEL CRICHTON
This is the only Crichton book I've read. It was much better than the movie it spawned, including a much spookier SF ending.
3 stars SPHERE
Read 1989-05-29 to 1989-06-02

PHILIP K. DICK
This guy writes some really strange science fiction stuff -but strangely enjoyable, too!
2 stars BLADE RUNNER (DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRONIC SHEEP?)
Read 1995-02-27 to 1995-03-06
3 stars UBIK
1993-06-08 to 1993-06-10

WILLIAM GIBSON
The future of the internet -connecting through jacks in our heads, and to each other -is shown eerily in this science fiction book.
2 stars NEUROMANCER
Read 1995-03-16 to 1995-03-23

DAVID HARTWELL, CLIFTON FADIMAN
Before I got tired of short stories, there was this gigantic book!
2 stars THE WORLD TREASURY OF SCIENCE FICTION
Read 1990-07-17 to 1990-08-26

FRANK  and BRIAN HERBERT
I didn't enjoy this book supposedly about an alien civilization.
1 star MAN OF TWO WORLDS
Read 1993-07-15 to 1993-07-26

MICHAEL P. KUBE-MCDOWELL
THE TRIGON DISUNITY
I was disappointed by the first book in this SF trilogy, not realizing it was a trilogy. If I could find it again (called Emprise), I think I would enjoy it better now. The rest of the books were more to my liking.
3 stars 2. ENIGMA
Read 1988-04-17 to 1988-05-13
3 stars 3. EMPERY
Read 1988-06-09 to 1988-06-20

STANISLAW LEM
Another author of strange science fiction, on the level of Philip K. Dick.
2 stars THE FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS
Read 1993-06-06 to 1993-06-07

GEORGE ORWELL
Another classic that I did not really enjoy. I just hate it when there is no recourse, and the bad guy wins!
2 stars NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR
Read 1989-04-11 to 1989-04-09

ROBERT SILVERBERG
This was a cool science fiction story, about humanity in the far, far future, recovering from what was probably a nuclear war. There is some strange stuff that seems like magic in here, though, which frustrates the story.
2 stars 1. AT WINTER'S END
Read 1992-05-12 to 1992-05-29
3 stars 2. THE NEW SPRINGTIME
Read 1992-06-03 to 1992-06-18

H.G. WELLS
After reading War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, I thought I liked this author. But after reading about his version of utopia after our planet passes through a comet tail, where all passions are removed, I nearly through the book into the fire. (But then I thought of Fahrenheit 451!) This is as bad as it gets.
0 stars DAYS OF THE COMET
Read 1994-12-21 to 1994-12-30
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