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Dec 26 2010 10:49am

Hugo Nominees: 1963

Hugo Award 1963The 1963 Hugo Awards were given at Discon 1 in Washington DC. (For earlier posts in this series, see Index.) The Best Novel winner was Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, an alternate history novel considered by many to be Dick’s masterpiece. It’s in print, it’s in my library in English and French, it’s certainly a classic seminal work of science fiction.

I haven’t read it.

There’s a game people play in David Lodge’s novel Small World (perhaps the canonical university professor contemplating adultery novel) where everyone announces something they haven’t read. A literature professor announces that he hasn’t read Hamlet and wins the game but loses his job. I feel a little like that admitting that I haven’t read The Man in the High Castle. Like the guy who hadn’t read Hamlet, I know a lot about it anyway just by cultural osmosis. I know the plot was done using the I Ching. I know it’s set in a Hitler-wins world, and somebody writes a book in it where Hitler loses but the other world is very different from our world. I know enough about it that I could have faked my way through a paragraph about it without admitting I haven’t read it—but I said I was going to say when I hadn’t read things and say why. I haven’t read it because I have read half a dozen assorted Dick novels and hated all of them. I can see that he’s a very good writer but I can’t stand the way his mind works. I gave up on him before reaching this book, but I have so consistently a negative response to his books that I doubt it would change my mind.

There are four other nominees, three of which I have read and one of which I have neither read nor previously heard of.

I complained in last week’s post that Arthur C. Clarke’s A Fall of Moondust (post) was unfairly neglected in 1962’s ballot. Clearly the fans at Discon agreed with me, because they put it on the ballot for 1963, despite 1961 publication. Great book. Great choice. It’s neither in print nor in the library, but it has been in print recently in the Gollancz Masterworks series.

Next is a book I love, H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy (post). It’s out of copyright and downloadable for free, so being in print isn’t an issue. It’s in the library in English. Another enduring classic and great choice.

Now we have Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Sword of Aldones—first woman on the novel shortlist! The Sword of Aldones is the first Darkover book (post)—it’s on the edge of SF and fantasy, introducing that complex world it’s melodramatic and stirring. I read it rather recently—I’d read the rewritten version, Sharra’s Exile and happened to come across a copy of the original. I wouldn’t say it’s an enduring classic, though the world it introduces is definitely still alive.

Last is Sylva by “Vercors”, (a pseudonym for Jean Bruller) a novel translated from French. I am astonished. I mean, okay, this happened the year before I was born and things were different then, but can you imagine seeing a translated novel on the Hugo ballot today? Wow. I hadn’t heard of it. Wikipedia says it’s about a fox who turns into a woman. Fantastic Fiction says it’s about time travelers, Jimi Hendrix, and Jesus. It sounds fascinating. Vercors appears to have been a prolific and well known French writer—he adopted the pseudonym when he was in the Resistance. Sylva isn’t in print in English, nor is it in the library in either language, though several of his other books are. I am fascinated and shall seek it out.

Looked at as a set of five, we have one alternate  history, one really hard SF novel, one anthropological SF novel, one planetary romance, and one very odd translation. I’d say all of them but Sylva have stood the test of time, so this is a pretty good list.

What else might they have considered? Looking at Wikipedia I find: J.G. Ballard’s The Drowned World, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange (published as mainstream), Aldous Huxley’s Island (also published as mainstream) and Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. (YA wasn’t considered at the time, but it is now.) I think any of these would have been good nominees, but none of them really scream out that they were omitted—and mainstream SF and YA really weren’t very likely to be nominated then.

So 1963 looks as if it’s doing okay—these are a varied set of books that are all pretty good and don’t overlook very much.

Other Categories

SHORT FICTION

  • “The Dragon Masters,” Jack Vance (Galaxy, Aug 1962)
  • “Myrrha,” Gary Jennings (F&SF, Sep 1962)
  • “The Unholy Grail,” Fritz Leiber (Fantastic, Oct 1962)
  • “When You Care, When You Love,” Theodore Sturgeon (F&SF, Sep 1962)
  • “Where Is the Bird of Fire?,” Thomas Burnett Swann (Science Fantasy, Apr 1962)

It’s hard to imagine a year so strong that there was something good enough to beat “When You Care, When You Love,” but there it is.

DRAMATIC PRESENTATION

  • no award
  • Burn, Witch, Burn
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • The Twilight Zone (TV series)

I love you, voters of 1963! Remember, we could still do this when faced with dramatic presentation categories that are all rubbish.

PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE

  • F&SF, Robert P. Mills & Avram Davidson
  • Analog, John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Fantastic, Cele Goldsmith
  • Galaxy, Frederik Pohl
  • Science Fantasy, John Carnell

Oh look, Pohl had taken over Galaxy!

PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

  • Roy Krenkel
  • Ed Emshwiller
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Jack Gaughan
  • John Schoenherr

AMATEUR MAGAZINE

  • Xero, Pat Lupoff & Richard A. Lupoff
  • Mirage, Jack L. Chalker
  • Shangri L’Affaires, Fred Patten, Albert Lewis, Bjo Trimble & John Trimble
  • Warhoon, Richard Bergeron
  • Yandro, Robert Coulson & Juanita Coulson

Discon 1 also gave out two Special Awards:

  • Special Award: P. Schuyler Miller for book reviews in Analog
  • Special Award: Isaac Asimov for science articles in Fantasy & Science Fiction

Both of these strike me as excellent choices, both as special award categories and as actual things. Asimov’s science essays in particular were a joy to read and well deserving of a Hugo.


Jo Walton is a science fiction and fantasy writer. She’s published two poetry collections and eight novels, most recently Lifelode. She has a ninth novel coming out in January, Among Others, and if you liked this post you will like it. She reads a lot, and blogs about it here regularly. She comes from Wales but lives in Montreal where the food and books are more varied.

48 comments
Steven Oerkfitz
1. Steven Oerkfitz
Sylva was published in the U. S. as You Shall Know Them. Amazon lists an edition in print. If I remember correctly it is about the discovery of a new species that is intelligent to some degree and the debate about whether they are human or not. It has been 45 years since I've read it so I could be wrong. But Jimi Hendrix? In 1963? I like Philip K. Dick so I find nothing wrong with the selection altho the Bradbury should have been on the short list. It was certainly better than the Bradley. The Dragon Masters also deservedly won but the Sturgeon is one of his best stories.
Rich Horton
2. ecbatan
Let me be the first of a bazillion people who will suggest that The Man in the High Castle is not entirely characteristic of many of Dick's novels -- so if you WERE ever going to try him, that might be the one to try. That said, in all honesty it probably wouldn't change your mind.

This the first year I have a chance to knowledgeably comment on the fanzine, because I have read The Best of Xero. It was excellent, and thus I am happy to endorse Xero's Hugo. By the way, I believe Pat Lupoff may have been the first woman to win or share a Hugo. (One of Xero's regular contributors was Roger Ebert, incidentally.)

For all that I agree that choosing No Award over crap is a good thing, I will say that I enjoyed Last Year at Marienbad when I saw it, some 30 years ago. I tried to skip the subtitles and follow the French with my piddly bit of high school (and 1 semester of college) French, which may have enhanced the mystery of the film.

I will enlarge on the fiction categories a bit later.
john mullen
3. johntheirishmongol
I kinda feel like you do about Philip K Dick. I have read Man in the High Castle, like 30 years ago, and I didn't really like it, and I thought it was long too. This was back when the average novel could't have been been any more than 250 pages. And for some reason, Hollywood has fallen in love with him and made movies out of a ton of his stuff.

Of the others nominated, while I believe A Fall of Moondust should have been nominated the year before, I also feel that defining the categories is important and it should not have been nominated this year.

Funny thing, I got a Kindle for Xmas and was looking for books to download and one of the first two was Little Fuzzy. I loved this book, and I loved reading H Beam Piper. He was a writer who left us much too early. A very sad story.

I have tried a couple of times to read Darkover stories, but never got into them.

I would have nominated the Bradbury book His prose was always impeccable and I think pretty timeless.

Thanks as always Jo, and Happy Holidays. In Irish Mongolia (which is somewhere in SCAdian land) we celebrate every holiday, but with whisky not kumiss.
Steven Oerkfitz
4. joelfinkle
No, Hollywood has not made movies out of PKD's stories. They've made movies out of PKD's titles, and sometimes a concept or two. (I haven't had a chance to watch Through a Scanner Darkly although it's been sitting on my DVR for over a year -- that was supposed to be a better adaptation than most). Sure "Bladerunner" is a movie classic... but it bears little resemblance to "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

I've got higher hopes for High Castle than others, but not holding my breath.

But Jo, please give MitHC a try -- it's very different from Dick's usual hopeless, hapless "is this my reality or yours" -- it's better structured and directed than most of the other PKD I've read.
Steven Oerkfitz
5. Michael F. Flynn
The Man in the High Castle was the first Dick I read. Consequently, I found the remainder dissatisfying in one way or another. I got through The Three Sigmata of Palmer Eldritch and Ubik; but the others were right to note that High Castle was atypical for Dick. Of course, I was just a kid back then, and I may feel differently were I to read them now.
Csilla Kleinheincz
6. kleinheincz
I have read Sylva in Hungarian, and I can confirm that it is a novelette in which a fox, when hunted, turns into a woman. The protagonist takes her in and falls in love with her but deep inside she stays a fox. A haunting story, it is actually one of my favourites. :)
Steven Oerkfitz
7. Doug M.
Is this the first appearance of Vance on an award ballot? He'd been writing for fifteen years or so at that point.

"Dragon Masters" versus "When You Care, When You Love"... dear me. No easy choice.

"Dragon Masters" is one of the longest pieces of 'short fiction' to win this award -- it's a novella, almost a short novel . Meanwile "WYC, WYL" was apparently supposed to be the first piece of a novel that never got written.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's appearance may have had something to do with her marriage to Walter Breen. Breen's banning from the 1962 Worldcon had become a cause celebre that split fandom pretty much right down the middle; voting for his new wife may have been a way for some fans to express their lasting outrage. That's speculation, but this was pretty early in Bradley's career to be on the Hugo shortlist; she wouldn't go on to be a Hugo regular (just one other nomination in 30+ years); and this book is, as you say, not exactly an enduring classic.

It's astonishing that _A Clockwork Orange_ didn't make the list. Was it because it was "mainstream"? (What was the first book published as mainstream to do so?) It's a great book, still in print, and decades ahead of its time.


Doug M.
Steven Oerkfitz
8. Steven Oerkfitz
kleinheincz seems to be correct. I thought Sylva was the same novel as You Shall Know Them but I was incorrect.
Steven Oerkfitz
9. HelenS
Sylva sounds a bit like David Garnett's Lady Into Fox, though as I haven't read either one (tried to read the Garnett once) I could be risibly wrong. But the heroine of Garnett's book is named Silvia. Both are variations on Sylvia, which means "of the woods," so I suppose they would be natural choices for anyone who came up with this sort of story, but all the same one goes hmmm.
Stefan Mitev
10. Bergmaniac
So Last Year at Marienbad is science fiction? I guess you learn something new every day. ;) Or maybe they considered it fantasy, which makes some sense, though I've never thought of it in this way. Excellent film, BTW, if you are into arthouse cinema, extraordinary visuals and set design.

I read The Man in The High Castle ages ago, didn't impress me and hardly remember anything of it now, I much prefer the more typical Dick novels like Ubik or The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch.

I checked and I was astonished to find that the short stories of Cordwainer Smith had never been noinated for a Hugo, except for a Retro Hugo. He wrote so many great ones, and one of the best came in 1962 - The Ballad of Lost C'Mell.
Tex Anne
11. TexAnne
Vercors wrote an sf novel? I read Le Silence de la Mer in my Resistance-lit class--it was so good that I've reread it for fun a couple of times. (FSVO "fun," of course.) Sylva doesn't seem to be in print in France right now, but I'll keep an eye out for it.

I didn't like MitHC either. I read Dick only because he's important...one of the perils of majoring in literature, I suppose.
Steven Oerkfitz
12. josezv
I read somewhere -but I don't remember where- that Last Year at Marienbad was inspired by La Invención de Morel (The Invention of Morel), a science fiction novel by the Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares.
Cathy Mullican
13. nolly
I've found most of the PKD I've read fairly forgettable -- it just doesn't stick with me. I recently audioread The Man in the High Castle as part of my own "read the winners" project, and rather liked it. Would you? I don't know. Might be worth a try, though.
David Levinson
14. DemetriosX
My impression of MitHC is that a great deal of nothing happens. There is PKD I can read and PKD I absolutely can't read. This is in the latter category. I would have voted for Moondust.

Of the short fiction, the only title that I can point to and say I know what this is about is "The Unholy Grail". It's the Mouser's origin story and it isn't all that great to be honest.

Of the dramatic presentations, Burn, Witch, Burn is the second attempt at filming Fritz Leiber's Conjure Wife. As far as I'm concerned, that still hasn't been done right. Marienbad, from what I've read, sounds like everything that Americans hate about European films.

Artists: Roy Krenkel is another who came out of the comics tradition. He worked with Frazetta and Harry Harrison and got a lot of recognition for illustrating Edgar Rice Burroughs for DAW. Jack Gaughan, of course, became one of the premiere SF artists of the 60s and 70s.

Of the fans, both Richard A. Lupoff and Jack Chalker make their first appearance and both would go on to become pros.
Jo Walton
15. bluejo
I'm not going to read it. Dick is one of those writers where I feel I had to gnaw off a paw to escape the last time, you can't get me back into that trap. I have no hesitation saying he's a good writer, as opposed to a bad writer, I'm just not sure he's a good writer as opposed to an evil writer. The way he thinks -- the kind of characters he writes about, the kind of stories he tells, the kind of worlds he builds -- repel me.
Peter Stone
16. Peter1742
I've read a lot of PKD books (but by no means all of them), and there are three that strike me as atypical, and to my thinking better, than the rest of them. These are The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer. And, yes, if you hated all the other PKD books you've read, you probably won't like these, either.
Peter Stone
17. Peter1742
Is there a science fiction equivalent of Hamlet for David Lodge's game (called, if I remember correctly, Embarassment)? The book I think comes closest might be Dune. Or maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (on the grounds that you have to have read some Heinlein, and this is the archetypical Heinlein). But neither of these has the impact of not having read Hamlet.
jon meltzer
18. jmeltzer
The woman in "When You Care, When You Love" is named ... Sylva. Coincidence?

And I would have picked that over "Dragon Masters".
Peter Stone
20. Peter1742
@19: (slapping my forehead) LOTR! Of course!
Joe Romano
21. Drunes
First off, I agree with Steven's question (@1) about Jimi Hendrix. He was certainly playing guitar in 1963, but he wasn't the Hendrix you think about today. The first Jimi Hendrix Experience album wasn't released until 1967 (although Hey Joe was released as a single the year before). So if Sylvia (a book I haven't read) is even a little bit about Jimi Hendrix, it was well before it's time and probably should have won because of that!

The only one of the book winners I have read is The Man in the High Castle so if I were voting today, that's what would get my ballot. I like the idea of Ray Bradbury winning, too, but I can see why Something Wicked This Way Comes didn't make the ballot. One of the reasons I love Bradbury is his ability to capture those nostalgic feelings of childhood. SWTWC is an excellent read, but I think it misses the mark by a tiny bit.

In the short fiction category, I would have gone with The Dragon Masters, too.
René Walling
22. cybernetic_nomad
I can't believe no award won over Last Year in Marienbad – that is such a good film. On the other hand, I totally understand why it didn't win, it's not the most accessible film even though it's brilliant.
Beth Friedman
23. carbonel
I read You Shall Know Them quite a while ago, and I think I still have a copy. It's about a man who has a child with an alien (leaving aside the genetic unlikelihood), then kills the child—solely to determine whether killing the child is considered murder. If it is, then the alien should be considered to have the rights of humans. (IIRC, this all takes place in the the first three pages, so it's not much of a spoiler.)
Steven Oerkfitz
24. HelenS
Apparently Vercors acknowledges Garnett early on: see description in
http://books.google.com/books?id=SKwNtDPBHXEC&pg=PA39.
Rich Horton
25. ecbatan
Of the novel nominees, my clear choice is the actual winner, The Man in the High Castle, which I think a remarkable novel. I have not read Sylva, though I think I will search it out. A Fall of Moondust is fine work, as is Little Fuzzy. And I also enjoyed The Sword of Aldones (more than the later, bloated, MZB novels), but I doesn't really seem a worthy Hugo nominee.

Certainly A Clockwork Orange would have been a strong addition to the nomination field. I think rather less of Island. I haven't read Something Wicked This Way Comes, though I keep hearing it's first rate. Another mainstream novel that might have been worth a look is Naomi Mitchison's Memoirs of a Spacewoman. One might also mention such interesting books as Samuel R. Delany's first novel, The Jewels of Aptor; and Robert Sheckley's The Journey of Joenes. Also another YA novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken.

Of course "The Dragon Masters" is prime Vance, and a worthy Hugo winner.

"The Moon Moth" was actually published in 1961, and we should have mentioned it as a worthy potential nominee for the 1962 Hugos.

I liked "When You Care, When You Love", but it's not my very favorite Sturgeon. And I must confess that I have not read "The Unholy Grail", nor "Myrhha". "Where is the Bird of Fire?" is impressive work by a sadly much neglected writer these days, Thomas Burnett Swann. But even with all these, I'd stick with one or the other Vance for the Hugo.

Other stories worth remembering:
Ursula Le Guin's first genre sale, "April in Paris", which is delightful.
"Cage of Sand" and "The Garden of Time", by J. G. Ballard
"Epilogue", by Poul Anderson
"For Love", another of my favorite Algis Budrys stories
"Hop-Friend", by Terry Carr
"Sail 25", by Jack Vance
"The 64-Square Madhouse", by Fritz Leiber
"The Ballad of Lost C'Mell", by Cordwainer Smith
"The Circuit Riders", by R. C. Fitzpatrick
"The Place Where Chicago Was", by Jim Harmon
"The Streets of Ashkelon", by Harry Harrison

Of those, I would say that "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" surely should have been on the ballot.
Steven Oerkfitz
26. Doug M.
"The Moon Moth" should indeed have been on the ballot -- it's a jewel of a story, and still very readable today. I'd actually put it a whisker ahead of "Dragon Masters", which reads like something from Vance's earlier Campbellian period.

But anyway: Vance was embarking on a decade of great writing. He'd collect another Hugo for it the very next year, with "The Last Castle".


Doug M.
Steven Oerkfitz
27. DarrenJL
For me, PKD's real work always seemed his short fiction. Ubik's the only one of his novels I've ever even been able to finish. I would feel the same way about Clive Barker, if it weren't for Imajica.
Rudi Dewilde
28. BalRatMort
PKD is my number one writer... I can understand why you wonder if he's not an evil writer. I guess you are right about that. But I still love his books... Must be kind of evil myself... :-)

The Man in the High Castle is not my favourite one, but still... I would have voted with the majority on that one.
David Levinson
29. DemetriosX
I was looking at the authors again and the name Gary Jennings jumped out at me (Myrrha). I did some checking and he is apparently the same Gary Jennings who became a rather popular historical novelist. It looks like he continued to write SF through the 70s.
Rich Horton
30. ecbatan
That is indeed the same Gary Jennings.

My favorite Gary Jennings story appeared in F&SF in the early '70s, one of the funniest stories ever, "Sooner or Later or Never Never".
Steven Oerkfitz
31. Rush-That-Speaks
Mitchison's Memoirs of a Spacewoman really should have been nominated. It is amazingly ahead of its time; the first time I read it I assumed it had been written in the late 1970s for the sexual politics alone.

I am glad Last Year at Marienbad was nominated, though it ought to have won.
Bob Blough
32. Bob
Sylva is a lovely short novel about a man in love with a woman who is in reality a fox. There is no mention of Jimmy Hendrix! It was the final novel I collected to complete my reading of the hugo nominated works. I finally found a paperback copy of it in 1980's at the wonderful and hugely lamented A Change of Hobbit Bookstore in Santa Monica. That was a haven for the SF/F reader.

Of the short fction I agree with Ecbatan's list but have to include: "The Man Who made Friends with Electricity" by Fritz Leiber and "Seven Day Terror" by the inimitable R. A. Lafferty.

How they consistantly overlooked Cordwainer Smith's short fiction boggles the mind. For me it would be a three way tie for the Sturgeon, the Vance and "Ballad of Lost C'Mell" with Lafferty and either "The Man who Made Friends with Electricity" or "64-Square Madhouse" by Leiber to fill up a superb short fiction ballot.
Steven Oerkfitz
33. Sovay
Fantastic Fiction says it’s about time travelers, Jimi Hendrix, and Jesus.

Fantastic Fiction has substituted the blurb for Michael Moorcock's Dying for Tomorrow (Moorcock's Book of Martyrs), I have no idea why.
Magenta Griffith
34. Magenta
I am very pleased to find the Minneapolis Central Library owns Sylva and have requested it. This means it is available for inter-library loan, certainly within Minnesota, and possibly from elsewhere. I don't know if you can get it sent to Canada, tho.
Steven Oerkfitz
35. DBratman
David Lodge's "Humiliation" game (that's its actual name) was played in Changing Places, not Small World.

ecbatan @2: Pat Lupoff was the second woman to win a Hugo. The first was Elinor Busby, same category.

joelfinkle @4: I certainly found that the movie of A Scanner Darkly was actually an adaptation of PKD's book, and not just of its title. I agree with you that previous movies did not meet this standard, but I think this one did.

Doug M. @7: Walter Breen was excluded from the 1964 Worldcon, not 1962, so aftereffects from that couldn't have had anything to do with MZB's 1963 Hugo nomination.
Steven Oerkfitz
36. Gardner Dozois
I think the fans got it right this year. As I said earlier, I have a sneaking fondness for A FALL OF MOONDUST, but it doesn't win over THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. In fact (sorry, Jo), nothing else in the novel category even comes close for quality.

"The Dragon Master" is an even clearer winner in short fiction. "When You Care, When You Love" is not my favorite Sturgeon, and even the Fritz Leiber story is weak. "The Moon Moth" is a terrific story, but "The Dragon Masters," which is still wonderful today, gets the nod by a slight edge from me.
Steven Oerkfitz
37. Neil in Chicago
I think I mentioned "last year" that you're getting into my own experience.
My freshman high school English teacher confiscated the Galaxy with the wonderful orange and green Gaughan cover because we were supposed to be reading Kidnapped.
And that Sturgeon was in the Sturgeon issue of F&SF, with a wonderful Emsh cover.
Nancy Lebovitz
38. NancyLebovitz
It's been a while since I've read much PKDick, but I can think of two reasons why you might hate him.

One is a sort of background hopelessness-- his characters don't necessarily lose completely, but their victories are tiny. I think he was more likely to have happy endings in earlier stories, but after reading his later stuff, I suspect (and I know I'm guessing) that they were written for the market.

The other is that Dick strikes me as a by-the-yard writer. His imagination generated quantities of similar weird stuff, and he put it into stories without really doing world-building.
Steven Oerkfitz
39. Doug M.
@35 DBratman: good gracious, you are right. I could have sworn it was '62, but no.

How embarrassing. Thank you for the correction.

-- So she got the nomination fair and square. Okay. Well, good for her.


Doug M.
Steven Oerkfitz
40. Tehanu
All I can say about The Man in the High Castle is that you are missing one of the greatest books I've ever read. It is not typical of Dick's books, so extrapolating from other things of his that you didn't like is pretty much useless. In some ways it's a frightening story -- when I read it for the first time, I stayed up late into the night, and when I woke up the next morning I was literally afraid to get up for fear it might have come true. But it's also one of the most moving, positive, hopeful, humane books ever written, with characters whose confusion, fear, affection, wonder, dismay, and fortitude makes them among the most real people I've ever read about. And I'm sorry for anyone who doesn't get it.
Rich Horton
41. ecbatan
Two fine pieces of short fiction I forgot: Brian W. Aldiss's "Basis for Negotiation" (which presciently anticipated the political arguments about SDI two decades in advance), and Avram Davidson's "The Singular Events Which Occurred in the Hovel Off the Alley Off of Eye Street".

Neither would be my Hugo pick, but both are good stories that deserve remembering.
Steven Oerkfitz
42. Danny Sichel
I wonder, have you tried PKD's short stories instead of his novels? Much easier to deal with, I've found (and even the ones that aren't, are... well, they're shorter!).
Paul Eisenberg
43. HelmHammerhand
Jo, in a weird Bizzaro way, I agree with you about Dick. "Man in the High Castle" is the only one of his novels that I've read, and I really enjoyed it, but at the same time, I've never had the desire to read anything else by him.
Rich Horton
44. ecbatan
At the risk of coming in WAY TOO LATE on the discussion -- not that I haven't posted before! -- I should add one novella from 1962 that I forgot, one which probably is my favorite story from 1962, and which I would argue should have won the Hugo.

I missed it because it's usually regarded as part of a novel, but it works great as a standalone story, and it was first published alone, in the UK magazine Science Fiction Adventures.

So: "The Fullness of Time", by John Brunner. One of the great time travel stories ever. It's the concluding part to Brunner's novel Times Without Number (1962, revised 1969), which would have been a worthy nominee.

The SFA publication was probably missed by most American fans, and the Ace publication of the novel meant that folks wouldn't have thought of the last part as a separate story.

--
Rich Horton
Steven Oerkfitz
45. Denny Lien
As some have noted above, Vercors' SYLVA is a completely different book from his YOU SHALL KNOW THEM. Carbonel has the plot of the latter almost right, with one correction: the female upon whom the protagonist sired the child whose legal status is the crux of the novel is not an (outer space type) alien, but a member of a just-discovered Neanderthaloid race. The first US paperback edition had a descriptive if silly retitling: THE MURDER OF THE MISSING LINK.
John Adams
46. JohnArkansawyer
I'm so late to this party, but Peter1724@16 says something I pretty much agree with, though I'd restate it like this: The Man in the High Castle, A Scanner Darkly, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer are Philip K. Dick's three greatest novels.

I recently loaned out my copy of The Man in the High Castle to a friend, who said he liked it okay, but didn't find it satisfying. The specific example he gave was that, where Dick had the continent of Africa cleared by genocide as an aside, he wanted to read the details.

He's a really good guy, but I found that mystifying and maybe a little appalling.
Steven Oerkfitz
47. neroden
I'm definitely curious as to what the reviewer dislikes about PKD. The background hopelessness is a definite candidate -- I'm not that fond of that myself. A few of his works are so hilarious that that outweighs the hopelessness for me (_Ubik_, "We can remember it for you wholesale", and interestingly _Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep_, which I find weirdly upbeat).

My fiancee is a huge PKD fan, but considers _The Man in the High Castle_ to be really weak. I guess it is genuinely different from his usual work....

_Transmigration of Timothy Archer_ is the *third* of *four* attempts PKD made to write the *same* book. The first two are _VALIS_ and _The Divine Invasion_, and the final one is _Radio Free Albemuth_. After reading all four, my fiancee said "Skip the first three. They're all rough drafts." Interesting but odd.
Steven Oerkfitz
48. Kirsten Schwartz
Talk about late to the discussion--but loving the whole thing--the David Lodge game is "Humiliation"--DBratman is right, and it IS in Changing Places (Small World: some same characters, later in time). In real life, Lodge was at U.C. Berkeley; when I was a staff person there in the early 90's, a prof in my department who had been a prof during Lodge's time said that the game did take place as it does in the book, and the young Shakespeare-scholar professor who must win the game at all costs lost his chance at tenure for insisting he had never read Hamlet. Ha ha ha. Also, Morris Zapp is the pseudonym for Stanley Fish. Man was one of the more readable novels.]

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