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Monday, February 28, 2011

Discovered authors: 2010

Not been on here for a while and as well as the flu I had a bit of a reading disaster during the Christmas period where I lost all interest (I didnt finish a Arthur C. Clarke book I was trying to read!) But hopefully I'm back on the horse as they say!

Anyway here's a list of authors I discovered for the first time last year.

To begin with there was The Keep, a WWII horror by F. Paul Wilson, which I quite enjoyed. I hope to read other books by this little known author!

Then there was a short SF story by Tony Ballantyne which I read in a new anthology,(The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (Solaris, 2007)) quite good, but I've not come across this author since.

Then finally I got to read a book by Neal Asher,an author of fast paced SF I'd heard a lot about on the SFFChronicles forum. I found one of his stories in the above mentioned anthology so went on the hunt, and found Prador Moon in the library and enjoyed it immensely!

Next I read a well known female author I'd heard a lot about but never, until now, got round to reading- Ursula K. LeGuin.
I had a couple of her paperbacks from Bookmooch.com and read them, or tried to. Trouble is although her work is SF, it reads very much like fantasy (at least these early works do) and the writing style was quite odd in places. As such I didnt finish the second one, (City of Illusions) I'd just had enough!

Then I got an e-book reader and that opened up a whole world of free classics, most of which I wouldnt find in a library! As such I set to reading The Purple Cloud, a 1901 post apocalyptic tale by british author M.P.Shiel, which I downloaded for free from The Purple Cloud at Project Gutenberg

Going back further in SF's history I then downloaded Edison's Conquest of Mars, an official sequel to H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds written by Garret P. Serviss in 1898 which was brilliant, if totally different to what Wells would have written!

Then from 1901 I read A Honeymoon in Space by George Griffith which was fun!

Next up, and a change of direction, I read The City of the Singing Flame, a sort of Lovecraftian horror cum SF tale by Clarke Ashton Smith. You can read that for free here: Clark Ashton Smith portal

More early supernatural stuff from from Ambrose Bierce with his brilliant short horror, An Occurence at Owl Creek.

Then I found some stories by legendary Irish horor meister J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Carmilla is a pre-Dracula horror tale concerning itself with a vampiress!

I then found a really early horror tale,The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, dating from 1764 this was the earliest piece of fiction I've ever read!

Finishing up with some short stories from Rudyard Kipling, that is my list of discovered authors from 2010!


j purdie said...

Glad to hear you've recovered from the flu. It's said summer flu is the worst but it knocks you for six whenever you get it. Funnily enough I haven't been reading too much lately either, but recently have got back into the swing.

A varied list you have there. I've also discovered a lot of writers last year but only Neal Asher - found via your blog - has brought me back for more (currently reading The Technician). I've not heard of Tony Ballantyne either, but his web site (http://www.tonyballantyne.com) says he was brought up in your neck of the woods and currently lives in Oldham.

Larry said...

Yea the Tony Ballantyne story I read mentioned Darlington- it was weird!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're over the flu.

I have the same SF anthology (about to start the 2nd one). Big fan of LeGuin -- worth checking out all her stuff, including the fantasy. Lathe of Heaven, Earthsea, etc.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you've beaten the flu and looking forward to seeing you on the chronicles.

Yes, i very much enjoyed Wilson's works. There are another two books in the adversary cycle that i need to find.

I picked up my first Neal Asher book last week, (the Skinner) and i am enjoying it very much. I'll definately be reading more of his work.

Anonymous said...

Nice list, I hadn't heard about most of those authors (with the exception of Ursula K. Le Guin) so I had to google them, and some of those works look quite interesting, I'll have to check them out.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

Asher gets better and better, that early one is pretty basic.