2014/07/31

Daneel Lynn 的科幻奇幻必讀書單:外文科幻奇幻小說作品(作者姓氏 A~M)(作廢)

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31.07.14 新增:
Project Itoh(伊藤計劃)、Toh Enjoe(円城塔),《屍者の帝国》 (2012) ◎◎◎◎
伊藤計劃、圓城塔,《屍者的帝國》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.tw/2014/07/2012.html
人類/屍者‧語言/沉默‧意識/無知
你是否曾經思考過,怎麼樣才算是個人?
答案就在--《屍者的帝國》
稀世的故事天才‧伊藤計劃X語言的魔術師‧圓城塔
聯手獻上一場由約翰‧華生領銜主演,縱橫五湖四海的壯闊冒險!
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Poul Anderson, Tau Zero (1970) ◎◎◎◎
A malfunctioning startship continues to accelerate as it nears light speed, and its crew observes relativistic effects, ultimately being carried beyond the time frame of the universe. The cruel circumstances force psychological and interpersonal adaptations. An archetypal example of hard SF with a visionary element. .......
Themes: Fantastic Voyages, Hard SF (pp. 96-7)

Isaac Asimov, I, Robot (1950 c.) ◎◎◎◎◎
艾西莫夫,《我,機器人》
Nine stories from early 1940 Astounding that illustrate Asimov's (and perhaps John W. Campbell's) "three laws of robotics." With the memorable exception of Eando Binder's "I, Robot" (Amazing, 1939), this was the first major break-away from the robots-menace chiche; contrast Frankenstein, Capek's R.U.R., and Miles J. Breuer, "Paradise and Iron" (1930). Asimov broke with another genre cliche in this series by introducing a high-powered scientific thinker who was not male, Susan Calvin. ......
Themes: Robots (pp. 103-4)

Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1951 c.) ◎◎◎◎
埃席克‧艾西莫夫,《基地》
Isaac Asimov, Foundation and Empire (1952 c.) ◎◎◎◎
埃席克‧艾西莫夫,《基地與帝國》
Isaac Asimov, Second Foundation (1953 c.) ◎◎◎◎
埃席克‧艾西莫夫,《第二基地》
Asimov described the gradual fall of a galactic empire and the effort of psychohistorian Hari Seldon to shorten the ensuing Dark Ages by setting up a hidden Foundation in a remote corner of the galaxy, in stories published in Astounding in the early 1940s and collected as Foundation (Gnome, 1951). Other, longer Astounding stories, describing an attempt at reconquest of the Foundation by the last competent imperial general Bel Riose (like Belisarius, who similarly attempted to reconquer the Roman West for the East Roman Emperor Justinian), and an initially successful capture of the Foundation by "the Mule," a mutant not subject as an individual to the statistical "laws of psychohistory," were collected as Foundation and Empire (Gnome, 1952). Finally, two Astounding serials in the late 1940s described the Mule's search for a Second Foundation, established by Seldon as a backup in case something went wrong for the First; these became Second Foundation (Gnome, 1953). ......

Paolo Bacigalupi, Pump Six and Other Stories (2008)  ◎◎◎◎○
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2010/04/pump-six-and-other-stories-2008-c-by.html
保羅‧巴奇加盧比,《六號抽水站》
Bacigalupi's stellar first collection of 10 stories displays the astute social commentary and consciousness-altering power of the very best short form science fiction. The Hugo-nominated "The Calorie Man" explores a post–fossil fuel future where genetically modified crops both feed and power the world, and greedy megacorporations hold the fates of millions in their hands. "The People of Sand and Slag" envisions a future Earth as a contaminated wasteland inhabited by virtually indestructible post-humans who consume stone and swim in petroleum oceans. "The Tamarisk Hunter" deals with the effects of global warming on water rights in the Southwest, while the title story, original to this volume, follows a New York sewage treatment worker who struggles to repair his antiquated equipment as the city's inhabitants succumb to the brain-damaging effects of industrial pollutants. Deeply thought provoking, Bacigalupi's collected visions of the future are equal parts cautionary tale, social and political commentary and poignantly poetic, revelatory prose. -- from Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl (2009) ◎◎◎◎◎
保羅‧巴奇加盧比,《發條女孩》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2010/04/windup-girl-2009-by-paolo-bacigalupi.html
Noted short story writer Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories) proves equally adept at novel length in this grim but beautifully written tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation. Capt. Jaidee Rojjanasukchai of the Thai Environment Ministry fights desperately to protect his beloved nation from foreign influences. Factory manager Anderson Lake covertly searches for new and useful mutations for a hated Western agribusiness. Aging Chinese immigrant Tan Hock Seng lives by his wits while looking for one last score. Emiko, the titular despised but impossibly seductive product of Japanese genetic engineering, works in a brothel until she accidentally triggers a civil war. This complex, literate and intensely felt tale, which recalls both William Gibson and Ian McDonald at their very best, will garner Bacigalupi significant critical attention and is clearly one of the finest science fiction novels of the year. -- from Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

J. G. Ballard, The Drowned World (1962) ◎◎◎◎
Climatic change reverts Earth's ecosystem to early Triassic; an expedition from what remains of the British governement in northern Greenland explores submerged London. The viewpoint character, haunted by dreams of an earlier Eart, battles the leader of looters who land in London, but eventually heads southward into even hotter and wetter realms, "a second Adam searching for the forgotten paradises of the reborn Sun." The mood ...... anticipates New Wave SF, of which Ballard was a primary founder and maker. ......
Theme: Disaster, Evolution (p. 109)

Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory (1984) ○○○○
伊恩‧班克斯,《黃蜂工廠》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2009/07/wasp-factory1984by-iain-banks.html
Frank, no ordinary sixteen-year-old, lives with his father outside a remote Scottish village. Their life is, to say the least, unconventional. Frank's mother abandoned them years ago: his elder brother Eric is confined to a psychiatric hospital; and his father measures out his eccentricities on an imperial scale. Frank has turned to strange acts of violence to vent his frustrations. In the bizarre daily rituals there is some solace. But when news comes of Eric's escape from the hospital Frank has to prepare the ground for his brother's inevitable return - an event that explodes the mysteries of the past and changes Frank utterly. Iain Banks' celebrated first novel is a work of extraordinary originality, imagination and horrifying compulsion: horrifying, because it enters a mind whose realities are not our own, whose values of life and death are alien to our society; and compulsive, because the humour and compassion of that mind reach out to us all. ( from amazon.co.uk)

Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn (1968) ◎◎◎◎
彼得‧畢格,《最後的獨角獸》
......
The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician--whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended--when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.
......; Beagle argues brilliantly the need for magic in our lives and the folly of forgetting to dream. -- Nona Vero (from amazon.com)

Peter S. Beagle, The Innkeeper's Song (1993) ◎◎◎◎
彼得‧畢格,《旅店主人之歌》
Three powerful women (each with her own secret past), a stable boy, a weaver's son, and an innkeeper set in motion a series of events that brings each of them face to face with the forces of magic and the workings of fate. Beagle (......) uses many voices to tell this tale of love and death and what lies beyond both. A finely crafted piece as well as a rich, evocative fantasy, this novel should have broad appeal. -- from Library Journal (cited from amazon.com)

Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man (1952) ○○○○
A Freudian-tinged murder mystery given a science fictional spin: how does one premeditate a murder, knowing that police detectives are all telepaths, and expect to get away with it? A convincing portrait of how a society of mutual mind readers might actually function. Typographic tricks further the impact of this first novel. Written in close consultation with Galaxy editor Horace Gold--as much a midwife of ideas, in a different way, as John Campbell--this story richly earned the first Hugo for novel. ......
Theme: Crime and Punishment, Paranormal Powers (p. 122)

Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956) ◎◎◎◎○
Although the Galaxy serial and the U.S. edition were both titled The Stars My Destination, the U.K. title [Tiger! Tiger!], with its allusion to Blake, is far more apt. The character "burning bright/In the forest of the night" is Gully Foyle, the protagonist of an escape-from-prison story Bester said he modeled on The Count of Monte Cristo. But this story veers in a different direction; whereas the Count's dominant motive after his prison break is to wreak vengeance on the men who framed him, Foyle's is to undercut the entire rapacious class system that brutalized him, by bringing to all humankind the power to teleport--"jaunt"--anywhere in the universe. Bester called this character an "antihero," contrasted with the clean-cut models of much SF. Foyle is perhaps more accurately seen as a proletarian hero in the tradition of Victor Hugo. Texts of the U.S. and U.K. editions differ.
Themes: Crime and Punishment, Paranormal Powers (p. 123)

K. J. Bishop, The Etched City (2003) ◎◎◎◎
克絲汀‧畢夏,《蝕刻之城》
灰鷹的簡介:http://blog.yam.com/grayhawk/archives/1081979.html
我的短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/08/etched-city-2003-by-k-j-bishop-veniss.html
Combine equal parts of Stephen King's Dark Tower series and China Mieville's Perdido Street Station, throw in a dash of Aubrey Beardsley and J.K. Huysmans, and you'll get some idea of this disturbing, decadent first novel from Australian author Bishop. Through the devastated landscape of the Copper Country, where their side has been defeated in a war, two powerfully drawn protagonists flee the victorious Army of Heroes: Gwynn, a former mercenary, a dandy, an atheist and, eventually, the lieutenant of a wealthy slave dealer, but also a man not totally without honor; and Raule, a physician who once served in Gwynn's mercenary troop and has chosen to devote the rest of her life to caring for the poor, though she also likes to collect deformed fetuses simply because they fascinate her. Later, they make new lives for themselves in the fabulous, horrific and corrupt city of Ashamoil, where beautiful artists occasionally turn into sphinxes, babies are born half crocodile, flowers spring from freshly dead corpses and drunken priests work useless miracles. Characters love to discuss theology, aesthetics and ethics, and they're prone to obsessive love affairs with inappropriate partners. They're also capable of committing cold-blooded and gruesome murder with little or no remorse. Despite the rather mannered language, this grim tale should strongly appeal to aficionados of literate dark fantasy. -- from Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles (1950 c.) ◎◎◎◎◎
雷‧布萊伯利,《火星紀事》
作家作品:〈體現自我的生命嘉年華〉
作家作品:〈我看《火星紀事》〉
無責任翻譯:〈火箭之夏〉
There is still Golden Age magic here as Bradbury transplants his boyhood "Green Town, Illinois" to Mars, and there works out the two planets' tragic but ultimately redemptive destiny. The stories in the book were published in the 1940s, some in mainstream magazines, most in the SF pulps. ...... Expanded versions published in 1963 (Time, Inc.) and 1977 (Doubleday) added stories absent in the 1950 edition. In 1980, a TV miniseries adapted them with Rock Hudson as the spaceship captain; episodic, uneven, but at times highly effective. By any measure, this work is a major landmark, both as SF and as literature.
Themes: Holocaust and After, The Planets (p. 133)

Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man (1951 c.) ◎◎◎◎
雷‧布萊伯利,《圖案人》
作家作品:〈體現自我的生命嘉年華〉
作家作品:〈兒童樂園的另類饗宴〉
That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in 1951 is fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury's work. Only his second collection (the first was Dark Carnival, later reworked into The October Country), it is a marvelous, if mostly dark, quilt of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In an ingenious framework to open and close the book, Bradbury presents himself as a nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man--a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos. What's even more remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story, such as "The Veldt," wherein rowdy children take a game of virtual reality way over the edge. Or "Kaleidoscope," a heartbreaking portrait of stranded astronauts about to reenter our atmosphere--without the benefit of a spaceship. Or "Zero Hour," in which invading aliens have discovered a most logical ally--our own children. Even though most were written in the 1940s and 1950s, these 18 classic stories will be just as chillingly effective 50 years from now. -- Stanley Wiater (from amazon.com)

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953) ○○○○
雷‧布萊伯利,《華氏四五一度》
作家作品:〈體現自我的生命嘉年華〉
Expanded from a 1951 novella, "The Fireman," in which firemen no longer put out fires but start them to burn books (the title refers to the ignition point of paper). The hero, a fireman but a closet reader, eventually joins an underground of itinerants who have committed the library classics to memory and recite them orally. The much-admired film made from the novel, by making the firemen into brutal, black-uniformed Nazi types, missed a point made by Bradbury early on: that hostility to books and ideas was generated by ordinary people, not simply imposed upon them by government. ......
Themes: Crime and Punishment, Dystopias (pp. 132-3)

Ray Bradbury, The October Country (1955 c.) ○○○○
雷‧布萊伯利,《十月國度》
作家作品:〈體現自我的生命嘉年華〉
作家作品:〈回歸創作的起點〉
Ray Bradbury's first short story collection is back in print, its chilling encounters with funhouse mirrors, parasitic accident-watchers, and strange poker chips intact. Both sides of Bradbury's vaunted childhood nostalgia are also on display, in the celebratory "Uncle Einar," and haunting "The Lake," the latter a fine elegy to childhood loss. This edition features a new introduction by Bradbury, an invaluable essay on writing, wherein the author tells of his "Theater of Morning Voices," and, by inference, encourages you to listen to the same murmurings in yourself. And has any writer anywhere ever made such good use of exclamation marks!? (from amazon.com)

Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon (1982) ◎◎◎◎
瑪麗安‧紀默‧布蕾利,《亞法隆迷霧》(《亞法隆女王》《卡美洛王后》《鹿王》《橡樹之囚》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2008/03/mists-of-avalon-1982-by-marion-zimmer.html
Even readers who don't normally enjoy Arthurian legends will love this version, a retelling from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Morgaine (more commonly known as Morgan Le Fay) and Gwenhwyfar (a Welsh spelling of Guinevere) struggle for power, using Arthur as a way to score points and promote their respective worldviews. The Mists of Avalon's Camelot politics and intrigue take place at a time when Christianity is taking over the island-nation of Britain; Christianity vs. Faery, and God vs. Goddess are dominant themes.
Young and old alike will enjoy this magical Arthurian reinvention by science fiction and fantasy veteran Marion Zimmer Bradley. -- Bonnie Bouman (from amazon.com)

Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls (2003) ◎◎◎◎
洛伊絲‧莫瑪絲特‧布約德,《靈魂護衛》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/11/paladin-of-souls-2003-by-lois-mcmaster.html
In this sequel to The Curse of Chalion (2001), rich in sumptuous detail and speculative theology, dowager royina Ista Dy Baocia undertakes a pilgrimage to ease her soul-and finds instead that in Chalion, Bujold's handsomely crafted fantasy world ruled by Five Gods "just around some strange corner of perception," a more dangerous fate awaits than she could ever have imagined. Swordplay and sorcery sweep sensitive, sensible 40-year-old Ista into Chalion's border stronghold of Porifors, where enemy Roknari incursions and demons from the Fifth God's hell threaten Ista's realm, held precariously at bay by the charismatic Arhys dy Lutez. Ista's romantic quest to save Arhys and his magnetic half-brother, Illvin, teems with equal parts of unearthly magic and down-to-earth quasi-medieval lore. Despite an occasional lapse into adolescent angst and spurts of superficial dialogue, high fantasy fans should thrill at Ista's spiritual perils, while horse admirers of all ages should savor even Ista's saddle sores. This engaging installment of Chalion's mythical history whets the appetite for new marvels yet to come. FYI: Bujold has won both Hugo and Nebula awards. -- from Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962) ◎◎◎◎○
安東尼‧伯吉斯,《發條橘子》
In highly inventive future slang based on Russian loan-words, the story's hero tells how casual recreational gang violence, including murder, got him into prison and then into super-Pavlovian therapy; after treatment, even the thought of violence makes him sick. But so, as side effects, do sex and his former love for classical music; the point apparently being that it is better to do bad things as a free person than not to do them as the result of conditioning. Recognized by "mainstream" critics who probably wouldn't call it SF, and filmed effectively by Stanley Kubrick, this is a world as bleak and vicious as that of Nineteen Eighty-Four--and disturbingly closer now, than Orwell's, to our own. However, Kubrick's film was based on the incomplete U.S. edition, which omitted the crucial last chapter in which, as Burgess later said, "my young thuggish protagonist grows up ... and recognizes that human energy is better expended on creation than destruction," which radically changes the meaning of the novel from the way it was received in America. ......
Themes: Dystopias (p. 143)

Pat Cadigan, Mindplayers (1987) ○○○○
Allie Haas only did it for a dare - the kind of dare you know is a mistake but you do it anyway because it's Mistake Yime. But putting on the madcap that Jerry Wirerammer has 'borrowed' was a very big mistake. The psychosis itself was quite conventional, a few paranoid delusions, but it didn't go away when she took the madcap off. Jerry did the decent thing and left her at an emergency room for dry-cleaning but then the Brain Police took over. Straightened out by a professional mindplayer, Allie thinks she's left mind games behind for good but then comes the fazer: she can either go to jail as mind criminal or she can train as a mindplayer herself... (from amazon.co.uk)

Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics (1965 c.) ◎◎◎◎
伊塔羅‧卡爾維諾,《宇宙連環圖》
An enchanting series of stories about the evolution of the universe. Calvino makes characters out of mathematical formulae and simple cellular structures. They disport themselves amongst galaxies, experience the solidification of planets, move from aquatic to terrestrial existence, play games with hydrogen atoms -- and have time for a love life. (from amazon.com)

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (1972 c.) ◎◎◎◎
伊塔羅‧卡爾維諾,《看不見的城市》
"Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his." So begins Italo Calvino's compilation of fragmentary urban images. As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which "has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be," the spider-web city of Octavia, and other marvelous burgs, it may be that he is creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms a city might take. (from amazon.com)

Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game (1985) ◎◎◎◎○
歐森‧史考特‧卡德,《致命兒戲》
作家作品:〈幻想文類中特立獨行的傳教者〉
分析討論:〈威爾斯與其後科幻作品中的戰爭形象〉
War Images in Wells's Scientific Romance and After
The child hero is subjected to horrific manipulation by the military in order to make him a perfect commander able to annihilate the insectile aliens who have twice attacked the solar system. Based on a Hugo Award-nominated novelette, the expanded version includes much discussion of moral propriety and undergoes a dramatic ideological shift at the end, but remains in many ways a sophisticated power fantasy. ......
Themes: Coming of Age, War (p. 151)

Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead (1986) ◎◎◎◎○
Krantas 兄的全文翻譯:http://diary.blog.yam.com/krantas/article/5352428
作家作品:〈幻想文類中特立獨行的傳教者〉
Card's novel Ender's Game introduced Ender Wiggin, a young genius who used his military prowess to all but exterminate the "buggers," the first alien race mankind had ever encountered. Wiggin then transformed himself into the "Speaker for the Dead," who claimed it had been a mistake to destroy the alien civilization. Many years later, when a new breed of intelligent life forms called the "piggies" is discovered, Wiggin takes the opportunity to atone for his earlier actions. This long, rich and ambitious novel views the interplay between the races from the differing perspectives of the colonists, ethnologists, biologists, clergy, politicians, a computer artificial intelligence, the lone surviving bugger and the piggies themselves. Card is very good at portraying his characters in these larger, social, religious and cultural contexts. It's unfortunate, then, that many of the book's mysteries and dilemmas seem created just to display Ender's supposedly godlike understanding. A fine, if overlong, novel nonetheless. -- from Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve (1977) ◎◎◎◎
安潔拉‧卡特,《新夏娃的激情》
The English hero loses himself in a decadent near-future New York, undergoes a forced sex change at the hands of sex war guerrillas, is captured by a brutal masculinist nihilist, and meets the transvestite film star who incarnated in celluloid the perfect image of feminine frailty, before floating away from the California coast as the holocaust destroys America.  Wonderfully phantasmagoric.  ......
Themes: Absurdist SFSex in SF (p. 153)

Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others (2002 c.) ◎◎◎◎○
Since his debut story "Tower of Babylon" appeared in 1990, Chiang has been one of the most highly regarded and most consistent award-winners among the current generation of SF writers. Yet he is far from prolific; to date he has written no novel and only eight stories, all of them gathered in this collection. The stories are notable less for their style than their careful and inventive working out of complex ideas often inspired by mathematics ("Division By Zero") or the nature of language ("Story of Your Life," "Seventy-Two Letters"). His view of humanity tends to be bleak (consider his examination of prejudice in "Liking What You See: A Documentary"), but his hopes for what can be achieved through the human intellect appear to be boundless. (pp. 157-8)

Hal Clement, Mission of Gravity (1954) ○○○○
This 1953 serial was accompanied by an article, "Whirligig World," reprinted in some later editions, in which Clement described how he concocted the planet on which the story takes place. It is an accurate description of the way in which writers like Clement work: get the science right and it will drive the plot. But this is also a first-rate story of First Contact between explorers from Earth and a most unhuman sentient native species, to the benefit of both, rejecting the cliche one still sees in movie and TV SF that alienness equals evil. Clement stated that this novel was his personal philosophical bottom line, and the novel deserves a careful reading not only for its scientific ingenuity but also for the working out of that philosophy. A major work. ......
Themes: Hard SF, Life on Other Worlds (p. 164)

Ernest Cline,  Ready Player One (2011 c.) ○○○○
恩斯特‧克萊恩《一級玩家》
Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline.-- Chris Schluep (cited from amazon.com)

John Crowley, Little, Big (1981) ◎◎◎◎
約翰‧克勞利,《小,大》
John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.  (cited from amazon.com)


Paul di Filippo, A Year in the Linear City (2002) ◎◎◎◎○
A moderately modern city, pulsing with music and commerce, seemingly of infinite length, yet only as broad as a wide avenue, flanked on one side by Heaven, on the other by Hell. Such is the milieu intimately familiar to -- and mostly unquestioned by -- the millions of average humans who inhabit the Linear City. Yet a small band of seekers do indeed ponder their odd lot, the genesis and fate of their strange habitation. Among the speculatively minded are a small group of writers who specialize in what they call "Cosmogonic Fiction." And among these men and women we find Diego Patchen, one of the younger luminaries of his set.
A Year In The Linear City is the story of Diego and his friends, their loves and rivalries, their failures and triumphs, during one pivotal year beneath the Seasonsun and Daysun, in forbidding sight of The Other Shore and The Wrong Side of the Tracks. Careers will flourish, comrades will part forever, subterranean adventures will endanger both soul and city, and a fateful expedition to faroff Blocks will bring new and challenging perspectives, leaving no one unchanged. (from PS Publishing)

Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1962) ◎◎◎◎
An alternate history in which Germany and Japan won World War II and partitioned the U.S., except for the Rocky Mountain States, where were left in a kind of political limbo. Faction-ridden Nazism oppressively rules the eastern U.S. In the west, the Japanese overlords are reconciling Oriental and American cultural values. In this cosmos, an underground novel circulates, in which the Allies won the war; but, characteristic of Dick's layers-within-layers approach to "reality," it is not quite our history. This is Dick's most important early book. ......
Themes: Alternate Worlds, History in SF (p. 184)

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Eletric Sheep? (1968) ◎◎◎◎○
菲利普‧狄克,《生化人會夢見電子羊麼?》
In a future where technological sophistication has made the ersatz virtually indistinguishable from the real, the hero is a bounty hunter who must track down and eliminate androids passing for human. But android animals are routinely passed off as real by people trying to purge human guilt for having exterminated so man living species, and the new messiah is an artificial construct; so what is the difference between the human and the android? A key novel in Dick's canon. The film, Blade Runner, is loosely based on this novel. ......
Themes: Androids, Ecology (pp. 182-3)

Philip K. Dick, Ubik (1969) ◎◎◎◎
The dead can be reactivated into a kind of half-life in which they must construct their own shared realities, competing with one another to impose their own patterns. In this Schopenhaueresque world of will and idea, it is not easy for the characters to formulate a policy of psychological adaptation. Takes up themes from Eye in the Sky (1957) and is closely related to his hallucinatory novels but is more tightly plotted than many Dick novels.
Themes: Psychology (p. 185)

Cory Doctorow, Little Brother (2008) ◎◎◎◎
灰鷹的簡介:http://blog.roodo.com/grayhawk/archives/5496657.html
我的短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2008/08/little-brother-2008-by-cory-doctorow.html
A wonderful, important book…I’d recommend Little Brother over pretty much any book I’ve read this year, and I’d want to get it into the hands of as many smart thirteen-year-olds, male and female, as I can. Because I think it’ll change lives. Because some kids, maybe just a few, won’t be the same after they’ve read it. Maybe they’ll change politically, maybe technologically. Maybe it’ll just be the first book they loved or that spoke to their inner geek. Maybe they’ll want to argue about it and disagree with it. Maybe they’ll want to open their computer and see what’s in there. I don’t know. It made me want to be thirteen again right now, and reading it for the first time. —Neil Gaiman (cited from amazon.com)

Stephen R. Donaldson, Lord Foul's Bane (1977) ◎◎◎◎○
系列簡介:〈關於 The Unbeliever 三部曲〉
無責任翻譯:第一章
無責任翻譯:第二章
He called himself Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, because he dared not believe in this strange alternative world in which he suddenly found himself. Treated as an outcast, he was now believed to be the reincarnation of Berek Halfhand, armed with the mystic power of white gold. (from amazon.co.uk)

Stephen R. Donaldson, The Illearth War (1977) ◎◎◎◎○
系列簡介:〈關於 The Unbeliever 三部曲〉
Thomas Covenant found himself once again summoned to the Land. The Council of Lords needed him to move against Foul the Despiser who held the Illearth Stone, ancient source of evil power. But although Thomas Covenant held the legendary ring, he didn't know how to use its strength, and risked losing everything.... (from amazon.com)

Stephen R. Donaldson, The Power That Preserves (1977) ◎◎◎◎○
系列簡介:〈關於 The Unbeliever 三部曲〉
Twice before Thomas Covenant had been summoned to the strange other-world where magic worked. Twice before he had been forced to join with the Lords of Revelstone in their war against Lord Foul, the ancient enemy of the Land. Now he was back. This time the Lords of Revelstone were desperate. Without hope, Covenant set out to confront the might of the enemy, as Lord Foul grew more powerful with every defeat for the Land.... (from amazon.com)

Keith Donohue, The Stolen Child (2006) ◎◎◎◎
凱斯‧唐納修,《失竊的孩子》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/10/stolen-child-2006-by-keith-donohue.html
Folk legends of the changeling serve as a touchstone for Donohue's haunting debut, set vaguely in the American northeast, about the maturation of a young man troubled by questions of identity. At age seven, Henry Day is kidnapped by hobgoblins and replaced by a look-alike impostor. In alternating chapters, each Henry relates the tale of how he adjusts to his new situation. Human Henry learns to run with his hobgoblin pack, who never age but rarely seem more fey than a gang of runaway teens. Hobgoblin Henry develops his uncanny talent for mimicry into a music career and settles into an otherwise unremarkable human life. Neither Henry feels entirely comfortable with his existence, and the pathos of their losses influences all of their relationships and experiences. Inevitably, their struggles to retrieve their increasingly forgotten pasts put them on paths that intersect decades later. Donohue keeps the fantasy as understated as the emotions of his characters, while they work through their respective growing pains. The result is an impressive novel of outsiders whose feelings of alienation are more natural than supernatural. -- Publishers Weekly, cited from amazon.com

Michael Ende, The Neverending Story (1983) ◎◎◎◎
麥克‧安迪,《說不完的故事》
Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book he discovers a mysterious world of enchantment - one falling into decay. The task of making things well again falls to Bastian - and so begins an unforgettable and magical adventure. (from amazon.co.uk)

Philip Jose Farmer, The Lovers (1961) ○○○○
Expanded from a 1952 story that provided controversy at the time for its sexual content. On a wretchedly overpopulated Earth ruled with fiendish ingenuity by an oppressive state church that considers all sex evil except for porcreation, Hero and his wife are -- understandably -- unhappily married. Sent in to help kill off an intelligent insect-like race on a planet slated for colonization, the man falls in love with a female of another alien species, which can mimic human appearance and behavior up to and including sex. But the consequences are tragic and horrible. Films like Alien and its sequels may have taken the edge off the raw shock this story would have given some readers a generation ago. ......
Themes: Aliens, Sex in SF (p. 200)

Jeffrey Ford, Memoranda (1999) ◎◎◎◎
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2010/01/memoranda1999by-jeffrey-ford.html
Cley was once the greatest practitioner of the Physiognomy, a dangerous pseudoscience invented by the twisted tyrant Drachton Below. Since the fall of Below's Well-Built City, Cley has dedicated himself to healing. But when his new people fall into a deadly sleep from which he cannot wake them, he ventures to the ruins of the Well-Built City for the cure. He discovers Below is still alive--but the antidote is lost and Below is asleep, victim to the disease he created. Cley must strike a pact with Below's demon to enter Below's mind in search of the antidote's formula. But even if he survives the demon, Cley may not survive the very real dangers of Below's vast, intricate, and treacherous memory palace -- or the disintegration of the dying madman's mind. -- from amazon.com

Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions (1997) ◎◎◎◎
尼爾‧蓋曼,《煙與鏡:尼爾‧蓋曼短篇選》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/07/smoke-and-mirrors-short-fictions-and.html   
Imaginative twists on old legends and frightening glimpses into the impossible combine to form this impressive collection of 30 stories and poems by the author of Neverwhere and co-creator of The Sandman graphic novels. Each entry skirts the edges of a puncture in reality through which something dark and mysterious peeks. Then it moves on and the apparition is hidden away again, but not forgotten. The narratives follow a dream logic: The angel Raguel, the Vengeance of the Lord, can bum a cigarette off a youth in L.A. and tell him the truth behind Lucifer's fall ("Murder Mysteries"), and nonchalant assassins can be found in the Yellow Pages under pest control ("We Can Get Them for You Wholesale"). The bizarre and disturbing essence of the stories is highlighted by their background of absolute normalcy. Their prose is simple yet evocative, and Gaiman's characters are textured with well-defined personalities. Because the characters treat the unreal as ordinary, the eeriness of what unfolds has all the more impact. In "Chivalry," a woman finds the Holy Grail in a secondhand shop, and Galahad must trade something for it that will look just as good on her mantle. Demons take over London in "Cold Colors," because the devil has learned how to network and God can't get "saintware" up and running. The intriguing world behind these pages is indeed smoke and mirrors, just a step or a word or a story away from our own. -- Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Joe W. Haldeman, The Forever War (1975) ◎◎◎◎○
分析討論:〈威爾斯與其後科幻作品中的戰爭形象〉
War Images in Wells's Scientific Romance and After
Fixed up novel of interstellar war against hive-organized aliens. Realistic descriptions of military training and action, with interesting use of relativistic time distortions. A reprise of and ideological couterweight to Heinlein's Starship Troopers. ...... The Forever War is one of the most important novels to come out of the U.S. experience in Vietnam. ......
Themes: Aliens, Psychology, War (p. 226)

Robert A. Heinlein, The Puppet Masters (1951) ○○○○
作家作品:〈永垂不朽的自由人──羅伯特‧海萊恩〉
With workmanlike precision, Lloyd James reads Heinlein's creepy science fiction novel about "slugs from outer space." At key points throughout the U.S., an invasion force takes over communications, government, industry and, most importantly, people's minds and bodies. Can Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer, stop this invasion? James's voice helps build the drama, tension and suspense near the end of the tale; but overall, his performance is low-key and understated. While not spellbinding, this is a good scare for horror and science fiction aficionados and young adults. (from amazon.com)

Robert A. Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy (1957) ◎◎◎◎
羅伯特‧海萊恩,《銀河公民》
作家作品:〈永垂不朽的自由人──羅伯特‧海萊恩〉
YA. Serialized for adults in Astounding, the Horatio Alger hero is a slave on a far planet of a despotic empire. He escapes into space and eventually returns to Earth, where he assumes the leadership of a giant financial corporation. This is a bildungsroman, except that the young hero never really grows up. Heinlein's knack for creating sociologically plausible cultures is well displayed. Alex[ei] Panshin in Heinlein in Dimension argued that Citizen, with a plot revealed at the end to be essentially circular, is normative for all of Heinlein's longer work.
Themes: Coming of Age, Space Flight (p. 234)

Robert A. Heinlein, The Door into Summer (1957) ◎◎◎◎
羅伯特‧海萊恩,《夏日之門》
作家作品:〈永垂不朽的自由人──羅伯特‧海萊恩〉
When Dan Davis is crossed in love and stabbed in the back by his business associates, the immediate future doesn't look too bright for him and Pete, his independent-minded tom cat. Suddenly, the lure of suspended animation, the Long Sleep, becomes irresistible and Dan wakes up thirty years later in the twenty-first century. He discovers that the robot household appliances he invented, far from having been stolen from him, have, mysteriously, been patented in his name. There's only thing for it. Dan has to, somehow, travel back in time to investigate... (from amazon.co.uk)

Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky (1963 c.) ○○○○
作家作品:〈永垂不朽的自由人──羅伯特‧海萊恩〉
Based on two 1941 Astounding novellas, "Universe" and "Common Sense," Orphans is the only major work from his formal future history that isn't in The Past Through Tomorrow, perhaps because it's peripheral to that history. This was one of the first serious treatments of the less-than-light-speed multigenerational starship whose actual origin and destination have become lost in legend. It's also a story of the quest for truth, both against organized superstition and against shortsighted, wrong-headed "realism." ......
Themes: Mutants, Space Flight (p. 236)

Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966) ◎◎◎◎◎
羅伯特‧海萊恩,《寒月,厲婦》
作家作品:〈永垂不朽的自由人──羅伯特‧海萊恩〉
〈月娘因何勥跤?──《寒月,厲婦》究竟能教導我們什麼?〉
名詞對照表:A-MN-Z
Colonists of the Moon declare independence from Earth and contrive to win the ensuing battle with the aid of a sentient computer. Action-adventure with some exploration of new possibilities in a social organization and fierce assertion of the motto "There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch." ......
Themes: Politics, The Moon (p. 235)

Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959) ◎◎◎◎◎
作家作品:〈永垂不朽的自由人──羅伯特‧海萊恩〉
分析討論:〈威爾斯與其後科幻作品中的戰爭形象〉
War Images in Wells's Scientific Romance and After
Heinlein's Annapolis and navy background form the context for the training and baptism-of-fire of future space cadets. A well-told story that later was caught in the crossfire of powerful pro- and anti-Vietnam War feeling, which divided the SF community as it did the "mainstream." The paradox is that Heinlein, with this work, gave aid and comfort to the war supporters, while with Stranger in a Strange Land he helped to energize the radical student generation that opposed the war. ......
Themes: Space Opera, War (p. 237)

Frank Herbert, Dune (1965) ◎◎◎◎
法蘭克‧赫伯特,《沙丘魔堡》
The first of a seven-volume best-selling series is the story of a selectively bred messiah who acquires paranormal power by use of the spice that is the main product of the desert planet Arrakis, and uses these powers to prepare for the ecological renewal of the world. Politics and metaphysics are tightly bound into a remarkably detailed and coherent pattern; an imaginative tour de force. The series as a whole is overinflated, the later revisitations of the theme being prompted more by market success than the discovery of new things to do with it. The series demonstrates how a good SF writer's ability to build a coherent and convincing hypothetical world can serve the purpose of making philosophical and sociological questions concrete; the series thus becomes a massive thought experiment in social philosophy, and is more considerable as such than Asimov's Foundation series or Bradley's Darkover series. ......
Themes: Ecology, Future History, Life on Other Worlds, Politics (p. 239)

Frank Herbert, Dune Messiah (1969) ◎◎◎◎
法蘭克‧赫伯特,《沙丘救世主》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/08/dune-messiah-1969-by-frank-herbert.html
The bestselling science fiction series of all time continues! This second installment explores new developments on the desert planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and its strange threatening environment. DUNE MESSIAH picks up the story of the man known as Maud'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: Do all paths of glory lead to the grave? -- cited from amazon.com

Frank Herbert, Children of Dune (1976) ◎◎◎◎
法蘭克‧赫伯特,《沙丘之子》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/11/children-of-dune-1976-by-frank-herbert.html
The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy. Leto and Ghanima, Paul Atreides's twin children and his heirs, can see possible solutions - but fanatics begin to challenge the rule of the all-powerful Atreides empire, and more than economic disaster threatens...... -- cited from amazon.com

Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber (2000) ◎◎◎◎
娜洛‧霍普金森,《午夜盜賊》
作家作品:〈來自加勒比海的多元文化之聲──娜洛‧霍普金森與《午夜盜賊》〉
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/07/midnight-robber-2000-by-nalo-hopkinson.html
Drawing on Caribbean folklore, Hopkinson weaves a powerful story of a young girl who follows her father into exile after he is charged with murder. Leaving the planet Toussaint for New Half-way Tree, Tan-Tan finds herself on a primitive pioneer world, bereft of the support of the Nannyweb, where the creatures of her childhood stories are real, living in complex societies, while humans struggle to scratch a living. Sexually abused by her father whom, finally, she murders, Tan-Tan goes to live among the douens, only to find herself torn between two worlds. Masquerading as the Midnight Robber, a carnival character, Tan-Tan is able to confront the demons of her past, while for her unborn child there is the promise of a return to contact with the artificial intelligence of Toussaint, and the hint of a new way of life. ......
Themes: Coming of Age, Computers, Feminist SF, Intelligence, Life on Other Worlds, Mythology, Sex in SF (p. 245)

Kotaro Isaka(伊坂幸太郎), 《モダンタイムス》 (2008) ◎◎◎◎
伊坂幸太郎,《摩登時代》
《魔王》的犬養執政後50年的世界,花兒都到哪兒去了?
近未來的日本。卡帶、錄影帶成了文明遺產;沒人記得約翰.藍儂;人們一旦遇到不懂的事,第一個動作就是「上網搜尋」。
渡邊拓海,懦弱系統工程師。強悍妻子嚴重懷疑他偷腥。
某日,他被任命支援某交友網站的維護,然而愈是深入程式內部,他愈覺得這整件事絕對不單純。
因為自從接了這份差事,他身邊的人(任性的公司前輩、好色的作家友人、妻子僱的恐怖拷問男等等)陸續捲入詭異至極的事件,而所有受害者的共同連結就是——他們都曾透過網路搜尋引擎輸入幾個特定「關鍵字」的排列組合……
上網搜尋這些關鍵字就會遇害?會不會太扯?
然而可以確定的是,雲端有個強大的什麼正在運作。
雖然沒有勇氣,雖然不甚情願,他在伙伴的協助下,半推半就循線踏入了後「魔王」時代的核心,就在他看清所謂巨大「系統」的運作模式時,身為小齒輪的他能做的,只有……

Project Itoh(伊藤計劃)、Toh Enjoe(円城塔),《屍者の帝国》 (2012) ◎◎◎◎
伊藤計劃、圓城塔,《屍者的帝國》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.tw/2014/07/2012.html
人類/屍者‧語言/沉默‧意識/無知
你是否曾經思考過,怎麼樣才算是個人?
答案就在--《屍者的帝國》
稀世的故事天才‧伊藤計劃X語言的魔術師‧圓城塔
聯手獻上一場由約翰‧華生領銜主演,縱橫五湖四海的壯闊冒險!

N. K. Jemisin, The Broken Kingdoms (2010) ◎◎◎◎○
潔米辛,《破碎國度》
New authors often falter when following up on a noteworthy debut, but Jemisin proves more than up to the challenge. A decade after the events of March 2010's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, artist Oree, blind to reality but able to see magic, sells trinkets to tourists in Sky, a city filled with supernatural entities and happenings in a world slowly emerging from doctrinaire authoritarianism. After she discovers the corpse of a murdered godling, Oree is pursued both by fanatic religious officials looking for scapegoats and by the ruthless conspirators behind the murder. Hesitant, impoverished Oree is very different from Jemisin's previous heroine, politician–princess Yeine, and she proves just as compelling as she investigates the murder and her own mysterious heritage. Returning fans will especially appreciate certain details, but this novel stands on its own and is worth reading purely for its own strengths. -- Publisher Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Graham Joyce, Requiem (1995) ○○○○
葛拉漢‧喬伊斯,《安魂曲》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/09/requiem-1995-by-graham-joyce.html
Though his Dark Sister (1992) won a British Fantasy Award for Best Novel, Joyce is only now making his Stateside debut with this impressive novel that was first published last year in Britain. Here, Joyce takes full advantage of the ready-to-hand exoticism of modern Jerusalem, using the city's density as a catalyst for an absorbing fantasy that's grounded in strong characterization. Fleeing his (only semi-explained) guilt after the senseless, accidental death of his wife, Tom Webster quits teaching and visits his longtime friend and ex-lover, Sharon, in Jerusalem. Soon, he is haunted by hallucinations? or perhaps they're apparitions or djinnis? and is entrusted with some Dead Sea scroll fragments. Joyce's Jerusalem is suffused with squalor and splendor, religious meaning and political struggle, as Tom tries to figure out what a host of emissaries from both the natural and the supernatural realms are trying to tell him about the world and about himself. The conclusion leans a bit too much on the purely personal, as if all the weighty history and symbolism of Judaism, Christianity and Islam were meaningful only as the key to one man's soul. Still, this is high-quality fantasy that at last puts Joyce on the American map. -- from Publisher Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1966) ◎◎◎◎○
丹尼爾‧凱斯,《獻給阿爾吉儂的花束》
Developed from a Hugo-winning short story with the same title. A mentally retarded man's intelligence is enhanced to that of a normal adult and then to supergenius. His diary charts his progress with successive changes in diction and spelling as well as intellectual content. As the treatment fails, the reports record his collapse back into subnormality. A sensitively told, low-key masterpeice made into a film that won an acting Oscar for Cliff Robertson. ......
Themes: Intelligence, Supermen/women (p. 260)


Stephen King, It (1986) ◎◎◎◎○
史蒂芬‧金,《牠》
The amazingly prolific King returns to pure horror, pitting good against evil as in The Stand and The Shining. Moving back and forth between 1958 and 1985, the story tells of seven children in a small Maine town who discover the source of a series of horrifying murders. Having conquered the evil force once, they are summoned together 27 years later when the cycle begins again. As usual, the requisite thrills are in abundance, and King's depiction of youngsters is extraordinarily accurate and sympathetic. But there is enough material in this epic for several novels and stories, and the excessive length and numerous interrelated flashbacks eventually become wearying and annoying. Nevertheless, King is a born storyteller, and It will undoubtedly be in high demand among his fans. -- Library Journal (cited from amazon.com)


Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian (2005) ○○○○
伊麗莎白‧柯斯托娃,《歷史學家》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/10/historian-2005-by-elizabeth-kostova.html
Considering the recent rush of door-stopping historical novels, first-timer Kostova is getting a big launch—fortunately, a lot here lives up to the hype. In 1972, a 16-year-old American living in Amsterdam finds a mysterious book in her diplomat father's library. The book is ancient, blank except for a sinister woodcut of a dragon and the word "Drakulya," but it's the letters tucked inside, dated 1930 and addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," that really pique her curiosity. Her widowed father, Paul, reluctantly provides pieces of a chilling story; it seems this ominous little book has a way of forcing itself on its owners, with terrifying results. Paul's former adviser at Oxford, Professor Rossi, became obsessed with researching Dracula and was convinced that he remained alive. When Rossi disappeared, Paul continued his quest with the help of another scholar, Helen, who had her own reasons for seeking the truth. As Paul relates these stories to his daughter, she secretly begins her own research. Kostova builds suspense by revealing the threads of her story as the narrator discovers them: what she's told, what she reads in old letters and, of course, what she discovers directly when the legendary threat of Dracula looms. Along with all the fascinating historical information, there's also a mounting casualty count, and the big showdown amps up the drama by pulling at the heartstrings at the same time it revels in the gruesome. Exotic locales, tantalizing history, a family legacy and a love of the bloodthirsty: it's hard to imagine that readers won't be bitten, too. -- Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Justine Larbalestier, Liar (2009) ◎◎◎◎
賈斯婷‧拉巴里絲提爾,《說‧謊》
Biracial Micah Wilkins, 17, is the quintessential unreliable narrator. On the first page, she readily admits she's a liar though now she wants to tell her story straight. She attends a progressive private high school in New York City. She's a bit peculiar, with extra-human speed and sense of smell, and has few friends. After another student, a popular senior named Zach, is found brutally murdered, it comes to light that he and Micah had a relationship outside of school. Now she is considered a suspect. Her suspenseful, supernatural tale is engrossing and readers will be tempted to fly through it, though the wise will be wary of her spin and read carefully for subtle slipups and foreshadowing. The chilling story that she spins will have readers' hearts racing as in three sections she goes from "Telling the Truth," to "Telling the True Truth," to "Telling the Actual Real Truth," uncovering previous lies and revealing bizarre occurrences in the process. Micah's narrative is convincing, and in the end readers will delve into the psyche of a troubled teen and decide for themselves the truths and lies. This one is sure to generate discussion. -- from School Library Journal (cited from amazon.com)

Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) ◎◎◎◎
娥蘇拉‧勒瑰恩,《地海巫師》
Often compared to Tolkien's Middle-earth or Lewis's Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea is a stunning fantasy world that grabs quickly at our hearts, pulling us deeply into its imaginary realms. ...... the whole Earthsea cycle--a tale about a reckless, awkward boy named Sparrowhawk who becomes a wizard's apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk's true name. The boy comes to realize that his fate may be far more important than he ever dreamed possible. Le Guin challenges her readers to think about the power of language, how in the act of naming the world around us we actually create that world. Teens, especially, will be inspired by the way Le Guin allows her characters to evolve and grow into their own powers. (from amazon.com)

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Birthday of the World and Other Stories (2002 c.) ◎◎◎◎
娥蘇拉‧勒瑰恩,《世界誕生之日諸物語》
Deeply concerned with gender, these eight stories, although ostensibly about aliens, are all about ourselves: love, sex, life and alienation are all handled with illuminating grace. Le Guin's overarching theme, the journey, informs her characters as they struggle to come to terms with themselves or their worlds. The journey can be literal, as in "Paradises Lost," set on a generational ship, where the inhabitants, living in a utopia, learn they will land on the planet their ancestors set out to colonize 40 years earlier; and as in "Unchosen Love," where a young man falls in love with someone in another country and must decide if he can build a new life in a new place. Or the journey can be figurative, as in "Coming of Age in Karhide," in which an adolescent in a genderless society enters sexual maturity; and in "Solitude," as outsiders visit and study a planet where the men and women live apart and a young woman seeks to perfect her soul in the only place she knows as home. In "The Birthday of the World," the nature of God is considered as hereditary rulers, literal gods to their subjects, give up their power when new gods aliens come, throwing their culture into chaos. Gender is a constant concern: "The Matter of Seggri" takes place on a planet where women greatly outnumber men, and in "Unchosen Love" and "Mountain Ways," society is based on complex marriage relationships comprising four people. Le Guin handles these difficult topics through her richly drawn characters and her believable worlds. Evocative, richly textured and lyrically written, this collection is a must-read for Le Guin's fans. -- from Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) ◎◎◎◎○
娥蘇拉‧勒瑰恩,《黑暗的左手》
Humans on the world of Winter are hermaphrodites, able to develop make or female sexual characteristics during periodic of fertility. An envoy from the galactic community becomes embroiled in local politics and is forced by his experiences to reconsider his attitudes toward human relationships. Serious, meticulous, and well written, the book has been much discussed, praised, and tought in university classes because of its timely analytic interest in sexual politics. One of the three or foul most influential SF novels of the last half-century. ......
Themes: Feminist SF, Future History, Life on Other Worlds, Sex in SF (p. 272)

Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners (2005 c.) ◎◎◎◎
The nine stories in Link's second collection are the spitting image of those in her acclaimed debut, Stranger Things Happen: effervescent blends of quirky humor and pathos that transform stock themes of genre fiction into the stuff of delicate lyrical fantasy. In "Stone Animals," a house's haunting takes the unusual form of hordes of rabbits that camp out nightly on the front lawn. This proves just one of several benign but inexplicable phenomena that begin to pull apart the family newly moved into the house as surely as a more sinister supernatural influence might. The title story beautifully captures the unpredictable potential of teenage lives through its account of a group of adolescent schoolfriends whose experiences subtly parallel events in a surreal TV fantasy series. Zombies serve as the focus for a young man's anxieties about his future in "Some Zombie Contingency Plans" and offer suggestive counterpoint to the lives of two convenience store clerks who serve them in "The Hortlak." Not only does Link find fresh perspectives from which to explore familiar premises, she also forges ingenious connections between disparate images and narrative approaches to suggest a convincing alternate logic that shapes the worlds of her highly original fantasies. -- Publisher Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Richard Matheson, I Am Legend (1954) ◎◎◎◎○
理察‧麥特森,《我是傳奇》
作家作品:〈跨界編劇與作家的傳奇人物──理察‧麥特森與《我是傳奇》〉
What Williamson's Darker Than You Think was to lycanthropy, this novel was to vampirism--an attempt to give what had been considered purely supernatural horror a scientific basis. Since vampires flee from light, the hero goes forth by day to destroy them. Reversing the Dracula theme, he becomes an object of terror to them. Two attempts to translate it for the screen failed, casualties of Hollywood simple-mindedness, which failed to include the tale's metaphysical and psychological implications.
Themes: Monsters (p. 292)

Robert McCammon, Boy's Life (1991) ◎◎◎◎
羅伯‧麥肯曼,《奇風歲月》
McCammon (...) hangs this expertly told episodic tale on the bones of a skeleton that becomes symbolic of evil doings in the quiet waters of small-town life. Twelve-year-old Cory Mackenson is assisting his father, Tom, with predawn milk deliveries when a car shoots across the road and plunges into "bottomless" Lake Saxon. Diving to the rescue, Tom finds a nude, beaten and strangled corpse handcuffed to the steering wheel of the sinking car. Cory glimpses a sinister figure watching from the edge of the woods but discovers only an odd green feather at the spot. The ensuing search for the killer proves to be a rite of passage for both Cory and his father. Set in fictional Zephyr, Ala., in pre-civil rights 1964, this evocative novel is successful on more than one level. The mystery will satisfy the most finicky aficionado; McCammon has also produced a boisterous, poignant travelogue through a stormy season in one boy's life, peopled with the zaniest, most memorable Southern characters since those of Harper Lee. -- from Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

Maureen F. McHugh, China Mountain Zhang (1992) ○○○○
The title character of McHugh's first novel is a Chinese American living in a United States that has fallen to Third World status just as China has risen, through apparently peaceful means, to dominate the world. In this hierarchical culture, Zhang's ancestry automatically places him above most Caucasians in status (though below native-born Chinese). Zhang, however, has a couple of dirty secrets. First, he's only half-Chinese, though his parents had him genetically adjusted to hide his Hispanic ancestry. Second, he's gay, and both China and Chinese-dominated America are puritanical societies. As the stoy progresses, we follow Zhang's rise from construction worker to successful architect. The novel's two greatest strengths lie in its description of a believable and sympathetic gay character and in its equally believable portrayal of a Chinese-dominated, 21st century. ......
Themes: Coming of Age, Sex in SF, Sociology (p. 301)

China Miéville, Perdido Street Station (2000) ◎◎◎◎○
柴納‧米耶維爾,《帕迪多街車站》
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.tw/2013/06/perdido-street-station2000by-china.html
作家作品:〈向妖異輸誠──英倫新怪譚領袖柴納‧米耶維爾〉
King Rat (1999), Mieville's much-praised first novel of urban fantasy/horror, was just a palate-teaser for this appetizing, if extravagant, stew of genre themes. Its setting, New Crobuzon, is an audaciously imagined milieu: a city with the dimensions of a world, home to a polyglot civilization of wildly varied species and overlapping and interpenetrating cultures. Seeking to prove his unified energy theory as it relates to organic and mechanical forms, rogue scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin tries to restore the power of flight to Yagharek, a member of the garuda race cruelly shorn of its wings. Isaac's lover, Lin, unconsciously mimics his scientific pursuits when she takes on the seemingly impossible commission of sculpting a patron whose body is a riot of grotesquely mutated and spliced appendages. Their social life is one huge, postgraduate bull session with friends and associates--until a nightmare-inducing grub escapes from Isaac's lab and transforms into a flying monster that imperils the city. This accident precipitates a political crisis, initiates an action-packed manhunt for Isaac and introduces hordes of vividly imagined beings who inhabit the twilight zone between science and sorcery. Mieville's canvas is so breathtakingly broad that the details of individual subplots and characters sometime lose their definition. But it is also generous enough to accommodate large dollops of aesthetics, scientific discussion and quest fantasy in an impressive and ultimately pleasing epic. -- Publisher Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

China Miéville, The Scar (2002) ◎◎◎◎○
作家作品:〈向妖異輸誠──英倫新怪譚領袖柴納‧米耶維爾〉
In this stand-alone novel set in the same monster-haunted universe as last year's much-praised Perdido Street Station, British author Mieville, one of the most talented new writers in the field, takes us on a gripping hunt to capture a magical sea-creature so large that it could snack on Moby Dick, and that's just for starters. Armada, a floating city made up of the hulls of thousands of captured vessels, travels slowly across the world of Bas-Lag, sending out its pirate ships to prey on the unwary, gradually assembling the supplies and captive personnel it needs to create a stupendous work of dark magic. Bellis Coldwine, an embittered, lonely woman, exiled from the great city of New Crobuzon, is merely one of a host of people accidentally trapped in Armada's far-flung net, but she soon finds herself playing a vital role in the byzantine plans of the city's half-mad rulers. The author creates a marvelously detailed floating civilization filled with dark, eccentric characters worthy of Mervyn Peake or Charles Dickens, including the aptly named Coldwine, a translator who has devoted much of her life to dead languages; Uther Doul, the superhuman soldier/scholar who refuses to do anything more than follow orders; and Silas Fennec, the secret agent whose perverse magic has made him something more and less than human. Together they sail through treacherous, magic-ridden seas, on a quest for the Scar, a place where reality mutates and all things become possible. ...... -- Publisher Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

China Miéville, Iron Council (2004) ◎◎◎◎○
作家作品:〈向妖異輸誠──英倫新怪譚領袖柴納‧米耶維爾〉
In this stunning new novel set mainly in the decadent and magical city of New Crobuzon, British author Miéville (The Scar) charts the course of a proletarian revolution like no other. The capitalists of New Crobuzon are pushing hard. More and more people are being arrested on petty charges and "Remade" into monstrous slaves, some half animal, others half machine. Uniformed militia are patrolling the streets and watching the city from their dirigibles. They turn a blind eye when racists stage pogroms in neighborhoods inhabited by non-humans. An overseas war is going badly, and horrific, seemingly meaningless terrorist acts occur with increasing frequency. Radical groups are springing up across the city. The spark that will ignite the revolution, however, is the Perpetual Train. Workers building the first transcontinental railroad, badly mistreated by their overseers, have literally stolen a train, laying track into the wild back-country west of the great city, tearing up track behind them, fighting off the militia sent to arrest them, even daring to enter the catotopic zone, that transdimensional continental scar where anything is possible. Full of warped and memorable characters, this violent and intensely political novel smoothly combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, horror, even the western. ...... -- Publisher Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

China Miéville, Looking for Jake (2005 c.) ○○○○
作家作品:〈向妖異輸誠──英倫新怪譚領袖柴納‧米耶維爾〉
Miéville's novels mix Dickensian settings, Lovecraftian terrors, and political theory, showcasing a style uniquely his own. This collection, which brings together a number of pieces previously unavailable in the U.S., displays an even broader range of styles and interests. The weakest offerings are those based solely on the authors political ideas. "Tis the Season," for example, is set in a futuristic London at Christmastime, and absolutely everything related to the holiday requires a license of some sort to participate. Although the story is a fun satirical read, it is not likely to be revisited. The author shows his true skill and imagination in the horror-oriented pieces. He has that rare gift of identifying those fears that flicker and lurk within the deepest recesses of our minds and dropping them down right in front of us. "The Ball Room" turns an everyday playroom in a furniture store into a haunted space of accidents, death, and mystery. "The Tain," the longest and probably strongest story, features creatures living in a parallel world who are forced to mimic us as our reflections–until they burst free of their reflective prisons and start a violent war that threatens to destroy humanity. These tales all make wonderful use of elegantly described yet terrifying scenes, lifting them a notch above the standard horror fare. Fans may grumble that only one story is set in New Crobuzon, the fantasyland featured in the novels. ...... -- School Library Journal (cited from amazon.com)

China Miéville, Un Lun Dun (2007) ◎◎◎◎
柴納‧米耶維爾,《闇倫敦》
作家作品:〈向妖異輸誠──英倫新怪譚領袖柴納‧米耶維爾〉
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2007/08/un-lun-dun-2007-by-china-mieville.html
In present-day London, strange things start happening around Zanna: dogs stop to stare at her, birds circle her head. Then, she and her friend Deeba find themselves in an alternate reality where obsolete objects such as old typewriters eventually "seep" and strange people and creatures dwell, including sentient "unbrellas." The girls learn that Zanna is the chosen one, the "shwazzy," of UnLondon. However, her first fight with the nefarious Smog isn't what was predicted in the book of prophecies. The girls soon end up back in London with Zanna unable to recall their time away. Alone in the memory, Deeba pieces together the Smog's plot and finds a way back to UnLondon via library stacks. Readers soon realize that sometimes the chosen one doesn't get to save a city, and that sometimes steps in a preordained quest don't come out as planned. Miéville's fantastical city is vivid and splendidly crafted. Who would have thought a milk carton could make such an endearing pet? Or that words, or utterlings, could have a life and form of their own? Fans of Neil Gaiman's Coraline (HarperCollins, 2002) or Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth (Knopf, 1961) will love this novel. The story is exceptional and the action moves along at a quick pace. Given that the girls are 12, older readers might be put off, but it is well worth selling to them.-- School Library Journal (cited from amazon.com)

China Miéville, The City & the City (2009) ◎◎◎◎○
柴納‧米耶維爾,《城與(反)城》
作家作品:〈向妖異輸誠──英倫新怪譚領袖柴納‧米耶維爾〉
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2009/09/city-city-2009-by-china-mieville.html
導讀:城&(反)城之夕中卜──淺談柴納‧米耶維爾的《城與城》
Better known for New Weird fantasies (Perdido Street Station, etc.), bestseller Miéville offers an outstanding take on police procedurals with this barely speculative novel. Twin southern European cities Beszel and Ul Qoma coexist in the same physical location, separated by their citizens' determination to see only one city at a time. Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad roams through the intertwined but separate cultures as he investigates the murder of Mahalia Geary, who believed that a third city, Orciny, hides in the blind spots between Beszel and Ul Qoma. As Mahalia's friends disappear and revolution brews, Tyador is forced to consider the idea that someone in unseen Orciny is manipulating the other cities. Through this exaggerated metaphor of segregation, Miéville skillfully examines the illusions people embrace to preserve their preferred social realities. -- Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas (2004) ◎◎◎◎○
大衛‧米契爾,《雲圖》
作家作品:〈創作形式與主題的完美結合〉
At once audacious, dazzling, pretentious and infuriating, Mitchell's third novel weaves history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Like Mitchell's previous works, Ghostwritten and number9dream (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize), this latest foray relies on a kaleidoscopic plot structure that showcases the author's stylistic virtuosity. Each of the narratives is set in a different time and place, each is written in a different prose style, each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book. Among the volume's most engaging story lines is a witty 1930s-era chronicle, via letters, of a young musician's effort to become an amanuensis for a renowned, blind composer and a hilarious account of a modern-day vanity publisher who is institutionalized by a stroke and plans a madcap escape in order to return to his literary empire (such as it is). Mitchell's ability to throw his voice may remind some readers of David Foster Wallace, though the intermittent hollowness of his ventriloquism frustrates. Still, readers who enjoy the "novel as puzzle" will find much to savor in this original and occasionally very entertaining work. -- Publishers Weekly (cited from amazon.com)

James Morrow, Shambling Towards Hiroshima (2009) ◎◎◎◎○
短介:http://danjalin.blogspot.com/2010/03/shambling-towards-hiroshima-2009-by.html
In the tradition of Godzilla as both a playful romp and a parable of the dawn of the nuclear era, this original satire blends the destruction of World War II with the halcyon pleasure of monster movies. In the summer of 1945 war is reigning in the Pacific Rim, while in the U.S., Syms Thorley continues his life as a B-movie actor. But the U.S. Navy would like to use Thorley in their top-secret Knickerbocker Project, putting the finishing touches on the ultimate biological weapon: a breed of gigantic, fire-breathing, mutant iguanas. Thorley is to don a rubber suit that will transform him into the merciless Gorgantis and star in a film that simulates the destruction of a miniature Japan—if the demonstration succeeds, the Japanese will surrender, sparing thousands of lives; if it fails, the mutant lizards will be unleashed. Godzilla devotees and history buffs alike will be fascinated by this conspiratorial secret history of a war, a weapon, and an unlikely hero who will have to give the most convincing performance of his life. -- from amazon.com

3 comments:

Winz said...

HI !

Philip Dick的故事, 嚴格來講可能放在cognitive science這個genre比較好. 最近和同事討論到(我們都是做brain science的), 其實PKD實在出生得太早 -- 他並沒有造出cognitive science這個辭彙, 但事實上他算是這個領域的奠基者, 如此說也不為過吧^^

比方他對於memory的看法 (記憶不是把過去的東西提出來, 而是根據當前的線索重新建構出來的狀態) 幾乎就是我們在過去十年或裡的研究結論. 在這方面來講, 他是個precog :)

小弟是PKD病毒在臺第一號帶原者 :) 很歡迎大家有空來我們這裡逛逛^^

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walahahaha said...

《一無所有》如何?

Daneel Lynn said...

我認為《一無所有》不到「必讀」標準。
當然這是個人見解而已。

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