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Time Out of Joint - Philip K Dick (1959)

‘Time Out of Joint’ begins by leading the reader into a sense of false security, since we appear to be looking at the lives of characters from a somewhat idyllic US of the Nineteen Fifty Nine. 539 more words

1950s

The Dreaming Dragons - Damien Broderick (1980)

‘TO THE PLACE WHERE SECRETS LIE SLEEPING…

Alf Dean, an aborigine trained as an anthropologist, knew that his tribesmen, for centuries beyond memory, had warned of a dreadful secret in the mountains of Australia. 582 more words

1980s

The Alteration - Kingsley Amis (1976)

‘The year is 1976 and we are living in a Europe-that-might-have-been. It is a Europe that never underwent the Reformation of the 16th century, peopled by – among others – Monsignor Jean-Paul Sartre, a Jesuit theologian and Heinrich Himmler, a papal envoy… and Hubert Anvil, a faultless boy soprano. 508 more words

British

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K Dick (1968)

‘War had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t ‘retiring’ them, he dreamed of owning the ultimate status symbol – a live animal. 752 more words

1960s

The Man in The High Castle - Philip K Dick (1962)

This is possibly the most fascinating and interesting alternate history novel of the Twentieth Century, set as it is in a world where World War II was won by the Nazis and Japan. 652 more words

1960s

An Alien Heat (Dancers at The End of Time #1) - Michael Moorcock (1972)

In the mid-70s Moorcock took a somewhat light-hearted generic and stylistic departure to the end of time. There a small population of immortal and decadent humans, along with assorted captured time travellers and aliens, exist in eternal hedonistic pleasure. 578 more words

British

The Puppet Masters - Robert A Heinlein (1951)

Classic SF Noir displaying America’s paranoia in what has always been for me Heinlein’s best novel. It exemplifies all that is good about mainstream SF of the Nineteen Fifties and suffers only from minor political incorrectness in terms of male and female stereotyping, and the rather irritating remark made about gay men by the US President; ‘There have always been such unfortunates.’ 789 more words

1950s