This was primarily a British movement, but there were changes elsewhere too. Novels began to explore psychological drama, controversy and style. In 1960, Kingsley Amis published New Maps of Hell, a literary history and examination of the field of science fiction. This serious attention from a mainstream, acceptable writer boosted the reputation of science fiction.
In 1965, Frank Herbert published Dune, a dense, complex, and detailed work of fiction which eventually ran to several volumes, featuring political intrigue in a future galaxy, strange and mystical religious beliefs, and the eco-system of the desert planet Arrakis [see next week]. Roger Zelazny's novels such as Lord of Light (1967) and his famous The Chronicles of Amber fantasy series (1970-91) showed that the lines between science fiction, fantasy, religion, and social commentary could be very fine.
|J G Ballard|
|Philip K Dick|
Philip K Dick
Martian Time-Slip (1964)
A Scanner Darkly (1977)
The Man in the High Castle (1962)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
J G BallardThe Burning World (1964)
The Atrocity Exhibition (1970)
The Crystal World (1966)
The Impossible Man (1966)
Stand on Zanzibar (1968) John Brunner
Nova Express (1964) William S Burroughs
Dune (1965) Frank Herbert
Babel-17 (1966) Samuel R Delany
Slaughterhouse Five (1969) Kurt Vonnegut
A Time of Changes (1971) Robert Silverberg
Rocannon’s World (1966) Ursula K Le Guin
Barefoot in the Head (1969) Brian Aldis
The Genocides (1965) Thomas M Disch
Lord of Light (1967) Roger Zelazny
NB Harlan Ellison wrote mostly short stories and later, television scripts.
I am surprised and ashamed that I find I have read hardly any of these, considering that I grew up in this era. Dune and its many sequels is the main exception, which I will be writing about next week, and then we will look at some of the other authors. Please feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments to guide my future purchases as I catch up on this great period in science fiction history.
[Adapted from The Science Fiction Encyclopedia and Wikipedia]
Ann Marie Thomas is the author of three medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, is out now. Follow her at http://eepurl.com/bbOsyz