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If you like William Gibson

He reckons (in NyMag) you'll like these:
Tiger! Tiger! (1956) By Alfred Bester - brilliant

Dhalgren (1975)By Samuel R. Delany - not read

Arslan (1976) By M. J. Engh - not read (not even hear of)

The Crystal World (1966)By J. G. Ballard - not read

The Forever War (1974) By Joe Haldeman - brilliant

Pavane (1968) By Keith Roberts - excellent

Random Acts of Senseless Violence (1993) By Jack Womack - can't remember

Great Work of Time (1991) By John Crowley - not read

Holy Fire (1996) By Bruce Sterling - great

334 (1972)By Thomas M. Disch - very good

The opinions are mine. Of the ten, 5 of the 6 I've read are well worth reading but I can't really remember the Womack. There was a lot of cyberpunk around at the time. Did it have the church of Elvis in it? I couldn't say. Of these my absolute favourite is Pavane although the Bester is a joyful read.


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Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
The church of Elvis is a different Womack novel, isn't it? Elvissey?
Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
D'oh! Yes, that would be it.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
The Crowley is excellent, a work of genius, you should definitely read it (as should everyone).

The Ballard is among his more fun novels and has some great ideas and images: recommended.

I haven't read the Engh or that particular Delany, which I fear is rather large.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I read the Womack years ago when I was playing a lot of Cyberpunk 2020 and enjoyed it. Not read any of the others though. And where oh where is Snow Crash?
Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
I read The Drowned World, which was excellent, so I imagine The Crystal World will be good. I loved the Channel 4 adaptation with Richard O'Brien.
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
I read Arslan, enjoyed it quite a lot. It is very military, reminds me more of the recent Orson Scott Card than it does of Gibson.
Also Dhalgren, but I don't remember much at all of it.
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