Category:1976 science fiction novels
Pages in category "1976 science fiction novels"
The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 41 pages are in this category, out of 41 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker – Star Wars, From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker is the original title of the novelization of the 1977 film Star Wars, A New Hope. Credited to George Lucas, but ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster, the book was written by Foster and based upon Lucass original screenplay for the first Star Wars film. On how he got the job, Foster said, My agent got a call from Lucass lawyer of the time, Tom Pollock. Someone had read a book of mine, Icerigger, knew that I had already done novelizations, I already knew his work through THX1138 and American Graffiti. I accepted the offer to meet with George, and did so at Industrial Light and Magic, then in a warehouse in Van Nuys. We hit it off well, I got the assignment, Foster not only adapted the films events, but also fleshed out the backstory of time, place, physics, planets, races, languages, history and technology. When asked if it was difficult for him to see Lucas get all the credit for the novelization, Foster said, I was merely expanding upon it. Not having my name on the cover didnt bother me in the least and it would be akin to a contractor demanding to have his name on a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Lucas, for his part, has always been open about the fact that Foster ghost-wrote the novel, some later editions contain sixteen pages of full-color photos from the motion picture. By February 1977, still three months before the film was released, the sold out its initial print run of 125,000 copies. The words that open each Star Wars film, A long time ago in a far, far away. Are absent from this novelization, substituted by the similar, Another galaxy, the novelization bears a major difference in the form of a prologue explaining the backstory behind the films events. It is presented as an entry of the Journal of the Whills and this prologue contains the first-ever reference to the Emperors true name, Palpatine. He promised to reunite the disaffected among the people and to restore the glory of the Republic. Once secure in office he declared himself Emperor, shutting himself away from the populace, soon he was controlled by the very assistants and boot-lickers he had appointed to high office, and the cries of the people for justice did not reach his ears. This implies that the Emperor is merely a victim of manipulation by Imperial bureaucrats rather than the true string-puller and this is because George Lucas had not fully developed the character at this point in time, allowing Alan Dean Foster to expand upon the Emperor as he saw fit. Several other portions of the novel deviate from the film, including scenes that were filmed, most notable of these are scenes with Luke Skywalker and his friends at Tosche Station on Tatooine. This differs both from the version of Jabba, and the version that finally appeared in Return of the Jedi
2. Renegade of Kregen – It was first published by DAW Books in 1976. The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, in addition to being the thirteenth volume in the series as a whole, Renegade of Kregen is also the second of three volumes in the Krozair Cycle. It is set in the fictional Eye of the World on the continent of Turismond, the series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series. Attacked by pirates and rescued by a galley from Magdag, Prescot and the captain are taken before the master, Gafard. He persuades Prescot, still traveling under the name of Dak, Prescot joins Gafard, who is an admirer of Pur Dray but unawares that the former has been declared an Apushniad and that he is in his presence. Prescot is accepted in the ranks of the Grodnim as a renegade by King Genod, the latter also encounters Princess Susheeng in the process who does not recognise him. During the ceremony Prescot is visited by Zena Iztar again who questions his motives and once more tells him that, Prescot and Duhrra than ride north with Gafard and an army to fight a barbarian invasion. On the way Prescot saves Gafards life and the life of his Lady when attacked by a predator. By saving the girl, revered to as the Lady of the Stars by Gafard, he sees her face, normally hidden, Gafard keeps her a secret to protect her from King Genods in saturable desire for women and Prescot is instructed never to mention the girls beauty. After a successful campaign Gafard is called back urgently to Magdag with Prescot accompanying him, Prescot is now once more resolved to regain his status as Krozair. In Magdag they learn that Shazmoz has been relieved and that the Zairians are on the advance while the wave created by Prescot has swept away the Grodnim supplies. Gafard, ordered south with a new army, makes Prescot the standard bearer for the Lady of the Stars who is to them on their trip. The Grodnim army lands behind the Zairian lines, east of Shazmoz and and he succeeds in taking the larger air boat but then unexpectedly encounters his old Hamalian friends Rees and Chido and realises that the two would recognise him, forcing him to hide. With the opportunity gone the army marches into battle the day and Prescot decides to make a stand then. Prescot, along with a handful of men loyal to Gafard head out to rescue her, after the successful rescue and battle Gafard and his followers, with Prescot, return to Magdag. Attempts to abduct Gafards Lady continue unsuccessful for the time, on a hunting trip the Kings men finally succeed in taking the Lady of the Stars and Gafards men, except Grogor, his second in command, refuse to go against the King. Prescot refuses, too until he finds out that the Lady of the Stars is in reality his daughter Velia which he had last seen when she was three years old. Prescot and Grogor ride out to rescue Velia, arriving just in time to see the King escape with her on a saddle bird, Grogor wounds the bird with an arrow and the King drops Velia to escape
3. Triton (novel) – Trouble on Triton, An Ambiguous Heterotopia is a science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany. It was nominated for the 1976 Nebula Award for Best Novel and it was originally published under the shorter title Triton. Delany has said that Trouble on Triton was written partly in dialogue with Ursula K, le Guins anarchist science fiction novel The Dispossessed, whose subtitle was An Ambiguous Utopia. The most recent edition from Wesleyan University Press has a foreword by the postmodern novelist Kathy Acker, as the subtitle implies, the novel offers several conflicting perspectives on the concept of utopia. Utopia literally means place or no place. Delany takes the term heterotopia from the writings of philosopher Michel Foucault, literally, heterotopia means other place or a place of differences. Foucault uses the term to designate spaces outside everyday fixed institutional and social spaces, for trains, motels. Technology provides for a degree of self-modification, so that one can change ones physical appearance, gender, sexual orientation. The novel examines how Tritons freedoms and customs are perceived by the characters, particularly Bron Helstrom. The society of Mars is far harsher than that of Triton and he is self-absorbed, often lacks insight about himself and others, and has great difficulty with personal relationships. As the novel continues, political tensions between Triton and Earth lead to an interplanetary war. This is mainly used as the backdrop for Brons relationship with a brilliant young woman known as the Spike, although unsatisfied with the novels abrupt conclusion, Richard A. Lupoff praised Triton as a thoroughly absorbing, highly rewarding reading experience. A noble and fascinating experiment speaks well for the author, Trouble on Triton is not to be confused with the 1954 Alan E. Nourse novel Trouble on Titan. Trouble on Triton contains the first two parts of the five-part series Some Informal Remarks Toward the Modular Calculus, which continues in several volumes of the Return to Nevèrÿon series, the novel as a whole is Part One, while the novels second appendix is Part Two. Brons home city of Bellona, Mars shares its name with the Bellona where Delanys other novel Dhalgren is set, several plot elements in Trouble on Triton have similar corresponding elements in Delanys Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand. Trouble on Triton is set in the universe as Delanys short story Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones, included in his collection Aye, and Gomorrah. The complex game vlet, which Bron observes the play of, is inspired by the Joanna Russ short story A Game of Vlet, chan, Edward K. Identity Politics in Outer Space, Delanys Triton and the Heterotopian Narrative. Born to Be Bron, Destiny and Destinerrance in Samuel R. Delanys Trouble on Triton
4. The Word for World Is Forest – The Word for World Is Forest is a science fiction novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, first published in the United States in 1972 as a part of the anthology Again, Dangerous Visions and it is part of Le Guins Hainish Cycle. The story focuses on a military logging colony set up on the planet of Athshe by people from Earth. The colonists have enslaved the completely non-aggressive native Athsheans, and treat them very harshly, eventually, one of the natives, whose wife was raped and killed by a Terran military captain, leads a revolt against the Terrans, and succeeds in getting them to leave the planet. However, in the process their own culture is introduced to mass violence for the first time. The novel carries strongly anti-colonial and anti-militaristic overtones, driven partly by Le Guins negative reaction to the Vietnam War and it also explores themes of sensitivity to the environment, and of connections between language and culture. It shares the theme of dreaming with Le Guins novel The Lathe of Heaven, the novella won the Hugo Award in 1972, and was nominated for several other awards. It received generally positive reviews from reviewers and scholars, and was described as moving and hard-hitting. Several critics, however, stated that it compared unfavorably with Le Guins other works such as The Left Hand of Darkness, due to its sometimes polemic tone and lack of complex characters. Le Guins father Alfred Louis Kroeber was an anthropologist, and the exposure that this gave Le Guin influenced all of her works. Many of the protagonists of Le Guins novels, such as The Left Hand of Darkness, Le Guins interest in Taoism influenced much of her science fiction work. Douglas Barbour stated that the fiction of the Hainish Universe contains a theme of balance between light and darkness, a theme of Taoism. She was also influenced by her early interest in mythology, and her protagonists are frequently interested in the cultures they are investigating, and are motivated to preserve them rather than conquer them. Authors that influenced Le Guin include Victor Hugo, Lev Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, Le Guin identifies herself with feminism, and is interested in non-violence and ecological awareness. She has participated in demonstrations against the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons and these sympathies can be seen in several of her works of fiction, including the Hainish universe works. Her fiction also frequently challenges accepted depictions of race and gender, the novel was originally named Little Green Men, in reference to the common science-fiction trope. The Word for World is Forest is set in the fictional Hainish universe, in this alternative history, human beings did not evolve on earth, but on Hain. The people of Hain colonized many neighboring planetary systems, including Terra and Athshe, the planets subsequently lost contact with each other, for reasons that Le Guin does not explain
5. The Tides of Kregen – It was first published by DAW Books in 1976. The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, in addition to being the twelfth volume in the series as a whole, The Tides of Kregen is also the first of three volumes in the Krozair Cycle. It is set on the continent of Turismond as well as the island of Valka. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series, the book takes place a number of years after the events of Armada of Antares and the short story Wizard of Scorpio. It begins with an argument between Khe-Hi-Bjanching, a young Wizard of Loh and Evold Scavander about a visitation by Phu-si-Yantong, Prescot is than visited by the Gdoinye, the messenger bird of the Star Lords, to tell him his service will be required soon. He is astonished to hear that his soon Drak was able to see the bird, too and he shortly after informs Delia that he might be leaving soon. When a messenger informs Prescot that the Shanks, a race of raiders have attacked an island of Valka. The small force, including Delia and Drak, are trapped in an island village and he resists and refuses to take up battle in his new location, instead returning to Delia. The Gdoinye warns him of his foolishness to resist and once more he is teleported, again he defies the Star Lords and for this he is banished to Earth, seemingly for good. Prescot spends the next decades on Earth, getting involved in wars out of boredom and growing every more morose and he studies science and is eventually introduced to a Madam Ivanovna who reveals herself to be connected to Kregen but to be neither a Savanti nor a Star Lord. She tells Prescot her real name, Zena Iztar and he learns that 18 years have passed on Kregen since his departure. He learns that Drak and Delia survived the attack and that his older twins are now 32 years old and the second set 21, the age Delia was when she met Prescot. He also learns that the Savanti are only interested in the humans of Kregen while the Star Lords goals are broader and that their interests have clashed. She also tells him that it was her who influenced his directions at the Eye of the World when the Star Lords, three more years pass before Prescot is finally returned to Kregen in 1871. Prescot finds himself fighting slavers on a remote island, after fulfilling this task he sets of in a small boat, not knowing where he is. He is eventually rescued by a merchant ship and taken to Xuntal from where he heads home to Valka and he finds all his family dispersed and Delia to have left for the Eye of the World almost a year ago and follows her. Once more Prescot crosses the hostile lands and the Stratemsk mountains of eastern Turismond to reach the inner sea and he heads for Felteraz and Mayfwy, widow of his friend Zorg to gain information. Prescot returns to the fortress of the Krozairs of Zy but instead of a welcome he is declared Apushniad, Prescot is deeply affected by this sentence as being a Krozair was of the titles he held the one he valued most
6. 2150 AD – 2150 AD is a novel copyrighted by Don Plym and Thea Plym and originally published in 1971. In 1976 it was modified and re-published by Thea Alexander, the story concerns the character of Jon, who travels between his world of 1976 and the future world of 2150, where the Macro Society dominates the Earth. The world of 1976 is referred to by the inhabitants of 2150 as the pinnacle of micro society and this book is based on the journal of Jon Lake, who lived in the 1960s and 1970s as a psychiatrist. Because of his experiences and accepting world view, his soul was considered evolved, or Macro, enough to travel to 2150 where his twin soul, Lea Nine. His astral form traveled to 2150 and he lived there while his 1970s body slept, the book is centered on Macro Philosophy and concepts such as reincarnation, karma, twin souls and soul mates, as well as macro and micro limitations. Thea Alexander started a workshop for studying Macro Philosophy shortly before the book was published, the story starts with Jon having an astral dream. He is transported through time with the help of one of his mates, Lea and other level nines. He first finds himself in a field naked—and with both legs and he had lost one leg in the Vietnam War, and used a prosthesis ever since. He runs, and eventually encounters a woman, Lea. Lea explains that she is Jons soul twin and that he has brought forward to the year 2150 where life is easy, sunny. He later learns he has to attain a level 3 of Macro perspective for him to be able to stay in 2150 and he is given a chance to meet a group of people who will act as his family in 2150. His best friend and room mate, Karl, thinks Jon is having an escapist fantasy during REM sleep. He worries about Jon, but they arrange a bet, if possible, Jon will attempt to learn some of the Macro Powers practiced by the people in 2150, and demonstrate them in 1976. Over the next days, Jon is able to attain Macro Contact with a partner in his group and he convinces Karl of their reality when he levitates his dream journal around their apartment. Jon discovers that he can see auras as well, Jon decides to use the powers he learns in 2150 to improve the world in 1976. He selects a woman he finds in the student union, Neda, Karl and Neda eventually fall in love and get married. Later, in 1976, Jon interrupts a couple of thugs while they intend to rape a teenage girl. Using his powers, Jon attacks them, knocks them down, then Jon heals the thugs and takes them back to his apartment building, where he places them in an empty apartment
7. And All Between – And All Between is a science fiction/fantasy novel by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, the second book in the Green Sky Trilogy. The books title comes from one of the Green-sky chants, containing the phrase And all between becomes among, / And they are we and old is young, / And earth is sky, / And all is one. Eight-year-old Erdling Teera runs away from home when the Council decides her pet will have to be killed for food, the Erdlings are in a time of hunger due to their increasing numbers. Wandering through the tunnels of Erd, she finds an opening in the vines that entrap the Erdlings and accidentally tumbles through it. She calls out for help and soon is confronted by two strangers, Raamo and Neric, from the green-gold seals they wear, Teera recognizes them as Ol-zhaan. Taking her for a Kindar child who had been abducted by the Pash-shan, they convince her to return to the trees with promises of plentiful food, Teera is hidden with Raamos family and plays Spirit-games with his younger sister, Pomma. Raamos fellow Chosen, Dol Genaa, discovers Teera, in the confrontation that follows, they learn that Teera is actually a Pash-shan, who are not monsters as the Kindar have been told, but people like themselves. The conspirators activities have been observed by a member of the Geets-kel, who alerts D’ol Falla and she summons Raamo to a nighttime meeting where they plan to reunite the Kindar and Pash-shan. Equipped with a map drawn by Dol Falla, Genaa and Neric immediately set out to find a hole containing the secret metal hatch that grants entrance to the Erdling tunnels. After hearing of Fallas plans, Dol Regle and his assistants storm into the Dok household to seize Pomma and he then calls for a meeting of the Geets-kel to discuss the situation and formulate a plan to stop it. Finally, he retrieves an ancient weapon from Dol Fallas house and then confronts her with a threat to harm the children if she, after walking a long distance, Neric and Genaa eventually reach mining car tracks and finally a dimly-lit cavern with a high ceiling and stalactites. There is a yell, and then dozens of Erdlings appear from behind the rocks and it is decided to send the Ol-zhaan back to the surface with Hiro in addition to Teeras parents who will serve as the Erdlings representatives. High up in the trees, imprisoned in a room within Dol Regles quarters, Pomma and Teera pass their time with spirit-games. At one point their minds seem to work together, reminiscent of a long-lost ability called uniforce, Neric and Genaa return from underground, only to hear that their plans are known to Dol Regle who barges in and escorts them all to a meeting of the Geets-kel. Presenting his prisoners to the Geets-kel with the weapon by his side, Dol Regle argues that the Pash-shan and Kindar can not be reunited, or else their pure society will be destroyed. Dol Falla appeals to Raamo to use his spirit-skills to summon an answer, but as he does Pomma and Teera lift their arms up, All the Ol-zhaan present stand in awe, realizing they are witnessing the long-lost uniforce. And All Between on Zilpha Keatley Snyders website
8. Armada of Antares – It was first published by DAW Books in 1976. The Dray Prescot series is made of several cycles of novels, in addition to being the eleventh volume in the series as a whole, Armada of Antares is also the last of six volumes in the Havilfar Cycle. It is set on the continent of Havilfar as well as the islands of Pandahem. The series is in the spirit of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series, the book continues on from Avenger of Antares with Prescot being at home in his fortress in Valka with his wife and children. Attacked by four assassins in his own garden he defeats them and captures one, employing the help of Evold Scavander, a wise man of Valka Prescot persuades the research into the contents of the two boxes in the flying boats which cause them to fly and makes some progress. Prescot and the Emperor raise an army of 15,000 as a force to help the nations of Pandahem. He parts from Delia, now pregnant with their set of twins. At the Battle of Tomor Peak Prescots army defeats a 20 and he encounters Pando and his mother Tilda after the battle but is not recognised by them. During the night he walks into Rees who was captured during the battle and is now escaping. In his identity of Hamun Prescot joins Rees and they reach the Hamalian lines, from there Prescot, Rees and Chido return to Ruathytu. In a tavern in the capital the three watch a fight between Apims, humans, and Diffs, the races of Kregen and see a stranger arrive. Prescot recognises him as an agent of the Savanti and learns that they are called Savapim and he befriends the Savapim, another Earth man, making him believe that Prescot is one of theirs. Prescot learns a number of things without disclosing his own origins, story, Prescot volunteers to deliver a letter for a cousin of Chidos to the Volgendrin, hoping to find further information there on the flying boats and unawares of what the Volgendrin really are. He learns that they are flying islands when he jumps over the edge and is barely rescued. He learns more about the purpose of the Volgendrin but than, ready to depart, is recognised by Ornol ham Feoste, Kov of Apulad, Prescot attempts to deny his former identity but is forced to fight and flee. He temporarily escapes but is captured and eventually taken for trial to Ruathytu. Condemned to death and torture Prescot is spared when he is recognised by the former Kov of Falinur, instead he is taken to the Queen who decides to drag him through the streets during her coronation parade as Empress, tied to a Calsany, a donkey-like animal. Back in the dungeons Prescot is freed by the Kataki Strom Rosil, Prescot soon overpowers the Katakis but spares Rosil who escapes and the former heads off towards Vallia
9. Beasts (Crowley novel) – Beasts is a novel by John Crowley, published in 1976 by Doubleday. Beasts describes a world in which genetically engineered animals are given a variety of human characteristics, Painter is a leo, a combination of man and lion. Reynard, a derived from medieval European fable, is part fox. Political forces result in the leos being deemed a failure, first resigned to reservations. A central element of the story is the relationship between Painter and Reynard, who acts as a kingmaker behind the scenes, new York Times reviewer Gerald Jonas praised Crowleys prodigious inventiveness, describing the novel as a memorable tale that ends too soon
10. Birth of Fire – Birth of Fire is a science fiction novel by American writer Jerry Pournelle. It was first published by Laser Books in 1976, later published by Baen Books and it is related to the books Exiles to Glory and High Justice, and with those two, form a starting point for the CoDominium series. The book starts out in a year sometime between 2000 and 2050 and it begins with Garret Pittson, a respected gang member who hasnt found his path in life, caught in the middle of a gang war and then caught by the police. He is sentenced to prison for twenty years but takes up his lawyers offer of being shipped out to a colony on Mars where the conditions are rough and the pay unfair. Once arriving the events stir up and he ends up playing a prominent role in a revolution led by a group of farmers out on the rim of a crater in Mars southern hemisphere. Garrett is noticed as an excellent student by Commander Farr, who tells him to go to the city, someone comes up to him and gets him suited to a P-Suit, he learns to farm and the two travel to a friends farm where they meet Erica. Garrett has private time with her and they kiss, before she says they should wait, after multiple more trips, the two spend more time together and fall in love
11. The Boys from Brazil (novel) – The Boys from Brazil is a thriller novel by Ira Levin. It was subsequently made into a movie of the title that was released in 1978. Yakov Liebermann is a Nazi hunter, he runs a center in Vienna that documents crimes against humanity, perpetrated during the Holocaust. The waning interest of the Western nations in tracking down Nazi criminals, according to the young man, Mengele is activating the Kameradenwerk for a strange assignment, he is sending out six Nazis to kill 94 men, who share a few common traits. All men are civil servants, and all of them have to be killed on or about particular dates, all will be 65 years old at the time of their killing. Before the young man can finish the conversation, he is killed, Liebermann is hesitant and wonders if the call was a prank. But he investigates and discovers that the killings the young man spoke of are taking place, as he tries to determine why the seemingly unimportant men are being killed, he discovers by coincidence that the children of two of the men are identical. It eventually transpires each of the 94 targets has a son aged 13, Mengele wishes to create a new Führer for the Nazi movement, and is trying to ensure that the lives of the clones follow a similar path to Hitlers. Each civil servant father is married to a woman about 23 years younger, Liebermann manages to work out who one of the intended targets is, and travels to warn him that his life may be in danger. However, Mengele reaches the man first, kills him, Liebermann is shot but Mengele is killed by the targeted mans collection of dangerous dogs. The plan is halted, but 18 Hitler clones have already lost their fathers, Liebermann destroys the list of the 94 clones so that a younger Nazi hunter will not be able to kill what may still turn out to be harmless boys. However, the ends with one of the Hitler clones developing what may be delusions of grandeur