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Friday Fiction

Most Fridays we feature a fiction title that is usually anything pulp, odd covers, odd titles and anything else worth discussing! These are NOT necessarily awful.

Friday Fiction: World Swappers

world swappers cover

World Swappers
Brunner
1959

Who wouldn’t want to pick up and read this book with Frederik Pohl’s lukewarm endorsement on the cover? I cracked up at the marketing genius who thought this kind of statement would make a great book blurb for the cover. I wonder if Brunner was okay with the faint praise on his cover.

As far as this book goes, it is a traditional space opera where different factions are jockeying for supremacy in the galaxy. Then we have a new player on the scene and the humans have a new enemy.

Mary

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Friday Fiction – Galactic Aliens

Galactic Aliens coverGalactic Aliens
Frank
1979

Submitter: A student brought the following book to our attention for review and weeding…because he wanted it. Why is this book awful? Well, it is a book that claims to be the most important book since The Bible. It is bad science fiction from 1979. We are an academic library so I’m not sure why we still had the book. My guess is that it was hiding among the quality science fiction.

Holly: I had to dig a bit to figure this one out. It is a fiction book that is formatted like a non-fiction catalog of alien beings. The author is a horror film critic. So, unless you have a run on sci-fi about intergalactic confederations and alien life, you can probably let this one go now.  It might have done well in a teen department in a public library in the early 1980s, but it seems like an odd choice for an academic library.

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Friday Fiction – Bridget of Cat’s Head Point

Bridget of Cat's Head PointBridget of Cat’s Head Point
Winters
1994

Submitter: I think the man on the cover (that look on his face!) and Bridget’s hair are what struck me at first. Apparently there really is a Cat’s Head Point in northern Michigan! I had to keep the book, personally, just for a laugh from time to time.

Holly: 1994? I would have guessed early 1980s for a publication date on this one. This “Great Lakes Romances” series was a slam-dunk collection choice, especially in Michigan, when it was published almost 24 years ago. Libraries in the Traverse City, MI area might have a reason to keep it. The rest of us can let it go if it no longer circulates. There is a reader survey form (included with the images below) that is completely useless now. That guy on the cover does have an odd look. Is he supposed to look mad? Is the sun in his eyes? Is he plotting her demise?

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