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Friday Fiction: World Swappers

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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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May The Fourth Be With You

star wars kids book with record

Star Wars
20th Century-Fox Film Corp.
1979

In honor Star Wars Day, here are a couple of picture books. (One with an ACTUAL RECORD!) As a fan of the original trilogy, I do reject the second book, since Jar Jar Binks is the worst (and then I quit paying attention to the rest of the series.)

Break out your light sabers and become one with the force,

Mary

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