|cover art by Carl Lundgren|
Along with Clarke and Asimov, Heinlein was among the first science fiction authors whose work I read. Heinlein taught me a valuable lesson: to avoid fictional politics.
|cove art by Vincent Di Fate|
My example of a science fiction nova is M. A. Foster. Michael Anthony Foster is probably the only science fiction author for whom I purchased every published novel.
|cover art by Michael Whelan|
Foster imagined a future in which a human variant, the Ler, was crafted and sent forth into the universe. Foster was one of the many science fiction authors who came to my attention by way of DAW Books which began publishing just when I reached my personal golden age of science fiction.
Of course, Carl Lundgren's painting has nothing to do with the Ler or the "game players". In Foster's novel, the Ler are masters of a mathematically complex game. Eventually the Ler escape from the confines of Earth and spread to other planets of distant star systems. Genetically engineered humans, mathematical games, interstellar travel... tinged with a dose of 1970s pop culture metaphysics.
|cover art by George Underwood|
|1979: more re-used Carl Lundgren cover art. Science Fiction? Fantasy? Who cares; we all have swords!|