When I was a kid, my parents enrolled me in a Science Fiction Book Club. I received book once a month and got to choose which ones to keep. I wanted to keep all of them. The only problem was, during the summer I spent more time out with my friends, riding my bicycles, going to movies, swimming, and hiking in the woods, and less time reading. There were a couple of books I never got around to reading. One of those books was Earthworks, by Brian W. Aldiss. The picture I use as a logo for “Bill’s Bookshelf” is an actual section of the bookshelves in my room in the house I grew up in. When I visited my mother in Virginia, about three months ago, I picked up Earthworks and brought it back to Florida.
Earthworks is a genuinely good book, the kind of science fiction book that I always hope to find among the myraid of choices that line fill the shelves of used book stores. But because I’m in the process of editing a book and working toward a deadline, I’ve decided that instead of writing extensively about Earthworks myself, I will refer all visitors to Bill Ectric’s Place to some commentary from Graeme K Talboys at Grumbooks.