Years before furry was popular, there was The Wanderer. Years before Lucifer's Hammer, there was The Wanderer. Years before it was popular go epic numbers of scientists and normals oohing and awing over BDO's entering the Earth's orbit... oh wait, no that's pretty much a standard of SF.
Seriously, aside from the times, which may or may not let you guys forgive the casual references to casual racism, sexism, and the oddly frank depiction of a lesbian woman deciding ri ...more
An interesting premise, a planet-sized spacecraft appearing in near-Earth orbit, is thrown off track by frequent hopping amongst several groups of characters, mostly unrelated. These asides do show the destruction caused by the now out-of-control tidal forces on our planet but Leiber spend ...more
On second thought, it must have been a slow year; I have not read Davy, The Planet Buyer, or The Whole Man, 1965's other contenders, so I can't say. But the previous year the nominees were Cat's Cradle, Dune, Glory ...more
The whole thing is very dated. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
All sorts of wacko stuff effecting the tides, orbit, and all manner of other things... and that's what we start out here with the Fritz Leiber's 1964 Hugo Award winning (Best Novel for the year 1965) "The Wanderer".
For about the first 80 or so pages, this book was good "hard" science fiction and I loved it. I found myself thinking, "Wow... This may be original earth disaster/cataclysm/dystopia novel!"
And then we begin plod ...more
The story follows a cast of dozens as a garishly decorated planet appears from hyperspace near the orbit of the moon. While at first people stare in wonder at their new purple and gold neighbor, wonder turns to horror as the 80-fold increased gravity of the Wanderer shreds the moon and starts a series of earthquakes, tsunamis, ...more
A terrific novel begins with a clever hook and The Wanderer has just such a hook. It considers the same event, a cosmic event with a strange appearance near the moon, from the perspective of nearly a dozen different characters from ...more
To be totally fair, I didn't read this book under the best of circumstances. My boyfriend and I planned to listen to it on a long car ride. Unfortunately the air conditioner gave out half an hour in, and we had to keep th ...more
Il suo nome è Tigerishka. La sua specie è felina. La sua sensualità è magnetica. E micidiale. Tigerishka arriva da spazi molto lontani e profondi. Pronta a conquistae, a divorare. Ma il suo mezzo di trasporto non è un qualunque, banale disco volante: è addirittura un intero pianeta, il Vagabondo. Penetrando nel sistema solare, il pianeta vagante si avvicina pericolosamente alla Terra, provocando maremoti e sconvolgimenti. Da questo spunto provocatorio, Fritz Leiber costruisce un classico della s...more
Only then do we start to get to the real story. There are two primary arcs, really, but we keep coming back to those extraneous points of view, over and over until and unless the character in question dies. I think t ...more
I went into this book expecting to hate it, and honestly I was very biased for the majority of it. It's poor reviews, as well as how truly terrible Leiber ' s other hugo winner was made me very wary. However , while this book wasn't very good, it had strong ideas and potential that made it readable.
Leiber seems to suffer from not knowing how to edit. Once again he had an overwhelming amount of characters, and honestly the events of this book amounted ...more
It took me a long time to get into this book. And it's not a very long book. Much of it is structured in a way that reminds me of the beginning of The Stand: it jumps between many different groups of people to show how they are affected by the crisis. In The Stand, I think this is brilliant. The problem with it here is that ...more