Bob Shaw

  • Night Walk by Bob Shaw

    Night Walk (1967) by Bob Shaw reads like a road movie, which instead of a car and a road, has man with some electronic sonar eyes crossing a swampy continent, using a bird to guide him.

    It’s a tough book, and unlike other Bob Shaw novels of the same era, Night Walk is an intense and gruelling look at madness, and how messed up minds get when basic human functions are altered by science.

  • Other Days, Other Eyes by Bob Shaw

    Science fiction novels are much more fun when a technology they present has a believable aspect to it, and it’s even better still if the application in question is new, hasn’t been thought of before, or is something that already exists in theoretical or prototypical form.

    I guess one of these is true of most SF scenarios, but when they come together as they do in something like Bob Shaw’s Other Days, Other Eyes, the effect can be stunning.

  • Vertigo by Bob Shaw

    Vertigo (1978) isn’t from Bob Shaw’s vintage period, but neither is it one of the less successful novels from the 1980s, when some of the passion seemed to leave him for a while.

    It concerns a much cherished human ambition — personal flight — and the consequences for us poor infallible humans. It’s true, and many SF authors would back this up — but people should never be allowed new inventions, because great as technology may be, it’s always going to be screwed up one way or the other.