Books: Future Imperatives

BREAKFAST IN THE RUINS by MICHAEL MOORCOCK 174 pages. Random House. $5.95.

FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND by BRIAN W. ALDISS 212 pages. Random House. $5.95.

THE DISPOSSESSED by URSULA K. LEGUIN 341 pages. Harper & Row. $7.95.

Whether one subscribes to the big-bang or the steady-state theory of science fiction, there is no doubt that the genre continues to flourish, worlds without end. Here are three writers of what is now preferably called "speculative fiction" who are doing particularly well.

Britain's Michael Moorcock is both bizarrely inventive and highly disciplined as he rockets from blood-and-thunder histrionics to wry social satire in his latest fantasy, Breakfast in the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!