Books: Sci-Fi Highs

Five novels revive a genre

What ever happened to science fiction? In the 70s, readers were inundated with novels by giants of the genre: Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury and scores of others. But bookstore shelves have grown barer and the names rarer. Even so, a handful of practitioners show that this may be merely a hiatus before the renaissance.

Arthur C. Clarke's sequel, 2010: Odyssey Two (Ballantine; $14.95), resumes the themes of his celebrated 2001, published 14 years ago. A joint Soviet-American expedition sets out to locate the spaceship Discovery and to examine...

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