SF Masterwork of the Week: Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys

Our SF Masterwork of the Week is Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys.

We could introduce this classic of claustrophobic SF to you by telling you that noted critic Graham Sleight considers Rogue Moon to be ‘one of the half-dozen essential SF novels‘.

We could point out that Hugo Award-winning author James Blish thought the book ‘a masterpiece’ or that the great Alfred Bester (winner of the very first Hugo for The Demolished Man) declared that it had ‘come very close to realizing our ideal of science fiction, the story of how human beings may be affected by the science of the future’.

But actually, we think the best approach is to let bestselling SF writer and Gollancz favourite Alastair Reynolds tell you all about it. Here’s the trailer with which we announced SF Gateway in the summer of 2010; Al’s piece is about 45 seconds in:


Alastair Reynolds‘ latest novel is Blue Remembered Earth, now available in paperback and as an eBook from Gollancz.