Books Read in 1976

Following on from last month’s Books Read in 1975.

133 titles this year, and it appears to have been the year of the serial, with Edgar Rice Burroughs my most read author, thanks to his Mars and Venus books.

Make what you will of the fact that 1975’s last book was “The Day It Rained Forever” by Ray Bradbury, while 1976 opened with Ballard’s “The Drought”.

From memory, the big discovery of the year was Philip K, Dick, whose work I’d heard a lot about but had never encountered ‘in the flesh’ until 1976.

It appears I also discovered that women write stuff too. Actually, I always knew that, but in 1976 I got round to reading some of their books.

Three of the books listed I can’t find the authors of, not even by searching on Amazon, thanks to their generic titles – “Bronzes”, “Jewellery” and “Ape”, though I think the latter was a ‘gorillas in films’ title, with King Kong as the main man – at least not without turning my house upside down to put my hands on the books and I don’t care that much.

And I have absolutely no memory of reading “The Seal of Dracula” by Barrie Pattison, though everything else on the list rings a bell.

On my 22nd birthday, I was reading “The Plague” by Albert Camus, though I can’t remember if that was because I feeling particularly angsty at the time or was simply trying to impress a woman through cultivating an air of gallic sophistication and intellectuality.

Here’s the list:-

The Drought – J. G. Ballard

A Fairy Tale of New York – J. P. Donleavy

Monkey Planet – Pierre Boulle

Out of their Minds – Clifford D. Simak

When Worlds Collide – Edwin Balmer and Philip Wylie

Biblical Myths and Mysteries

The Jewels of Aptor – Samuel R. Delany

To Outrun Doomsday – Kenneth Bulmer

The Face in the Abyss – Abraham Merritt

Beyond the Golden Stair – Hannes Bok

Junkie – William S. Burroughs

Dwellers in the Mirage – Abraham Merritt

The Lost Worlds of 2001 – Arthur C. Clarke

Bertrand Russell’s Best – Edited by Robert E. Egner

Space Ranger – Isaac Asimov

Pirates of the Asteroids – Isaac Asimov

The Big Sun of Mercury – Isaac Asimov

Oceans of Venus – Isaac Asimov

The Rings of Saturn – Isaac Asimov

The Moons of Jupiter – Isaac Asimov

The Time Dweller – Michael Moorcock

The Man With a Thousand Names – A. E. Van Vogt

Beyond the Barrier – Damon Knight

The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth – Roger Zelazny

Lords of the Starship – Mark Geston

Out of the Mouth of the Dragon – Mark Geston

The Chrysalids – John Wyndham

The Fabulous Riverboat – Philip Jose Farmer

Vermilion Sands – J. G. Ballard

The Essential Lenny Bruce – Edited by John Cohen

The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Return of the King – J. R. R. Tolkien

Empire of the Atom – A. E. Van Vogt

The Wizard of Linn – A. E. Van Vogt

Conan the Buccaneer – L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter

Conan the Conqueror – Robert E. Howard

Conan the Avenger – Robert E. Howard, Bjorn Nyberg and L. Sprague de Camp

Conan of the Isles – L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter

The Cream of the Jest – James Branch Cabell

Figures of Earth – James Branch Cabell

The Silver Stallion – James Branch Cabell

Jurgen – James Branch Cabell

Fear of Flying – Erica Jong

Clans of the Alphane Moon – Philip K. Dick

History of Western Philosophy – Bertrand Russell

Captive Universe – Harry Harrison

The Philosophy of Nietzsche – Edited by Geoffrey Clive

Sexus – Henry Miller

Plexus – Henry Miller

Nexus – Henry Miller

Night Monsters – Fritz Leiber

Earthlight – Arthur C. Clarke

Chamiel – Edward Pearson

Dragonflight – Anne McCaffrey

Dragonquest – Anne McCaffrey

Recalled to Life – Robert Silverberg

The Half Angels – Andrew Lovesey

Pirates of Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Lost on Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Carson of Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Escape on Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Wizard of Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Timestop – Philip Jose Farmer

The Heaven Makers – Frank Herbert

The Hounds of Tindalos – Frank Belknap Long

The Black Druid – Frank Belknap Long

The Swords of Lankhmar Fritz Leiber

The Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius – Michael Moorcock

Mythmaster – Leo P. Kelley

The Omega Point – George Zebrowski

Moorcock’s Book of Martyrs – Michael Moorcock

Ape – ???

The Serpent – Jane Gaskell

The Dragon – Jane Gaskell

Atlan – Jane Gaskell

The City – Jane Gaskell

Time-Snake and Super Clown – Vincent King

All Colour Book of Art Nouveau – Geoffrey Warren

The Battle of Forever – A. E. Van Vogt

All Colour Book of Art Deco – Dan Klein

A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Warlord of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Thuvia Maid of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Chessmen of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Master Mind of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Fighting Man of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Swords of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Synthetic Men of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Llana of Gathol – Edgar Rice Burroughs

John Carter of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Best of Fritz Leiber Fritz Leiber

The Halloween Tree – Ray Bradbury

The Hollow Lands – Michael Moorcock

Our Friends from Frolix 8 – Philip K, Dick

To Ride Pegasus – Anne McCaffrey

The Chalk Giants – Keith Roberts

Star King – Jack Vance

Tower of Glass – Robert Silverberg

A Midsummer Tempest – Poul Anderson

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud – Max Ehrlich

Blown – Philip Jose Farmer

Introducing Oriental Art – Philip Rawson

The Blue World – Jack Vance

The Seal of Dracula – Barrie Pattison

Real Time World – Christopher Priest

The Thief’s Journal – Jean Genet

Vulcan’s Hammer – Philip K. Dick

In the Prison of Her Skin – Violette Leduc

One-Eye – Stuart Gordon

Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre

Non-Stop – Brian W. Aldiss

The Melody Maker File – Edited by Ray Coleman

The Time of the Hawklords – Michael Moorcock and Michael Butterworth

The Plague – Albert Camus

The Best of Clifford D. Simak – Clifford D. Simak

The Trial – Franz Kafka

The Big Time – Fritz Leiber

The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles

Three Hearts and Three Lions – Poul Anderson

Oriental Rugs & Carpets – Fabio Formentum

The Best of Harry Harrison – Harry Harrison

My Life as a Man – Philip Roth

The World Jones Made – Philip K. Dick

Jewellery – ???

Bronzes – ???

The Winds of Gath – E. C. Tubb

Derai – E. C. Tubb

Toyman – E. C. Tubb

Kalin – E. C. Tubb

Happy Birthday Wanda June – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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3 Responses to Books Read in 1976

  1. Rolnikov says:

    Some fun books there. The books you were reading in 1976 are the same ones I was buying secondhand ten, fifteen years later.

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