A Catalogue of The Further Suns
An imaginary “precis of reports compiled by the preliminary survey expeditions,” F.J. Bergmann’s “A Catalogue of the Further Suns” is the most memorable book we’ve read in years. It’s magic, a work of inspired genius, and the less we attempt to describe this singular creation, the better it becomes. Each “report” is a brief prose-poem recounting interactions between an ostensibly human encounter with extraterrestrial life, but many of the distant worlds seem alarmingly like our own. Mordant, chilling, and, ultimately, astonishingly true, “A Catalogue” deserves to be read (and re-read) by anyone who believes in the transcendent power of the written word.