I was thinking about Ken Campbell going on about John Brunner, who he met an SF convention. He talked about his book The Sheep Look Up, a great title by any standards, and by all accounts a great novel too.

I got to wondering how many other SF works have the word ‘ sheep’ in the title.

Here’s my list:

  • ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ by Philip K Dick (Do they?)
  • ‘The Sheep Look Up’ by John Brunner (“A complex tragic masterpiece. John Brunner is the Rachel Carson of science fiction” Ian Watson; and “[This book] is, in my opinion and for all kinds of reasons, unquestionably the best SF novel ever written” John Grant, Joint Editor, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. Wow, that’s some endorsement from a man who knows what he’s talking about!);
  • ‘Black Sheep’ by Ben Peek (a bleak Orwellian Dystopia);
  • ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ by Haruki Murakami and Rupert Degas;
  • ‘The Strayed Sheep of Charun’ by John Maddox Roberts;
  • ‘*OP Sheep’ by Simon Maginn (supernatural and psychological horror in Wales);
  • ‘Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story’ by Leonie Swann (technically a detective novel but included here since the ‘detective’ comprises a flock of sheep attempting to solve the mystery of their shepherd’s murder);
  • ‘Sheep’s Clothing’ by Josi S. Kilpack (a YA novel that may not qualify as SF but does feature the internet by an LDS – I found out this means ‘Latter Day Saints’ – novelist);
  • ‘Dances with Sheep’ by Keith Knight (Not SF, but a comic strip that sounds hilarious).

To my shame I’ve only read the first on the list, but John Brunner is zooming up the horizon now.

Please feel free to send in any suggestions if you think I’ve missed something.

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