*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Here we are with three novels (Pstalemate, The Eleventh Commandment and The Sky Is Falling) and a collection of short stories (Mortals And Monsters), by the highly regarded author Lester Del Rey (in real life the less fanciful Leonard Knapp). In addition we have the first Magabook published by Galaxy, consisting of The Sky Is Falling and Badge Of Infamy, with Virgil Finlay cover art. PICTURED: THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT VG/FN £6 THE SKY IS FALLING / BADGE OF INFAMY GD £5 SOLD
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Here are six more of Moorcock’s books, coming from a range of series: An Alien Heat (Dancers At The End Of Time #1), Stormbringer (Elric), The Sword Of The Dawn (The History Of The Runestaff #3) and The War Lord Of The Air (Oswald Bastable #1). The remaining books are The Shores Of Death (a variant title of the novel The Twilight Man) and The Time Dweller (a collection of short stories).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: It’s a pleasure to add five more books by this author to our listings. Specialising in predictions of the near future, with many stories set in the year 2000, Reynolds correctly anticipated the credit-card economy, the worldwide web and a ‘Common Europe’. His anticipated utopian societies, sadly, were less accurate, but nevertheless he uses the imagined societies to explore how they would (or wouldn’t) work. In this update we have Earth Unaware, Police Patrol: 2000 A.D., Space Pioneer, The Earth War and Time Gladiator.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This latest addition to this category consists of a hefty chunk of Jack Vance titles, including an Ace Double (The Brains Of Earth/The Many Worlds Of Magnus Ridolph), an early Lancer edition of The Dying Earth (a superbly crafted fantasy with a dark undertone of humour, which helped inspire Gene Wolfe’s great Book Of The New Sun) and a host of 1st PB editions, rightfully giving works previously only published in pulps a wider audience. Vance was a master of the Swords & Sorcery genre, with a greatly appreciated humorous streak. He created several series, each encompassing its own carefully imagined universe: from the Big Planet series we have Big Planet itself and Showboat World, from the Durdane series The Anome, The Brave Free Men and The Asutra, from the Gaean Reach series The Gray Prince, Maske: Thaery, Trullion: Alastor 2262, Marune: Alastor 933 and The Book Of Dreams, while from the Planet of Adventure series we have The Dirdir and The Pnume. In addition – yes, there’s more! – we have Son Of The Tree, The Dragon Masters, The Houses Of Iszm and The Languages Of Pao. The Ace Double has two Jack Gaughan covers, while The Dirdir and The Pnume have Jeff Jones cover art and The Dying Earth has Emshwiller cover art.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: ‘All this’ is a great selection of books written or edited by Brian Aldiss, one of the most interesting, inventive, thought-provoking and entertaining of the great British SF writers. Pictured are Frankenstein Unbound, Hothouse, The Interpreter, The Malacia Tapestry and Space Opera. In addition we’ve added An Age, Non-Stop, The Airs Of Earth, The Canopy Of Time, The Dark Light Years, The Eighty-Minute Hour, Evil Earths and Space Odysseys. Whichever you choose you can be sure of a great read!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’ve added a baker’s dozen of books by this very popular author. Pictured are A Maze Of Death, Clans Of The Alphane Moon, The Preserving Machine And Other Stories, Time Out Of Joint, We Can Build You and (written with Zelazny) Deus Irae. Apart from the books shown we’ve also included Dr Bloodmoney Or How We Got Along After The Bomb, Dr Futurity/ The Unteleported Man (an Ace Double), Eye In The Sky, Solar Lottery,The Variable Man, The Zap Gun and Vulcan’s Hammer. Most of these titles are 1st PB.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A dozen of Clarke’s novels join the bookshelves, ranging from A (A Fall Of Moondust) to V (Voices From The Sky; non-fiction) and published from the 1950s to the 1980s. Apart from the titles pictured we also have Earthlight, Imperial Earth, Islands In The Sky, Reach For Tomorrow, Rendezvous With Rama and 2010 Odyssey Two. Widely admired for both his scientific and literary ability, this set of novels and short stories amply display the range of his talents.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’re delighted to have a large influx of books by one of our favourite Science Fiction authors, Roger Zelazny. A winner of multiple Hugos, Nebulas and other awards, with such stellar talent that he could probably get an award nomination simply by writing a shopping list, his name is not as well recognised now as other authors such as Asimov, Clarke or Dick. If he’s not an author you’ve read before, we’d recommend you start with A Rose For Ecclesiastes, Four For The Future or The Doors Of His Face, The Lamps Of His Mouth, all collections of short stories, or a book from the Amber series (Sign Of The Unicorn, The Guns Of Avalon or The Hand Of Oberon). After that you’re spoilt for choice: Changeling, Creatures Of Light And Darkness, Damnation Alley, Eye Of Cat, Isle Of The Dead, Jack Of Shadows, Madwand, My Name Is Legion, Roadmarks, The Dream Master, This Immortal, To Die In Italbar and Today We Choose Faces. Nearly all of the books are 1st UK PB or 1st US PB, dating from the 1960s to early 1980s.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: An octet of titles join the shelves, all published by the New English Library. First up is Bradbury’s The October Country, with a stunning wraparound cover by Josh Kirby, closely followed by Campbell’s The Moon Is Hell and Davis’ (ed.) The Old Masters. We have two titles by Terry Greenhough, The Wandering Worlds and Time And Timothy Grenville, the latter with Bruce Pennington cover art. Frank Herbert’s classic, Dune, is also graced by a Pennington cover. Finally we have Ward Moore’s Bring The Jubilee and Pohl’s Slave Ship.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This time we’ve added eight Corgi SF books, all from the 1950s or 1960s. The five earliest editions are all the slightly shorter and squarer Pocket book size, while the later three are the standard (for their time) size. The earlier set consists of The Silver Locusts (Bradbury), Space On My Hands (Brown), The Big Eye (Ehrlich), World Out Of Mind (McIntosh) and Timeliner (Maine). Several of these have cover art by John Richards, although the cover art on Space On My Hands is by Charles Binger. Of the standard size Corgis we have another Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes with a Bruce Pennington cover, New Writings in SF-13 (Carnell ed.) with a Josh Kirby cover and an unusual edition of Miller’s classic A Canticle For Leibowitz.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A fine selection of classic Science Fiction novels and short story collections here, in editions ranging from the 1960s to 2000s. Greybeard and Space, Time And Nathaniel from Aldiss, Dandelion Wine and The October Country (an unusual Ace UK edition) from Bradbury, Babel-17 and Nova from Delany, plus the brilliantly titled Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (Dick) and we’ve only got to D so far! The Radio Beasts (Farley), I Am Legend (Matheson) and A Canticle For Leibowitz (Miller) take us up to M. We have both the 1st UK PB and US PB of Sellings’ Telepath/The Silent Speakers, and to round off we have More Than Human (Sturgeon). If you haven’t read these, then we recommend that you do. As an additional inducement many of these editions have fine cover art by the likes of Bruce Pennington and Richard Powers.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Not a meal suggestion, but four books that will definitely leave you satisfied. First up, Greg Bear’s Infinity Concerto, a quite different look at a trip to ‘Fairyland’, then two books by C J Cherryh. Heavy Time deals with the early period of human expansion into the space, while Hunter Of Worlds explores the effect of human alien contact as she does so well (fans of the Foreigner series may recognise some traits of the Atevi in the iduve). Finally Gene Wolfe’s Operation Ares looks at a different type of Martian invasion.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror / Crime, Spies & Sleaze: This update features a set of books where authors have crossed from established genres to explore new horizons. Jack London, Hank Janson and Edgar Wallace, best known for Crime have Science Fiction novels with The Star Rover, The Unseen Assassin and The Green Rust respectively. In fact, cognoscenti of Hank Janson’s Reginald Heade cover art will find the distressed damsel on the cover of The Unseen Assassin very similar in pose and dishevelled clothing to those adorning the detective fiction (although the background art is by Ron Turner). J B Priestley, now best known as a playwright has a Crime novel – Salt Is Leaving. The last three publications defy easy classification, but we’ve put them in our Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror category: The Starcomber, originally a novella by Alfred Bester, Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) is it Fantasy? Horror? a Polymesmeric Bestseller? and finally Dragaonflame And Other Nightmares by Don McGregor, who’s best known as a comics writer.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This release consists of a set of novels originally published between 1950 and 1965, mainly by authors who first achieved recognition in pulp fiction, but also Stanislaw Lem, represented here by The Cyberiad (1977 edition), but perhaps best known for Solaris. The reinvented pulp authors are Asimov (The Stars Like Dust, 1958 edition), Budrys (Who?, 1960 Badger edition), Chandler (Space Mercenaries, 1960s edition) and E E ‘Doc’ Smith (First Lensman, 1973 edition).
This year we’re very excited (maybe the !!! gives it away?) to be taking part in the London Bookshop Crawl, which will be happening over the weekend of 9th – 11th February. The Bookshop Crawl, as you might imagine is like a pub crawl, only with books, and is an opportunity for booklovers to visit lots of (mainly) independent booksellers and be rewarded in the process.
We’ll be offering 10% off all purchases from our Books section, and a selection of free books (up to 5 per customer). In addition, for this Sunday (11th) only, we’ll be open from 10:30 to 18:00.
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*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Four more Moorcocks (apart from being a bit of a tongue-twister) are always welcome on our shelves. This time we’ve added Phoenix In Obsidian with the Eternal Champion, an early US version of Stormbringer (with a Jack Gaughan cover), The Singing Citadel and The Stealer Of Souls (two more early Mayflower Elrics with other characters). Join Elric as he agonises eternally, the Eternal Champion in his agonies and numerous other characters in the struggle between Order and Chaos that only Moorcock could conjure up.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Just over a handful of fresh Digit books have arrived on the bookshelves: Bulmer’s The Fatal Fire and The Secret Of Zi, Cooper’s Voices In The Dark (short stories), a Kornbluth & Pohl collaboration, Search The Sky and Lan Wright’s Assignment Luther. Saving the best for last, despite coming first alphabetically, we have Aldiss’ Non-stop, the 1st UK PB for this novel, celebrated with a splendid Emshwiller cover.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’re delighted to have new in 8 of Badger’s Supernatural Stories. The series ran from 1954 to 1967 and was mainly written by Robert Lionel Fanthorpe and John Glasby, using a variety of pseudonyms. Each book was rigidly written to have 45,000 words, leading to some incongruous instances of padding or extremely rapid plot resolutions, depending on how close the author got to the target. A mere £22.50 was paid for each book, so the publishers got what they paid for! Most issues resemble pulps, having several short stories instead of one novel; these are listed under the editor’s ‘name’, John S Manning (actually Maurice Nahum), while single story issues are listed by author. Each comes with a lurid cover, usually courtesy of Henry Fox. Just a few titles to whet your appetite – enough to show that they lived up to their slogan – Centurion’s Vengeance (SN 49), The Phantom Ones (SN 48) and The Sorcerers Of Bast (SN 31). We also have the last in the series, SN 109, which has as its feature story The Thing In The Mist by Max Chartair.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A large addition to the shelves of more than 15 anthologies, with well-known editors including Asimov, Carnell, Carr, Ellison, Knight, Merril, Mills and Wollheim. Four are HC, Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age (Carr), A Pocketful Of Stars (Knight), The Best Of The Best (Merril) and Science Fiction At Large (Peter Nicholls). The last is a fascinating collection of essays about the interface between science fiction and reality, taken written for a 1975 symposium, and includes contributions from an eclectic cast such as Ursula Le Guin, Edward de Bono, Alan Garner, Harry Harrison, Robert Sheckley and Philip K Dick.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: With the sequel to Blade Runner wowing viewers in the cinemas, this is an apposite time to add more Philip K Dick books, including, of course, the original Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and its movie version, Blade Runner. In addition we’ve added A Handful Of Darkness, A Scanner Darkly, Martian Time-Slip and The Game Players Of Titan.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Just added, a small set of 1st PB editions, including Port Eternity (Cherryh), Dreamsnake (McIntyre), The Space Circus (Raymond) and This Immortal (Zelazny). Humour is well-represented, with The Silver Eggheads (Leiber) taking a swipe at the publishing profession, The Fickle Finger Of Fate (Keel) skewering certain superheroes (Batman? Superman?) and A Farce To Be Reckoned With (Zelazny & Sheckley) having fun with the eternal battle between Good and Evil.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: It’s always a pleasure to announce more Heinlein books being available. In this restocking update we have Assignment In Eternity, Double Star, I Will Fear No Evil (1st US PB), Starship Troopers, The Door Into Summer, The Puppet Masters and Time For The Stars. The only thing left to say is – Enjoy!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Kurt Vonnegut remains one of our most popular SF authors, so we’re very pleased to be able to expand the number of books on offer from him. This time we’ve added Cat’s Cradle, Player Piano, Wampeters Foma & Granfalloons and Welcome To The Monkey House. We’ve also added God Bless You, Mr Rosewater and Jailbird, neither are strictly SF, but written in Vonnegut’s unique, surreal style and highly entertaining.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Today we’ve added eleven collections by nine great authors, published in the quarter century between 1962 and 1987. Represented twice are Alan E Nourse with The Counterfeit Man and Tiger By The Tail and Theodore Sturgeon with Caviar and E Pluribus Unicorn. Also represented are Brian Aldiss (The Canopy Of Time), Frederic Brown (Nightmares And Geezenstacks), Arthur C Clarke (Tales From The White Hart), Avram Davidson (Or All The Seas With Oysters), Harry Harrison (Prime Number), Damon Knight (Natural State And Other Stories) and C M Kornbluth (The Explorers). All experts in their field, these are guaranteed to entertain – don’t say we don’t spoil you!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Another SF update by publisher brings us to Penguin, known for their good taste in books. Our earliest book is a venerable 1946 copy of H G Wells’ Island Of Dr Moreau, only FA, but deserving a special mention for reaching it’s eighth decade. From the 1960’s comes Ballard’s The Terminal Beach, Bester’s Tiger! Tiger!, Boardman’s Connoisseur’s S.F., Judd’s Gunner Cade and Pangborn’s A Mirror For Observers. Finally two published in the 1970’s, Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Peake’s Titus Alone. Excellent books and some stunning covers, as the images show; what more could you ask?
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Our Science Fiction restocking continues apace with a selection of books published by Sphere. With legendary authors such as Gordon R Dickson, Philip Jose Farmer, Robert Heinlein, Fritz Leiber, Larry Niven, Alexei Panshin, Clifford Simak, Cordwainer Smith and Jack Williamson (deep breath), it’s no wonder that Sphere books remain very attractive.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A fine update in the fantasy hero tradition, written or inspired by Robert E Howard, mainly 1st UK PBs and featuring some notable cover artists. Works by the man himself are King Kull, the Skull-Face trilogy (all with Chris Achilleos cover art) and Marchers Of Valhalla. Howard, Nyberg and de Camp are represented by Conan The Avenger and Howard, de Camp and Carter by Conan Of Cimmeria, both with Frank Frazetta cover art. L Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter were inspired to write the only non-Howard book in this update, Conan Of The Isles, with cover art by John Duillo. Finally, we must give a special mention to Chris Achilleos, for creating at least five pieces of heroic barbarian cover art without a single scantily clad nubile/pneumatic female in view.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Our latest additions are a selection of Pan paperbacks dating from 1953 to 1979. Arthur C Clarke (Childhood’s End, The Sands Of Mars) is joined by Richard Cowper (signed copy of The Road To Corlay), C S Lewis (Voyage To Venus), Bob Shaw (Orbitsville and Other Days, Other Eyes) and Clifford Simak (Why Call Them Back From Heaven) as well as a collaboration between Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson (Farthest Star).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: This week’s update is devoted to Lancer, a publishing company that knew what it liked, both in terms of swashbuckling storytelling and cover art. Writers such as Lin Carter, Gordon R Dickson, Robert E Howard, Richard A Lupoff, C C MacApp, David Mason, Robert Moore Williams, Robert Silverberg and Jack Williamson were published in books adorned by striking covers by artists such as Frank Frazetta (Conan Of Cimmeria – Howard et al, Kavin’s World – Mason, The Reign Of Wizardry – Williamson), Jack Gaughan (One Million Centuries – Lupoff), Jeff Jones (Zanthar series – Moore) and Jim Steranko (Prisoners In The Sky – MacApp and The Shores Of Tomorrow – Mason). Many feature the lovely, distinctive purple page edge colouration, and most are 1st US PB.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: After a lengthier hiatus than we would wish, the Books section presents five Hard Cover works by Philip K Dick. A man of wide-ranging talent, he wrote mainstream novels as well as Science Fiction, and we’ve stretched our boundaries a little to accommodate two non-SF books. So what do we have? The non-SF titles are The Broken Bubble and The Dark Haired Girl, both 1st editions from 1989 and 1988 respectively. The SF titles consist of Valis, World Of Chance and a collection entitled Robots, Androids, And Mechanical Oddities – The Science Fiction Of Philip K Dick (ed. Warrick & Greenberg). In addition to being a 1st UK HC, Valis is distinguished by being a Trade edition, from a run limited to only 1500 copies. This copy seems to have spent some time at W1A, having BBC stamps on the front and back pages. World Of Chance is the only one of the five to lack a DJ, but it is the oldest, being a 2nd UK HC from 1957. Robots, Androids, And Mechanical Oddities collects 15 of Dick’s short stories, each with an introductory note by the editors.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Here’s an update brimming with classic authors and titles, often 1st PB – like a box of chocolates, it’s hard to know where to start! Asimov’s I Robot joins Biggle’s Watchers Of The Dark, Farmer’s The Stone God Awakens, Le Guin’s The Dispossessed and The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (Vol. 1), Moorcock’s The Knight Of The Swords, Stewart’s Earth Abides and Swann’s Green Phoenix. Other highlights of this collection consist of Leinster’s Planet Explorer, Davidson’s Mutiny In Space (with Jack Gaughan cover art), two excellent works by Keith Roberts, Pavane and The Chalk Giants. In the first he imagines an alternate history of Britain if the Armada had succeeded, while in the latter he conjures up a fearful future. Hal Clement represents the best of hard SF, conjuring up a completely believable planet and aliens in Mission Of Gravity, and another, but very different alien in Eye Of The Needle. Saving the best for last (unlike a box of chocolates) we have Spinrad’s The Iron Dream aka Adolf Hitler’s blockbuster SF hit. All of these books are guaranteed to give you hours of reading pleasure; your only problem will be choosing.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: New to our shelves this week are two Science Fiction novels, both 1st UK PB, with vibrant covers that belie their ages of more than 60 years. Rogue Queen (L Sprague de Camp) shows a presciently punk-hairstyled woman joining spear brandishing men in an attack (artist unidentified). An important book, it’s renowned for being the first to broach sexual themes. Vanguard To Neptune (J M Walsh), with cover art by Ron Turner, is slightly less well-preserved, but the quality of the colours has to be seen to be believed.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Five Harry Harrison books join our shelves today, showcasing his riotous imagination and talent for galaxy-spanning fun in addition to his talent for more straightforward Science Fiction. Bill The Galactic Hero was identified by Sir Terry Pratchett as ‘simply the funniest science fiction book ever written’, and in these books Bill is joined by Jason dinAlt (Deathworld 2), Professor Arnie Klein (In Our Hands, The Stars) and the Stainless Steel Rat himself, Slippery Jim diGriz, as they scheme, finagle and battle to make sense of Worlds Gone Mad!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Fifteen Philip K Dick titles have been added, ranging from well-known titles such as Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, Time Out Of Joint and Ubik to less well-known ones such as The Penultimate Truth and Now Wait For Last Year. Also included are several collections of short stories, such as A Handful Of Darkness, The Preserving Machine and The Turning Wheel And Other Stories. There are several 1st PB editions: Lies, Inc., Now Wait For Last Year and Dick’s collaboration with Ray Nelson, The Ganymede Takeover, in 1st US PB with the added attraction of Jack Gaughan cover art. With so many goodies SF fans will be hard-pressed to make a choice!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A great selection of single author short story collections have just joined our shelves. Authors include Harry Harrison (The Best Of ..), Walter M Miller Jr (A View From The Stars), Larry Niven (Tales Of Infinite Space), Frederik Pohl (Digits And Dastards), two from A E Van Vogt (Away And Beyond and The Far-Out Worlds Of ..) and (previously a glaring omission from our catalogue) James Tiptree Jr (Ten Thousand Light Years From Home).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Harlan Ellison is the author restocked this time, with several of his classics included. All The Sounds Of Fear has been added as both Panther and Granada editions; this is the collection that includes the classic ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream’. In addition to these, The Time Of The Eye, The Beast That Shouted Love At the Heart Of The World and Ellison Wonderland also join the shelves.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Six excellent SF novels have been added recently. Two have been offered before: M John Harrison’s The Pastel City and Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah. Of the others, Sleeping Planet (William R Burkett) involves the ultimate stealth alien invasion, when practically all humans sleep through the event, Tyranopolis (A E Van Vogt) forecasts a very dystopian future and The Ophiuchi Hotline is a rollicking adventure involving clones, strange human-alien symbioses and a huge lie. Finally, there’s an unusual appearance in this category for Spiderman in The Octopus Agenda (Diane Duane).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Anthologies are among our most popular books, so we have eight more added to our shelves. Featuring not only favourites such as Asimov (Nightfall Two), Merril (Ed.) (10th Annual S-F) and Wollheim & Carr (Eds.) (World’s Best SF 1) but also more unusual items such as Heinlein (Ed.) Tomorrow, The Stars and Mills (Ed.) A Decade Of Fantasy And Science Fiction. Together with Apeman, Spaceman (Stover & Harrison Eds.), The Eighth Galaxy Reader (Pohl Ed.) and Continuum 1 (Elwood Ed.) these are eight books guaranteed for enjoyment.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: H G Wells returns with The Invisible Man and The First Men In The Moon and we add two more John Wyndham books, Jizzle and Trouble With Lichen. The First Men In The Moon is distinguished by having scenes from the film on the cover, and Trouble With Lichen is the first appearance in paperback form.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Fifteen Science Fiction books by authors who should need no introduction join our bookshelves today. Venturing only four letters into the alphabet, they are Brian Aldiss, Isaac Asimov, J G Ballard, Arthur C Clarke and Philip K Dick. Every book is a highlight, but notable amongst them are Report On Probability A, Aldiss’ take on quantum mechanics and the multiverse theory, which is complex enough to make Schrodinger’s cat need a lie-down, Ballard’s The Drowned World, where the Triassic Age returns to London, and Philip K Dick’s The Transmigration Of Timothy Archer, the final part of the Valis trilogy, an exploration of belief. Other titles include Dick’s Our Friends From Frolix 8 and the Simulacra, Ballard’s Low Flying Aircraft and Clarke’s Tales Of ten Worlds, plus more.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: After a short hiatus the Science Fiction bookshelves have been refilled, this time with a selection of anthologies not previously offered. Highlights include The Science Fictional Solar System (Asimov, Greenberg & Waugh eds.), Science Fiction Showcase (Mary Kornbluth ed.), Gentle Invaders (Santesson ed.) and Deep Space (Silverberg ed.). Also represented are the first of the very successful Spectrum anthologies (Amis & Conquest eds.), Alien Worlds (Hill ed.) and also edited by Silverberg, Science Fiction Hall Of Fame Vol. One.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Brown & Watson Ltd published mainly Western and Crime books, but they launched Digit in the 1950’s when Science Fiction began to increase in popularity. This update has a full handful of titles, mainly from the 1960’s: Louis Charbonneau’s Corpus Earthling, Nal Rafcam’s The Troglodytes, Jonathan Burke’s The Pursuit Through Time and Tom Wade’s The World Of Theda. Star of the releases, however, is the 1st UK PB of Sydney J Bounds’ The Robot Brains, issued in 1956. In an update that has several very striking covers The Robot Brains stands out for its stunning cover art by the rarely seen C. Stewart.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Crest books were launched by Fawcett Publications in 1955 as a means of getting round a deal that prevented them from reprinting paperbacks of their own for over a decade. Most of the titles were Crime or Western, Peanuts or the US Dennis the Menace, but a few Science Fiction titles were issued as well. We have two of these, Hugo Gernsback’s classic Ralph 124C 41+ and Edmond Hamilton’s The Star Of Life. Both are enhanced by wonderful and distinctive cover art by Richard M Powers.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We present a range of Four Square Science Fiction and Fantasy books published during the 1960’s. In the first camp are Titan’s Daughter (James Blish), Space Pioneer (Mack Reynolds) and Memoirs Of A Spacewoman (Naomi Mitchison’s fascinating future where many humans devote their time to communicating with all sorts of strange aliens). Firmly in the Fantasy camp are Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels about Venus (Carson Of, Lost On and Pirates Of) and A Princess Of Mars, all with very striking cover art.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’ve added more than fifteen collections of Science Fiction stories, both by single authors (John Brunner: Out Of My Mind, Damon Knight: Turning On and Theodore Sturgeon: The Joyous Invasions), and multiple authors curated by well-known editors such as Brian Aldiss, Tom Boardman Jr, Kenneth Bulmer, John Carnell, Harry Harrison, Kate Wilhelm and Donald Wollheim & Terry Carr. Pride of place goes to a sought-after copy of Best SF Four (Edmund Crispin ed.), published by Faber; new wave SF is represented by The New SF (Langdon Jones ed.), while the accolade for most unusual collection goes to 14 Great Tales Of ESP (Idella Purnell Stone ed.). We also have An ABC Of Science Fiction, New Writings In SF 19 and 24, Farewell Fantastic Venus!, The Other Side Of the Moon, Science Fiction Through The Ages 2, The Fantastic Universe Omnibus, Nebula Award Storis 9 and World’s Best SF 1.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: As the title suggests, our publisher of note this time is Belmont, founded in 1960, later subsumed into Tower Comics and hence becoming Belmont Tower. In the two decades of its existence it embraced Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror with a mix of well-known and aspiring authors. We have three Belmont double features (where could they have got that idea from?), Doomsman/Thief Of Thoth (Harlan Ellison/Lin Carter), an unusual combination of Doomsman/Telepower (Harlan Ellison/Lee Hoffman) and A Lamp For Medusa/The Players Of Hell (William Tenn/Dave Van Arnam). Harlan Ellison is also represented by From The Land Of Fear, while Dave Van Arnam’s solo work is Wizard Of Storms. In addition we have The Warriors of Terra (John Faucette), Doomstar (Edmond Hamilton), The Alien (Raymond F Jones) and After Some Tomorrow (Mack Reynolds), all designed to tempt you to the bookshelves.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Unlike many farmers and the government, we’re very fond of Badgers – so much so that we have taken in a substantial number of Badger Books. As usual, most are written by Lionel Fanthorpe in various guises (Bron Fane, Lionel Roberts, John E Muller, Pel Torro and Karl Zeigfreid), but The Brain Stealers is written by Murray Leinster. All of the books have distinctive Badger cover art, mostly by Henry Fox, and the grades are mainly in the GD – VG area, although Micro Infinity stands out as a FN/VF copy.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In the first of an occasional series we’re planning to release books from a particular publisher, and where better to start than Ace, with their long and illustrious history in Science Fiction publishing. Founded in 1953 it soon had Donald A Wollheim as editor, and some of the best writers of the period, including Samuel R. Delany, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K Le Guin and Robert Silverberg. The Ace Doubles, with their tête-bêche format were a popular innovation. The Ace books that have been added range from the 1950’s (First On The Moon, Jeff Sutton) to the 1970’s (I..Alien, J Michael Reaves) and include Endless Shadow/The Arsenal Of Miracles (John Brunner and Gardner F Fox), The Einstein Intersection (Samuel R Delaney), The Radio Planet (Ralph Milne Farley), four Star Wolf novels by Edmond Hamiton and Monsters In Orbit/The World Between (Jack Vance). Many have covers by artists such as Jack Gaughan and Emsh(willer). Ace passed through a succession of owners, but still continues to be an assurance of quality.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Isaac Asimov was never known for his modesty, but this update demonstrates that he had a lot to be immodest about: the Foundation series, his Space Ranger series (targeted at younger readers), short stories, work as an editor and collaborator with other authors are all represented here. We have Foundation itself, Second Foundation, Space Ranger and The Big Sun Of Mercury, Nightfall One as well as one of his anthologies of early Science Fiction, Before The Golden Age 4 and The Positronic Man, written with Robert Silverberg and based on Asimov’s short story The Bicentennial Man.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A horde of Science Fiction anthologies are released back into the wild today, running the gamut from A – V. Highlights include Spectrum V (Eds. Amis & Conquest), The Unexpected Dimension (Ed. Budrys), Lambda 1 And Other Stories (Ed. Carnell) and The Post Reader Of Fantasy And Science Fiction (unacknowledged editor). All of these books offer a great opportunity to sample a wide range of authors and themes.