*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Best known for writing as John Wyndham, J W P L B Harris’ early work came out under various guises, generally based on his numerous given names. This update has Sleepers Of Mars, Stowaway To Mars and Wanderers Of Time, written as John Beynon and The Secret People, written as John Beynon Harris, in addition to his later classics: The Chrysalids, The Day Of The Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Seeds Of Time and Trouble With Lichen. We also have a collection of early short stories: The Best Of John Wyndham 1932 – 1949 (Ed. Angus Wells) and a rare collaboration, The Outward Urge, with Lucas Parkes (AKA …. John Wyndham!). We’ve also included a 2010 edition of Plan For Chaos, a recently discovered companion (and contemporaneous) work to The Day Of The Triffids.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Once again we’ve added works by well-known authors to increase our representation of their publications. It’s five-for-one for Philip K Dick, as we add a collection of (arguably) his best novels in one great value, chunky paperback. Robert Heinlein is represented by Beyond This Horizon, Stranger In A Strange Land and The Door Into Summer, the last of which holds the answer to why cats insist on their owners letting them out of a different door just after they’ve come in.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A’s all round for the latest set of SF books to be added, since all the authors have surnames starting with A. Douglas Adams’ idiosyncratic detective is represented by Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Mark Adlard by his Interface trilogy, Brian Aldiss by Hothouse and The Saliva Tree, Poul Anderson by The Broken Sword, The Enemy Stars and The Horn Of Time and Isaac Asimov has Buy Jupiter and The End Of Eternity. A great selection of books for your delectation!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Here are five novels by the prolific Michael Moorcock: two originally published as Edward P Bradbury, Lord Of The Spiders (Blades Of Mars) and Masters Of The Pit (The Barbarians Of Mars). Phoenix In Obsidian is (probably) the second book of the Eternal Champion series, and The King Of The Swords is the third book of the Corum series. The main feature of this update, however, is The Jade Man’s Eyes, a rare Elric tale published by Unicorn in 1973, the 1st UK PB, with James Cawthorn cover art. Full details in our catalogue.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Charles Platt was one of the prime movers of the New wave movement featured prominently in New Worlds magazine in the 1960’s alongside Michael Moorcock, Langdon Jones etc. His The Gas is an unusual addition to our shelves, being a rare, highly sought after work of psychedelic SF erotica. During the 1970’s Platt wrote novels for Playboy Press, sharing the house pseudonym Blakely St. James with many other writers. His experience came to fruition in The Gas, considered by many to be his best novel, but which also fell foul of obscenity laws. Savoy (the UK publishers) had copies seized by the UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions, and Bizarre magazine put it in the top five of their list of most obscene books published in Britain. This is a VF 1st UK PB at £50, giving you a chance to see what all the excitement was about.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Thongor was Lin Carter’s most influential creation. Written with Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E Howard in mind, it revived interest in Sword And Sorcery as a genre. Marvel even ran a comic (Creatures On The Loose) featuring Thongor in the 1970’s. We have the original sextet of Thongor novels, mainly in 2nd UK PB (a final book, Young Thongor was added in 2012). Thongor Fights The Pirates Of Tarakus is the only exception, being a 1st UK PB. Most are in grades VG or VG/FN, although unfortunately the first book of the series, The Wizard Of Lemuria, looks as if it’s had as many adventures as the hero, being a FA copy.
Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Five Science Fiction rarities join this section in our latest update. The highlight is the 1st Lancer edition of Gladiator (Philip Wylie), originally published in 1930, and said by many to have inspired Superman. Another heroic figure is Bob Morane, ex-RAF pilot, explorer, roving reporter etc, etc. In The Dinosaur Hunters Henri Vernes’ protagonist attempts to rescue a millionaire big-game hunter, encountering T. Rex and other monsters in a prehistoric word gone mad!!!! (Ahem). Berserker’s Planet (Fred Saberhagen) is a novel that forms part of his long-running Berserker series, Grimm’s Story (Vernor Vinge) starts off as a barbarian princess fantasy, then morphs into a space opera, and Split (Graeme de Timms) tells of medical disaster.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A small update of four excellent Science Fiction anthologies join our shelves today. Two are Penguin editions, Tom Boardman (Ed): Connoisseur’s S. F. and Ferman & Malzberg (Eds): Final Stage. The inimitable Damon Knight is represented by Orbit 2, and another prolific editor, August Derleth, by New Worlds For Old.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Although not quite as early onto the Science Fiction writing scene as many of our Old Masters, these authors have both written significant works. Our selection by Brian M Stableford includes two books from his Dies Irae series (Day Of Wrath and In The Kingdom Of The Beasts) and another Hooded Swan book (Halcyon Drift) to join Promised Land, which we already have in stock. Most feature exquisite cover art by Patrick Woodroffe, including The Face Of Heaven (featured here). From Ted White we have Phoenix Prime, graced with a Frazetta cover (also featured here) and The Jewels Of Elsewhen.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Lin Carter’s creative powers were in full flood when he wrote the Zanthodon series which we have just added (complete series of 5). Set in an underground world below the Sahara (where else?) – a bijou lost land with room for jungles, mountains, seas and a range of exciting creatures including dinosaurs and long-lost human tribes. All of these books are 1st US PB, 1st printing in grades ranging from VG/FN to VF/NM. All but one have cover art and illustrations by Josh Kirby: Zanthodon has cover art and illustrations by Thomas Kidd.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: No, not a legal firm, but three of the great Science Fiction authors, represented by a mixture of well-known and unusual titles. From Philip K Dick we have Solar Lottery and We Can Build You (with cover art by John Schoenherr), from Frank Herbert, Dune, Hellstrom’s Hive, The Dosadi Experiment and The Dragon In The Sea and from the irrepressible Kurt Vonnegut Jr we have Breakfast of Champions, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Mother Night, Slaughterhouse 5, The Sirens Of Titan and Wampeters Foma & Granfalloons.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A broad sweep of novellas and short stories have just been added to our shelves. They include collections from publications: The First Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (John W Campbell ed.), The Best From Fantasy And Science Fiction 15th Series (Edward L Ferman ed.), The Third Galaxy Reader (H L Gold ed.), The Eighth Galaxy Reader and The Ninth Galaxy Reader (Frederik Pohl ed.), awards; The Hugo Winners 1963 – 1967 and The Hugo Winners 1968 – 1970 (Isaac Asimov ed.) and Science Fiction Hall Of Fame Volume II (Robert Silverberg ed.) and a range of other themes that publishers came up with. Notable additions not already mentioned are The Best Of Robert Heinlein, graced by a Patrick Woodroffe cover (Angus Wells ed.), Looking Forward (Milton Lesser ed.) a hardcover edition, and The Far-Out Worlds Of A E Van Vogt.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A sense of déjà vu may strike you as two of our most popular authors are replenished. High grade Harlan Ellison titles include All The Sounds Of Fear (an exceptional FN/VF), Deathbird And Other Stories (FN) and The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World (VG/FN). The freshly added Robert Heinlein titles are Between Planets, Starship Troopers and The Puppet Masters and new to our shelves, Space Cadet.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror and Crime, Spies & Sleaze: Although best known for his Science Fiction, the talented and unassuming Dr Asimov also wrote excellent mysteries. In classic novels such as The Caves Of Steel and The Naked Sun he combined both genres to great effect, but he also wrote short stories with mysteries set in far-flung futures and places, thirteen of which we have in Asimov’s Mysteries. In the spirit of genre-spanning we also have two crime mysteries, one a novel (A Whiff Of Death) and the other a collection of short stories based on the Black Widowers Club (Tales Of The Black Widowers).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In the 1950’s, as Science Fiction writers moved more towards writing full length novels, as opposed to serialised short stories designed for pulp publications, some publishers tried to get the best of both worlds, publishing (short) full-length novels in a pulp format. These often used pulp-style cover art to attract readers into buying them. We have added six rare examples of such novels, Castaway From Space (Vektis Brack) and Dimension Of Illion (Irving Heine), and four by Vargo Statten: Odyssey Of The Nine, Space Warp, The Cosmic Flame and Wanderer Of Space. In the fine pulp tradition, none of these are the real names of their authors. Vektis Brack was a house name, Irving Heine was really Denis Hughes and Vargo Statten was John Russell Fearne. In another fine pulp tradition, Castaway From Space has cover art by Ray Theobald while all the other novels have cover art by Ron Turner.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Many Science Fiction writers excel at shorter works, and this update certainly proves it, with fantastic selections from masters of the art. James Blish (Galactic Cluster), Richard Cowper (The Custodians), Avram Davidson (Or All The Seas With Oysters), Walter M Miller Jr (The View From The Stars), Alan E Nourse (The Counterfeit Man), Robert Sheckley (Untouched By Human Hands), Theodore Sturgeon (E Pluribus Unicorn), A E van Vogt (Away And Beyond) and Stanley G Weinbaum (The Best Of..) have all been added to our shelves.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Way back when, before e-books were even a gleam in a geek’s eye, many early Science Fiction books were published in ‘pocket book’ format, slightly shorter than a standard paperback so that they could be carried around easily. We have added a fine selection of these books, published by Corgi, Dell and Ace, and including several Ace Double books. Most date from the 1960’s, although Ace unhelpfully omitted dates of publication. Many had identifying codes, however, which are included in the listing. Many illustrious artists were enlisted to provide cover and internal art, so we have authors such as Ray Bradbury (The Golden Apples Of The Sun), Edgar Rice Burroughs (Cave Girl), Bertram Chandler (Empress Of Outer Space / The Alternate Martians), Rex Gordon (No Man Friday), Neil R Jones (Planet Of The Double Sub and The Sunless World), Charles Eric Maine (Crisis 2000 and Timeliner) and J H Rosny (Quest Of the Dawn Man) combined with artists such as Frazetta, Gaughan, Podwil and Morrow.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’ve added a selection of helpful books to assist your navigation through the maze of Science Fiction and Horror fiction. Kingsley Amis’ classic review of Science Fiction, New Maps Of Hell is present as well as the Jon Pertwee Book Of Monsters, Monsters Galore (a hideously illustrated guide to witches, warlocks, vampires, ghouls, werewolves and other creatures), Terror By Night (the gruesome truth behind the legends of the monstrous undead) and Lovecraft’s Book (Richard Lupoff), which tells the astounding story of H P Lovecraft and his Nazi connection.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Even though this section was close to full, we just had to add this wonderful anthology update. It includes well-known editors such as Judith Merril (10th Annual S-F, The Best Of Sci-Fi 4 and 5), Damon Knight (Beyond Tomorrow and Worlds To Come), R P Mills (A Decade Of Fantasy And Science Fiction and The Worlds Of Science Fiction) and Groff Conklin (17 x Infinity and The Big Book Of Science Fiction¹). There are also some more unusual editors such as Pamela Sargent (More Women Of Wonder) and Norman Spinrad (The New Tomorrows). Highlight of this update, however, is the Playboy Book Of Science Fiction And Fantasy (edited by Alice K Turner), which includes works from established authors such as Ray Bradbury, Ursula K Le Guin, Norman Spinrad, Damon Knight, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, J G Ballard, Frederick Pohl, Arthur C Clarke, Larry Niven, Harlan Ellison, Philip K Dick, Robert Silverberg and Joe Haldeman as well as more unexpected contributors such as Donald E. Westlake, Stephen King and Doris Lessing, all taking the opportunity to explore rather more adult themes than they are normally known for. This section has now spilled over onto a display shelf, so if you get a chance to visit the shop, make sure you check both areas out.
¹Proving that you can’t believe everything you read, the stories are great, but this is one of the smaller anthologies on offer.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: In fact there are 10 great books and many shorter stories altogether in these large tomes. The collection of Philip K Dick novels (The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch, Martian Time-Slip, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, Ubik and A Scanner Darkly) represents the first opportunity to get these classics in one volume. The Classic Horror Omnibus similarly brings together five classic horror novels (Frankenstein: Mary Shelley, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson, The Werewolf: Clemence Housman, Dracula: Bram Stoker and The Phantom Of The Opera: Gaston Leroux) in a striking hardcover edition. The Gardner Dozois curated Year’s Best Science Fiction (25) features work by authors such as Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, Robert Silverberg, Bruce Sterling and Michael Swanwick in a NM grade 1st US PB. The highlight of this update, however, is Philip George Chadwick’s The Death Guard. Originally published in 1939, and the only novel he wrote, this legendary rarity languished almost forgotten until it was published again in 1992. Featuring a striking cover by an old friend of 30th Century, Peter Garriock, this is a rare opportunity to obtain this story. Written before genetic engineering was even a twinkle in biologists eyes, the Flesh Guard are modified plants turned into automatons to defend Britain, with horrific unexpected results (a bit like some vegetarian Christmas dinners!)
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Four books from two, but apparently three, greats of Science Fiction. Confused? Read on….. Lords Of Creation and Menace Of The Saucers are by Eando Binder, which was actually the pen-name of Earl and Otto Binder (hence E and O Binder), but in fact by the time these were written, Otto had taken over all writing duties, still finding time to write for Captain Marvel and Superman as well. Space War and Twin World are by Neil R Jones, a writer little remembered today, but who was a huge formative influence on several major writers. He was the first to use the ideas of future history (later used by Heinlein and Cordwainer Smith), cryonics (inspiring Robert Ettinger, the ‘father of modern cryonics’ ) and cyborgs and robots (Asimov) as well as being one of the first writers to use the term astronaut. Space War and Twin worlds both concern Professor Jameson, the last surviving human, who was revived from suspended animation by the robot-like Zoromes. Both books are Ace Editions, with the added attraction of Gray Morrow cover art.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Three more iconic Badger novels hit the shelves (but very gently): ostensibly by two authors, John E Muller and Karl Zeigfreid, but aficianados will know that they are all the work of the prolific Lionel Fanthorpe. All three books are 1st UK PB in grades VG or VG/FN.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Robert Heinlein is one of our most popular authors. This previously depleted section has had the following titles added: Beyond This Horizon, Farmer In The Sky, Farnham’s Freehold, Red Planet, Rocket Ship Galileo, Starship Troopers, The Day After Tomorrow, The Past Through Tomorrow Volume 2, Waldo + Magic Inc, and most notably a 1960’s Signet edition of Double Star and a 1962 Digit edition (1st UK PB) of Assignment In Eternity.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: All new old authors …. by which we mean vintage authors which haven’t been listed by us before. The wide range includes prolific and occasional, versatile and niche writers. Falling into the prolific and versatile categories are Ben Barzman (Echo X), a Canadian who wrote only two Science Fiction novels, but also many screenplays, Sydney Bounds (The Robot Brains) who wrote eight Science Fiction novels in addition to many Westerns, horror, mysteries and childrens’ fiction (often using pseudonyms) and Leigh Brackett (The Big Jump), also a screenwriter and married to Edmond Hamilton. In a special category of prolific and innovative is Mark Clifton (Eight Keys To Eden), winner of the second Hugo award for best novel. His ground-breaking use of psychological insight into the common themes of Science Fiction was recognised when he was awarded the 2010 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award for unjust obscurity. Horace Coon (43,000 Years Later), wrote many books, but this is one of his rare forays into Science Fiction. The same can be said of C B Gilford (The Liquid Man) who was another scriptwriter and author. Matthew Grant (Hyper-Drive) definitely falls into the niche category, appearing to have written only one Science Fiction novel, but despite that it is highly desirable. Laurence Manning wrote short stories and series for early pulps and The Man Who Awoke is one of those series published as a novel. Eric North (The Ant Men) was one among many pseudonyms of Bernard Cronin, who wrote novels, short stories, poems and a radio play. Finally, we have two works written as novelisations: Charles Chilton (Journey Into Space) based his work on the highly successful radio series of the same name that he produced, and Will Garth, probably Alexander Samalman, possibly Henry Kuttner (Dr Cyclops) based on the classic 1940 horror film of the same name.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Frank Herbert is best known for the Dune Saga, but he wrote many other novels as well. This week we have added Dune itself (just fitting it into 2015 to mark its 50th anniversary this year), Dune Messiah and Whipping Star. All are in GD or VG grade. Theodore Sturgeon is another author with longevity; we have added a collection of short stories, A Way Home, and two novels, The Dreaming Jewels and Some Of Your Blood, an intriguing horror/mystery in Sturgeon’s inimitable style, which is in an exceptional FN grade.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Edmond Hamilton is truly an Old Master. He wrote for Wierd Tales and many other science fiction pulps, and he’s credited with producing the first hard cover compilation of SF stories. He also wrote horror and crime fiction, and in the 1940’s he wrote for DC, particularly for Batman and Superman stories. He is especially esteemed by us at 30th Century Comics because he was highly influential in the development of the Legion of Super-Heroes. We have five books showcasing Hamilton’s larger-than-life, epic style: Battle For The Stars, Chronicles Of The Star Kings (2 novels in one:The Star Kings and Return To The Stars), City At World’s End, Doomstar and The Star Of Life.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Five books with the common theme of Superheroes join the shelves today: Superman, Last Son Of Krypton (Elliot S Maggin), Superheroes (edited by Michel Parry), Super-Folks (Robert Mayer), The Avengers Battle The Earth-Wrecker (Otto Binder) and Captain America in The Great Gold Steal (Ted White). All books are 1st PB editions, apart from Super-Folks. Please note these are all text novels.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: An eclectic selection of anthologies join our shelves today, including Isaac Asimov’s Before The Golden Age trilogy collected into one hardcover book, John W Campbell’s choice of stories from the famous Astounding pulp and a tribute to him (The John W Campbell Memorial Anthology, edited by Harry Harrison), as well as a collection of stories from another famous pulp, Weird Tales (Worlds Of Weird, edited by Leo Margulies) which has the additional attraction of Virgil Finlay cover and interior art. In addition there is The Year’s Best Science Fiction Novels (edited by Bleiler & Dikty: it’s a slim hardcover book, so none of the novels can be too long), The Best Science Fiction Of The Year #9 (edited by Terry Carr), 100 Years Of Science Fiction Book Two (edited by Damon Knight), The End Of Summer: Science Fiction Of The Fifties (edited by Malzberg & Pronzini) and Other Worlds, Other Gods (edited by Mayo Mohs).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A fresh batch of Harlan Ellison’s works top up our bookshelves today, with a mixture of Horror and Science Fiction all in Ellison’s inimitable style. Books include Approaching Oblivion, Doomsman (in a double book with The Thief Of Thoth by Lin Carter), From The Land Of Fear, Paingod And Other Delusions, Shatterday, The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World and The Time Of The Eye.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Michael Moorcock is certainly one of the most productive and versatile Science Fiction and Fantasy authors around. We have added new titles to his already substantial section. Titles include A Cure For Cancer and The English Assassin (Books 2 and 3 of the Jerry Cornelius series: Book 4, The Condition Of Muzak is already available), The Bull And The Spear (Book 4 of the Corum series), The Land Leviathan and The Steel Tsar (Books 2 and 3 of the Oswald Bastable series, to go with The Warlord Of The Air already present), The Bane Of The Black Sword (Book 5 in the Elric series), The Ice Schooner and The Eternal Champion.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Once again we have added books to broaden the range offered by two very popular authors. There are four new Ray Bradbury titles, Dandelion Wine, I Sing The Body Electric, The Day It Rained Forever and The Small Assassin. There are 23 additional Heinlein titles, too many to mention them all, but highlights include Beyond This Horizon, Glory Road, Methuselah’s Children, Stranger In A Strange Land and Waldo + Magic Inc.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: A great selection of books by two great authors, chosen to add to the titles already offered. From Isaac Asimov we have Prelude To Foundation, Foundation and Forward The Foundation, I, Robot and The Rest Of The Robots, The Caves of Steel and The Stars In Their Courses. From Arthur C Clarke we have 2001 A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous With Rama, Earthlight and The Deep Range. We also have three late 1950’s Corgi editions, Pebble In The Sky (Asimov) and The City And The Stars and The Sands Of Mars (Clarke).
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: W∴ W∴, otherwise known as William Bound, produced his Qhe! series in the 1970’s. Qhe – mystic, divine ruler of the tiny Himalayan state of Pashman, jet-set guerrilla, cosmic-Bond and superlover (well, there’s a surprise) fights the good fight with his uncivil servant Willard, a deadly snake-charmer in a pinstripe suit. We have the complete series, all four in FN or VF grade, and all 1st UK PB editions.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: We’re delighted to be able to offer the complete set (#1-8) of Weird Heroes. Edited by Byron Preiss, these were a revival of the glory days of pulp magazines, using the synergy of good writing and artwork to produce amazing science fiction and fantasy. Featuring well-known authors such as Philip Jose Farmer, Ron Goulart, Edmond Hamilton, Michael Moorcock, Ted White amongst others, and equally wonderful artists including Alcala, Chaykin, Fabian, Hickman, Jones, Maroto, Nebres, Nino, Reese, Russell, Sutton, Sheridan and Steranko, these offer a treat for any Science Fiction and/or Comic fan, especially as most books are in FN or VF grade.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Eight hardcover books join this expanding section. A mixture of anthologies (Space Opera – Edited by Brian Aldiss, Decade The 1960s – edited by Brian Aldiss and Harry Harrison, Low-Flying Aircraft – short stories by J G Ballard, The Future Makers – edited by Peter Haining), a collection of three novellas (Three For Tomorrow – edited by Robert Silverberg), a novel (a rare edition of A Canticle For Leibowitz – Walter M Miller, with a gorgeous front cover) and last, but definitely not least, a collection of Michael Moorcock novels, Stormbringer.
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: All gardeners know how it is at the end of summer, when all your carefully tended plants are laden with fruit. This year the SF bookberry bushes have been especially prolific, allowing us to add a large number of anthologies. These include a great selection of ‘Best Ofs’: L Sprague de Camp, Lester Del Rey, Raymond Z Gallun, C L Moore, Eric Frank Russell and Clifford D Simak, all three Andromeda collections (edited by Peter Weston), a range of anthologies from those stalwart editors Brian Aldiss and Damon Knight as well as many more. We’re particularly pleased to have Casey Agonistes by Richard McKenna, an author who died far too young.