Library Addition: First Hardback Edition of Matt Hughes’ Fools Errant

August 16th, 2017

Mike Berro recommended Matthew Hughes as a Jack Vance-inspired writer quite a while back, so I’ve been looking for the first hardback edition of his first novel ever since, and one finally popped up at a decent price.

Hughes, Matt[hew]. Fools Errant. Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994. First hardback edition, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, signed by Hughes. Bought from an online seller for $35.

Hughes Fools Errant

Library Addition: Ray Bradbury’s Christmas Wishes 1986

August 15th, 2017

Slowly but surely collecting all of these:

Bradbury, Ray. Christmas Wishes 1986. Self-published, 1986. First edition 8 1/2 x 11″ broadsheet, folded once (as mailed), otherwise Fine- with slight wrinkling. inscribed by Bradbury: “Hans N!/Ray Bradbury”. A one page poem, like all Bradbury’s Christmas broadsheets. This one says “From Maggie & Ray Bradbury,” but I’m not sure it was actually co-written by his wife. Bought off eBay for about $35.

Bradbury Christmas 1986

Hail the Departing Godzilla

August 7th, 2017

Haruo Nakajima, the original actor inside the Godzilla suit for the first twelve Toho films, has died at age 88.

The suit was so hot and heavy that Nakajima evidently fainted several times during the making of the original Godzilla.

Here are some video tributes:

Library Additions: Three Half Price Books Purchases

August 1st, 2017

Here are three random library additions, the only common denominator of which was that I picked all of them up at Half Price Books.

  • Leckie, Ann. Ancillary Justice. Orbit, 2013. First edition trade paperback original, a Fine, new and unready copy. Hugo and Nebula Award winner. Bought for $7.99 at Half Price Books. Supplements the later Gale/Thorndike Press large print hardback edition and the Subterranean Press signed/limited edition.
  • Pohl, Frederik and Lester Del Rey (as Edson McCann). Preferred Risk. Simon and Schuster, 1955. First edition hardback, a Near Fine- copy with page block spotting at heel, in a Near Fine dust jacket with traces of wear at points and moderate soiling to white rear panel. Inscribed by Pohl: “To Rick—/With all good/wishes—/”Edson”/or/Fred Pohl.” Currey (1979), page 404. Bought for $8, down from $10 with a 20% off coupon. This is a case of knowing more than the bookseller, since I knew this was a Pohl/Del Rey pseudonym and what Pohl’s signature looks like. As for the book itself, evidently Galaxy magazine and Simon and Schuster ran a contest for an SF novel, didn’t like any of the submissions, and got Pohl and Del Rey to write this under a pseudonym for the contest.

    Preferred Risk


  • Vachess, Andrew, Geoff Darrow, Michael Black and Gary Gianni. The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine No. 1. Dark Horse, 2012. First edition trade paperback original, a Near Fine+ copy with a small scrape at heel and just a trace of wear. Signed by Vachess, Darrow and Black. Pulp fiction homage that looks like fun. Bought for $7.99.

    Shaolin Cowboy


  • Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Trailer

    July 29th, 2017

    It would be remiss of me not to share this…

    Premiering on SyFy August 6.

    Library Additions: Two Signed Philip Jose Farmer First Editions

    July 27th, 2017

    Two signed Philip Jose Farmer firsts I got off eBay:

  • Farmer, Philip Jose. Red Orc’s Rage. Tor, 1991. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine- dust jacket with slight spine fading. Signed by Farmer. Bought off eBay for $14.99.


  • Farmer, Philip Jose. The World of Tiers Volume Two. Nelson Doubleday, Inc. (SFBC), no date (but 1981). First edition hardback thus (first printing has gutter code “L44” on page 531, as per the ISFDB), an omnibus edition of A Private Cosmos, Behind the Walls of Terra and The Lavalit World, a Fine copy in a Near Fine+ dust jacket with edgewear at head and heel and a few small rubs. Signed by Farmer. Bought off eBay for $15.99.


  • Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive performing “No Longer Making Time” live on KCRW

    July 23rd, 2017

    Yeah, another live Slowdive song. I’ve been busy with a new dog, so I haven’t had a chance to go trawling for new shoegaze bands.

    Hat tip to Andrew Wimsatt for alerting me to this.

    Joel Hodgson on Letterman

    July 20th, 2017

    Here’s a blast from the past: A young Joel Hodgson appearing on David Letterman before creating Mystery Science Theater 3000.

    No wonder Letterman had him on: they both share some of the same goofy Midwestern sense of humor…

    Shoegazer Sunday: Linda Guilala’s “Uroboros”

    July 16th, 2017

    I liked last week’s Linda Guilala track so much I bought the album, so this week’s track is “Uroboros,” which is also off Psiconáutica.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Linda Guilala “Monstruo”

    July 9th, 2017

    Here’s Spain’s Linda Guilala (a band, not a woman) with “Monstruo” off their album Psiconáutica, which I might have to pick up, as the tracks strike me as a tasty mix of Shoegaze, classic analog synth and just a dash of 8-bit.

    (Hat tip: Sounds Better With Reverb, which seems to have stopped updating after the end of 2016.)