Archive for May, 2017

Library Addition: Frank Kelly Freas’ The Art of Science Fiction

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

A limited edition SF art book I picked up relatively cheap:

Freas, Frank Kelly. The Art of Science Fiction. Donning, 1977. First edition hardback, #234 of 1,000 copies with a signature plate signed by Freas pasted inside the front cover, a Fine copy in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued. Bought for $50 off eBay.

Art Freas

This appears to be the very first SF book published by either Donning or Donning/Starblaze, the latter of which was quite an active imprint until tapering off in the late 1980s.

Shoegazer Sunday: Slowdive’s “Slomo” and “Catch the Breeze” Live

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

I’ve been on a Slowdive kick since I heard the new album has coming out, and it way exceeded my expectations for it.

Here’s a live performance for Pitchfork that features both new and old songs, including “Slomo,” “Catch the Breeze” “Slowdive,” “Star Roving” and “Avalyn.” For some reason the music doesn’t actually start until 7:15 into the video.

Library Addition: Stephen Fabian’s Crystal of a Hundred Dreams Portfolio

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Another odd Jack-Vance related item:

Fabian, Stephen. Crystal of a Hundred Dreams: A Portfolio by Stephen E. Fabian. Underwood/Miller, 1979. First edition oversized softbound art portfolio, one of 550 sets produced, a Fine copy, still in shrinkwrap. Illustrations from the U/M Jack Vance books The Eyes of the Overworld, The Seventeen virgins and The Bagful of Dreams. Chalker/Owings (1991), page 431 (where they note it’s “Uncommon,” most sets having been broken up and framed). Bought for $55 from a fellow Jack Vance collector.

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Hard to get a good pick, since it’s too big for the scanner and I kept getting light bounce from the shrinkwrap….

Library Addition: Jess Nevins’ The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Pulp Heroes

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Another reference work to file right next to the same author’s Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana:

Nevins, Jess. The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Pulp heroes. Lulu Press, 2017. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued. Non-fiction reference work covering fantastic pulp heroes from 1902—1945. Bought for $22.49 the first week of publication.

Fantastic Pulp Heroes

Lulu Press is a POD outfit, and this work will evidently be incorporated into a larger, electronic-only encyclopedia of pulp heroes (fantastic and otherwise) forthcoming from Amazon.

Library Addition: Tim Powers’ Poems

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

I actually bought this last year, at the same time I bought Coffin Nails, but Charnel House didn’t send me my copies until I prodded them in April.

Powers, Tim. Poems. Charnel House, 2016. First edition hardback, #54 of 200 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket, as issued.

Powers Poems

I’ll have an additional copy for sale in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog.

Shoegazer Sunday: The Asteroid Shop’s “On the Rise”

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Been a while since I featured something from The Asteroid Shop, so here’s “On the Rise”:

Previously I think they were an Austin band. but they now seem to be based out of LA.

Library Addition: Signed, Limited Edition of Postscripts 30/31: Memoryville Blues

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

I used to subscribe to the hardback edition of Postscripts way back when, and have had three stories in various issues, so I try to pick up any issues I’m missing, and the price was certainly right.

Crowether, Peter and Nick Gevers. Postscripts 30/31: Memoryville Blues. PS Publishing, 2013. First edition hardback, #173 of 200 copies signed by all the contributors, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket and a Fine slipcase, new and unread. Bought off eBay for $15, which works out to less than a dollar a signature…

Library Addition: Signed, Ltd. Edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Not particularly an Atwood fan, but I got it very cheap for a signed, limited edition by a major author:

Atwood, Margaret. The Year of the Flood. Bloomsbury (UK), 2009. First edition hardback, # 653 of 1,000 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in decorated boards with silver gilt edges, in a Fine slipcase, sans dust jacket, as issued. Bought for $7.50 at Half Price Books, marked down from $15 with a 50% off coupon. (I suspect that Half Price got a few copies quietly remaindered from the publisher, as they often do for UK books.)

Atwood Flood

That’s a picture of the front of the slipcase, as there’s no writing on the book itself except on the spine.

According to the ISFDB, this limited edition is a true first (simultaneous with the trade hardback and trade paperback states), and was originally issued at £75, so I got it for less than 1/10th cover price…

Library Additions: Ursula K. Le Guin Signed Postcard

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Another addition to my science fiction story/poem postcard collection:

Le Guin, Ursula. To Siva the Unmaker. Science Fiction Poetry Association, 1980. First edition postcard, a near Fine copy with a faint dime-sized stain. Signed by Le Guin. Bought for $15 off eBay.

Le Guin Postcard

I have two other Le Guin postcards, but this is the only one that’s signed.

Library Additions: Three Harlan Ellison Omnibus Firsts

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Here are three volumes of the Harlan Ellison Edgeworks series I bought off eBay (along with a fourth, Edgeworks 2, that I already had a signed first of, so the extra will go in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog). I think I have first editions of almost all of these, so this is a matter of “title completeness.”

  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 1: Over the Edge/An Edge in My Voice. White Wolf, 1996. First edition hardback thus (and first hardback edition of Over the Edge, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 3: Harlan Ellison’s Hornbook/Harlan Ellison’s Movie. White Wolf, 1997. First edition hardback thus, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Supplements the two-volume Mirage Press set of these same titles.
  • Ellison, Harlan. Edgeworks 4: Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled/The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World. White Wolf, 1998. First edition hardback thus, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket.
  • The four volumes were the only ones to appear out of the projected 20 volume series. All four volumes bought off eBay for $25.