Here’s the big rollup list of every book I added to my library in 2016. This includes three big multi-book purchases I made, from the Fred Duarte estate, a Cold Tonnage Books 40% off sale, and four lots from a Nation Book Auction.
Posts Tagged ‘Neal Barrett Jr.’
Now that I’ve finished cataloging those National Book Auction Books, I can finally start cataloging the books I bought at Armadillocon, way back in July. First up: Two Neal Barrett, Jr. chapbooks I already had in wraps, but not in the hardback versions I picked up there. Both of these are unnumbered copies, presumably from Neal’s own contributor copies, and both bought for $40 from two different sellers (Adventures in Crime and Space and Rick Klaw).
At this point I think all I’m missing of Neal’s books are some media tie-ins and the pseudonymous series work (of which he did quite a bit).
Neal Barrett, Jr. was another writer I knew, and for whom I have almost all his published fiction except for the media tie-in works. So here’s one I picked up from the Fred Duarte estate:
Barrett, Neal, Jr. Spider-Man: Lizard’s Rage. Pocket Books, 1997. First edition paperback original, a Fine- copy with traces of edge wear, slight age darkening to pages and slight foxing to inside covers. Inscribed by Barrett: “For Fred/All the/best/Neal Barrett, Jr.”
I found this shopping at Half Price Books, bought it, then confirmed my suspicion:
Barrett, Neal. Through Darkest America. Worldwide, 1988. First paperback edition, a Fine- copy with tiny bump to bottom front corner and slight age-darkening to paper, otherwise apparently unread. Inscribed by Barrett, Jr. to fellow Texas science fiction writer Lewis Shiner: “11/29/88//Unca Lew—/Having you here for/a while has made my/day, as ever—/(Signature)”.
Lew confirmed that it was indeed inscribed to him, noting he must have sold it and because he was moving again and already had the hardback…
Joe Pumelia asked me to put together a quick necrology of notable science fiction figures who have died over the last 18 months for his forthcoming fanzine, a roll-call which is depressingly extensive and filled with world-class talent. Here’s a quick and dirty list that just hits the highlights of writers (and one artist) who have died in that time, along with select top works for those unfamiliar with their output to pursue.
With Neal’s passing I thought I would pull out some of the photos I have of him and put them up here. The first couple are from Armadillocon, the rest from his Author Emeritus Award Party on May 30, 2010:
Dang. Just heard that Neal Barrett, Jr. has died. One of the great Texas Gonzo writers with an impressive body of work.
He will be missed.
Condolences to his widow Ruth, his family and friends.
Here are a few quick-and-dirty photos from Armadillocon 32, all except the first taken Friday.
Michael Bishop, from the Thursday Pre-Con dinner.
Neal Barrett, Jr. in his stylish hat. “I got it from Walgreens. I buy all my clothing there.”
Richard Simental, AKA RoadRich.
Matthew Bey. Photo uncropped to give you some idea of the dealer’s room space. (Will try to get a better picture today.)
Stina Leicht, looking at Elizabeth Moon (who only dropped in briefly the first day, due to a busy schedule)
Stina was complaining about me taking pictures of her, so naturally I had to take several more.
The first of three unsuccessful night views of the Renaissance Atrium. I’ll try to get some daylight shots today.
Phil Brogden, Yvonne Daily, and Mike’s torso
Karen and Kasey Lansdale.
Updated: You can find Part 2 here.