Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

Library Addition: Paul Di Filippo’s Cosmocopia

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

When this cool novel/art assemblage was announced in 2007 at a price of $50 (I think it was listed at $65 on publication), I thought two things about it:

  • That’s cool, and I want one.
  • I don’t want to pay $50 (or $65) for it.
  • They were even offered at a slightly short discount for dealers, which is why I passed on it. When it came out in late 2008, neither I (nor anyone else) was buying much of anything, and I’m sure the lavish nature of the production helped contribute to Payseur & Schmidt’s demise.

    Di Filippo, Paul (illustrated by Jim Woodrung). Cosmocopia. Payseur & Schmidt, 2008. First edition hardback, one of 500 copies with a band signed by Di Filippo and Jim Woodrung around the box, in a decorated cardboard box with a cardstock illustration and a Jigsaw puzzle, in the case as well as the book, sans dust jacket, as issued. Paul Di Filippo alerted me to the fact that Fantagraphics bookstore had copies on hand for Jim Woodrung’s signing there at $30 a pop and I managed to call and snag the last copy.




    Library Addition: Limited Edition of Pulphouse 8 Signed by Greg Egan

    Monday, September 21st, 2015

    You may be aware that I’m one of the few book collectors that has an inscribed associational copy of one of Greg Egan’s books (Axiomatic, inscribed to his editor David Pringle). These days, Egan doesn’t do signings, doesn’t attend conventions, and refuses to do signed limited editions of his work. However, before he instituted this policy, he did sign one limited edition toward the beginning of his career, and I recently picked that up:

    Rusch, Kristine Kathryn, editor. Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine: Issue Eight: Summer 1990. Hardback first edition, #50 of 250 numbered copies signed by all the contributors, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket, as issued, in a Fine slipcase. Signed by Greg Egan at the title page for his story “The Moral Virologist.” Also signed by George Alec Effinger, Jack McDevitt, Jonathan Lethem, etc. Chalker/Owings (1991), page 364. Supplements an unsigned copy (I have the entire 12 issue run in the regular edition.) Bought off eBay for $39.95.

    Pulphouse 8


    His signature here is actually neater than the one on the inscribed Axiomatic.


    I may not be the only Sf collector with two Greg Egan signatures, but there can’t be many…

    Library Addition: Signed First Edition of J. G. Ballard’s Super-Cannes

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

    Pick up another signed J. G. Ballard first edition:

    Ballard, J. G. Super-Cannes. Flamingo, 2000. First edition hardback, a Fine- copy in a Near Fine+ dust jacket with bumping at points, a 1/8″ closed tear at bottom rear fold point, and very slight haze rubbing to reflective silver dust jacket. Inscribed by Ballard: “To Jane,/J.G. Ballard”. Bought for £24 plus shipping.

    I think I have a total of six signed Ballards, including the News From the Sun chapbook and the limited edition of his autobiography, Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton.

    Library Additions: 4 Books, 3 Non-Fiction

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

    Here’s the final titles I bought from the Cold Tonnage 40% off sale, three of which are non-fiction and the fourth just an odd item:

  • Bradbury, Ray (illustrated by Gary Gianni). The Nefertiti-Tut Express. The RAS Press, 2012. First edition oversized oblong (9″ x 12″ long) chapbook edition, a Fine copy, new and unread. Oversized illustrated edition of a longish poem. Signed by Gianni. Bought for £12.
  • Clarke, I. F. Voices Prophesying War. Oxford University Press, 1990. First edition hardback (of this new expanded and updated edition), a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket with slight wear on rear points. Non-fiction. The standard reference on future war fiction. Bought for £10.8.
  • (Ellison, Harlan) Priest, Christopher. The Book on the Edge of Forever. Fantagraphics Books, 1994. First edition trade paperback format (perfect-bound with the look and feel of a short graphic novel, which is Fantagraphics primary line), a Fine- copy. Non-fiction. An inquiry into the non-appearance of Harlan Ellison’s massive, long-delayed anthology The Last Dangerous Visions, expanded from an earlier fanzine titled The Last Deadloss Visions. Hugo Award nominee for best Non-Fiction. Bought for £15. Not particularly a Priest fan (I had lunch with two of his ex-wives at the 2014 London Worldcon), but when you’re right…

    Book Edge Forever

  • (Heinlein, Robert A.) Olander, Joseph and Martin Harry Greenberg, editors. Robert A. Heinlein (Writers of the 21st Century Series). Taplinger, 1978. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Non-fiction. Bought for £12.
  • Quick Hits From a Movie Viewing Party

    Monday, September 7th, 2015

    Quick impressions from a movie viewing party yesterday:

    Guardians of the Galaxy: Yep! Not my favorite Marvel, but in the top 10.

    The Lego Movie: A whole lot better than you had any right to expect it to be.

    Coherence: Eh. Ends better than it begins, but shallow California Yuppies sort of spoil the quantum mechanical creepiness.

    Also, congratulations to whoever cut the trailer for The Frame: You’ve managed to craft a trailer so stylistically annoying that I never want to see the movie just to spite you…

    Gene Wolfe, Pringles, Mental Floss and Me

    Monday, August 31st, 2015

    Mental Floss is one of those sites that does a lot of lists (“o celebrities That Played Chess,” etc.). Oddly enough, this week I turned up in the 12 Crispy Facts About Pringles list, touching on Gene Wolfe’s involvement in designing the machine that makes Pringles potato chips.

    Funny the things you actually get remembered for…

    (Hat tip Bill Crider.)

    John Clute’s Library Going to Telluride Institute

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

    I had no idea when I posted that tardy donation news for Allen Lewis’ library yesterday that this would be Great SF Collections Ending Up In Libraries Week.

    Critic John Clute’s considerable SF library is ending up at the Telluride Institute, where Clute is a trustee.

    Allen Lewis Donates His Entire Collection to The University of Iowa

    Monday, August 24th, 2015

    Well, how did I miss this news? Science fiction collector Allen Lewis donated his entire collection of science fiction first editions to the University of Iowa. Here’s another story on the donation, with a few more quotes and pictures of Al in front of his library. (Sadly, the pictures are not large enough to read the titles.)

    I’ve sold many a book of Al over the years (and bought one or two from him). Al was famous for hauling a minivan’s worth of books to get signed at SF conventions. He would frequently get a dealer’s table, less to sell a few extras, but to have a base to store his own books from which to hit the autographing lines.

    It would be nice to browse through the list of what he donated, if they ever get it online…

    Photos from Worldcon Part 2 (The 2014 London Worldcon, That Is)

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

    And here’s Part 2 of those London Worldcon pics.

    Note that some pictures are labeled “…and company.” This is code for “I’m slightly less embarrassed about not remembering your name a year later than I would be about getting it wrong.”


    The lovely and talented Gail Garriger contemplates her next cup of tea.


    It’s only a matter of time until leopard-skin gloves are all the rage…


    Tobias Buckell, straight from his performance in Hipsters of the Caribbean.


    I’m 99% sure this is Martin Hoare with David Langford. After all, it’s Worldcon. How many bearded, gray-haired men with glasses could there be?


    Apropos of nothing in particular, here’s Mike Walsh.


    John Kessel.


    John Kessel in jacket.


    John Kessel in jacket and the shoes he stole from Lew Shiner.


    Michael Bulmlein.


    Jo Walton contemplates the five kilometer hike to her next panel.


    Your Humble Narrator and Ian McDonald.


    Stephen Baxter, taking a short break from 100,000 words of galaxy smashing.


    The ageless Ben Yalow. He stays the same while the original painting for Confessions of a Crap Artist gets older.


    Signs of the horrific mental degeneration that comes from being a science fiction bookseller…


    Just ask George Locke!


    Charlie Stross, caught in the middle of a very geeky plan for world domination.


    Ben Bova.


    Ben Bova and Your Humble Narrator.


    Lawrence Watt-Evans.


    Lawrence Watt-Evans and company.


    Lawrence and Lawrence, coming this fall to Fox!


    Matthew Hughes


    Ann VanderMeer


    Jeff and Ann VanderMeer.


    Stephen Jones.


    Joe Haldeman, Gay Haldeman and Jim Burns.


    John Douglas.


    Michael Swanwick, yet again.


    “Come, Mrs. Peel, we’re needed!”


    Henry Wessels, rocking the seersucker.


    John Clute and company.


    Teddy Harvia fooling around with a married woman known only as “Mrs. Thayer.”


    Robert Jackson Bennett, who I somehow had to travel 5,000 miles to see.


    Andrew Porter.


    Scott Edelman.


    Jeff Orth, one of the three chairs of the 2016 Kansas City Worldcon. Expect him to look approximately 30 years older 380 days from now.


    James Patrick Kelly, of the Gets-photographed-a-lot-at-Worldcons Patrick Kellys.


    Has anyone seen Jack Dann and Russell Blackford in the same room at the same time?


    Janeen Webb.


    Betsy Mitchell.

    Photos from Worldcon Part 1 (The 2014 London Worldcon, That Is)

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

    So this year’s Worldcon is this week, and you’re posting photos from last year’s Worldcon?


    And didn’t you already post some of these photos?


    So why do it again?

    Last year at Worldcon, I uploaded these photos in a big bunch to Facebook, then linked to the Facebook photos from this blog. However, Facebook, evidently hating the idea that people outside their walled garden of changing preferences and sunglasses spam might see said photos, keeps changing their URLs, thus breaking links to them. So the photos themselves disappeared from the old post. These I’m uploading directly to my blog.

    Also, I didn’t blog all the images I meant to, so there will be some new ones in Part 2.

    So without further adieu…


    Leigh Kennedy, who I had lunch and dinner with the Monday before the con. We have loads of common friends, but knew them at different times, so there was a lot of trading stories…


    In profile.


    Cory Doctorow, exhibiting his unique sense of style…


    …and with an actual top to his head.


    John J. Miller of Wild Cards fame, with Gail Gerstner-Miller.


    Kim Newman, in his usual natty, multilayered attire. Wear this in Texas in August and you’re asking for heatstroke.


    Jonathan Strahan and David Hartwell.


    Pat Murphy, all scarfed-up.


    Lavie Tidhar, who used to do reviews for me back in the Nova Express days.


    Ian Watson and Lavie Tidhar, signing books at the PS Publishing table in the dealer’s room. I asked Watson what the genesis of the Watson-Aldiss feud was. “I’ve gotten to the age when I’m not sure I remember it properly anymore…”


    Connie Willis.


    Liz Hand.


    And looking slightly less crazed.


    Ellen Datlow and Liz Hand fan themselves and look down upon the peasantry.


    Elle Datlow solo.


    Guest of honor John Clute.


    Adam Roberts.


    Geoff Ryman peers at me suspiciously.


    Gary K. Wolfe.


    Andy Duncan.


    Didn’t get all the names, but this is something like 75% of the Israeli SF publishing industry.


    Kim Stanley Robinson.


    John Gibbons.


    Michael Swanwick, Geoff Ryman, and Ellen Datlow.


    Michael Swanwick and Gordon Van Gelder, looking way too befuddled for the first day of the con.


    Lisa Tuttle, who I had lunch with, joined by…


    …George R. R. Martin.


    George R. R. Martin and the Spanish George R. R. Martin.


    Michael Swanwick and George R. R. Martin, enjoying fine dining in an atmosphere of unpretentious ambiance.


    Parris McBride Martin.


    Alastair Reynolds.


    Pat Cadigan.


    Pat Cadigan in green.


    Pat Cadigan with fan-drawn cyberpunk.


    Finally, Pat Cadigan with her spiffy Doc Martin boots.


    The elusive Richard Calder.


    Michael Swanwick showing off his outfit. “This shirt is bespoke! Bespoke, I tell you!”


    Finally, Michael Swanwick showing off the t-shirt for MidAmericon II, the 2016 Kansas City Worldcon he’s Guest of Honor at. (Pat Cadigan is Toastmistress.)