Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction’

Library Addition: Iain M. Banks’ Cleaning Up

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Tracked down an Iain Banks chapbook I lacked.

Banks, Iain M. Cleaning Up. Birmingham Science Fiction Group, 1987. First edition chapbook, a Fine- copy with one small phantom indentation to top rear and a touch of soiling. Issued for Novacon 17. Bought online for £24.99 plus shipping.

Cleaning Up

Library Additions: Three Signed Harlan Ellison Items

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Three items, all picked up separately, all by or about Harlan Ellison, and all signed.

  • Ellison, Harlan. Alone Against Tomorrow. Macmillan, 1971. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Inscribed by Ellison: “For Don—/Harlan Ellison”. Currey (1979), page 177. Slusser (see below) 19. Bought off eBay for $35.
  • (Ellison, Harlan) Segaloff, Nat. A Lit Fuse: The Provacative Life of Harlan Ellison. NESFA Press, 2017. First edition hardback, #238 of 500 copies signed by Segaloff, a Fine copy in decorated boards, in a Fine slipcase, sans dust jacket, as issued. Authorized biography. The pic below is from the front of the slipcase.

    A Lit Fuse

  • (Ellison, Harlan) Slusser, George Edgar. Harlan Ellison: Unrepentant Harlequin. Borgo Presss, 1977. First edition chapbook, a Near Fine- copy with rubbing and a sticker pull to front cover. Inscribed by Ellison, with a drawing, in two colors: (In blue ink) “For Daniel Traeger The “Mom” (in rust-colored ink) That’s supposed to/say “The Man” — But/I messed up. Sorry/Harlan Ellison/”The Inept.” Currey (1979), page 180. Bought for $1.98 at Half Price Books. oddly enough, I recently bought another signed copy of this, but since that one has a better cover and this one a better inscription, I’m inclined to keep both…

    Slusser Ellison Sig

  • Sharknado 5 Gets a Title

    Thursday, June 1st, 2017

    Our long wait is now over: Sharknado 5 now has it’s official subtitle: Global Swarming.

    Tagline: Make America Bait Again.

    More:

    Alongside the announcement of the movie’s official title, the network revealed Sharknado 5’s list of cameos, which include Tony Hawk, Olivia Newton-John, Chloe Lattanzi, Fabio, Clay Aiken, Bret Michaels, Charo, Gilbert Gottfried, Margaret Cho, Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Greg Louganis, Tom Daley, Gus Kenworthy, Jeff Rossen, Porsha Williams, Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Chris Kattan, Cat Greenleaf, Ross Mullan and Dan Fogler.

    Finally, something to bring our divided nation together!

    (Hat tip: Bill Crider.)

    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.

    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: 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.

    Crowther, 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.