My habit of picking up signed Ray Bradbury first editions when I see them cheap continues apace:
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Another important small press work I bought at auction:
Smith, Edward E., PhD. The Skylark of Space. Buffalo Book Company, 1946. First edition hardback, a VG+ copy with slight bumping at head, heel and corners and faint dust staining at heel, in a VG- dust jacket missing a small 1/4″ triangular chip from center of dj spine, plus about 1/4″ of chipping loss at head and heel, and slight overall rubbing, otherwise intact with $3.00 price on flap. The very first of Doc Smith’s famous space operas. Currey (1978), page 457. Chalker/Owings (1991), page 78. One of two books done by the Buffalo Book Company (the other of which, John Taine’s The Time Stream, I picked up in December.
Bought for $237 from Heritage Auctions.
So the trailer for Terry Gilliam’s forthcoming Zero Theorem is out:
It’s the science fiction dead end job loser virtual reality physics dating sim you’ve been waiting for!
Could be epic, or an epic train wreck…
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.
Chanced across it and it’s too good not to share:
“An ancient proverb stipulates that ‘he who sups with the devil should use a long spoon.’ You would seem to have attempted such a meal with a small dessert fork.”
— Jack Vance, The Face
This came in the day before Christmas, and I haven’t had a chance to blog it until now. It isn’t quite a book, but close enough:
Picacio, John. John Picacio 2014 Calendar. Lone Boy, 2013. First edition, Fine, signed by the artist, with Kickstarter specials, including six oversized loteria cards, a sketcbook, and a signed pencil. Click to embiggen.
I picked up the following off the Internet for the princely sum of $1:
(Wolfe, Gene) Kostick, Diane P. Voices of Barrington. Arcadia Publishing, 2002. First edition trade paperback original, a Near Fine copy with wrinkling to the bottom back cover. Non-fiction book profiling notable citizens of Barrington, Illinois, including 10 pages (95-104) on science fiction’s own Gene Wolfe. Although not indicated so by the bookseller, this copy is inscribed by another profiled notable, one Sam Oliver, who evidently runs a clinic and does missionary work.
I suspect many Wolfe fans may be unaware of its existence.
Here’s the third and final list of books I bought at Recycled Books in Denton for my own library. (Here’s Part One and Part Two). A few more will show up in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog. Again, I didn’t pay more than $40 for anything here, and most were less.
I’ve been on a bit of a kick buying out-of-print SF first editions signed cheap. I saw all of these in a major book dealer’s online catalog and thought they were worth picking up, especially since three of the authors are no longer with us. Now I need to put these up so I can catalog the huge haul of books in Denton I picked up this weekend…