Library Addition: Michael Moorcock’s Caribbean Crisis

March 21st, 2019

I picked up a better copy of this to replace one I picked up a few years back:

Moorcock, Michael, with James Cawthorn, as Desmond Reid. Caribbean Crisis. Sexton Blake Library 501/Fleetway Publications, 1962. First edition (“First Printing” stated) trade paperback original (digest format), a Very Good+ copy with small stains to front and rear cover from rusting staple bleed-through (a common flaw for this title), with very slight wrinkling along spine, slight wear at points, a touch of soiling to white cover and the usual age-darkening to the pages. 62 double-column pages, plus a two page “mailbag” at rear. Not sure if this counts as a book serial or a magazine, but it features an English detective who first made his debut in 1893. Currey, page 368. Tanelorn Archives, page 12. An online Sexton Blake bibliography says that W. Howard Baker also did some revisions on this. Bought online for $8.25.

Library Additions: Two Signed/Limited Pulphouse Issues

March 20th, 2019

I have a complete run of the trade edition of Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine I picked up as they were coming out. Recently I saw a couple of issues of the signed edition of same cheap, so I picked them up at prices that were actually less than what the trade edition retailed for.

  • Rusch, Kristine Kathryn, editor. Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine Issue Three: Fantasy. Pulphouse, 1989. First edition hardback, #170 of 250 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in a Fine slipcase, sans dust jacket, as issued. Signed by contributors Avram Davidson, Harlan Ellison, Jack Williamson, Charles De Lint, Michael Bishop, Don Webb, etc. Bought off eBay for $22.99.
  • Rusch, Kristine Kathryn, editor. Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine Issue Five: Horror. Pulphouse, 1989. First edition hardback, #36 of 250 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in a Fine slipcase, sans dust jacket, as issued. Signed by contributors George Alec Effinger, Ed Bryant, Elizabeth Hand, etc. Bought off eBay for $19.99.
  • Pulphouse wildly overproduced and over-saturated the market in the early 1990s, but I always thought the hardback magazine itself featured solid stories.

    Shoegazer Sunday: Stepdad’s “Must Land Running”

    March 17th, 2019

    This is more noisepop than Shoegaze, but it’s similar to some songs I’ve put up, so here it is:

    Library Addition: Signed Willis/Felice Light Raid First

    March 14th, 2019

    Another ex-Meschke/Duarte book:

    Willis, Connie, and Cynthia Felice. Light Raid. Ace, 1989. First edition hardback, a Very Good+ copy with rubbing along gilt of spine and bumping at head and heel, in a Fine dust jacket. Inscribed by both the authors: “To Meschke,/The elegeantly/written half is by me./Connie/Willis” “To Meschke/The fun stuff is all/by me! Cynthia Felice.” Karen Meschke was con chair of the 1997 San Antonio Worldcon, where Willis won the Hugo for Best Short Story. Bought from Half Price Books for $13.50.

    Library Additions: Signed Editions of Two H. G. Wells Classics

    March 7th, 2019

    Not signed by H.G. Wells, alas, (I have one of those) but by the illustrator.

    Wells, H. G. The Time Machine with The War of The Worlds. Limited Editions Club, 1964. First edition thus, #1327 of 1500 numbered sets signed by illustrator Joseph Mugnaini in each book, each Fine copies, sans dust jackets (as issued), in a Very Good+ slipcase with abrasions along the top and other touches of wear. Mugnaini is probably most famous to SF readers for his illustrations of Ray Bradbury books, especially the first edition of The Halloween Tree. This is a handsome set that usually lists for 2-3 times what I paid, and it’s possible I’ll never own nice copies of the true first editions of either. Bought off eBay for $50 for the set.

    Library Additions: Two Signed Jack Vance Firsts

    March 5th, 2019

    The Jack Vance buying spree continues:

  • Vance, Jack. To Live Forever. Charles F. Miller, 1995. First limited edition, #116 of 500 signed, numbered hardbacks, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket and Fine slipcase. Cunningham, 79c. Chalker/Owings (2002), page 533. Supplements a signed copy of the Ballantine Books hardback first edition. Bought off eBay for $46.57 (original publication price was $60).

  • (Vance, Jack) Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller, editors. Jack Vance. Taplinger, 1980. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, signed by Vance. Book of critical essays. Hewett, M74. Replaces an unsigned copy. Bought from a friend for $35.

  • Library Additions: Wolfe, Schow Signed Firsts

    March 2nd, 2019

    Two signed firsts bought cheap off eBay:

  • Schow, David J. DJStories. Subterranean Press, 2018. First edition hardback, #927 of 1000 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Oddly enough, this is one of the books I wanted to pick up in the Camelot sale late last year, but it was too recent to earn the discount. Bought off eBay for $17.95, plus shipping. (List price was $40.)
  • Wolfe, Gene. Weird Tales #290 (Sixty-Fifth Anniversary Issue): Special Gene Wolfe Issue. Terminus Publishing, 1988. First edition hardback-bound state of the magazine, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket, as issued. Inscribed by Wolfe and editors Darrell Schweitzer, John Betancourt, and George H. Scithers to “Bruce.” Presentation state, lacking the limitation page but including the extra George Barr illustration not in the regular magazine edition, which is where Wolfe signed. Includes six Wolfe stories (one original), an interview and a profile. There were evidently 100 copies of the hardbound limited edition done at a list price of $50, but I’m not sure how many of these presentation state were done. Bought off eBay from $27.95.

  • Library Addition: Signed First of Robert Bloch’s Screams

    February 27th, 2019

    This is an upgrade, replacing an unsigned copy of he trade edition with a signed copy of the trade edition:

    Bloch, Robert. Screams. Underwood -Miller, 1989. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket, with a $39.95 overprint pricing sticker on flap (as issued). Signed by Bloch. Omnibus edition of The Will To Kill, Firebug, and The Star Stalker, being the first hardback editions of each. Chalker/Owings (1991), page 440. Bought off eBay for $25.

    Library Addition: Ward Moore’s Breathe The Air Again

    February 21st, 2019

    Most SF readers think Ward Moore only published four books: Bring the Jubilee, Greener Than You Think, Joyleg (with Avram Davidson), and Caduceus Wild. However, Moore publshed two mainstream novels before any of those, Cloud by Day and the book below:

    Moore, Ward. Breathe the Air Again. Harper & Brothers, 1942. First edition hardback (stated), an Ex-Lbrary copy with all the usual flaws, including spine sticker, stamps, pocket, internal stamps and stickers, etc., with touches of wear, some mild page-blocking soiling, points blunted, etc., lacking the dust jacket. Really only a reading/placeholder copy, but this seems to be a genuinely rare book; the only other copy I’ve seen pop up in all that time was about the same condition, but offered at over 10 times the cost. Reportedly a mainstream novel of labor organizing. Bought from a multilister for $18.63.

    Including two Armchair Fiction magazine reprints, I have all Moore’s books except the Tachyon Press hardback of Lot and Lot’s Daughter.

    Obituary: GAK

    February 20th, 2019

    Only in reading the February Ansible did I learn that artist GAK died mid-January. His real name was evidently Gregg Kanefsky, though I also knew him as Glenn Denny Gak (the name he used on Facebook), and an obituary linked from his Facebook page referenced Glenn A. Klinger. He was obviously a man of many mysteries.

    Back when I edited Nova Express, GAK became my go-to guy for cover art. His spikey style seemed a good fit for what I wanted to publish. Among his best covers was the one for the Tim Powers issue:

    As well as the one for the Neil Gaiman issue, the original artwork for which I have matted and hanging in my house above a copy of the issue:

    After Nova Express, he went on to illustrate a number of horor works, including the Dead Cat Bounce series.

    I only met GAK once, at the 2002 World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis, where I had dinner with him and Nova contributor Hank Wagner. I had no idea he was sick until I read that he had died.

    Here’s his ISFDB listing.

    One more for the road: