Archive for June, 2017

Library Addition: Signed First of The Classic Philip Jose Farmer

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Another signed eBay purchase:

Farmer, Philip Jose. The Classic Philip Jose Farmer: 1954—1962. Crown, 1984. First edition hardback, a Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Signed by Farmer. Volume 4 in the Crown SF Classics series. Bought for $21.50 off eBay.

Classic Farmer Sig

Library Addition: Joe Hill’s A Little Silver Book of Sharp Shiny Slivers

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Just got the new small press Joe Hill book in:

Hill, Joe. A Little Silver Book of Sharp Shiny Slivers. Borderlands Press, 2017. First edition hardback, #439 of 500 signed, numbered copies, a Fine copy in decorated boards, sans dust jacket, as issued. Part of the Borderlands Little Book series.

Joe Hill Silver

Not that I’ll have copies of this for sale in the next Lame Excuse Books catalog, but keep in mind how popular Joe Hill is, and that this sold out pre-publication, it won’t be cheap…

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 Press, 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

  • Shoegazer Sunday: Pie Are Squared’s “36 Degrees on a Saturday”

    Sunday, June 25th, 2017

    To be honest, this isn’t so much a Shoegaze band as a single guitarist showing how to do shoegaze and performing all the parts himself via mixing, loops and digital Frippitronics.

    Shoegazer Sunday: The Octopus Project’s “Sharpteeth”

    Sunday, June 18th, 2017

    How did I miss The Octopus Project until now? You would think an Austin band with a female theremin player would be right up my alley…

    Someone Owes Sterling Archer an Apology

    Thursday, June 15th, 2017

    Blimp catches fire and crashes at the U.S. open.

    Now let me apologize for even mentioning golf…

    Adam West, RIP

    Saturday, June 10th, 2017

    Adam West, star of the 1960s TV Batman and later a voice actor playing a lunatic version of himself as Mayor Adam West on Family Guy, has died at age 88.

    Though far from my favorite version of the character, the TV Batman was silly fun.

    Mainly this post is just an excuse to throw up a few random videos:

    Shoegazer Sunday: Yellow Fang’s “Selfish”

    Sunday, June 4th, 2017

    Been a while since we did some Asian Shoegaze, so here’s Thailand’s Yellow Fang with “Selfish.”

    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.


    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.)