Selected New Arrivals January 2015
This selection of new arrivals for January represents about of half of the titles added, all in very nice shape with many award winners and signed books.
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London: Faber and Faber, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. Signed by Aldiss on the title page. Issued earlier in the U.S. in a shorter version as The Long Afternoon of Earth (1962). Novelization of five Hothouse stories that won the 1962 Hugo award for best short fiction published in 1961. Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-3. Pringle, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 34.
New York: Avalon Books, . Octavo, cloth. First edition. A male space explorer finds a matriarchal society of women on a planet a thousand light-years from Earth. Part of the Psychotechnic League sequence of Anderson's Future History series. Indexed in Sargent (1988), but omitted in error from the bibliography itself.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1955. Octavo, illustrated by Mel Hunter, cloth. First edition. Eternals police human history against disasters, making history safe for mankind. "Time guardians rove through the centuries, keeping all eras in harmony. The hero rebels, preferring the uncertainties of infinity to the carefully controlled boredom of Eternity." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 120. "... a complex, thoughtful story of time travel, time paradoxes and time police, considered by some critics to be his best work." - John Clute / Malcolm J. Edwards, SFE (online). "Perhaps Asimov's best early novel" Barron (ed.): Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-18.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1957. Octavo, jacket illustration by Ruth Ray, cloth. First edition. The second novel featuring detective Elijah Bailey and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw by "the writer who virtually invented the science fiction mystery. In his novels THE CAVES OF STEEL (1954) and THE NAKED SUN (1957) and in the stories collected as ASIMOV'S MYSTERIES (1968), he masterfully bridged the gap between the two genres and proved that genuine detective fiction could be set in the future as well as in the present or past." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, p. 29. The human/robot detective team solve another murder, this one committed on Solaris, an Outer World with a robot-run economy, where the twenty thousand Solarians, thinly spread out over the surface of the planet, live in near total isolation from each other, and the presence or touch of another Solarian produces incapacitating physical repugnance. Bailey, from an underground Earth city, must overcome his fear of open spaces to solve the crime. "In its setting, it's a sort of inversion of THE CAVES OF STEEL, and it's equally cleverly plotted." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. . Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-42. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1476-9.
[London]: GraftonBooks A Division of HarperCollinsPublishers, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Review copy with publisher's promotional letter laid in. The author's well-received first book. "... RAFT features some of the most startling hard SF content in recent years. It is the first volume in the author's loosely connected Xeelee future history." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-84. "Humans are stranded on a 'raft' in a pocket universe of enormous gravity. Baxter's debut novel, in which he describes his young hero's quest through a world that is strange indeed. As an all-too-rare example of British SF rooted in speculative physics, it has drawn praise from Larry Niven, Bob Shaw and others." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. . "It is very, very hard SF, and it's great fun, and the cosmogonic precepts of its universe are challenging to grasp, and it's quite quickly told, and it's really dumb about people." - John Clute. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-84.
New York: Simon and Schuster, . Octavo, cloth backed boards. First edition. Nebula Award winner, 1980. John W. Campbell Memorial Award, 1981. Scientists in the future try to send a warning message to scientists of the past. "Unusual for the realism of its depiction of scientists at work; admirably serious in handling the implications of its theme." Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 4-46. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-109.
[Paris]: Le Cercle du Nouveau Livre, . gold and blind stamped green cloth. First edition. Number 507 of an unstated limitation. Published in English as PLANET OF THE APES (1963). Basis for two films and numerous sequels. "Boulle made the Earth astronauts' visit to a far planet where apes are the dominant species and humans a despised under class a parable of racial and other social failings on Earth..." - Anatomy of Wonder (1995) 3-26. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1692-96.
New York: Gnome Press, Inc., . Octavo, cover art by Ric Binkley, boards. First edition. Space opera.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962. Octavo, cloth. First edition. "...remains the quintessential Bradbury fiction." – Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1769-73. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-45. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-51.
West Bloomfield, MI: Phantasia Press, 1985. Octavo, cloth. First hardcover edition. One of 375 numbered copies signed by Brin. This edition includes textual revisions by the author. "Superior space opera of a very high order" - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-162. Nebula award winner, 1983, Hugo award winner, 1984 for best novel.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1953. Octavo, boards. First edition. The author's second SF novel. A novel about the campaign to secure funding from Congress for the stalled American space program, money to send a manned spacecraft to Jupiter in 2001. "A powerful, poignant plea for spaceflight and a study of a man obsessed by it."- Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-68. Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1217-20.
New York, Evanston, San Francisco, London: Harper & Row, Publishers, . Octavo, cloth backed boards. First edition. "In a highly computerized twenty-first century one man rebels against the ubiquitous electronic regimentation. He manages to use the computers to undermine the system. A satisfying tale of human ingenuity set against a well-realized background, though the narrative is at times jaron-laden and stodgy. The last of Brunner's cycle of large dystopian novels which began with STAND ON ZANZIBAR (1968)." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 326. "Anticipated trendy 'cyberpunk' by nearly a decade, and trendier real-world virus programs by longer still." - David Langford. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-174. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 365. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1922-25.
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1962. Octavo, boards. First edition. Catastrophe novel in which a new ice age descends on England. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-93.
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963. Octavo, cloth backed boards. First edition. Collects fourteen stories. Includes "New Arcadia" which depicts "various utopias failing as a result of 'human nature.'" - Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 260. Also includes "Internal Combustion," an artificial intelligence story.
San Francisco, CA / Columbia, PA: Underwood-Miller, 1981. Octavo, pictorial cloth. First edition. One of 200 copies signed by Dick, Levack and Godersky. An annotated and illustrated bibliography.
Los Angeles, California, Columbia, Pennsylvania: Underwood-Miller, 1987. Octavo, five volumes, imitation leather. First edition. Of 500 numbered sets, this is one of 100 specially bound in imitation leather with marbled endpapers and inserted limitation leaf with mounted Dick signature [cut from a canceled check]. Laid in is leaflet [single sheet, folded to make four pages] "Brief Synopsis for Alternate World Novel: The Acts of Paul," an unpublished Dick novel. Collects all of Dick's published short fiction, with the exception of short novels later published as or included in novels, plus six previously unpublished stories. Includes preface by Dick, foreword by Steven Owen Godersky and introductions by Roger Zelazny, Norman Spinrad, John Brunner, James Tiptree, Jr. and Thomas M. Disch, as well as notes on the stories which often incorporate commentary by Dick. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-324.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1966. Octavo, cloth. First edition. A novel of the future involving drug addiction and time travel.
London: Millennium An Orion Book, . Octavo, boards. First edition. The author's first story collection.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed label by Farmer laid in. Second book of the "Riverworld" series, sequel to TO YOUR SCATTERED BODIES GO (1971). See Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-393. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1809-16.
Burton, Michigan: Subterranean Press, 2006. Octavo, boards. First edition. Of 126 copies this is one of 100 numbered and signed copies. Collects sixty previously uncollected pieces of the author's work, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and autobiograpy.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1971. Octavo, cloth. First edition. The author's third novel. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 4-255. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-112. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 67. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 48. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 675-79. Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, p. 87.
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1967. Octavo, cloth. First edition. 1967 Hugo nominee. SF locked room mystery. "Sherlockianly brilliant." - Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 3-332. Adey, Locked Room Murders and Other Impossible Crimes (1991), 793.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, . Octavo, cloth. First U.S. edition. Part of Heinlein's "future history" series, first published as a two-part serial in Astounding Science Fiction in 1941 as "Universe" and "Common Sense." Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-513. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. See Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1653-64.
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1951. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Parasitic slug "masters" from outer space "attach themselves to human hosts and control their every thought and action ... Speaking through a host, a master offers mankind a life of contentment, peace, and security of surrender, and the offer appears genuine ... [The novel] allegorizes modern anxiety about the preservation of freedom ... Heinlein anticipates that moment when a man must make the fateful choice between security and freedom." - Berger, Science Fiction and the New Dark Age, p. 106. "Fast-moving tale of paranoid (anti-Communist?) fears run wild. Well handled, a classic of it type." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 291. Filmed in 1994 with Donald Sutherland. Anatomy of Wonder (1987) 3-205. Pringle: Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels #4.
Chicago: Shasta Publishers, . Octavo, illustrated by Hubert Rogers, cloth backed boards. First edition. One of the signed subscriber copies on inserted blank leaf. Part of Heinlein's "future history" series. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-514. See Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1645-54.