Thursday, October 27, 2011

Acquisitions: Vintage Science Fiction & Fantasy Paperbacks

For every book we have listed for sale on our website, we have 10 more still waiting to be cataloged. Usually my methodology is to grab the next box at hand and start cataloging them, whatever they may be.  Once in a while, though, I get the urge to find something specific - so this morning, I dug around in one of the storage areas until I found a case of vintage SF&F.

The Island Snatchers by George H. Smith - DAW Collector's #298; Flying machines had not yet been invented on Earth's dimensional twin, Annwn.  So Dylan McBride thought it would be a good idea, even if a bit on the crackpot side from the viewpoint of that world's somewhat backward Victorian viewpoint.  But when Dylan and his witch wife Clarinda tried out the machine by flying to Hibernia to attend a wild Irish wedding, they came a-cropper.  For the Emerald Isle was not where it was supposed to be.  Instead, it was drifting rapidly westward under some strange power.

The Star-Crowned Kings by Robert Chilson - DAW Collector's #161.  Race Warden was his name and he was a human being trying to live peacefully in his allotted niche on the colony world Mavia...until the day he moved a stone slab by mental projection. Until that moment, he had regarded himself as a simple pawn on the vast social board. But it raised him to a higher status at once - possibly a castle or bishop or knight. The kings of the board, they who ruled the human cosmos, had the telkinetic-telepathic power. They had crowned themselves with the stars and all the rest of humanity were theirs to move or sacrifice as they wished.

But a maverick mentalist - even one like Race who did not even know the rules of their games nor the extent of his place - was not to be tolerated. He had to be removed from the board before he broke up their cozy zodiac.

Rod Serling's Other Worlds - An anthology edited by Rod Serling and containing: They by Robert A. Heinlein; Fifteen Miles by Ben Bova; Dolphin's Way by Gordon R. Dickson; The Royal Opera House by Carl Jacobi; Special Aptitude by Theodore Sturgeon; The Underdweller by William F. Nolan; I'm in Marsport without Hilda by Isaac Asimov; A Nice Shady Place by Dennis Etchison; Construction Shack by Clifford D. Simak; A Little Journey by Ray Bradbury; The Visible Man by Gardner R. Dozois; Mister Magister by Thomas F. Monteleone; What Johnny Did on His Summer Vacation by Joe Haldeman and Robert Thurston; and Little Old Mis Macbeth by Fritz Leiber.

King of the World's Edge by H. Warner Munn - They were a lonely half-starved band of adventurers who had been cast out of their homeland by hordes of invading marauders - and they came to an unknown world as strange, as fantastic, as wonder-packed as the legendary Atlantis.

Berserker Worlds by Fred Saberhagen - A promotional book printed for Waldenbook's Otherworlds Club members.

Contains the short stories: Masque of the Red Shift; In the Temple of Mars; Brother Berserker; Smasher.

The Book of Lost Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien - The Book of Lost Tales stands at the beginning of the entire conception of Middle-earth and Valinor, for the Tales were the first form of the myths and legends that came to be called The Simarillion. Complete with commentary and notes.

Tain by Gregory Frost - TAIN and its sequel, REMSCELA, comprise the retelling of the Irish epic Tain Bo Cuailnge--the stories of Cu Chulainn, the hero of Ulster who at the age of 18 single-handedly defended his people against the invading army of the sorcerous queen Maeve.

The Outer Space Connection by Alan & Sally Landsburg - Actually, non-fiction, not science fiction.  This book on UFOs presents evidence and makes predictions - including the prediction that aliens will return to the Earth on December 24th, 2011.

many more on tap for later today - Vintage SF from Mack Reynolds, Robert Sheckley, Emil Petaja, Jeffrey Lord, C. S. Lewis, Leo P. Kelley and more including a large batch of Perry Rhodan paperbacks....

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