Books Acquired, 18-24 March 2019

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Honestly, this post was originally just going to be “there was a Kindle sale on Arthur C. Clarke (and a couple others)”.

Anderson, Poul. Tau Zero. Open Road, 2018. Ebook. 1971 Hugo finalist for Best Novel.

Clarke, Arthur C. Against the Fall of Night. RosettaBooks, 2012. Ebook. Originally published in 1948.

Clarke, Arthur C. Earthlight. RosettaBooks, 2012. Ebook. Originally published in 1955.

Clarke, Arthur C. A Fall of Moondust. RosettaBooks, 2012. Ebook. 1963 Hugo finalist for Best Novel.

Clarke, Arthur C. The Sands of Mars. RosettaBooks, 2012. Ebook. Originally published in 1951.

Matheson, Richard. The Shrinking Man. RosettaBooks, 2011. Ebook. Originally published in 1956. I saw the movie version back in high school.

Simak, Clifford D. City. Open Road, 2015. Ebook. 1953 International Fantasy Award. Fix-up; this edition includes the 1973 “Epilog”.

But on my way back from some Antioch/Martinez area hiking yesterday I stopped by the Concord Half Price Books and grabbed these:

Wilson, Kai Ashante. A Taste of Honey. Tor.com, 2016. First edition trade paperback. Hugo and Nebula finalist for Best Novella. Supplements an ebook from that year’s Hugo packet. Set in the same universe as the author’s Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, which I should really read at some point.

Zelazny, Roger. Trumps of Doom. Arbor House, 1985. First edition hardcover, with jacket in protective cover. Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Either the sixth in a ten-book series or the first of five, depending on how you view the Books of Amber. My vague plan for collecting these is to track down first editions of the Merlin books and then replace my Great Book of Amber with the aforementioned and the SFBC two-book set of the Corwin books. (The cheapest Nine Princes in Amber on AbeBooks right now that isn’t ex-library is $1,750 which is just a bit out of my price range.)

 

Books Acquired, 11-17 March 2019

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Big week this week. First of all, Monday night means free books from FOPAL:

Adams, Douglas. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. Harmony Books, 1984. U.S. hardcover edition, 2nd printing. Has some notable dust jacket tears and overall isn’t the nicest copy I’ve ever seen, but it was also signed by the author. Fourth in a five-book series.

Dickson, Gordon R. The Dragon and the George. Del Rey, 1981. Mass market paperback, seventh printing. World Fantasy Award nominee. No. 878 on Mt. Tsundoku.

Hobb, Robin. Royal Assassin. Bantam, 1996. Trade paperback, third printing. Second in a trilogy. A later printing of the first U.S. edition. No. 288 on Mt. Tsundoku.

McKillip, Patricia A. Harpist in the Wind. Del Rey, 1982. Mass market paperback; fifth printing of the Ballantine edition. Inscribed by the author on the inside front cover: “Damon / best wishes”. Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel; Hugo finalist. Third in a trilogy. No. 412 on Mt. Tsundoku.

Varley, John. Demon. Berkley, 1984. Trade paperback. Third in a trilogy. Per ISFDB, the Berkley trade paperback was published simultaneously with the Putnam hardcover. No. 1114 on Mt. Tsundoku.

Willis, Connie. Futures Imperfect. GuildAmerica Books, 1996. Hardcover. Omnibus collecting three short novels: Uncharted TerritoriesRemake (Locus Award for Best Novella; Hugo finalist for Best Novel), and Bellwether (Locus Award for Best Novella). Some noticeable water damage. No. 919 on Mt. Tsundoku.

Then Half-Price Books had a bunch of daily coupons:

Delano, Jamie, et al. Hellblazer, Volume 1: Original Sins. DC Comics, 2011. Trade paperback collecting John Constantine, Hellblazer #1-9 and material from Swamp Thing #76-77.

Jordan, Robert. New Spring. Tor, 2004. First edition hardcover. Prequel to the fourteen-volume Wheel of Time. I’ve been gradually working on obtaining all of these. Mostly a question of condition/price at this point given that everything I don’t have is either pretty common or hilariously expensive.

McGuire, Seanan. One Salt Sea. DAW, 2011. First edition mass-market paperback. Fifth in the October Daye series, which is at twelve books and counting. Like the above, I’ve been gradually working on obtaining all of these, although due to being mostly paperback and it’s a lot cheaper.

The 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Novel.Scalzi, John. The Collapsing Empire. Tor, 2017. First edition hardcover. First in a series. Nicely completes my set of 2018 Hugo finalists for Best Novel.

Finally, the Friends of the Sunnyvale Library book sale continues to provide extremely discounted comic book collections. All of these are ex-library and usually not in the greatest shape but … this in total cost $14.50:

Azzarello, Brian, et al. Wonder Woman Volume 6: Bones. DC Comics, 2015. Hardcover??? collecting the New 52 Wonder Woman #30-35 and a story from Secret Origins #6.

Cloonan, Becky, et al. Gotham Academy Volume 2: Calamity. DC Comics, 2016. Trade paperback collecting Gotham Academy #7-12 and the sneak peek from Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2.

Ellis, Warren and Kaare Andrews. Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis. Marvel Comics, 2011. Hardcover collecting Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1-5 and the Director’s Cut of #1.

Ellis, Warren, et al. StormWatch Vol. 3: Change or Die. WildStorm, 1999. Trade paperback collecting StormWatch #48-50, Stormwatch Preview #1, and StormWatch (vol. 2) #1-3.

Ennis, Garth and Steve Dillon. Preacher Volume 9: Alamo. DC Comics, 2001. Trade paperback collecting Preacher #59-66; the final volume in the series.

Fletcher, Brenden, et al. Gotham Academy Volume 3: Yearbook. DC Comics, 2016. Trade paperback collecting Gotham Academy #13-18 and Annual #1.

Mignola, Mike, et al. B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 3: Russia. Dark Horse, 2012. Trade paperback collecting B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia #1-5 and “B.P.R.D.: An Unmarked Grave” from Dark Horse Presents #8.

Millar, Mark, et al. Superman: Red Son. DC Comics, 2004. Trade paperback collecting Superman: Red Son #1-3. Elseworld asking what would have happened if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union.

Moore, Alan, et al. V for Vendetta. DC Comics, 2008. Trade paperback collecting the complete series. Remember, remember, the fifth of November.

Morrison, Grant, et al. All-Star Superman, Volume 2. DC Comics, 2009. Hardcover collecting All-Star Superman #7-12.

Morrison, Grant, et al. Batman Incorporated, Volume 1: Demon Star. DC Comics, 2013. Hardcover collecting Batman Incorporated #0-6.

Morrison, Grant, et al. Batman Incorporated, Volume 2: Gotham’s Most Wanted. DC Comics, 2013. Hardcover collecting Batman Incorporated #7-13 and Batman Incorporated Special #1.

Seeley, Tim, et al. Grayson Volume 1: Agents of Spyral. DC Comics, 2015. Hardcover collecting Grayson #1-4, a story from Secret Origins #7, and Grayson: Futures End #1.

Seeley, Tim, et al. Grayson Volume 2: We All Die at Dawn. DC Comics, 2016. Trade paperback collecting Grayson #5-8 and Annual #1.

Seeley, Tim, et al. Grayson Volume 3: Nemesis. DC Comics, 2016. Trade paperback collecting Grayson #9-12 and Annual #2.

Simone, Gail, et al. Wonder Woman: Ends of the Earth. DC Comics, 2010. Trade paperback collecting Wonder Woman (vol. 4) #20-25.

Finally, a couple of $1.99/pop Kindle deals:

McAuley, Paul. Fairyland. Gateway, 2010. Ebook. 1996 Clarke and Campbell Awards for Best Novel. No. 118 on Mt. Tsundoku.

Watson, Ian. The Embedding. Gateway, 2011. Ebook. 1975 Nebula finalist for Best Novel. No. 119 on Mt. Tsundoku.

Books Acquired, 4-10 March 2019

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Saturday was Friends of the Palo Alto Library book sale day, which meant $15 spent for the following:

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Five of the seven Cherryhs from Phantasia Press.

Cherryh, C. J. Chanur’s Homecoming. Phantasia Press, 1986. First edition hardcover (with a print run of 1,850). Replaces a DAW paperback copy. Third installment in Cherryh’s Chanur trilogy (and the fourth Chanur book overall). I’m now just missing Virtual Light for the full set of Cherryh Phantasia first editions, and as much as I like DAW’s old yellow paperback spines the hardbacks are very pretty.

Gruenwald, Mark, et al. Squadron Supreme. Marvel Comics, 1997. First edition trade paperback, collecting Squadron Supreme (1985) #1-12 and Captain America #314. Generally considered to be Mark Gruenwald’s masterpiece (although more people need to read his Quasar). One of Gruenwald’s last requests was to have his remains be part of a comic book; accordingly, after his untimely death at age 43 this collection was specially printed with ink containing his ashes.

Heinlein, Robert A. Job: A Comedy of Justice. Del Rey, 1984. First edition hardcover. Replaces a remainder-marked copy. Locus Award (fantasy novel); Hugo and Nebula finalist. Of every novel to ever make the final Hugo ballot, this might be the easiest first edition to obtain; I mostly grabbed this because I remembered that my current copy is remaindered. It’s surprisingly good for late-period Heinlein.

Polk, C. L. Witchmark. Tor.com, 2018. First edition trade paperback. Nebula nominee. First in a planned series. I think the visible spine stress is just a thing with copies of this book given the cover material and the 320 pages inside. Books are meant to be read.

Pringle, David. Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels. Carroll & Graf, 1987. Trade paperback. A classic critical look at the field, contains a hundred short essays on science fiction novels published between 1949 (1984) and 1984 (Neuromancer).

Books Acquired, 22-24 February 2019

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I mean three of these were nominated for Nebulas at some point.

The announcement of Nebula nominees means some new entries on my list of notable SF/F first editions. I don’t go after Nebula nominees as hard as Hugo finalists, but there tends to be a decent amount of overlap and at any rate I like books. First stop, Recycle Bookstore:

Kuang, R. F. The Poppy War. HarperVoyager, 2018. First edition hardcover. Nebula nominee. First in a planned trilogy. Supplements a Kindle copy, and if there’s a Kindle edition of any fantasy where the map is readable I haven’t seen it yet. Mentioned in my Nebula novels post; I thought this started a bit slowly but finished very strongly. (Content warning: inspired by the Second Sino-Japanese War.)

Willis, Connie. All Clear. Ballantine, 2010. First edition hardcover. Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Award winner (with Blackout, which this will be sitting next to on my shelf). There’s a slightly noticeable scratch on the front dust jacket, but I’m not super picky about condition. I had to sell a bunch of first edition Hugo-winning novels in 2016; this was one of four that I hadn’t managed to reacquire since.

I also checked a couple of the local Half Price Books locations:

Pratchett, Terry. Unseen Academicals. Doubleday, 2009. First edition hardcover. I am a total sucker for first edition Discworld, and this is the affordable end of the pool. (Pretty sure the $50 I paid for my Small Gods is the most I’ve ever paid for a book.) Having to sell most of my Discworlds (I think I had a complete set of U.S. hardcovers from Night Watch onwards) in the 2016 Purge really hurt.

Stross, Charles. The Atrocity Archives. Golden Gryphon [#33], 2004. First edition hardcover (with a print run of 3,000). First in the Laundry Files series, and includes the first appearance of the Hugo-winning novella “The Concrete Jungle”. For me this was the biggest get of the weekend; it has a couple of dings on the dust jacket but for $12.49 I’m not complaining. There’s a good reason why the Laundry switched from a small press after the second book, but I still love the design of both this and The Jennifer Morgue.

Wells, Martha. The Death of the Necromancer. Avon Eos, 1998. First edition hardcover, with jacket in protective cover. Nebula nominee. The second Ile-Rien book. I don’t think I had even heard of Martha Wells until last year, but between Murderbot and the Books of the Raksura I became a big fan very quickly. Unfortunately I was a bit too excited to see these to immediately notice the small remainder line on the bottom. Still, a nice copy, and one that’s not in the library except as an ebook.

Wells, Martha. The Ships of Air. Eos, 2004. First edition hardcover, with jacket in protective cover. Second in the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy.

Wells, Martha. The Wizard Hunters. Eos, 2003. First edition hardcover, with jacket in protective cover. First in the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy. Has a rather unsightly remainder mark on the bottom that I really don’t know how I missed in the bookstore.

To complete the set, HPB Fremont also had a nice-looking The Gate of Gods. I already own a copy, but figured I’d let anybody who’s in the area and interested know.

Returning to my alleged theme of “acquiring this year’s Nebula nominees”, HPB Fremont did have a copy of Witchmark, but it had a pretty noticeable vertical white scratch on the top left near the spine, and I figured I could probably do better, especially given that I already own the ebook. On the other hand, this is a trade paperback original and probably isn’t the most durable of books. Caveat emptor.

Lastly, on Sunday the author generously provided a free download of his Nebula-nominated novella:

Brazee, Jonathan P. Fire Ant. Semper Fi, 2018. Ebook. Nebula nominee. First in a series. A military science fiction novella of which I’ll say more about when I’ve read it.

Books Acquired, 12-17 February 2019

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First off, a free download from last Tuesday:

Polk, C. L. Witchmark. Tor.com, 2018. eBook. This month’s free Tor.com eBook Club giveaway. First in a planned series. Fantasy mystery / romance; I will have more thoughts when I write up my post on this year’s Nebula nominees.

I finally had a free weekend day with decent weather on Sunday but slept too late for any worthwhile peakbagging. (And given the clouds atop both the Diablo and Santa Cruz Mountains, I’m not sure how great any views would have been anyway.) I did hit up the San Carlos Library book sale with an eye towards maybe tagging one of the local peaks there—this didn’t happen because said peaks are full of houses. Paid $4 for:

Egan, Greg. Permutation City. Millennium, 1994. First edition hardcover, with the “export” dustjacket that doesn’t have a stated price and cost me some time verifying that it wasn’t a book club edition. Campbell Memorial Award winner. This usually goes for triple digits online so getting it for $2 was a bit of a steal.

Jordan, Robert. The Fires of Heaven. Tor, 1993. First edition hardcover, with one long noticeable crease to the spine portion of the jacket and a previous owner’s name pencilled on the corner of the title page. Fifth book (of 14) of The Wheel of Time, and I’ve already got The Dragon Reborn and The Shadow Rising in first edition hardcover.