Monday, October 10, 2011

A Trip to the Bookstore

It's like Christmas morning when I get to visit a used bookstore with some old science fiction books.  Today was one of those days.

The first thing I look for is the old Ace Doubles.  I cannot resist these.  I love the length of the stories, you get two stories, and two covers.  What is not to like about these?

I liked both covers but prefer the Kelly Freas one for "Beyond Capella" over Jack Gaughan's "The Electric Sword-Swallowers".  "Beyond Capella" also has the edge based on the cover summary of the story.

From Goodreads...Planets are for leaving. 
That's an old saying in the Explorers. But for every Explorer there is somewhere a planet he will not leave. For some, the cause is love. For others, the desire to give up the strange roving life of the star wanderers who live outside of planet-time. Even for the ones who love the metal ships that are their only home there is still a planet waiting, a planet that will hold them forever - in the final clasp of death. But until then, life is adventure and wonders undreamed of by mere planet dwellers, an Endless Universe of the unknown.
A very interesting science fiction novel by the author of the Darkover series.

Cuckoo was coming.  No one knew what it was-but everyone knew it was trouble.
Designated Object Lambda when it first appeared on the fringes of the galaxy, 20,000 light-years away, it was traveling at one-sixth the speed of light.
The astrophysicists said it was vast...light...and had the potential for utter desctruction.  So an existing space probe was reoriented to intercept, it was staffed with replicates of both humans and aliens.  
Then the space probe began to leak radiation...

David Mattingly's wrap around cover tells an interesting story.  I never tried any of the books in the Saga of Cuckoo series.

From Goodreads...All alone: an idiot boy, a runaway girl, a severely retarded baby, and twin girls with a vocabulary of two words between them. Yet once they are mysteriously drawn together this collection of misfits becomes something very, very different from the rest of humanity. This intensely written and moving novel is an extraordinary vision of humanity's next step. 

I have enjoyed many of Sturgeon's short stories but never tried this novel length work.

Contents include: The Velvet Glove by Harry Harrison / Road To Nightfall by Robert Silverberg / The Robot Who Wanted To Know by Felix Boyd / The Golden Pyramid by Sam Moscowitz / Title Fight by William Campbell Gault / My Father, The Cat by Henry Slesar / The Amazing Mrs. Mimms by David C. Knight / Mex by Larry M. Harris / Exile From Space by Judith Merril / A Thing of Custom by L. Sprague de Camp / Sit By The Fire by Myrle Benedict / Fall of Knight by A. Bertram Chandler / In Lonely Lands by Harlan Ellison / A Way Of Life by Robert Bloch / The Muted Horn by Dorothy Salisbury Davis / The Bounty Hunter byt Avram Davidson / The Pacifist by Arthur C. Clarke / She Only Goes Out at Nigtht by William Tenn / First Law by Isaac Asimov / The Day Will Come by Vithaldas O'Quinn.

In addition to Ace Doubles, I have trouble resisting old anthologies.  A glance at the table of contents shows many classic writers.

From Goodreads...The Morts were turning up all over Aeolis, the Eden-like planet named for the unexpectedwinds which sprang up from nowhere and swiftly faded away. But unlike the winds, the Morts didn't just fade away. These unidentifiable corpses - which on closer examination proved far from human - posed a bizarre threat to human control of Aeolis. So the Serviceship Halcyon XLV was dispatched to the planet to solve the secret of the Morts, a secret whispered by the winds every day - a secret older than mankind, which could spell the end of human life on the planet...

R. M. Meluch is an author I always thought of trying but never did.  This is the first book in the two book "Wind" series.


Anonymous said...

what great finds! That Fantastic Universe Omnibus looks well, fantastic! I also love hitting up the vintage SF shelves at the used bookstore.

adamosf said...

There are no used bookstores nearby, all of them having closed in recent years. However, next week we will be in Myrtle Beach which has several of them, so I'm looking forward to that. Plus I have been browsing Ebay recently where there are tons of used sf on sale, mostly cheap. It is actually difficult to avoid going on a spending spree there.

Jim Black said...

These are from a new store that opened in a local (35 miles from my house) store called "Read Green Books". They were all from the $1 clearance shelves. I will be visiting them every time we go to the mall.

I have avoided Ebay as much as possible. I am afraid that I would not be able to control my buying. I can understand your difficulty.

We vacationed near Myrtle Beach (Surfside) this summer. I didn't make it to the MB used book stores but did fit in a visit to a discount book dealer. I managed to find a hardback of Asimov's "The Stars, Like Dust" for my Isaac collection and a book about Neil Gaiman called "Prince of Stories".

Best of luck on your treasure hunting at the beach.

Carl V. said...

Ah, lovely and interesting stuff. And I don't think I have ever seen pictures of any of these. Love seeing (and collecting) older SF books with this classic cover art. There is something about it that just calls out to me. I once heard the feeling I have about it described as nostalgia for a time that one did not live in. There was some term for it that I can no longer recall, sadly.

Anyway, great haul. I just went on one of these older book buying splurges myself! Glad to see I am in good company.