After a long time without purchasing books I’ve published two Recent Acquisition lists in quick succession! Visiting parents = free books + many thanks. The haul wasn’t the best but I left with a fun selection of works by Andre Norton and Robert Silverberg.
Some of the covers are great (especially Norton’s Sargasso in Space)!
1. Star Born, Andre Norton (1957)
(Virgil Finlay’s cover for the 1957 edition)
I still have not gotten around to reading any of Andre Norton’s works — I now have five or so in my too read pile — this one has a pretty silly cover but looks fun (at least)! Sadly, no description of the story on the back cover….
2. Sargasso of Space, Andre Norton (1971)
(Jeff Jones’ cover for the 1971 edition)
A great image!
From the back cover, “For Sale to the highest bidder: One planet known as LIMBO. Population: ? Resources: ? Perils: ?. Riser and richer space traders turned down this cosmic pig-in-a-poke, but the crew of the Solar Queen couldn’t afford anything more secure. And their trip to Limbo to see what they had got proved that the newly discovered distant world lived up to its ominous name in every way!”
3. Up the Line, Robert Silverberg (1969)
(Ron Walotsky’s cover for the 1969 edition)
Up the Line isn’t high on my Silverberg to read list but I’ve enjoyed his late 60s and early 70s works so I picked up a very inexpensive editions of this volume. From the back cover (a different edition than the image), “Time travel spelled problems for the couriers of the Time Service. Shuttling backwards and forwards over the centuries they had to be wary of creating paradoxes — like meeting themselves watching the sack of Rome, or sleeping with their own ancestors. Of course, it also gave them the chance to amass wealth by the discreet use of their prior knowledge. The penalties were fierce and the Time Police implacable in their pursuit of lawbreakers. But it was still work taking the risk. Jud Elliott took if when he met the marvellous transtemporal paradox called Pulcheria. He couldn’t resist her charms — the effects spanned generations, and set the Time Police on his trail!
4. Daybreak — 2250 A. D., Andre Norton (1954)
(Uncredited cover for the 1961 edition)
Norton’s first novel! (the cat gets progressively more rabid in later edition covers!)
From the back cover, “Fors was a mutant. He did not know what drove him to explore the empty lands to the north, where the great skeleton ruins of the old civilization rusted away in the wreckage of mankind’s hopes. But he could not resist the urging that led him through danger and adventure, to the place where he faced the menace of the Star Men.”
5. The Feast of St. Dionysus, Robert Silverberg (1975)
(David Schleinkofer’s cover for the 1979 edition)
This collection showcases five stories written right before Silverberg quit writing short stories for around a decade — late 70s. He’s hit or miss with me and the few shorts I’ve picked up have been enjoyable.
From the back cover, “First, from the north, came the war song… that dread buzzing drone that brought all the inhabitants of the city into the streets, stumbling and falling in heaps. Into this chaos now entered the vanguard of the Teeth, shuffling forward in their bent-kneed crouch. Their eyes glinting with insatiable hungers, they came hopping into the city like a band of giant toothy frogs. The kinship of mankind meant nothing to these carnivorous horros; they saw their fellow humans as meat stockpiled by the Soul against this day.”