A return to old familial haunts yields a heart warming stash of gems and a few radiating a more dubious aura…
And more Richard Powers’ covers for my growing collection….
Most importantly, I picked up my fourteenth or fifteenth Philip K. Dick novel! I will acquire ALL of them eventually.
And another Ace double — little did I know (but I should have guessed considering the egregious art and interior images) that is was sci-fi of the more comic variety. But, I wanted at least one of Lafferty’s novels after reading a few of his impressive short stories.
1. Star Surgeon, James White (1963)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1963 edition)
From back cover, “In his first book, Hospital Station, James White established himself as a writer of science fiction of the highest order: Star Surgeon carried the story of the inmates of the “Sector General” further. here are all the strange and not so strange creatures who inhabit james White’s hospital in space as both doctors and patients: the human doctor Conway, plus two-ton doctors with for-ton patients, creatures which are multi-legged and telepathic, gas breathers, underwater behemoths — a wild and woolly assortment of denizens from all parts of the galaxy. “Sector General” is a mercy station — a place where all kinds from all worlds are welcome. But for the first time, the hospital itself is threatened by creatures too different to understand its purpose and so powerful that they can cause utter havoc!”
2. The Deathworld Trilogy, Harry Harrison (1960, 1964, 1968)
(Uncredited — for good reason — cover for the 1984 edition)
Unfortunately I acquired the omnibus edition instead of the individual editions with often vastly superior covers. This cover is painfully inept.
From the back cover, “THE DEADLIEST PLANET IN THE UNIVERSE. Five minutes in a meadow on Pyrrus is like a century of global war on other worlds, for Pyrrus was a Killer World — a planet where all life, planet and animal, has evolved into lethal terrors; where all humanity lives barricaded in one fortress city. Jason dinAlt is a gambler, about to start the most dangerous game of his life. Where but Pyrrus would he go?”
3. The Penultimate Truth, Philip K. Dick (1964) (MY REVIEW)
(Uncredited cover for the 1964 edition)
From the back cover of a later edition, “THE MASTER RACE. Almost all mankind lives underground now, in the antiseptic tanks constructed during World War III. They do not know that the war ended ten years ago. Special interests want this situations to persist. They are the Yance-men, the elite of humanity who govern through the President. Talbot Yancy, a product of their fertile imaginations. Joseph Adams is a Yance man, living on the surface of the earth, dispensing his lies to men and robots, until the day his best friend is mysteriously murdered in the most bizarre manner possible. He wonders it it is too late to act now. The machines think so — and what else matters?”
4. The Florians, Brian M. Stableford (1976) (MY REVIEW)
(Michael Whelan’s cover for the 1976 edition)
From the back cover, “THE DAEDALUS MISSION. Once a colony ship has left Earth, it cannot be recalled and it cannot be contacted. The fate of these vessels and their cargos — designed to be the seeds of new human worlds — remained a tantalizing mystery to those who stayed home. The mission of the scientific recontact ship “Daedalus” was to go out there and find out what happened. And, if necessary, help out the colonists should their developing worlds have taken warped paths. The Florians is the story of the first flight of the “Daedalus” and its crew of seven. It launches a new series by the author of the novels of Star-pilot Grainger, space adventures with a difference that have achieved high praise. On the world of the Florians, they did indeed find a planet in trouble — except that the inhabitants refused to admit it.”
5. Ossian’s Ride, Fred Hoyle (1959) (MY REVIEW)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1961 edition)
From the back cover, “1970: WHAT EARTHLY SCIENCE, could account for the fantastic buildings, the moving mountains, that Ireland was hiding behind its Erin Curtain? British Intelligence wanted a young mathematician, Thomas Sherwood, to find out. For a lark, Sherwood agreed — but once inside Ireland, he found himself enmeshed in a dark web of greed and cruelty…”
7. Pity About Earth, Ernest Hill (1968)
(Kelly Freas’ cover for the 1968 edition)
No summary on inside flaps.
8. Space Chantey, R. A. Lafferty (1968)
(Vaughn Bodé’s hideous cover for the 1968 edition)
No summary on inside flaps.