More Dallas, TX Half Price Book finds… and a few gifts from 2theD at Potpourri of Science Fiction Literature (found on one of his infrequent trips to the states).
Can’t wait to tackle the Ian Watson collection — Ian Sales has characterized him one of the treasure of the British SF (I’ll post a book of his in the coming weeks). Wilhelm’s extensive reputation seems to be based mostly on her Hugo-winning fix-up novel, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976). It’s unfortunate that few read her other novels and short story collections. The Nebula-nominated Margaret and I (1971) is a welcome edition to my collection.
I’ve not had success with Philip José Farmer in the past—To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971) might be the worst novel to win a Hugo—but the collection of 50s novelettes Strange Relations (1960) was too good to pass up.
And finally, my find of the holiday break, a SIGNED (with personal note) copy of Edward Bryant’s collection Cinnabar (1976)! For a mere two dollars (incorrectly placed in the non-signed SF books)….
1. The Very Slow Time Machine, Ian Watson (1979) (MY REVIEW)
(Paul Alexander’s cover for the 1979 edition)
From the back cover: “Travel to Haven, a world populated in time rather than in space, where process can be undone as easily as done, where the sun draws light into itself, and dreams run backward. Visit an ordinary man, whose soul swims slowly around and round a goldfish bowl. Take a trip on The Very Slow Time Machine, and stand in awe of a master of time and space, Ian Watson, the British SF Association’s Best Writer of the Year.”
2. Margaret and I, Kate Wilhelm (1971) (MY REVIEW)
(Uncredited cover for the 1978 edition)
From the back cover of a later edition: “What is happening to Margaret? Margaret Oliver has left the prison of her disasterous marriage or a few days of rest at the remote sea cottage recently vacated by her Aunt Josie. But instead of rest, she finds only torment. Plagued night and day by terrifying visions, Margaret cannot escape the haunting presence of Josie and her lover Paul Tyson—the brilliant physicist whose explorations into the action of time have led to his mysterious death. And all the while, her subconscious is painfully active…. goading her on… relentlessly questioning… twisting to the brink of insanity… Margaret Oliver is about to enter a world unknown to the science of man…”
3. Strange Relations, Philip José Farmer (1960) (MY REVIEW)
(Blanchard’s cover fort he 1960 edition)
From the back cover: “Philip José Farmer is concerned with mankind—with the derivations and varieties of experience of which the men of the planet are capable–and he uses science fiction to brilliantly highlight the elastic range of human desire. He appears to be writing and does in fact write with extraordinary vividness, of the lies and habits of totally alien creatures, but in so doing he skillfully throws into relief some of the strange peccadilloes and prejudices of humankind. Thus in fantasy he does what the best fiction writers of all time have always done—he creates a mirror in which men, if they have the courage, to see themselves. There is no more fascinating study.”
4. Cinnabar, Edward Bryant (1976)
(Lou Feck’s cover for the 1977 edition)
From the back cover: “CINNABAR. Across the borderline of time and space… A magic city of infinite possibilities… To experience the magic of Cinnabar…. use this book as your map. Here are some of your traveling companions; Tourmaline Hayes, Network sex-star. Obregon, the star scientists of the anti-city. Leah Sand, melancholy media artist. Jade Blue, the computer-womb-born catmother. Cougar Lou Landis, once a pudgy kid, now the last hero. Sidhe, the great white shark that sprang from oceans 350 million years deep!”