I’m a proponent of book store traveling (travel where bookstores are the first target). Two Half Price Books and a quality independent used books store yielded what will be the first of many acquisition posts of worthy SF.
Who could resist a $5 signed copy of Spinrad’s masterpiece Bug Jack Barron (1967)? Or a normally pricey edition of Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman (1962) for $2? And some Vonnegut, Jr. and a quality anthology containing the best of New Worlds….
1. Bug Jack Barron, Norman Spinrad (serialized 1967)
(Alex Gnidziejko’s cover for the 1969 edition)
From the back cover: “POWER PLAY. The lines of power are tangled in a future America threatened by a conspiracy of evil. Politics, communications, sex, love—all are sources of power, all are tools for the maniacal ambitions of one man of vast wealth, Benedict Howards. Opposing Howards is Jack Barron, who has incalculable power of his own—but who first must learn how to use it…”
2. Best SF Stories from New Worlds 3, ed. Michael Moorcock (1968)
(Uncredited cover for the 1968 edition)
From the back cover of the 1970 edition: “Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds is recognized by many as the most dynamic SF magazine in the world today. Here is a vigorous, trail-blazing magazine whose writers cary you on voyages into the unknown—voyages which are original, disturbing and above all different […].”
3. Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Naomi Mitchison (1962) (MY REVIEW)
(Vincent Di Fate’s cover for the 1973 edition)
From the back cover: “SPACETALK. Establishing communications with aliens has its extraordinary hazards. Imagine negotiating with the intellectual super-centipedes who enjoy nothing so much as a feast of warm-blooded mammals! Or mediating between sentient, innocent caterpillars being bullied telepathically by butterflies. Naomi Mitchison has created a contemporary classic of imaginative fiction in this thoughtful and adventurous explorations of man’s future in a complex universe.”
4. The Sirens of Titan, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1959)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1959 edition)
From the back cover of a later edition: “Why should the richest, most depraved man in America blast off in his private spaceship for parts unknown with the one beautiful woman capable of resisting him? What bizarre design lay behind the Martians’ strange invasion of Earth? How can Salo, shipwrecked envoy from Tralfamador, complete his vital mission? When does a novel shaped by the techniques of science fiction become a major literary breakthrough? The Sirensof Titan provides the answers—in a dazzling display of the prophetic vision and audacious artistry of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.”