Nearing the end of my undocumented purchases… A great series of coves — including Richard Powers and Paul Lehr. Again, Dangerous Visions Vol. 2 (1972) (did not realize it was in two volumes, but alas) and another Malzberg novel, The Last Transaction (1977) to add to my nearly complete collection of his solo written novels.
1. The Eternal Frontiers, James H. Schmitz (1973)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1973 edition)
From the back cover: “The celebrated author of THE WITCHES OF KARRES has outdone himself in this non-stop adventure on a deepspace world at war with itself. The descendants of earth, now two distinct cultures—almost two separate species—struggle for control even as factions within factions fight their own battles. Crowell, born a Swimmer but a Walker by choice, is caught in the middle. But when an utterly alien force of incalculable power begins to wreak destruction on all sides, it is Crowell and his beautiful fighting companion to whom the planet looks for deliverance.”
2. Again Dangerous Visions Vol. 2, ed. Harlan Ellison (1972)
(Ed Emshwiller’s cover for the 1973 edition)
Contains no substantial back cover blurb. Stories by Lee Hoffman, Gahan Wilson, Joan Bernott, Gregory Benford, Evelyn Lief, James Sallis, Josephine Saxton, Ken McCullough, David Kerr, Burt K. Filer, Richard Hill, Leonard Tushet, Ben Bova, Dean R. Koontz, James Blish, A. Parra (Y Figueredo), Thomas M. Disch, Richard A. Lupoff, M. John Harrison, Robin Scott, Andrew Weiner, Terry Carr, James Tiptree, Jr.
3. Orbit 8, ed. Damon Knight (1970)
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1971 edition)
From the back cover: “Orbit 8 is the latest in this unique series of anthologies of the best new SF. Fourteen stories written especially for this collection b some of the top names in the field.
Harlan Ellison in “One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty” tells a moving story of a man who goes back in time to help his youthful self.
Avram Davidson finds a new and sinister significance in the first robin of Spring.
R. A. Lafferty reveals a monstrous microfilm record of the past.
Kate Wilhelm finds real horror in a story of boy-meets-girl.
And ten other tales by some of the most original minds now writing in this most exciting area of today’s fiction are calculated to blow the mind.”
4. The Last Transaction, Barry N. Malzberg (1977)
(Ron Walotsky’s cover for the 1977 edition)
From the back cover: “His newest work, The Last Transaction, is a deep and fascinating look at memories, inner compulsions, torments, triumphs, and events in the life of a President of the United States in a world gone mad, from 1980 to 1984. Even more, it is a perceptive vision of the major issues our society will face tomorrow. Sure to be controversial, possibly prophetic, like anything Barry Malzberg writes, this novel is an experience you will not forget.”