Part I of II. Thankful to have a fiancé who takes my massive, alphabetized, master list of used SF to acquire and wades through the dusty shelves of used book stores (while on a trip home to visit her family)… Here are some gems. More Zelazny (short story collection!), another Silverberg collection (he holds the crown for author most reviewed on Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations), an unknown quantity by Cooper, and the final novel I needed to round out the Alastor Cluster “trilogy” by Jack Vance.
Thoughts on the purchases? Have you read any of them?
1. The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth and Other Stories, Roger Zelazny (1971)
(Jeff Jones’ cover for the 1974 edition)
From the back cover: “VISIONS. Here are fifteen strange, beautiful stories covering the full spectrum of Roger Zelazny’s remarkable talents. He has a rare ability to mix the dream-like, disturbing imagery of fantasy with the real-life hardware of science fiction. His vivid imagination and fine prose have made him one of the most highly acclaimed writers in his field. Twice he has won the Nebula award, and twice the Hugo award, for excellence in novels and short fiction. Zelazny is a unique, dazzling talent; his visions of the future, of other worlds and of other realities are, by turns, enchanting and disturbing, and always memorable.”
2. The Overman Culture, Edmund Cooper (1971)
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1973 edition)
From the back cover: “Michael is a ‘fragile’ boy—one of a seemingly small number of children who grow tired when they run, who bleed when they are hurt, who can’t take off their heads… As the fragile children discover each other, probe in the moldering ruins of London, and try to interpret what they find, they come to the conclusion that they have been created by some super-scientist, as guinea pigs for an experiment. And what happens if the guinea pigs turn on their creator—one the Overman of the legend they all know? They may be destroyed. They may be set free. They may escape. And who or what are the others, the ‘drybones’ who do not bleed, who can take off their heads? Edmund Cooper has secrets he can hide as well from you as from the fragiles…”
3. Trullion : Alastor 2262, Jack Vance (1973)
(Gene Szafran’s cover for the 1973 edition)
From the back cover: “TRULLION—World 2262 of the Alastor Cluster—was a beautiful waterworld, a world of fens, mists, idyllic islands scattered in an aquatic setting of surpassing beauty with its shaggy trees like bursts of great chrysanthemums, its natural growth of fruits and all the richness the clear oceans provided for the easy taking. The Trill were a lackadaisical, easy-living race—except for the planetwide game of hassade when a ferocious instinct for gambling drove them to risk all—home, friends, family, even life itself—on the teams that contested the water checker-board gaming fields.”
4. Valley Beyond Time, Robert Silverberg (1973)
(Uncredited cover for the 1973 edition)
From the back cover: “WALLYE BEYOND TIME. FOUR SHATTERING EXCURSIONS OUT OF THIS WORLD, INTO THE FUTURE AND BEYOND THE FURTHEST REACHES OF IMAGINATION —where men are but flies to gods unknown, where weapons that don’t exist kill, where honor can be the deadliest of virtues and where man lives in terror of ever-encroaching youth.”