A few things this time, all in a series, and you can blame George Kelley (I do) for some of these arriving at my home. The reasons for the rest are elucidated below. This is what I meant last week when I said “there always seems to be something in the pipeline”.
Blood ‘N’ Thunder issue # 35 – Summer 2012 & issue # 36 – Fall 2012 [Ed Hulse, publisher, quarterly periodical, new] – I enjoy reading fiction from the pulp era, and I don’t believe there’s a better in-print magazine covering the films, fiction and related topics than Blood ‘N’ Thunder. I had inadvertently let my subscription lapse, totally my fault, but when I saw mention of an issue I didn’t have, I remedied that quickly and got the missing issue(s), shown here. If you enjoy fiction from the 1930s and 1940s, and the films, radio programs and related topics from then or later, I think you’ll love B ‘n’ T !
Armchair Fiction’s series Masters of Science Fiction, Volumes 1-5 [single author short story collections published by Armchair Fiction, new] – classic science fiction short stories, re-publication series:
Volume # 1 - Bryce Walton: “Dark of the Moon” and Other Tales © 2010
Volume # 2 – Jerome Bixby “One Way Street” and other tales © 2010
Volume #3 – Robert Sheckley ”The Perfect Woman” and other stories… © 2011
Volume # 4 - Mack Reynolds, Part One © 2011
Volume # 5 - Winston K. Marks “The Test Colony” and other tales © 2012
Though each of these is labeled as a “deluxe paperback edition”, they’re just okay in my opinion, but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is the contents, not purported to be complete but selections from the writings of these authors. Still a decent set and many of the stories aren’t easily found elsewhere. After reading George Kelley’s review of volume 4, I went to the Armchair site and bought all of these. There are more, but I started here. It will probably be a while before I read any of them, as I have a ton of short story collections underway at the moment (see last week and below).
On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard [Immersion Press 2012 hardcover, new] – science fiction novella – this is one of the 2012 Nebula nominees. I admit the cover doesn’t do the book any favors, and it’s expensive for a novella, but after I read a blurb and then Carl Anderson’s sparkling review (HERE) I had to have it.
I’m plugging away on the short stories. I finished one, The Cobra, King of Detectives eight stories by Richard Sale, all of which I enjoyed a good deal. These are pulp reprint stories published by Altus Press. Definitely worth your time, unless you’re squeamish about snakes, as all but one of the stories have at least one of those figuring into it.
I’m still working on the rest, having read two more Father Brown stories, another Harry Harrison, one O’Hara, two Wright…you get the idea. I also finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore reviewed here a few days ago, and have started Wild, Delicate Moments: 29 Wildlife Encounters by Charles Finn, which I saw reviewed on Chris LaTrey’s site (Here). Short non-fiction essays about just what the title implies. I’ll write a review after I finish it.