New Arrivals, February 28 – March 13, 2011
Two weeks worth this time, a lot of stuff and some real goodies. Emphasis on action, adventure, science fiction and pulp reprints, with a western by James Reasoner is mixed in for extra seasoning. I don’t expect much, if any next week, so savor these. On with the show…
The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 4: Admiralty by Poul Anderson [NESFA Press 2011 hardcover, new] – science fiction – this is the fourth volume in NESFA’s collecting the entire short works of Anderson and I couldn’t be happier to have it in hand! These beautiful, well edited volumes are a treasure for anyone who likes – or loves – the works by this masterful and highly influential science fiction writer.
Battle in the Dawn by Manly Wade Wellman [Planet Stories 2011 trade paper, new] – pulp adventure story collection – This is the latest offering from Planet Stories I have a subscription and so get all the books), this one featuring Hok, “humanity’s first hero”. The forst story appeared in Amazing Stories in 1939 and was followed by the remainder of these tales in 1940-1942. This is the first collection of them all.
Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan [Solaris Books 2011 mass market paperback, originally published in the UK in 2010, new] – science fiction short story collection – The premise for this collection is this: “The Universe shifts and changes: suddenly you understand, you get it, and are filled with wonder. That moment of understanding drives the greatest of science fiction stories and lies at the heart of this collection”. How could I resist that, plus Strahan is an excellent editor of collections like this.
To The Galactic Rim by A. Bertram Chandler [Baen 2011 trade paper, new] – science fiction omnibus – Thanks to George Kelley for alerting me to this omnibus edition from Baen. Chandler wrote a lot of fast, fun, space opera, what we now call old fashioned and here in the 21st Century it is, but that’s no criticism. Following his The Rim of Space, this is the beginning of the John Grimes Saga and includes 4 novels: The Road to the Rim, To Prime the Pump, The Hard Way Up and The Broken Cycle. Another omnibus continuing the Grimes saga is forthcoming, the publisher tells us.
Red Panda #1: The Crime Cabal by Gregg Taylor [Autogyro 2009 trade paper, new] – adventure hero fiction, neo-pulp – Thanks go to the fine ALL PULP blog for alerting me to these, the third of which was nominated for best cover of 2010. These are what I call neo-pulp stories, with a touch of humor and a good bit of campiness but based on the kind of thing you might have found in a pulp in 1939, or on the radio in 1949.
Red Panda #2: The Mind Master by Gregg Taylor [Autogyro 2009 trade paper, new] – adventure hero fiction, neo-pulp – Thanks go to the fine ALL PULP blog for alerting me to these, the third of which was nominated for best cover of 2010. These are what I call neo-pulp stories, with a touch of humor and a good bit of campiness but based on the kind of thing you might have found in a pulp in 1939, or on the radio in 1949.
Red Panda #3: The Android Assassins by Gregg Taylor [Autogyro 2010 trade paper, new] – adventure hero fiction, neo-pulp – Thanks go to the fine ALL PULP blog for alerting me to these, the third of which was nominated for best cover of 2010. These are what I call neo-pulp stories, with a touch of humor and a good bit of campiness but based on the kind of thing you might have found in a pulp in 1939, or on the radio in 1949.
Redemption, Kansas by James Reasoner [Berkley Books, 2011 mass market paperback, new] – western – When I saw on the author’s blog HERE that this was out I got a copy right away. I don’t read a lot of westerns, but I’m eager to read this one.
In a discussion about pulp heroes with my friend and fine author Evan Lewis, he said that The Spider may be his favorite. That was good enough for me, so I started picking up the Spider Doubles published by Girasol Collectibles. As of the issue above, there are 18 doubles, with stories selected by Neil Mechem, who pretty much is Girasol. The stores aren’t in the order they were published, instead being of Neil’s own choosing which is fine with me. They have the original text (spelling corrected) and illustrations. So when I decided to read a few Shadow stories, I went for the same idea. These are published by Nostalgia Ventures. The first few of these from NV are OP, but I got these, Shadow Doubles just for fun. Each one has to original novels, again with spelling errors corrected and the original illustrations. Note: I show the back cover which has both original covers.
Shadow Double #4 – The Murder Muse and The Hydra – by Walter Gibson as by Maxwell Grant – [Nostalgia Ventures 2007 oversized trade paper, new – pulp fiction, new]
Shadow Double #6 – The Shadow’s Justice and The Broken Napoleons – by Walter Gibson as by Maxwell Grant – [Nostalgia Ventures 2007 oversized trade paper, new – pulp fiction, new]
Shadow Double # 7 – The Cobra and The Third Shadow – by Walter Gibson as by Maxwell Grant – [Nostalgia Ventures 2007 oversized trade paper, new – pulp fiction, new]
Shadow Double # 8 – The London Crimes and Castle of Doom – by Walter Gibson as by Maxwell Grant – [Nostalgia Ventures 2007 oversized trade paper, new – pulp fiction, new]
The Spider Double # 18 – The Spider and the Slaves of Hell and Zara – Master of Murder! by Walter Gibson as by Grant Stockbridge – [Girasol Collectables, 2011 oversized trade paper, new]
The New England Science Fiction Association, in addition to holding the fine Boskone SF convention each year, publishes outstanding hardcover collections of the works of top-flight authors. I have long been a fan of their books and regularly check the website HERE for new publications. I’ve been tempted by the six volumes in their Zelanzy Project, and finally bought them. Here is the direct quote from the NESFA website (all material (c) NESFA):
These six hardcover volumes contain all of Roger Zelazny’s short fiction and poetry that we could find, however obscurely published, along with a number of unpublished works retrieved from Zelazny’s archived papers. We also included shorter early versions of several novels, two novel excerpts and a few of Zelazny’s articles on topics of interest to him. There are numerous other novel excerpts (from Creatures of Light and Darkness, Lord of Light, Nine Princes in Amber, Madwand, etc.) published independently as short works that we did not include. We also did not include the many novel serializations (Jack of Shadows, Sign of the Unicorn, etc.)
The only piece of fiction we know of but could not find is an unpublished Zelazny story named “Checkup”, which was written in 1975 for a special “children’s future” issue of a UNICEF quarterly publication. We have records of it being paid for, but no trace of the story has surfaced.
Zelazny published over 150 non-fiction pieces, ranging from short introductions to other authors’ books to lengthier essays that addressed the business and art of creative writing. He also recorded over 60 interviews. Including all of these essays and interviews would have taken up several volumes on their own and so we chose a select few to republish. Many of the remaining essays and interviews were quoted from in the “A Word from Zelazny” sections or in the literary biography, ” ‘…And Call Me Roger’: The Literary Life of Roger Zelazny.”
Each volume represents an era in Zelazny’s fiction writing. His poetry, mostly written early in his career, is intentionally scattered throughout the six volumes.
Range of publication dates for fiction in each volume:
1: 1954 through 1965
2: 1964 through 1967
3: 1967 through 1977
4: 1978 through 1981 plus the three stories from My Name is Legion from 1969, 1973, and 1975, kept together and pulled forward into V4 where they would fit.
5: 1981 through 1990 plus one Dilvish story from 1979
6: 1992 through 1996 plus one Wild Cards story from 1988
The works of fiction within each volume are in a semi-chronological order, generally by publication date. We first laid them out in strict chronological order, then moved a few based on theme (to combine or separate items with a similar theme or background), length (to keep the volumes nearly the same size) and research that told us the story had been written far earlier than published. Previously unpublished works (of which we include more than 20, all fairly short), were inserted near other works written at the same time.
Introductions and Essays
We commissioned or reprinted introductions and essays from family, friends and writers who were fans of Roger Zelazny’s work. They include the first general introduction by Robert Silverberg and introductions by Carl Yoke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Walter Jon Williams, Neil Gaiman, David G. Hartwell, Joe Haldeman, Steven Brust, Melinda Snodgrass, George R. R. Martin, Jane Lindskold, Gerald Hausman and Gardner Dozois. We also included two memoria, one by George R. R. Martin and one by Trent Zelazny.
Chris Kovacs, one of the editors of the Zelazny collection, wrote a literary biography, ” ‘…And Call Me Roger’: The Literary Life of Roger Zelazny”, that is split into six parts and spread among the volumes.
The books are packaged so the jacket spines form a single image, each spine a subset of a spectacular painting created by Michael Whelan for this project. If the six books are placed on a shelf in order, with the back cover of volume 1 open and the front cover of volume 6 open, the two open covers with the six spines between display Whelan’s entire painting.”
That’s it, folks!