My thesis, The Kingdom without God: Post-Apocalyptic Survival Narratives and the American Religious Imagination, is finished. Because I now know a little too much about science fiction, I would like to dedicate this blog—at least temporarily—to my burgeoning pulp fiction collection, and reviews of old science fiction movies. So anyway.
I went to the wonderful 1/4 Price Books today on Shepherd. The guy who runs the store was incredibly kind, helpful, and interesting. But I found three cool sci-fi books that were really great discoveries. They are easy to buy online, but not in this condition! These are not scans—I found these images online. Thanks to whoever uploaded them.
First, the Ace double novel books (two whole books in one!): Stepsons of Terra by Robert Silverberg and A Man Called Destiny by Lan Wright. This book is from 1958 and is in fair condition. The beginning pages are loose and the spine is torn, but it's Robert Silverberg, and it's quite old—so I thought I'd buy it.
The next find is pretty special—it's the first edition of Ursula K. LeGuin's Rocannon's World. Since this one is also an Ace Double paperback, it also includes The Kar-Chee Reign by Avram Davidson. This one's from 1966 and is in near perfect condition—never been read. The Rocannon's World was originally published in Weird Tales, but the first full-length novel was published alongside Davidson's novel.
The last find was a real treat. It was unpriced, and caught my eye because of the condition—it has never been read, perhaps only touched a few times. It's the 1966 Avon publication (fourth printing) of The Ship of Ishtar by A. Merritt (Abraham Grace Merrit).
Hope you enjoy the blog as it grows over the summer; I'm planning on reviewing a lot of old sci-fi movies and it might be worth your while to read them—especially if you would consider watching them.
Signing off for now,