Viking 1st 1998
8vo F/VG++ 580 gms
(Order reference 10040A).
Macmillan 1st 1987
sl brning to p edges, min wr to d/w o/w VG+/VG 522 gms
(Order reference 1025A).
Titan Books 1st 1995
4to sftback F 214 gms
(Order reference 1253A).
Pocket Books 1994
large 4to pb 396pp, v v min wr + sl dogearing to pages o/w VG+ 960 gms
(Order reference 13189A).
Telemedia Publications 1st 1996
4to pb 168pp, foldout map of Star Trek universe laid in, both F+ 495 gms
(Order reference 13550A).
Sidgwick & Jackson no date
8vo F/VG++ 315 gms
(Order reference 13628A).
Doubleday 1st 1993
F/F 488 gms
(Order reference 2182A).
He had walked the Earth as Nostradamus, Uther Pendragon, Count Cagliostro and Rodrigo Borgia. He could open a tin of sardines with his teeth, strike a Swan Vestas or his chin, rope steers, drive a steam locomotive and hum all the works of Gilbert and Sullivan without becoming confused or breaking dowr in tears. He died, penniless, at a Hastings boarding house, in his ninetieth year.
His name was Hugo Artemis Solon Saturnicus Reginald Arthur Rune. And he was never bored. Hailed as the `guru's guru', Rune penned more than eight million words of genius including his greatest work The Book of Ultimate Truths. But vital chapters of The Book were suppressed, chapters which could have changed the whole course of human history. Now, seventeen-year-old Cornelius Murphy, together with his best friend Tuppe, sets out on an epic quest. Their mission - recover the missing chapters. Re-publish The Book of Ultimate Truths. And save the world.
Orbit 1st UK 1991
M/F 680 gms
(Order reference 2249A).
Granada rep 1983 v v min stns to btm of bds, min crsing + wr + sm tr + min waterstaining to inside of d/w o/w VG+/VG+ 680 gms
(Order reference 2256A).
Orbit 1st 2000 F/F 638 gms
(Order reference 2281A).
It was one of the less glorious incidents of a long-ago war. It led to the destruction of two suns and the billions of lives they supported. Now, eight hundred years later, the light from the first of those ancient mistakes has reached the Culture Orbital, Masaq'. The light from the second may not.
Doubleday 1st 1983
wr, rbs + chps to d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 504 gms
(Order reference 2383A).
A puzzling case of "roboticide" takes interplanetary detective Elijah Baley from Earth to the planet Aurora—the self-styled World of the Dawn, where humans and robots coexist in seemingly perfect harmony. There, the most advanced robot in the Universe —an awesomely human machine—has been murdered.
Only one man on Aurora had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime—and he has hired Baley to prove he didn't do it. And to make Baley's impossible mission even worse, he soon learns that not only his career but the fate of the Earth as well is riding on his investigation.
For the murder of the humaniform robot is closely tied to a power struggle that will decide the ultimate question: Who will be the next pioneers to colonize the Universe—man or his machines? And the answer to that question could spell either doom or new hope for an overcrowded Earth.
Armed only with his own instincts, his sometimes quirky logic, and the immutable Three Laws of Robotics, Baley sets out to solve the case. But can anything prepare a simple Earthman for the psychological complexities of a world where a beautiful woman could easily have fallen in love with an all-too-human robot?
Fresh from his phenomenally successful bestseller Foundation's Edge. the master returns with a science fiction mystery that brings back the charmingly irascible hero, Elijah Baley, a character that Asimov fans will remember from his adventures in The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun. The Robots of Dawn takes us on a mind-stretching journey that recalls, too, the Asimov classic, I. Robot.
Gollancz 1st 1970 ex school lib, min wr to d/w at hd + tail of
sp + cnrs, d/w in lib protective sleeve o/w VG/VG+ 454 gms
(Order reference 2389A).
Clifford Russell (Kip to his friends) is a teenager who is obsessed by a desire to go to the moon. He enters a contest in which the first prize is a trip to the moon, and although he doesn't win. he gets a prize—a second-hand space suit. His home efforts to repair the suit result in travel much more startling than the mere trip to the moon that he expects to make.
On the way Kip meets Peewee, a genius child of ten, who from then on shares his adventures and is, with him, involved in an inter-spatial cold war of mind-stretching dimensions.
It is on a planet much older than earth that the story comes to an astonishing and serious — climax. Kip finds himself asked to take an agonizing responsibility for the human race of his time.
As always. Robert Heinlein's story is carefully limited to the mathematico-physical possibilities of the real universe . . . but is as fantastic in concept as the universe itself.
Arthur Barker 1st 1978
v v min bmps to bds, sl darkening to d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 396 gms
(Order reference 2400A).
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1st 1975
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(Order reference 2407).
`We are an entirely new sort of popular writer, the poor man's highbrows. We wrote against the grain and were accepted against it. We wrote for kicks and ha'pence. We had faith in what we were doing; individualists though we were and are, it transpired that the faith virtually created a movement. A lot of people needed to re-dream our nightmares.'
So says Brian Aldiss in his introduction to this remarkable and original volume. The new sort of writer is the science fiction writer, very much a figure of this century - the term `science fiction' itself was only invented in the late nineteen-twenties. Science fiction, or sf, has now become something of a cult.
This book is about some of the men who helped create that cult, and who have an inner knowledge of its workings. All of them have remarkable success stories to tell, and tell them with zest.
This is the first time that sf writers have been invited to write about themselves; they come up with six entertaining, eccentric, and enlightening stories, among which are scattered anecdotes about many other well-known writers. For instance, there is Alfred Bester, author of Tiger, Tiger, talking about a memorably terrible lunch with the remarkable John W. Campbell, Jnr., the leading magazine editor of his day. Bester comments about the meeting, `It reinforced my private opinion that a majority of the science fiction crowd, despite their brilliance, were missing their marbles. Perhaps that's the price that must be paid for brilliance
The other authors appearing in this volume are Robert Silverberg; Frederik Pohl, currently President of the Science Fiction Writers of America; Damon Knight, and the co-editors, Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss. Harry Harrison is a great traveller as well as author and a master of the sf-adventure, such as Deathworld; his impressive novel about an over-populated New York, Make Room, Make Room, was filmed as M.G.M.'s Soylent Green. Brian Aldiss is one of Britain's best known science-fiction writers, while his straight novels, A Hand-Reared Boy and A Soldier Erect were best-sellers; he has also written the widely acclaimed history of the sf field, Billion Year Spree.
Simon & Schuster 1st 1995
v min waterstaining to d/w + fr pd o/w F/F 1195 gms
(Order reference 2409).
Harper Collins 2nd edn 1995
8vo, glazed pict bds in similar d/w M/F 660 gms
(Order reference 2414).
Gollancz 1st 1989
F/VG++ 728 gms
(Order reference 2455A).
Pocket Books 1st 1966
F+/F+ 980 gms
(Order reference 381).
Before the actors were cast, before the U.S.S. Enterprise was designed, before the phenomenon exploded, there were three men who set about creating the Star Trek legend. Gene Roddenberry died in 1991. Herb Solow and Bob Justman now remain the only two people on the planet Earth who really know what happened in those early, heady days.
In the beginning of 1964, Herbert F.Solow was hired to run television production for Lucille Ball's struggling Desilu Studios. In April of that year, a rumpled, soft-spoken ex-cop named Gene Roddenberry walked into Solow's office with an idea for a now science fiction television series called Star Trek. Immediately seeing the show's potential. Solow struck a script development deal with Roddenberry on the spot.
Soon, Solow and Roddenberry brought Robert H. Justman on board as assistant director to work on what was to be the first of two Star Trek pilots and, later, to act as associate producer on the series. Together, the three men embarked on an incredible odyssey that would make television history.
With Herb Solow running interference—both within the closed walls of the studio and between Desilu and NBC—and Bob Justman handling all phases of weekly production, Star Trek® endured its birth pangs. Finally, when Solow hired Roddenberry to produce the initial sixteen episodes ordered, the fledgling series began to assume a life of its own.
Inside Star Trek is a comprehensive look at the development and life of a television and cultural phenomenon. It is also a story no one else could tell. Between them, Solow and Justman had a hand in virtually every aspect of the development and production or Star Trek—from the battles with NBC and the internal conflicts with studio executives to the behind. the scenes decisions about actors and their characters. writers, scripts, directors, budgets, and the endless details of weekly television production.
Since 1964, Solow, executive in charge of production for Star Trek, has been silent about the legends, distortions and misrepresentations that grew around the show he developed and sold to NBC, the pilots he developed with Gene Roddenberry, and which he carries in his memory as part of a distinguished career. Bob Justman, as associate producer and then coproducer of Star Trek (and subsequently supervising producer of Star Trek The Next Generation, among other series) has been a popular speaker at Star Trek conventions, known and loved by fans around the world.
Together, in this book, the two men debunk many of the myths that have developed around Star Trek in the last thirty years as they create new ones based on facts.
At last, here is the simple, fascinating and accurate account of a unique television series launched against astronomical odds—a television series that transported millions of viewers into another world and into an unprecedented, thirty-year, multimedia, multibillion-dollar cultural phenomenon.
Orbit 1st 1993
8vo, min crsing to d/w o/w VG++/VG++ 720 gms
(Order reference 4106A).
Bantam Press 1st 1991
8vo F/VG++ 630 gms
(Order reference 4107A).
Victor Gollancz 1st 1984
v v min crsing to d/w edges o/w F/VG++ 710 gms
(Order reference 4118A).
W H Allen 1st 1985
8vo, glazed pictorial boards F+ 255 gms
(Order reference 5315A).
Piccadilly Press 1st 1989
sm 4to, glazed pictorial boards, v min marking to base of pp o/w VG++ 435 gms
(Order reference 5322A).
Pocket Books 1st in pb 1992
lrge pb, sl crses o/w VG+ 488 gms
(Order reference 564).
Grafton Books 1st 1991
8vo, v v min bmp to btm of fr bd, v v min crsing to d/w edges. Signed by author on title page. F/VG++ 540 gms
(Order reference 6821A).
Souvenir Press 1st 1978
8vo F/VG++ 480 gms
(Order reference 7830A).
Aurum Press 1st UK 1998
minor bmps o/w F/F 1165 gms
(Order reference 814A).
Forrest J Ackerman is known among science fiction aficionados as Mr. Sci-Fi. His contributions to the genre are innumerable. As an editor, he ran Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine for years. As an agent, he has represented dozens of authors, including a young Ray Bradbury, Ib Melchior, Catherine L. Moore, Curt Siodmak, and A. E. van Vogt. As an actor, he has appeared in more than 50 science fiction and horror films. As a fan and collector, he is peerless, and he opens his Hollywood Hills home/museum, the Ackermansion, to the public on weekends free of charge, where they delight in 70 years' worth of memorabilia: movie props and posters, rare books and magazines, and hundreds of paintings and photos.
Forry coined the term "sci-fi" in the early '50s; was awarded the first of his six Hugo awards in 1953 (the year they were initiated); and has received two Golden Saturn awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
This volume is heavily illustrated with classic sci-fi book jackets; great, colorful images from long-out-ofprint magazines; and a comprehensive 20th-century photo collection of classic actors, creepy reptiles, and "gi-ants" that will thrill the sci-fi connoisseur.
Paper Tiger rep 1984
lge pb F 538 gms
(Order reference 816A).