Art by Alex Horley
Vintage Treasure Yields (4/15)
Jerry Pournelle said it best when he stated:
“Everybody knows that Poul Anderson is one of the best: they’re wrong - he’s better!”
To that end, I’ve been working on my vintage Poul Anderson collection and fortuitously stumbled upon some beauts today:
- The Best of Poul Anderson
- Brain Wave
- The Byworlder
- Cold Victory
- Homeward and Beyond
- Is There Life on Other Worlds?
- The Long Way Home
- Orbit Unlimited
- The Peregrine
I also found the following gems from a number of other Fantasy/Sci-Fi greats:
- Flashing Swords #2 Anthology (HC; Ed. by Lin Carter)
- Flashing Swords #4 Anthology (HC; Ed. by Lin Carter)
- Heroic Fantasy (Ed. by Page & Reinhardt)
- High Justice (Jerry Pournelle)
- The Shattered Sphere (HC; Ed. by Robert Asprin)
- Tales of the Flat Earth (HC;Tanith Lee)
- Tolkien: A Look Behind The Lord of the Rings (Lin Carter)
C’mon rainy day!
Most Recent Treasure Hunting Acquisitions
After a particularly stressful day at work I wanted to unwind, and one of the ways I often do that is by combing through bookshelves at a gargantuan Half-Price Books we (thankfully) have nearby. They’re becoming rather clever at several of the small HPB chain stores by marking older titles with a mandatory price tag of their choosing, but if you find a large supply store, logistically it is very difficult for them to price, and mark, each incoming book and you can still get them for half the original cover price if you’re willing to do a little hunting, and display some patience. Ultimately, this means that some of these vintage books are as little as .35 cents depending on the original cover price (for books that can easily go for > $5-10 a piece on eBay, etc).
Anyhow, here’s what this trip yielded:
-  5 ct. Analog Magazine collections, which I picked up primarily for the critically acclaimed Poul Anderson novella “Starfog,” and the Isaac Asimov piece found in the 50th Anniv. issue (I ended up with stories by Jerry Pournelle, Frank Pohl, and G.R.R. Martin among others. The numerous Kelly Freas paintings and illustrations certainly didn’t hurt either!
- The Broken Sword (Poul Anderson)
- Earthman’s Burden (Poul Anderson)
- Guardians of Time (Poul Anderson)
- Mirkheim (Poul Anderson)
- Tales of the Flying Mountains (Poul Anderson)
- The Trouble Twisters (Poul Anderson)
- The Worlds of Poul Anderson (Poul Anderson)
- The Mists of Doom (Cormac Mac Art; Andrew J. Offutt)
- The Sign of the Moonbow (Cormac Mac Art; Andrew J. Offutt)
- Sword of the Gael (Cormac Mac Art; Andrew J. Offutt)
- Tigers of the Sea (Cormac Mac Art; Andrew J. Offutt)
- The Tower of Death (Cormac Mac Art; Andrew J. Offutt)
- When Death Birds Fly (Cormac Mac Art; Andrew J. Offutt)
- Companions on the Road (Tanith Lee)
- The Earthgrave (Tanith Lee)
- Fantastic Voyage (Isaac Asimov)
- King of Argent (John T. Phllifent)
- The Oak and the Ram (Michael Moorcock)
- Wyst: Alastor 1716 (Jack Vance)
All for ~ $25 (before utilizing a $10 credit), so not a bad stress reliever at all, and certainly there awaits a ton of great adventure and discovery to jump into with these classics.
Remember that post I did about composition a couple weeks ago? Well this is the drawing I built on top of that mess. It’s about a dragon butcher and his daughters. They fight off goblins while he carves up choice cuts of sweet sweet dragon meats.
It’s for the Lady Knights/Women Warriors zine put together by my pals Abby Boeh, Roxie Vizcarra, and Julia Scott! It’ll be available at MoCCA this year, April 6th through the 7th. There are so many top flight illustrators in it! Go get it and soak in all of the bad@$$ lady-action!
What this week’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy treasure hunt yielded: vintage Andre Norton titles, some of which are still in pristine shape after all these years. My thanks to the original owner(s), most of whom took great care of these:
- Star Born
- Galactic Derelict
- Dark Piper
- Dragon Magic
- The Time Traders
- The Crystal Gryphon
- Secret of the Lost Race
- Storm Over Warlock
- Lord of Thunder
- Moon of 3 Rings
- Spell of the Witch World
My Andre Norton collection has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several months (it helps that I paid less than $8 dollars for all of these) and I couldn’t be happier to own them! Now, which one to start with!?
Éowyn kills the Witch King of Angmar.
Frank Frazetta ,1975.