Updates: Recent Science Fiction Acquisitions No. XXVI (Malzberg + Wells + Gunn +Pohl)
March 31, 2012 § 12 Comments
A nice (varied) selection of finds….
I’ve continued to be on the lookout for Malzberg’s novels and, due to the proliferation of comments by my readers about what is his best, I’ve acquiesced and picked up a copy of his acknowledged masterpiece, Beyond Apollo (1972). I suspect it will be as good as In The Enclosure (1973).
If there is any area (besides sci-fi from the 21st century) that I haven’t read a good portion of the classics, it’s works from around the turn of the century. I have read a large swathe of Verne’s works and from beginning of the 20th century all of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter series — but, only a few of H. G. Wells’ oeuvre (The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine). So, when I came across a 60s edition of The First Men in the Moon (1901) with a nostalgic looking cover I snatched it up!
The two short story collections are unknown commodities: Frederick Pohl’s In The Problem Pit (1976) and James Gunn’s Station in Space (1958). I’ve never heard of Gunn and sort of dislike what I’ve read of Pohl so far. Regardless, both works have intriguing covers!
1. Beyond Apollo, Barry Malzberg (1972)
(Don Maitz’ cover for the 1979 edition)
2. The First Men in the Moon, H. G. Wells (1901)
(Uncredited cover for the 1965 edition)
3. Station in Space, James Gunn (1958) (MY REVIEW)
(Walter Murch and Jerry Powell’s cover for the 1958 edition)
4. In The Problem Pit, Frederick Pohl (1976)
(Uncredited cover for the 1976 edition)