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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Recent Releases: August 2011

AUGUST 2011
  
Auntie's Charlie by Charles Chilton.
Fantom Books ISBN 978-190626372-0, August 2011, £24.99. Limited to 200 hardcover copies, signed and numbered.
Described by the Sunday Telegraph as ‘the one genius the BBC ever had on its staff’, Charles Chilton MBE joined the Corporation at fifteen as a messenger boy and went on to carve out a 46-year career as a presenter, writer and producer.
__Auntie’s Charlie discusses his life from growing up on the streets of 1920s St Pancras, via early years at the BBC working for the Gramophone Library, to writing the infamous production Oh What a Lovely War for Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop.
__While with the BBC Charles was sent to the United States to research, write and produce a number of series based on American western history. One of these, Riders of the Range, lasted for five years until 1953. However, major international recognition came with his science fiction trilogy Journey into Space which he wrote and produced between 1953 and 1958.
__Here, for the first time, is Charles Chilton’s story in his own words – an autobiography that is frank, vivid, wry and engaging.
Order from Fantom Books.

Missionary Man: Bad Moon Rising by Gordon Rennie, Frank Quitely & Simon Davis.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1907992230, 18 August 2011, 112pp, £14.99 [£11.99 from Amazon].
The Cursed Earth is a radiation-wasted landscape spanning most of what was once known as America. Only the toughest of the tough, the meanest of the mean, most rotten, evil beings on the planet can survive there.
Now, one man has come to bring law this unlawful place. Some say he was a Judge, most say that he's a madman. Armed with a pistol and a bible, Preacher Cain would say that he is a force for law and order...
Order from Amazon.

Modesty Blaise: Million Dollar Game by Peter O'Donnell & Romero.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1848566750, 26 August 2011, 104pp, £11.99. [£10.79 from Amazon]
Features the classic stories Butch Cassidy Rides Again, Million Dollar Game and The Vampire of Malvescu  in which Modesty and Willie meet the legendary but dangerous outlaw; Modesty takes on poachers in East Africa; and confronts a mythic blood-sucker in Transylvania! With story introductions that takes the reader behind the scenes of Modesty's world, this outstanding collection is not to be missed.
Order from Amazon.

Slaine the Wanderer by Pat Mills & Clint Langley.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1907992247, 21 August 2011, 128pp, £16.99 [£10.49 from Amazon].
Tir Nan Og - the Land of the Young, a mystical place of myth and legend. Celtic warrior Sláine, the first High King of Ireland and Ukko his (un)faithful dwarf sidekick, seek adventure and the chance to kill many Formorian sea demons in the name of Danu the Earth Goddess.
The follow-up to the best-selling Books of Invasions, witnesses more ground-breaking art from Clint Langley re-definng the look of modern comics, with writer Pat Mills taking Slaine on ever more astonishing adventures.
Order from Amazon.

 
Wuthering Heights (Original Text) by Sean M. Wilson & John M. Burns.
Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332877, 31 August 2011, 160pp, £9.99. [£8.99 from Amazon]
Wuthering Heights (Quick Text) by Sean M. Wilson & John M. Burns.
Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332884, 31 August 2011, 160pp, £9.99. [£8.99 from Amazon]
Emily Bronte's only novel is famous the world over - not least because of Kate Bush's 1978 'tribute song' - but don't let that trivialise this masterpiece of classical literature. Hardship, insanity, cruelty, frustrated love, and ghosts; what more could you want from a book?
__The Quick text presents the full story in quick modern English for a fast-paced read!
Order from Amazon - Original Text, Quick Text.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Philip José Farmer: Cover Gallery

My collection of books by Philip José Farmer is patchy but shows some of the diversity of his work, ranging from classics like To Your Scattered Bodies Go - winner of the Hugo Award - to biographies of Tarzan and Doc Savage. You can find more information on Farmer at his Wikipedia entry.

NOVELS (series: Doc Caliban; Father Carmody; Herold Childe; Dayworld; Lord Grandith; Opar; Riverworld; Doc Savage; Tarzan; World of Tiers)

The Green Odyssey. New York, Ballantine, 1957; London, Sphere, 1976.
London, Sphere 0722-13440-1, 157pp, 60p. Cover by Angus McKie?

Flesh. New York, Beacon, 1960; expanded, Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1968; London, Rapp and Whiting, 1969.
Panther Books 0586-03400-5, 1970, 175pp.
Sphere 0722-13439-8, 1979, 175pp, 95p. Cover by Peter Elson

A Woman a Day. New York, Beacon, 1960; as The Day of Timestop, New York, Lancer, 1968; as Timestop!, Lancer, 1970; London, Quartet, 1974.
Quartet Books 0704-31146-1, 1973, 151pp, 40p. Cover by unknown

The Lovers. New York, Ballantine, 1961; London, Corgi, 1982; expanded edition, New York, Ballantine, 1979.

Cache from Outer Space. New York, Ace, 1962; with additional stories, New York, Tor, 1981.

Fire and the Night. Evanston, Illinois, Regency, 1962.

Inside Outside. New York, Ballantine, 1964; London, Corgi, 1982.

Tongues of the Moon. New York, Pyramid, 1964; London, Corgi, 1981.

Dare. New York, Ballantine, 1965; London, Quartet, 1974.
Quartet Books 0704-31165-8, 1974, 154pp, 40p. Cover by unknown

The Maker of Universes (World of Tiers). New York, Ace, 1965; London, Sphere, 1970; revised, Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1980.

The Gate of Time. New York, Belmont, 1966; London, Quartet, 1974; expanded edition, as Two Hawks from Earth, New York, Ace, 1979.
Quartet Books  0704-31171-2, 1974, 165pp.

The Gates of Creation (World of Tiers). New York, Ace, 1966; London, Sphere, 1970; revised, Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1981.

Night of Light (Carmody). New York, Berkley, 1966; London, Penguin, 1972.
Penguin Books 0140-03392-0, 1972, 176pp. Cover by David Pelham

The Image of the Beast (Childe) North Hollywood, Essex House, 1968; London, Quartet, 1975.
Quartet Books 0704-31219-0, 1975, 202pp.
----, [2nd imp.] 1976, 202pp, 95p. Cover by unknown
Panther Books 0586-06210-6, 171pp.

A Private Cosmos (World of Tiers). New York, Ace, 1968; London, Sphere, 1970; revised, Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1981.

Blown; or, Sketches among the Ruins of My Mind (Childe). North Hollywood, Essex House, 1969; London, Quartet, 1975.
Quartet Books 0704-31239-5, 1975, 208pp, 90p. Cover by Jim Burns

A Feast Unknown: Volumes IX of the Memoirs of Lord Grandrith (Grandrith/Caliban). North Hollywood, Essex House, 1969; London, Quartet, 1975.

Behind the Walls of Terra (World of Tiers). New York, Ace, 1970; London, Sphere, 1975; revised, Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1982.

Lord Tyger. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1970; London, Panther, 1974.
Panther Books 0586-03958-9, 1974, 284pp, 50p. Cover by Richard Clifton-Dey?

Lord of the Trees (Grandrith/Caliban). New York, Ace, 1970; London, Severn House, 1982.

The Mad Goblin (Grandrith/Caliban). New York, Ace, 1970; as Keepers of the Secrets, London, Sphere, 1983.

The Stone God Awakens. New York, Ace, 1970; London, Panther, 1976.
Panther 0586-04226-1, 1976, 205pp. Cover by Bruce Pennington

Love Song. North Hollywood, Brandon House, 1970.

To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld). New York, Putnam, 1971; London, Panther, 1974.
Panther Books 0586-03939-2, 1974, 207pp, 40p. Cover by unknown
HarperCollins 0586-03939-2, 1993, 207pp.

The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld). New York, Putnam, 1971; London, Rapp and Whiting, 1974.
Panther Books 0596-03989-9, 1975, 252pp.
----, [2nd imp.] 1978, 252pp, 85p. Cover by Peter Jones
Granada, [?3rd imp.] 1980
HarperCollins 0596-03989-9, 1993, 252pp.

The Wind Whales of Ishmael. New York, Ace, 1971; London, Quartet, 1973.
Quartet Books 0704-31035-X, 1973, 130pp, 35p. Cover by Bob Habberfield

Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke (Tarzan). Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1972; London, Panther, 1974.
Panther Books 0586-03941-4, 1974, 367pp, 60p. Cvoer by Richard Clifton-Dey?

Time's Last Gift. New York, Ballantine, 1972; London, Panther, 1975; revised, New York, Ballantine, 1977.
Panther Books 0586-04209-1, 1975, 173pp, 50p. Cover by Peter Tybus

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life (Savage). Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1973; revised edition, New York, Bantam, 1975; London, Panther, 1975.
Panther Books 0586-04160-5, 1975, 285pp, 75p. Cover by Richard Clifton-Dey

The Other Log of Phileas Fogg. New York, DAW, 1973; London, Hamlyn, 1979.
Hamlyn 0600-36747-9, 1979, 166pp, 80p. Cover by Tony Roberts

Traitor to the Living (Childe). New York, Ballantine, 1973; London, Panther, 1975.
Panther Books 0586-04200-8, 1975, 203pp, 60p. Cover by Peter Jones
----, [?2nd imp.] 1978, 203pp.

The Adventure of the Peerless Peer by John H. Watson, M.D. (Tarzan). Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Press, 1974.

Hadon of Ancient Opar (Opar). New York, DAW, 1974; London, Magnum, 1977.

Venus on the Half-Shell (as Kilgore Trout). New York, Dell, 1975; London, Star Books, 1976; as by Philip Jose Farmer, New York, Bantam, 1988.
Star Books 0352-39846-9, 1976, 207pp, 50p. Cover by unknown

Flight to Opar (Opar). New York, DAW, 1976.

The Dark Design (Riverworld). New York, Berkley, 1977; London, Panther, 1979.

The Lavalite World (Tiers). New York, Ace, 1977; London, Sphere, 1979; revised, Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1983.

Dark is the Sun. New York, Ballantine, 1979; London, Granada, 1981.

Jesus on Mars. Los Angeles, Pinnacle, 1979; London, Panther, 1981.

The Magic Labyrinth (Riverworld). New York, Berkley, 1980; London, Grafton, 1986.

The Unreasoning Mask. New York, Putnam, 1981; London, Granada, 1983.

A Barnstormer in Oz: or, A Rationalization and Extrapolation of the Split-Level Continuum. Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1982.

Greatheart Silver. New York, Tor, 1982.

Stations of the Nightmare. New York, Tor, 1982.

Gods of Riverworld (Riverworld). Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press; London, Grafton, 1986.

River of Eternity (Riverworld). Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, 1983.

Dayworld. New York, Putnam, 1985; London, Grafton, 1986.

Dayworld Rebel. New York, Putnam, 1987; London, Grafton, 1988.
Grafton 0586-20108-4, 1989, 333pp, £3.50. Cover by Chris Foss

Dayworld Breakup. New York, Tor, 1990; London, HarperCollins, 1992.

Red Orc's Rage (World of Tiers). New York, Tor, 1991; London, Grafton, 1993.

Escape from Loki: Doc Savage's First Adventure (Savage). New York, Bantam, 1991.

The Caterpillar's Question, with Piers Anthony. New York, Ace, 1992.

More than Fire (World of Tiers). New York, Tor, 1993.

Nothing Burns in Hell. New York, Forge Books, 1998.

The Dark Heart of Time (Tarzan). New York, Ballantine/Del Rey, 1999.

OMNIBUS EDITIONS
Image of the Beast (includes Image of the Beast, Blown). Chicago, Playboy Press, 1979; as Image of the Beast/Blown, New York, Creation Books, 2001.
Flesh and Lord Tyger. New York, Signet, 1981.
The Empire of the Nine (contains Lord of the Trees, Keepers of the Secrets). London, Sphere, 1988.
The World of Tiers Vol. 1 (contains The Maker of Universes, The Gates of Creation, A Private Cosmos). Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1981; London, Sphere, 1986.
The World of Tiers Vol. 2 (contains Behind the Walls of Terra, The Lavalite World). Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1981; London, Sphere, 1986.

COLLECTIONS (series: Father Carmody; Riverworld)

Strange Relations. New York, Ballantine, 1960; London, Gollancz, 1964.
Panther Books 2092, 1966, 186pp. Cover: photo
Panther Books 0586-02092-6 2, [2nd imp.] 1973, 189pp, 35p. Cover by unknown

The Alley God. New York, Ballantine, 1962; London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1970.
Sphere Books 0722-13454-1, 1972, 176pp, 30p. Cover by unknown

The Celestial Blueprint and Other Stories. New York, Ace, 1962.

Down in the Black Gang, and Others. Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1971.

The Book of Philip José Farmer; or, The Wares of Simple Simon's Custard Pie and Space Man. New York, DAW, 1973; Morley, Yorkshire, Elmfield Press, 1976; revised, Berkley, 1982.

Riverworld: The Great Short Fiction of Philip José Farmer. New York, Berkley, 1979; London, Panther, 1981; as Riverworld, and Other Stories, London, Grafton, 1986.

Riverworld War: The Suppressed Fiction of Philip José Farmer. Peoria, Illinois, Ellis Press, 1980.

Father to the Stars (Carmody). New York, Tor, 1981.

The Purple Book. New York, Tor, 1982.

The Classic Philip José Farmer, 1952-1964. New York, Crown, 1984; London, Robson, 1985.

The Classic Philip José Farmer, 1964-1973. New York, Crown, 1984; London, Robson, 1985.

The Grand Adventure. New York, Berkley, 1984.

Riders of the Purple Wage. New York, Tor, 1992.

The Best of Philip José Farmer. Burton, Michigan, Subterranean Press, 2006.

Pearls from Peoria. Burton, Michigan, Subterranean Press, 2006.

NON-FICTION

Reap: The Baycon Guest-of-Honor Speech. Los Angeles, privately printed, 1968.

ANTHOLOGIES EDITED BY FARMER
Mother Was a Lovely Beast: A Feral Man Anthology: Fiction and Fact about Humans Raised by Animals. Radnor, Pennsylvania, Chilton, 1974.
Tales of Riverworld. New York, Warner Questar, 1992.
Quest to Riverworld. New York, Warner Questar, 1993.

OTHERS (TRANSLATED)
Ironcastle by J.-H. Rosny (revised trans. of L'étonnant voyage de Hareton Ironcastle). New York, DAW, 1976.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Alfred Bester: Cover Gallery

Alfred Bester is best known for his two novels The Demolished Man (winner of the first ever Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1953) and The Stars My Destination (originally published in the UK as Tiger! Tiger!). You can find more on Bester's career at Wikipedia.

The Demolished Man (Chicago, Shasta Publishers, 1953)
Panther 933, 1959, 189pp.
Penguin 2536, 1966, 191pp, 3/6. Cover: photo by Lester Waldman
----, [xth imp.], 1974, 191pp. Cover by David Pelham
----, [xth imp.], 1979, 191pp.
Millennium 1857-98822-1 (SF Masterworks 14), 1999, 250pp. Cover by John Burns

The Rat Race (as Who He?, New York, Dial Press, 1953; as The Rat Race, New York, Berkley, 1956)
Panther Books 947, 1959, 223pp, 2/6. Cover by unknown
Hamlyn Paperbacks 0099-33030-X, 1984, 287pp.

Tiger! Tiger! (London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1956; revised as The Stars My Destination, New York, Signet, 1957; further revised [edited by Alex & Phyllis Eisenstein], New York, Vintage Books, 1996)
Penguin 2620, 1967, 249pp, 4/6. Cover by Alan Aldridge
----, [xth imp.] 1974, 249pp. Cover by David Pelham
---- 0140-02620-7, [xth imp.], 1979, 249pp.
----, [xth imp.], 1983. Cover by unknown
Mandarin 0749-30645-9, 1991, 281pp.
as The Stars My Destination, Millennium 1857-98814-0 (SF Masterworks 5), 1999, x+258pp. Cover by Chris Moore

Starburst (New York, Signet, 1958)
Sphere 0722-11607-1, 1968, 158pp.
Sphere 0722-11610-1, [2nd imp.] Mar 1973, 158pp, 30p. Cover by unknown
Pan Books 0330-25111-2, 1977, 156pp, 60p.

The Dark Side of the Earth (New York, Signet, 1964)
Pan Books 0330-02393-4, 1969, 171pp.
----, [2nd imp.] 1977, 171pp, 60p. Cover by Gino D'Achille


The Life and Death of a Satellite [non-fiction] (Boston, Little Brown, 1966)
(no UK edition)

Extro (as The Computer Connection, New York, Berkley, 1975; as Extro, London, Eyre Methuen, 1975)
Methuen 0413-34570-X, 1976, 218pp, 60p. Cover by unknown
Mandarin 0749-30127-9, 1989, 218pp.

Starlight: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester (New York, Nelson Doubleday, 1976)
(in UK and paperback in two volumes as The Light Fantastic and Star Light, Star Bright, see below)

The Light Fantastic: The Great Short Stories of Alfred Bester Volume 1 (New York, Berkley, 1976; London, Gollancz, 1977)
Fontana 0006-15281-3, 1979, 223pp.

Star Light, Star Bright: The Great Short Fiction of Alfred Bester Volume 2 (New York, Berkley, 1976; London, Gollancz, 1978)
Fontana 0006-15406-9, 1979, 220pp, 95p. Cover by Tim White

Golem100 (New York, Simon & Schuster, 1980; London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1980)
Pan 0330-26258-0, 1981, 382pp.
Mandarin 0749-30126-0, 1989, 382pp.

The Deceivers (New York, Simon & Schuster, 1981; London, Severn House, 1984)
(no UK paperback edition)

Tender Loving Rage (Houston, Texas, Tafford, 1991)
(no UK edition)

Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester, introduction by Robert Silverberg (New York, Vintage Books, 1997)
(no UK edition)

Psychoshop, with Roger Zelazny (New York, Vintage Books, 1998)
(no UK edition)

Redemolished (New York, iBooks, 2000)
(no UK edition)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Comic Cuts - 26 August 2011

I've had a bit of a slow week and there isn't much to report. I haven't managed to get much else done beyond the regular daily chores, bar a little cover cleaning for some future galleries.

With that being the case, I'll head straight into a couple of bits of news.

It's good to hear of a comic creator of the golden age who is still active. Charles Chilton, now aged 94, has been promoting his autobiography, Auntie's Charlie, at the Comedy Club on Chiswick High Street. He was interviewed on stage and answered questions from the audience before signing copies of his book and the first volume of Journey Into Space - Operation Luna - which has been reprinted in hardcover. The other two novels - The Red Planet and The World in Peril - are due to be published in November and February 2012 respectively.

The autobiography is available from Fantom Books, who have produced it as a limited edition of 200 numbered and signed hardback copies. Ordering information for the novels can be found here.

I notice that the BBC have repackaged the three original Journey Into Space radio serials, which can be ordered via Amazon for with an up to 50% discount: Operation Luna, The Red Planet, The World in Peril. And they also have the revived stories that were broadcast in 2008 and 2009 going cheap: Frozen in Time, The Host.

Bob Edmands alerted me to an eBay sale of a rather nondescript copy of Sun #324 from 1955. Normally you would expect copies to sell for around a fiver, maybe £5 to £10 on a good day, but for some reason this issue soared, with fifteen bids pushing the price up to £71.00.  But that wasn't the end of it. I notice that a couple of days earlier another copy of Sun (#320) from the same seller sold for an astonishing £102.00 and a third copy (#270) for £70.88, with 22 bids registered, while other issues being sold were in the expected price range. Seems like Billy the Kid has a following.

So here are today's random scans. What spare time I've had I've spent cleaning up a lot of science fiction covers of late, so, for a change of pace, here are a couple of Digits by William Ard from 1960. Cry Scandal and The Naked and the Innocent (originally published as Hell is a City). The latter has a cover reprinted from the USA; I have the artist listed as Kalin in my notes but on closer inspection (and the signature is partly hidden) it looks more like Katy L----. Can anyone help?

The second batch are a pair of Fontana covers by our old friend John L. Baker, who has featured here many times, but not recently.

Next week: more from The Man Who Searched for Fear and whatever else I can dream up over the next couple of days. One bit of good news is that I have been sent another Paul Temple yarn, so that will be appearing at some point, probably early next month as the tail end of next week will see our regular Recent and Upcoming Releases columns.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chris Carlsen's Berskerker

The Berserker series was written by Robert Holdstock under the pen-name Chris Carlsen. It was noted on the covers that these books were "From the publishers of Conan", as if that was somehow any more recommendation than if I was to note that Bear Alley is "Published on the internet, like the Pottermore website".

The Berserker series was about Norse warrior Harold Swiftaxe, a violent occult fantasy that has more in common with 2000AD's Slaine than Conan.

Berserker: Shadow of the Wolf
Sphere 0722-14631-0, 1977, 160pp, 65p. Cover by Melvyn Grant

Berserker: The Bull Chief
Sphere 0722-14632-9, 1977, 175pp, 85p. Cover by Melvyn Grant

Berserker: The Horned Warrior
Sphere 0722-14633-7, 1978, 172pp, 95p. Cover by Melvyn Grant