This past March, at the International Conference onthe Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Fla., I did what I usually do: first, bought too many traditional (i.e., paper) books to lug aboard a plane; second, ask my bookseller friend Mark Wingenfeld of Kathmandu Books to ship them home for me, in no rush whatsoever.
They just arrived – thanks, Mark! – and in opening the box, I’ve enjoyed a bit of Christmas in June.
The books relevant to our work on this blog include:
Bleiler, Everett F. Science-Fiction: The Early Years: A full description of more than 3,000 science-fiction stories from earliest times to the appearance of the genre magazines in 1930. Kent, Ohio: Kent State UP, 1990. [Non-fiction, reference.]
---, ed. Science Fiction Writers: Critical Studies of the Major Authors from the Early Nineteenth Century to the Present Day. New York: Scribner’s, 1982. [Non-fiction, reference.]
Fowler, Karen Joy, et al, eds. The James Tiptree Award Anthology 1. San Francisco: Tachyon Publications, 2005. [Anthology of fiction and non-fiction, including a revised version of Alice Sheldon’s autobiographical 1978 essay “Everything But the Signature Is Me” and Joanna Russ’s 2005 essay “‘Tiptree’ and History.”]
Keller, David H. The Last Magician: Nine Stories from Weird Tales. Ed. Patrick H. Adkins. New Orleans: P.D.A. Enterprises, 1978. [Fiction collection, including Keller’s autobiographical 1947 essay “Half a Century of Writing.”]
Platt, Charles. Dream Makers: The Stairway Press Collected Edition. Mount Vernon, Wash.: Stairway P, 2014. [Non-fiction, an abridged omnibus volume of Platt's two interview collections with veteran sf and fantasy writers.]
Priest, Christopher. The Affirmation. New York: Scribner’s, 1981. [Novel.]
Tiptree, James Jr. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever. San Francisco: Tachyon Publications, 2004. [Fiction, a “greatest hits” collection.]
Happy reading and blogging are ahead!