Saturday I was able to stop by one of the Fair's
Fair bookstores in Calgary. The number of used books
stores here have really declined over the years, but
this small family run chain combines a number of
locations with excellent service. It is so nice
to buy in person to avoid shipping costs, to actually
handle the books and run into items on the shelf you
did not know you needed until you have them
in your hand
My haul included a number of anthologies, one,
a nice copy of Conklin's Great Science Fiction by Scientists.
Anthologies have always been of interest but since reading
Bud Webster's articles on collecting anthologies,
see them in the links under Handy Resources on the right
or buy his book Anthopology 101, they have become
something of an obsession.
I also got a copy of the Dick novel with a cover
I really wanted, a fairly risqué cover for Thomas
Burnett Swann an author I normally associate with
minotaurs and fauns, and intriguing novels by Mark S.
Geston and Michael G Coney which fell into the category of
And who can resist a horror anthology with a beautiful
Richard Powers cover. The authors have a nice SF feel
including Matheson, Sturgeon, Van Vogt, Kutter and
Robert Moore Williams. An exceptional trip.