Next, some items from a trip to Fair's Fair Used Books.
Cover by John Clarke
I have been rereading some Roger Zelazny lately (the subject of an upcoming post on comfort reading) so I took advantage of the opportunity to get a hardcover copy the SFBC edition of his rather quirky Doorways in the Sand.
I cannot resist a Badger Book, the plots and writing may be hackneyed in the extreme but the covers, oh the covers, in this case, a gem by H. Fox always appeal to me.
Cover by Ron Walotsky
When looking up Philip Wyle I learned the following from Wikipedia,
"During World War II, writing The Paradise Crater (1945) resulted in his house arrest by the federal government; in it, he described a post-WWII 1965 Nazi conspiracy to develop and use uranium-237 bombs, months before the first successful atomic test at Alamogordo – the most highly classified secret of the war."
Sadly this story does not seem to have been reprinted.
I have not counted the number of copies of Earthlight I have but again the cover by Vincent di Fate drew me in, I think I passed this up on my last trip and regretted it.
Cover by Bob Pepper
I have decided to include a couple of gifts. A friend picked up this Poul Anderson for me at a Canadian Legion sale. The Corgi edition of H. G. Well's The Shape of Things to Come came from the library of another friend who purchased it on a trip to the UK many years ago and it will be discussed in more detail in a future post, combined with John Kessel's great short story, "The Last American". Sadly the lovely cover art is unattributed, if you know who is responsible please leave a comment.
And if you have lasted this long, some non-science fiction. Pages is an independent bookstore in Calgary, and yesterday we found they had opened a second store, The Next Page in Inglewood. I never leave empty-handed and I purchased most of the books below at one of the two locations.
(Tales From The Inner City actually came from Chapters)
Shaun Tan is a wonderful Australian illustrator and author. "He won an Academy Award for The Lost Thing, a 2011 animated film adaptation of a 2000 picture book he wrote and illustrated." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaun_Tan (I bought a copy of The Lost Thing for my adult niece.) His books often combine his wonderful illustrations with social commentary, you should take a look.
And my wife and I are long time Edward Gorey fans.
Jacket Design by Jim Tierney, Jacket Photograph by Richard Corman