Notable classic reprints seen : Posted 12 June 2004
Anderson, Poul : Agent of the Terran Empire(ibooks 0-7434-7952-1, $11.95, 198pp, trade paperback, April 2004)
(First edition: Chilton, 1965)
Space opera collection of 4 stories about Dominic Flandry, an Earth agent battling kidnappers, alien invaders, etc.; stories first published in the 1950s.
Anderson, Poul : The Boat of a Million Years(Orb 0-765-31024-4, $14.95, 470pp, trade paperback, May 2004, cover art Vincent di Fate)
(First edition: Tor, November 1989)
SF novel concerning a group of immortal humans and their lives throughout human history.
Asimov, Isaac : I, Robot(Bantam Spectra 0-553-29438-5, $7.99, 15+272pp, mass market paperback, June 2004)
(First edition: Gnome, 1950)
Classic collection of related SF stories about the development of intelligent robots, governed by the famous "Three Laws of Robotics" whose finer points and unforeseen contradictions generate most of the suspense plots. This is the movie tie-in edition for the I, Robot movie starring Will Smith, opening July 16.
Asimov, Isaac : Robot Dreams(Ace 0-441-01183-7, $14, 16+335pp, trade paperback, June 2004)
(First edition: Berkley, November 1986)
Collection of 21 stories, including a couple of the robot stories from I, Robot and one story original to this volume, the brief title story. Among other stories are classics "The Martian Way", "The Last Question", and "The Ugly Little Boy".
(First edition: Arkham House, February 1993)
Collection of 37 stories, first published with slightly different contents by Arkham House in 1993, now reprinted in hardcover by Tor. The original edition won both a World Fantasy Award and a Bram Stoker Award.
Delany, Samuel R. : Distant Stars(ibooks 0-7434-8661-7, $14, 352pp, trade paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Bantam, August 1981)
Collection of 7 stories, including the 1966 short novel "Empire Star", 1968 Hugo and Nebula winning novelette "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", Hugo and Nebula nominee "We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line" (aka "Lines of Power"), and "Omegahelm", a story sharing the setting of Delany's novel Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.
Delany, Samuel R. : The Fall of the Towers(Vintage 1-4000-3132-x, $15, 438pp, trade paperback, February 2004)
(First edition: Ace, 1971)
Omnibus edition of three early Delany novels: Out of the Dead City (Ace 1963), The Towers of Toron (Ace 1964), and City of a Thousand Suns (Ace 1965).
Ellison, Harlan, & Isaac Asimov : I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay(ibooks 0-7434-8659-5, $14.95, 414pp, trade paperback, February 2004)
(First edition: Warner Aspect, December 1994)
Unproduced screenplay by Harlan Ellison based on Isaac Asimov's canonical SF collection I, Robot. The script was first serialized in Asimov's magazine in 1987 and then published with illustrations by Warner Aspect in 1994, here reproduced by ibooks, timed for the imminent release of the (unrelated) film starring Will Smith and directed by Alex Proyas, with a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and Jeff Vintar.
Gunn, James E. : The Listeners(BenBella 1-932100-12-1, $14.95, 195pp, trade paperback, January 2004)
(First edition: Scribners, 1972)
SF novel about reactions on Earth to radio messages received from a distant civilization -- a sort of less fanciful, more realistic precursor to Carl Sagan's Contact. Generally regarded as Gunn's best novel.
Niven, Larry, & David Gerrold : The Flying Sorcerors(BenBella 1-932100-23-7, $14.95, 303pp, trade paperback, April 2004, cover illustration Boris Vallejo)
(First edition: Ballantine, 1971)
Humorous SF novel, the only collaboration between these two authors; famously known for being filled with punnish SF in-jokes.
Sawyer, Robert J. : Far-Seer(Tor 0-765-30974-2, $14.95, 316pp, trade paperback, May 2004, cover art Tom Kidd)
(First edition: Ace, June 1992)
Sf novel, first volume in "The Quintaglio Ascension", set in a world of intelligent dinosaurs.
Vance, Jack : To Live Forever(ibooks 0-7434-7921-1, $11.95, 267pp, trade paperback, March 2004)
(First edition: Ballantine, 1956)
SF novel set in a future society in which citizens compete for status conferring immortality.
Zelazny, Roger : Lord of Light(Eos 0-06-056723-6, $12.95, 296pp, trade paperback, May 2004)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1967)
SF novel concerning a starship that subdues a colony world with technology in the guise of Hindu magic.
His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the- atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god. But then, he never claimed not to be a god.Circumstances being what they were, neither admission could be of any benefit. Silence, though, could.Opening lines:
And above the empty stage in the laboratory tower of the dead city of Telphar, the crystal sphere dimmed. The room was silent as it had been for sixty years. From the crystal the metal ribbon soared over the balcony, above wet ashes and puddled roadways. The sun had cleared the ragged horizon. Like the back of a sleeping serpent the dripping metal gleamed.Opening lines:
Clarges, the last metropolis of the world, stretched thirty miles along the north shore of the Chant River, not far above the broadening of the Chant into its estuary.Opening lines:
The voices babbled.Opening lines:
"Ninety-eight -- ninety-nine -- one hundred." Gloria withdrew her chubby little forearm from before her eyes and stood for a moment, wrinkling her nose and blinking in the sunlight. Then, trying to watch in all directions at once, she withdrew a few cautious steps from the tree against which she had been leaning."
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