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2005 Directory
Classic Reprints


This page compiles selected classic and otherwise-notable SFFH works newly available in any edition, hardcover or paperback.

For recent books just reprinted in paperback, see New in Paperback.

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Date in parentheses at paragraph end is date seen or received.


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posted 14 October 2005

* Anderson, Douglas A. : Seekers of Dreams: Masterpieces of Fantasy
(Cold Spring Press 1-59360-048-8, $14, 314pp, trade paperback, August 2005, cover by Daniel Govar)

Anthology of 22 stories, 2 of them original. Authors include Lord Dunsany, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Peter S. Beagle, William Morris, Clark Ashton Smith, Bram Stoker, and William Hope Hodgeson.
• The two original stories are by Verlyn Flieger and Leonard Cline (the latter a posthumous publication); two of the reprints are of relatively recent stories, those by Jonathan Carroll ("Friend's Best Man") and Andy Duncan ("Senator Bilbo").
• Anderson provides an introduction and notes.
• Amazon has a brief description. Cold Spring Press is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, whose site has only this page about the book.

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Bradbury, Ray : A Sound of Thunder
(HarperPerennial 0-06-078569-1, $13.95, 338pp, trade paperback, September 2005)
(First edition: Avon, 1997)

Collection of 32 stories, among them classics "The Fog Horn", "The Flying Machine", "The Garbage Collector", "The Dragon", and many others.
• This is retitled reprint of The Golden Apples of the Sun and Other Stories (Avon 1997), which is itself a reprint of Classic Stories 1 (Bantam Spectra 1990, revised 1995) with one story added, which in turn was an omnibus of The Golden Apples of the Sun (Doubleday 1953) and R is For Rocket (Doubleday 1962) with three stories omitted from the 1953 book. (Details via The Locus Index to Science Fiction.)
• The present title and cover make this a tie-in to the recently released film A Sound of Thunder, loosely based on the story contained herein about time travelers and a squashed butterfly.
• HarperCollins' site has this description and an excerpt from "The Fog Horn".

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Butler, Octavia E. : Wild Seed
(SFBC 0-7394-5688-1, $10.99, 245pp, hardcover, August 2005, jacket art Bruce Jensen)
(First edition: Doubleday, 1980)

SF novel set in 17th-century Africa, about an immortal man, Doro, and a shape-changing woman, Anyanwu, whose contentious relationship over the centuries challenges Doro's attempt to create a race of superbeings.
• This is one of the Science Fiction Book Club's 50th anniversary editions of classic books. The club's website has this description.
• The book was included on the James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award Retrospective Shortlist in 1996. A Google search turns up a review by Orson Scott Card of this and two other Butler titles from a 1990 issue of F&SF.
• Available exclusively from the Science Fiction Book Club.

(Thu 15 Sep 2005) • (Directory Entry)


Dick, Philip K. : Dr. Futurity
(Vintage Books 1-4000-3009-9, $10.95, 169pp, trade paperback, August 2005, cover design Heidi North)
(First edition: Ace Books, 1960)

SF time travel novel about a doctor abducted into a future world where people are encouraged to die to make way for the next, improved generation.
• This is the 34th title in Vintage Books' program to reprint PKD's works, and (though a relatively minor PKD novel itself) it marks, according to the press release, "the completion of a publishing effort" that "for the first time in fifty years" makes "all of Philip K. Dick's science fiction titles" available. (Short story collections are apparently not included.) Scheduled for March 2006 is Vintage PKD, which will include excerpts from several of his best novels "and never before published material".
• Amazon has the description, and numerous reader reviews.
• The publisher's site has this description and an excerpt, while has this this page with a brief summary and links to covers of past editions.

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Ford, Paul F. : Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition
(HarperSanFrancisco 0-06-079127-6, $16.95, 26+530pp, trade paperback, July 2005)
(First edition: Harper & Row, 1980)

Nonfiction guide to C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia", whose initial volume, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is being released as a big budget film this December.
• This is the 5th revised edition with a preface by Ford outlining changes made in each edition.
• The publisher's site has this description: "...contains hundreds of alphabetically arranged and indexed entries covering all the characters, events, places, and themes that Lewis brilliantly wove into his timeless and magical world." -- with an excerpt of the introduciton.
• Also just published is a smaller Pocket Companion to Narnia by the same author.

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Lovelace, Delos W., from the screenplay by Edgar Wallace & Merian C. Cooper : King Kong
(Modern Library 0-8129-7493-X, $10.95, 29+156pp, trade paperback, August 2005)
(First edition: Grosset & Dunlap, 1932)

Novelization by Lovelace of the original film's screenplay by Wallace & Cooper. This new edition -- timed to precede the release of Peter Jackson's film remake in December -- has an introduction by Greg Bear, and a preface by Mark Cotta Vaz.
• Modern Library's site has a description and excerpt from Chapter 1.

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Lupoff, Richard A. : Master of Adventure: The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs
(Bison Books 0-8032-8030-0, $16.95, 40+307pp, trade paperback, May 2005)
(First edition: Ace, 1975)

Nonfiction account of Burroughs and his works, revised and updated, with a new introduction by the author, a foreword by Michael Moorcock, and a final chapter by Phillip R. Burger. Includes bibliography and index.
• The publisher's site has a description -- "Richard A. Lupoff, the respected critic and writer who helped spark a Burroughs revival in the 1960s, reveals fascinating details about the stories written by the creator of Tarzan. Featured here are outlines of all of Burroughs's major novels, with descriptions of how they were each written and their respective sources of inspiration."
• This is a revision of the 1975 Ace edition, which was revised from the original 1965 Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure published by Canaveral Press.

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