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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
    My grandfather is the reason I am on this website, though he never knew it existed. He was there for the great wave of popular science fiction, and he passed the bug down to my dad, who passed it down to me. He was among the first horde Trekkies, he read Starship Troopers during his career a United States Marine, and he left behind him two large, beautifully-carved and -painted cupboards from Japan, within which is a treasure trove of science fiction, from the days when you could buy three works by Clarke, Heinlein, Bradbury, or anyone else for that matter, for under a dollar.

    I was recently given permission from my grandmother to take a look in these cupboards, to see if there was anything of interest to me. Suffice to say, there was. Some volumes I could not take because they would no longer stay together (such as a first printing of 2001: A Space Odyssey), and some I just didn't have the space in my suitcase to take home to Iowa or to school in Georgia with me. But I got what I could, and I think I brought in a pretty good haul.

    This is a list of the books I was able to make off with. Some of them are classics. Some of them are campy. All of them shall be read.

    The Hammer of God, by Arthur C. Clarke
    The Sky is Full of Ships, by Richard C. Meredith
    The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag, Revolt in 2100, The Day After Tomorrow, Stranger in a Strange Land (first printing!!!) and Tunnel in the Sky, by Robert Heinlein
    The Illustrated Man, R is for Rocket, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    A Journey to the Center of Earth, by Jules Verne
    Starmaster's Gambit, by Gerard Klein
    Strangers in the Universe, and Cosmic Engineers, by Clifford Simak
    Dai-sho, by Marc Olden (which, from what it sounds like, is frighteningly like my current vision of the Shogunate Zaibatsu)
    Secret of the Red Spot, by Eando Binder
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind, by Steven Spielberg (I didn't know he wrote a book, too. Huh.)
    Thundar, Man of Two Worlds, by John Bloodstone
    The Penultimate Truth, by Philip K. Dick
    Chariots of the Gods, by Erich von Panken
    The Cybernetic Brains, by Raymond F. Jones
    The Byworlder, by Poul Anderson

    And a few collections:

    Generation, edited by David Gerrold
    The 1973 World's Best SF, edited by Donald A. Wollheim
    March 1967 Worlds of If, Hugo Winner's Issue
    A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, edited by Anthony Boucher

    I'll be sure to let you all know how they are.

    Does anyone here have a collection, either accumulated or inherited, that they are particularly proud of?
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2007
    My dad had a big box of old pulp paperbacks--mostly Howard and Burroughs--that he always made certain I knew the location of.

    Those books are long gone, but it started something.
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    I've got an early printing of The Pathfinder by james fenimore cooper, and a copy of a book of poems T.E. Lawrence called minorities; as well as a random collection of other old hardback books, including some school primers that have been handed down the famly for a very long time. Obviously I'm not the only bookfiend in the family. My family doesn't go for scifi; tending towards literature and historical things.
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2007
    I remember being drawn to my dad's Lovecraft collection when quite young. Also mom's King Crimson LPs.

    Today, I am.
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2007 edited
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2007
    I got the crazy and being passive aggressive from my Mom. I think I've worked past being passive aggressive but I still go the crazy.

    I also got one on my Mom's old Barbies. Neither of my parents really had hobbies or things they liked to do (expect maybe going to the beach).