News & What's New - February 2020

Cover again by Manchu
23 Feb 2020
French publisher Le Livre de Poche released in 2012 the 8th reprint of Le labyrinthe magique (The Magic Labyrinth). The cover illustration of that one was from National Geographic/ Getty Images, a total different one than the earlier printings. Usually the publisher uses the same cover illustration on all printings.

I just discovered the 9th printing, published in 2015. In this case the original illustration by Manchu has been used again. See left.
It's hard to find online the different printings of a title. Book dealers often only give the publication year of the first printing, even with reprints.
The newly discovered book has been added on the book page.

Finally my own copy
16 Feb 2020
For a very long period of time I still was missing a first hardcover edition of The Green Odyssey. It was published by Ballantine Books in 1957, many years before I started reading science fiction, and even more years before I started collecting all the novels and stories written by Philip José Farmer.
I started collecting the US publications in 1973 with snail mail orders to Richard Witter (F&SF Book Co.) in New York. One of my first orders were copies of the original hardcover editions of To Your Scattered Bodies Go and The Fabulous Riverboat (1971).
I received the second one, but Scattered Bodies was just out of print, alas. I bought it several years ago for more than hundred times the original price.

A copy of the original edition of The Green Odyssey was nowhere to be found, at least not for reasonable prices. It wasn't always easy to get the catalogs from second hand book sellers. Mind you, this was the pre-internet time.
Once there was internet one could check the online dealers, and I saw the book at Abebooks for about a thousand times the original price, from 2000 till 2500 dollars and more.
The last time I checked Abebooks the prices ranged from $2.250 till the huge amount of $9.500 for a clean copy. Most of the small print-run of the hardcover went to (military) libraries. Clean copies are very scarce also, and very expensive. This particular book is one of the scarcest titles in the Ballantine hardcover series.

But recently I found online a copy for sale for a very reasonable price. Not a clean copy, but an ex-library one in a reasonable good condition. See the picture above.
Finally my collection of Farmers first editions is complete, I now can stop collecting...

Japanese sience fiction magazines
5 Feb 2020
Last November I ordered and received seven books from a Japanese web shop. That went very smoothly. So I looked again but did not see yet any of the other missing books in my collection.
But I discovered that the web shop also has a huge collection of Japanese magazines for sale. It took me a while to check them all, and I found eleven science fiction magazines that I wanted. Most of them are issues of the S-F Magazine (S-F マガジン).

The issues, and the stories in it are:
I added and corrected some data with these publications.

Up from the Bottomless Pit
1 Feb 2020
A new announcement from Meteor House of a forthcoming book:

«Philip José Farmer’s Up from the Bottomless Pit, originally written in the late 1970s with the working title The Dragon’s Breath, is a near-mainstream novel about the ultimate ecological nightmare. Set in an alternate/near future 1970s, Up from the Bottomless Pit tells of a world so ravenous in its desire for oil that it has thrown caution to the wind. Using an experimental deep-water laser drill off the California coast, humankind burns a hole through the ocean floor only to unleash a deadly torrent that initially threatens the greater Los Angeles area, but quickly escalates to a catastrophe of worldwide proportions with the potential to wipe out all life on the planet.

This is the Farmer novel you’ve heard about but never got to read! Now, available for the first time ever in a trade paperback edition, you can get Up from the Bottomless Pit for only $20 (+shipping).»

This novel was published before in ten issues of the fanzine Farmerphile (2005-2007).  In 2007 it was included in the collection Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories, published in expensive hardcover ($125 or $300) by Subterranean Press.
The above illustration is one of many by Keith Howell, used in these publications.

Go to the website of Meteor House to preorder your copy. Books will be shipped to you in August 2020 right after FarmerCon XV.

La odisea de Green
1 Feb 2020
In October 2019 the Spanish publisher 'La biblioteca del laberinto' released the first Spanish translation —62 years after its original publication— of The Green Odyssey. It is published in their series Delirio Ciencia Ficción, #130, with the title La odisea de Green.

The cover illustration is the same uncredited one as with the first hardcover publication by Ballantine Books in 1957.

The book starts with an essay by David Pringle and John Clute, that was published before in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. It is also publshed with permission of the authors on this website, as "The Most Anarchic SF Writer".
In the Spanish edition the same, translated, title is used: "El excritor más anárquico de la ciencia ficción".
The essay is illustrated with some photos of Phil and also with several book covers.

These are the numbers for the book pages this month.

1922 publications
1305 different covers

There are less covers than publications due to the reprints with the same cover, and due to omnibuses.

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