Books

Gibson in hardcover

I have nearly all of William Gibson’s novels in hardcover now, after a little binge on AbeBooks. Count Zero is pretty difficult to get for less than $200, so I’m going to stick with the trade paperback for now. I wanted to get these while I still could.

My copies of Idoru and All Tomorrow’s Parties are also a strange trade paper and library binding hybrid that I picked up in a thrift store and find interesting.

I’ve been moving away buying more actual books since I’m running out of room, I’ve noticed that Gibson’s books are disappearing from my local thrift stores. I’ve noticed the same thing with other writers as time goes on. Gene Wolf’s books were a staple and then completely disappeared after he died. You can still find his hard covers online, but the prices are going up.

It’s interesting how the thrift store selection changes over time. I used to be able to count on a full shelf of Wheel of Time in any thrift store, and now those are starting to fade. They may come back with re-printings following the Amazon series.

Terry Brooks isn’t nearly as present as he used to be. Anne McCaffrey gets harder to find.

I love finding old library editions. Those are the first I’ll order online if they’re available. Not pictured here is a really nice copy of The Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling that still had a stamped checkout card.

Neuromancer came out in 1984, and I just listened to an MP3 copy of the cassette tape recording, streamed to my phone from Plex, over bluetooth earbuds. What’s wild to me is that Gibson wrote the novel on a typewriter. He said he didn’t even use computers at the time.

4-15-20 Newsletter

Hello! I hope you’re doing all right.

We’re finally into spring weather in Oregon, so while everyone is stuck at home, at least we can go outside. When you’re on lockdown with a toddler, that’s a huge deal. 

My big news is that Galactic Law 3: Galactic Jury is out. I had a lot of fun with this book and it’s already a #1 New Release. 

 Galactic Jury is here: https://amzn.to/3dHssSs

//Cool Stuff//

The Classic Science Fiction Podcast: Free Audio Short Stories

I’ve started a podcast where I read science fiction and fantasy short stories from before the year 2000. I’ve got a library of thrifted magazines, collections and anthologies that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, so this project is a kick in the pants to get going.

One of the first stories is Duty Calls by Anne McCaffrey. You can listen here: https://www.classicsciencefiction.com/2020/04/13/csfp-002-duty-calls-by-anne-mccaffrey/. It’s from the collection The Girl Who Heard Dragons.

I share whatever info I can find about the author and the story if it’s available. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for being a reader!

James

jamesaaron.net/books

//Latest SF Art Discoveries//

Depart by Josh Pierce

Depart by Josh Pierce
 


The Song Dynasty, Aidelank Yang

The Song Dynasty, Aidelank Yang


Service Depot by Wadim Kashin

Service Depot by Wadim Kashin

Blood & Thunder by Mark Finn

I’m reading Blood and Thunder by Mark Finn, a biography of Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan, and I’m amazed at how many letters the young men of 100 years ago wrote to each other. (Also how important being a Texan was to the creation of Conan.)

I’m really enjoying it so far. Bob Howard was a character. A boxer, a dreamer, over shadowed by his parents and especially his mother’s health. Comparing him to the “Lost Generation” writers working in Paris at the same time, his suicide was a real loss to American letters, especially voices from the working class.

I’m also wondering how biographers of the future will know anything about us and our interpersonal communication… with our work locked up in Google Drive and Office 365, and our communication scattered between Facebook, Twitter, TikTok?, etc. all locked behind personal accounts that belong to private companies, how will anyone construct a picture of what it was like to live after the year 2000?

Biographers will need AI to sift through all the junk after paying different database companies for access.