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The Long Dark Tea-time Of The Soul, Adams, Douglas
1 Adams, Douglas The Long Dark Tea-time Of The Soul
New York Simon & Schuster 1988 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket has some beginning toning to the rear cover. "When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shoots up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame, the usual people try to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board; even British Nuclear Fuels rushes out a statement that the situation is completely under control." "Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film." 
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The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts, Adams, Douglas (Edited and with an introduction by Geoffrey Perkins
2 Adams, Douglas (Edited and with an introduction by Geoffrey Perkins The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts
New York Harmony Books 1985 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
This is an oversized paperback book. The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some light rubbing and wear to the spine ends. The text pages are clean and bright. The half title page includes a previous owner's embossed initials. "The first time I can remember coming across Douglas Adams he was standing on a rickety chair making a speech, and the thing I remember most about that was that it was really a rather strange thing to do, since he was already some six inches taller than anyone else in the room." "Some of Adams's early radio work included sketches for The Burkiss Way in 1977 and The News Huddlines. He also wrote, again with Chapman, 20 February 1977 episode of Doctor on the Go, a sequel to the Doctor in the House television comedy series. After the first radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide became successful, Adams was made a BBC radio producer, working on Week Ending and a pantomime called Black Cinderella Two Goes East. He left after six months to become the script editor for Doctor Who. In 1979 Adams and John Lloyd wrote scripts for two half-hour episodes of Doctor Snuggles: "The Remarkable Fidgety River" and "The Great Disappearing Mystery" (episodes seven and twelve). John Lloyd was also co-author of two episodes from the original Hitchhiker radio series ("Fit the Fifth" and "Fit the Sixth", also known as "Episode Five" and "Episode Six") , as well as The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff." 
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The Prydain Chronicles Including: The Book of Three, The Black Caldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King, and, The Foundling and other Tales of Prydain, Alexander, Lloyd
3 Alexander, Lloyd The Prydain Chronicles Including: The Book of Three, The Black Caldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King, and, The Foundling and other Tales of Prydain
New York Guild America 1990 Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fine dust jacket Book Club Edition 
This book includes the Five books of the Prydain Chronicles with an added story: The Foundling. The book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some light, but noticeable rubbing to the spine ends and corners. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is clean and bright. "At age 379 Dallben the wizard, master of Caer Dallben, spent much of his time meditating (an occupation so demanding that he could only do it lying down with his eyes closed). His loyal man Coll, though centuries younger, was still old. Old, that is , as Dallben's ward, Taran, reckoned age." "Almost forty, he (Alexander) then specialized in children's fantasy, the genre of his best-known works. His wartime tenure in Wales introduced him to castles and scenery that would inspire settings for many of his books and to Welsh language whose medieval literature—Welsh mythology, especially the Mabinogion—was a source for The Chronicles of Prydain in particular. Those five novels detail the adventures of a young man named Taran, who dreams of being a sword-bearing hero but has only the title Assistant Pig-Keeper. He progresses from youth to maturity and must finally choose whether to be High King of Prydain. Twenty years later, a Disney animated film, The Black Cauldron (1985) was based on the first two books, telling a combined Disney story." 
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Amazing Stories 30th Anniversary Issue Volume 30 Number 4, Amazing Stories
4 Amazing Stories Amazing Stories 30th Anniversary Issue Volume 30 Number 4
New York Amazing Stories / Ziff-Davis Publishing Company 1956 1st Edition; 1st Printing Magazine Very Good 
B&W Illustrations; This is a trade sized magazine with slick covers and glued spine. The magazine is in Very Good condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The text pages are noticeably toned throughout due to the acid content of the paper. Entries include works by Warner Van Lorne, Harry Stephen Keeler, Edmond Hamilton, Ellis Parker Butler, Bradner Buckner, Ray Cummings, H. B. Carleton, David H. Keller, Neil R. Jones, Robert Bloch, Taylor H. Greenfield, Isaac Asimov, Jack G. Huekels, Raymond Z. Gallun, and more. 
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Planet Of No Return / Star Guard An Ace Double, Anderson, Poul / Andre Norton
5 Anderson, Poul / Andre Norton Planet Of No Return / Star Guard An Ace Double
New York Ace Books 1956 Trade Edition Paperback Very Good+ 
SIGNED EDITION. This copy has been signed by Poul Anderson on the title page of his book. This is an Ace Double with two books in one. This is a mass market paperback book. The book is in Very Good only condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The spine joints have noticeable rubbing and wear, and there is some light rubbing and creasing to the front, top and bottom edges of the book covers. The spine of the book has several creases. The text pages are clean, but noticeably toned due to the acid content of the paper. This copy has been signed by Poul Anderson on the title page of Planet of No Return. "Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards." ; Signed by One Author 
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The Pig Plantagenet, Andrews, Allen
6 Andrews, Allen The Pig Plantagenet
New York Viking Press 1981 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Michael Foreman 
B&W Illustrations; This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping to the spine ends of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. There is one nick to the top edge of the text block. The dust jacket is mostly clean and bright. In the Pig Plantagenet author Allen Andrews has created a work of such freshness and breadth of appeal that it transcends category. Michael Foreman's illustrations - at once elegant and whimiscal - capture perfectly the wit and liveliness of a book that can be read both as an allegory about conservation and as a work of completely original - and most definitely adult - humor." " Allen Andrews: UK writer whose fantasy has been restricted to the Plantagenet Animal-Fantasy sequence – The Pig Plantagenet (1980) and Castle Crespin (1982) – featuring a pig named Plantagenet. The setting is 13th-century France. The forest is endangered by the lord of the château, who wishes to massacre the local family of boars. Plantagenet saves them; but they must now Quest for a safe place." 
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The Unkind Word, And Other Stories, Anonymous (Pseudonym Of Mrs. Craik - Nee Dinah Maria Mulock)
7 Anonymous (Pseudonym Of Mrs. Craik - Nee Dinah Maria Mulock) The Unkind Word, And Other Stories
New York Harper & Brothers, Publishers 1870 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 
Several of the stories included in this compilation are supernatural or fantastic in nature. This book is in Very Good+ condition and was likely issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping and rubbing to the spine ends and corners of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a n early booksellers label pasted to the front pastedown page (E. F. Arnold, Kearny St, San Francisco, CA). Included are the short works: The Unkind Word, A Child's Life, His Young Lordship, Elizabeth and Victoria: From a Woman's Point of View, A Woman's Book, The Age of Gold, Living in Perspective, Sermons, The House of Commons, A Few Words About Sorrow, A Hedge-Side Poet, The Last Great Exhibition, To Novelists, and a Novelist, Bodies and Souls, Blind, Children of Israel, Give Us Air! , In the Ring, A Dreadful Ghost, Meadowside House, In her Teens, Clothes, The History of a Hospital, Death on the Seas, To Parents, Misery-Mongers, An Old Scotch Love-Story, A Garden Party, and, The Tale of Two WalksTold to Sick Children "Dinah Maria Craik (born Dinah Maria Mulock, also often credited as Miss Mulock or Mrs. Craik) (20 April 1826 – 12 October 1887) was an English novelist and poet.... Another collection, titled The Unkind Word and Other Stories, included a scathing criticism of Benjamin Heath Malkin for overworking his son Thomas, a child prodigy who died at seven. Later on, Craik returned to more fanciful tales and achieved a great success with The Little Lame Prince (1874). In 1881 she published a collection of her earlier poems under the title Poems of Thirty Years, New and Old; some, such as Philip my King addressed to her godson Philip Bourke Marston and Douglas, Douglas, Tender and True achieved a wide popularity." 
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Foundation and Empire, Asimov, Isaac
8 Asimov, Isaac Foundation and Empire
New York Gnome Press 1952 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket 
This is a First Edition, Currey Binding A in a First State Dust jacket (printed in four colors). The book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some light bumping and rubbing to the spine ends of the book covers. The rear cover has a thin strip of bubbling to the overlayer of cloth that runs the length of the boards. The text pages are mostly clean and bright, with some lightish generalized toning to the edges of the text block. The dust jacket has several edge tears of varying sizes, some generalized rubbing and wrinkling and several small to smallish edge chips, mostly to th spine ends. "Someday mankind will spread into the Milky Way. And there, among a million worlds, Earthmen and aliens will grou into a vast community - seething with old lusts and new passions." 
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OPUS 100 A Guided Tour through the First 99 Books of America's Foremost Science Writer, Asimov, Isaac
9 Asimov, Isaac OPUS 100 A Guided Tour through the First 99 Books of America's Foremost Science Writer
Boston, MA Houghton and Mifflin 1969 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Rick Levy 
Cover Art; This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Very Good+ dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There is a previous owner's address label neatly pasted to top front corner of the front endpaper. The top front corner of the dust jacket has a small chip to the top front flap joint. Both top and bottom spine ends of dust jacket have some beginning edge wear / rubbing. The rear cover of the dust jacket has some lightly ground-in dirt. "Opus 100 is Isacc Asimov's one-hundredth book in a twenty-year writing career! In part an anthology of selections chosen by the author from his first 99 works, it affords a generous sampling from every area in which he has written. It is also a most engaging literary biography that intimately acquaints the reader with the man responsible for such an extraordinary body of work." "Asimov wrote hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, he was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime. [5] Asimov's most famous work is the Foundation Series; [6] his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire novels are explicitly set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. Later, beginning with Foundation's Edge, he linked this distant future to the Robot and Spacer stories, creating a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson." 
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RADIX, Attanasio, A. A.
10 Attanasio, A. A. RADIX
New York Morrow Quill Paperbacks 1981 1st Paperback Edition; 1st Printing Paperback Very Good+ Illustrated by Fred Marcellino 
Cover Art; This is the first paperback edition (trade paperback) which was issued simultaneously with the Hardback edition. This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine - condition and was issued thus without a dust jacket. This Nebula nominated book is the author's first novel and is considered one of his best works. The simultaneous hardback edition had a print run of approximately 1,000 copies. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some beginning edge wear and rubbing to the book's cardstock covers. The white portions of the book covers have some light toning. The text pages are clean and bright. "Thirteen centuries in the future, the Earth is peopled by telepathic voors whose lives originated in a far-off galaxy; by tribes of distorts desperately trying to breed themselves back to human normality; and by the Masseboth, tyrannical normals whose attempt to preserve a pure gene pool has become a weapon of worldwide oppression." 
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Hello America, Ballard, J. G.
11 Ballard, J. G. Hello America
New York Carroll & Graf Publishers 1988 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "Near the end of the twentieth century, the economies of the Western world collapsed. Energy sources dried up and catastrophic stock market crashes - echoing 1929 and 1987 - dealt knock-out blows to prosperity and capitalism. Soon hordes of exasperated American refugees packed their bags and set sail for Europe, where conditions were less critical." "While much of Ballard's fiction is thematically and stylistically provocative, he is perhaps best known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun (1984) , a semi-autobiographical account of a young British boy's experiences in Shanghai during Japanese occupation. Described by The Guardian as "the best British novel about the Second World War"" 
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A Song Of Stone, Banks, Iain
12 Banks, Iain A Song Of Stone
London, England Abacus / Little Brown and Co. UK 1997 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright, but generally lightly toned due to the acid content of the paper. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "The war is ending, perhaps ended. For the castle and its occupants the troubles are just beginning. Armed gangs roam its lawless land where each farm and house supports a column of dark smoke." "Banks published work under two names. His parents had intended to name him "Iain Menzies Banks", but his father made a mistake when registering the birth and "Iain Banks" became the officially registered name. Despite this error, Banks used the middle name and submitted The Wasp Factory for publication as "Iain M. Banks". Banks's editor inquired about the possibility of omitting the 'M' as it appeared "too fussy" and the potential existed for confusion with Rosie M. Banks, a romantic novelist in the Jeeves novels by P. G. Wodehouse; Banks agreed to the omission. After three mainstream novels, Banks's publishers agreed to publish his first science fiction (SF) novel Consider Phlebas. To create a distinction between the mainstream and SF novels, Banks suggested the return of the 'M' to his name, and it was used in all of his science fiction works." 
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Mammoth Book 1 : Silverhair, Baxter, Stephen
13 Baxter, Stephen Mammoth Book 1 : Silverhair
London, England Millenium 1999 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "The mammoths have measured the slow pulse of the seasons as the Earth spins in its stately annual dance. Their memories stretch back across the million year cycles of the ice sheets." "A second category in Baxter's work is based on readings in evolutionary biology and human/animal behaviour. Elements of this appear in his future histories (especially later works like the Destiny's Children series and Flood/Ark) , but here it is the focus. The major work in this category is Evolution, which imagines the evolution of humanity in the Earth's past and future. The Mammoth Trilogy, written for young adults, shares similar themes and concerns as it explores the present, past, and future of a small herd of mammoths found surviving on an island in the Arctic Ocean." 
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Titan, Baxter, Stephen
14 Baxter, Stephen Titan
New York Harper Prism 1997 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
SIGNED EDITION. This book is in Very Good+ condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping to the bottom spine end of the book cover. The text pages are mostly clean and bright, but do have toning, especially to the edges due to the acid content of the paper. This copy has been signed on the title page by Baxter in blue ink. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "The dream begins with a disaster. Given the task of dismantling NASA's aging shuttle program, after a horrifying re-entry crash, Paula Benacerraf comes up with a bold plan to keep America in space using existing technology." "Another category, outside of the main body of Baxter's independent work, is sequels and installments of science-fiction classics. His first novel to achieve wide recognition (winning three literary awards) was The Time Ships, an authorised sequel to H. G. Wells' The Time Machine. The Time Odyssey series, a trilogy co-authored with Arthur C. Clarke, is connected to Clarke's four Space Odyssey novels. Another novel is based on a synopsis written by Clarke, The Light of Other Days. Baxter has also published a Doctor Who novel, The Wheel of Ice. In 2010, Baxter began working on a new series with Terry Pratchett. This collaboration has produced five books, The Long Earth, The Long War, The Long Mars, The Long Utopia and The Long Cosmos. BAxter has also written non-fiction essays and columns for such publications as Critical Wave and the British SF Association's Matrix." ; Signed by Author 
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Traces, Baxter, Stephen
15 Baxter, Stephen Traces
London, England Voyager / Harper Collins 1998 1st Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "His second collection of short stories offers visions of histories which differ from our own, either through small changes what if Germany had won WWI (Mittelwelt) or through a fundamental difference in physical laws what if Archimedes had been right in his clockwork-like cosmological vision." Short stories included are : Traces, Darkness, The Droplet, No Longer Touch the Earth, Mittelwelt, Journey to the King Planet, The Jonah Man, Downstream, The Blood of Angels, Columbiad, Brigantia's Angels, Weep for the Moon, Good News, Something for Nothing, In the Manner of Trees, Pilgrim 7, Zemlya, Moon Six, George and the Comet, Inherit the Earth, and, In the MSOB. "Baxter's "Future History"[1] mode is based on research into hard science. It encompasses the monumental Xeelee Sequence, which as of September 2015 is composed of seven novels (including the Destiny's Children trilogy) , plus three volumes collecting the 52 short pieces (short stories and novellas) in the series, all of which fit into a single timeline stretching from the Big Bang singularity of the past to his Timelike Infinity singularity of the future. These stories begin in the present day and end when the Milky Way galaxy collides with Andromeda five billion years in the future. The central narrative is that of Humanity rising and evolving to become the second most powerful race in the universe, next to the god-like Xeelee." 
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Darwin's Children, Bear, Greg
16 Bear, Greg Darwin's Children
New york Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy) 2003 1st Edition; 1st Edition Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
This book is in Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. There is some beginning bumping to the spine ends of the book covers. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. "Eleven years have passed since SHEVA, an ancient retrovirus, was discovered in human DNA - a retrovirus that caused mutations in the human genome and heralded the arrival of a new wave of genetically enhanced humans. Now these changed children have reached adolescence." "Bear is often classified as a hard science fiction author, based on the scientific details in his work. Early in his career, he also published work as an artist, including illustrations for an early version of the Star Trek Concordance and covers for Galaxy and F&SF. [1] He sold his first story, "Destroyers", to Famous Science Fiction in 1967. Bear often addresses major questions in contemporary science and culture with fictional solutions. For example, The Forge of God offers an explanation for the Fermi paradox, supposing that the galaxy is filled with potentially predatory intelligences and that young civilizations that survive are those that don't attract their attention—by staying quiet." 
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Darwin's Radio, Bear, Greg
17 Bear, Greg Darwin's Radio
New York Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy) 1999 1st American Edition; 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Near Fine dust jacket Illustrated by Heather Kern 
Cover Art; First Trade edition -- published as a limited leatherbound, signed, numbered edition by Easton Press slightly before this. Also, it appears the British printing of this was released several weeks before the American edition, making that the true First Trade Edition. This book is in Very Good+ to Near Fine- condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. There is some light bumping to the spine ends of the book cover. The dust jacket is crisp and clean with the exception of a bit of beginning nicking to the top spine end. "A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of two women, both with child - and the conspiracy to keep it secret. A major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family - the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics . A mysterious disease that strikes only pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth." This book is the Nebula Award winner for 2000. "Gregory Dale "Greg" Bear (born August 20, 1951) is an American writer best known for science fiction. His work has covered themes of galactic conflict (Forge of God books) , artificial universes (The Way series) , consciousness and cultural practices (Queen of Angels) , and accelerated evolution (Blood Music, Darwin's Radio, and Darwin's Children). His most recent work is the Forerunner Trilogy, written in the Halo universe. " 
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Darwin's Radio, Bear, Greg
18 Bear, Greg Darwin's Radio
New York Del Rey Books (Science Fiction and Fantasy) 1999 1st American Edition; 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
SIGNED EDITION. First Trade edition -- published as a limited leatherbound, signed, numbered edition by Easton Press slightly before this. Also, it appears the British printing of this was released several weeks before the American edition, making The UK edition the true First Trade Edition. This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some beginning bumping and rubbing. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. This copy has been signed by the author on the title page with a brief inscription. This book is the Nebula Award winner for 2000. "Bear is often classified as a hard science fiction author, based on the scientific details in his work. Early in his career, he also published work as an artist, including illustrations for an early version of the Star Trek Concordance and covers for Galaxy and F&SF. He sold his first story, "Destroyers", to Famous Science Fiction in 1967. Bear often addresses major questions in contemporary science and culture with fictional solutions. For example, The Forge of God offers an explanation for the Fermi paradox, supposing that the galaxy is filled with potentially predatory intelligences and that young civilizations that survive are those that don't attract their attention—by staying quiet. In Queen of Angels, Bear examines crime, guilt, and punishment in society. He frames these questions around an examination of consciousness and awareness, including the emergent self-awareness of highly advanced computers in communication with humans. In Darwin's Radio and Darwin's Children, he addresses the problem of over-population with a mutation in the human genome making, basically, a new series of humans. The question of cultural acceptance of something new and unavoidable is also brought up." ; Signed by Author 
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Dudley and Gilderoy, Blackwood, Algernon
19 Blackwood, Algernon Dudley and Gilderoy
New York E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1929 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
This book is in Very Good condition and has a Very Good- dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean, bright condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some edge wear, rubbing, bumping and bits of fraying. The text pages are clean and bright. The endpapers are noticeably toned. The dust jacket has edge wear, several small edge nicks and tears and noticeably chipping to the spine ends and corners. "This is a noble fantasy - a delicate and profound study of bird and cat consciousness. It is the story of the glorious and humorous adventures of Dudley, an aristocratic King Grey Parrot, and of Gilderoy, a plebeian ginger-colored cat, who ran away from their country-home in Kent and went up to London in search of adventure." "Throughout his adult life, he was an occasional essayist for various periodicals. In his late thirties, he moved back to England and started to write stories of the supernatural. He was successful, writing at least ten original collections of short stories and later telling them on radio and television. He also wrote fourteen novels, several children's books, and a number of plays, most of which were produced but not published. He was an avid lover of nature and the outdoors, and many of his stories reflect this. To satisfy his interest in the supernatural, he joined The Ghost Club. He never married; according to his friends he was a loner but also cheerful company. Jack Sullivan stated that "Blackwood's life parallels his work more neatly than perhaps that of any other ghost story writer. Like his lonely but fundamentally optimistic protagonists, he was a combination of mystic and outdoorsman; when he wasn't steeping himself in occultism, including Rosicrucianism and Buddhism, he was likely to be skiing or mountain climbing." Blackwood was a member of one of the factions of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, as was his contemporary Arthur Machen. Cabalistic themes influence his novel The Human Chord. " 
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Doctor Mirabilis, Blish, James
20 Blish, James Doctor Mirabilis
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1971 1st American Edition; 1st Printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
SIGNED EDITION. First American Trade Edition ( following a mimeographed, stapled limited edition). This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean, with the exception of light sunning to the spine and spine joints. This copy has been signed by the author on the title page. "Blish spent 1942–1944 as a medical technician in the United States Army. After the war he became the science editor for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. His writing career progressed until eventually he gave up his job to become a full-time writer. He is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story "Solar Plexus" as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril. (The story was originally published in 1941, but that version did not contain the term; Blish is thought to have added it in a rewrite done for the anthology, which was first published in 1952.) From 1962 to 1968, Blish worked for the Tobacco Institute. Then in 1968 Blish left his native United States and moved to Henley-on-Thames, England. From 1967 to 1977, Blish worked on a series of books for the Star Trek franchise. He died before the series was completed and the final volume, Star Trek 12, was co-credited to his wife." ; Signed by Author 
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