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The Descendants of Star [*SIGNED* to Gene Roddenberry], Bailey, Thomas C.
1 Bailey, Thomas C. The Descendants of Star [*SIGNED* to Gene Roddenberry]
Smithtown NY Exposition Press (c.1980) 0682496014 / 9780682496018 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[jacket rubbed, worn at corners, slight paper loss at upper rear corner]. INSCRIBED (to Mr. and Mrs. Gene Roddenberry) and SIGNED by the author on the copyright page; "Live Long and Prosper," he sez. Also laid in is a letter from the author to the Roddenberrys, indicating that the book is being sent "as strictly a gift & a Non-Submission," and acknowledging STAR TREK as "an inspiration for the enclosed work inside, though the genre is Post-Apocalyptic." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Mendoza in Hollywood: A Novel of the Company, Baker, Kage
2 Baker, Kage Mendoza in Hollywood: A Novel of the Company
San Diego/New York/London Harcourt, Inc. (c.2000) 0-15-100448-X / 9780151004485 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Michael Koelsch 
[very nice tight copy, the faintest bit of spotting on top edge, appears unread; jacket pristine, looks like it's been in protective cover from Day One]. Sci-fi/fantasy/time travel novel, set largely in early Los Angeles and Hollywood. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Chronopolis and Other Stories, Ballard, J.G.
3 Ballard, J.G. Chronopolis and Other Stories
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1971) NO Book Club Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Nicole de Jurenev 
[solid copy, a bit of wear to base of spine; jacket shows minor wear along top edge and at spine ends, light soiling to all-white (blank) rear panel]. A collection of the author's stories, all of which appeared in various science fiction magazines from 1957 through 1966. Contents: "The Voices of Time"; "The Drowned Giant"; "The Terminal Beach"; "Manhole 69"; "Storm-bird, Storm-dreamer"; "The Sound-sweep"; "Billenium"; "Chronopolis"; "Build-up"; "The Garden of Time"; "End Game"; "The Watchtowers"; "Now Wakes the Sea"; "Zone of Terror"; "The Cage of Sand"; "Deep End." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Kingdom in the Sky, Brown, Alice
4 Brown, Alice The Kingdom in the Sky
Los Angeles Pacific Library Association 1932 Reprint Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, likely as issued) [a handsome copy in attractive marbled boards, with a firm binding and just a bit of bumping at several corners]. Fantasy novel with heavy spiritual overtones, about a group of six characters (including a bank cashier absconding with some stolen securities, an unsuccessful playwright and his unfaithful wife; and a Vermont farm couple) who all die in one way or another, and upon finding themselves "passed over" into the world of the afterlife, spend the better part of the novel trying to figure out what it all means. Many of this New Hampshire-born author's works were in the "local color" vein, but she ventured into fantasy territory often enough to warrant multiple listings in Bleier; both this book and "The Wind Between the Worlds," a 1920 novel about communication with the dead, are cited therein, and she also produced quite a bit of short fiction in the supernatural vein. The first edition was published by Macmillan in the same year; a title-page note states that "this edition [was] printed, designed and bound exclusively for Pacific Library Association members by the Macmillan Company." I've been unable to uncover any information about the Pacific Library Association; an OCLC search turns up only seven titles (including this one) for which they are attributed as publishers, all from 1931 or 1932. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Universal Station, Brown, Beth
5 Brown, Beth Universal Station
New York Regent House 1944 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [book worn/faded at top and bottom edges, corners bumped; DJ worn at edges/corners, separated along front hinge but held together nicely by Brodart jacket; missing pieces at spine extremities, spine faded]. Fantasy about "a boy named Johnny who loses his life on earth--only to find himself alive again--on the other side of life." More specifically, in the title location, "a not-so-mythical place halfway between here and heaven," where quite a bunch of characters are hanging about, including Tony, a "dyspeptic dog." (Brown was also the author of " All Dogs Go to Heaven.") 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Bones of the Moon, Carroll, Jonathan
6 Carroll, Jonathan Bones of the Moon
New York Arbor House/William Morrow 1988 (c.1987) Book Club Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Thomas Canty 
[nice copy, apparently unread; jacket a tiny bit bumped/wrinkled at spine ends]. "A literate, gracefully written novel that approaches fantasy in the manner of the magic realists. It is the story of Cullen James, a young Manhattan woman whose life dictates her dreams --- and whose dreams control her life." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Pawn of Time: An Extravaganza, Carson, Robin
7 Carson, Robin Pawn of Time: An Extravaganza
New York Henry Holt and Company (c.1957) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Ben Feder Inc. 
[good solid copy, with some spotting/deterioration to cloth at bottom of book and around spine (NOT affecting the integrity of the binding in any way); jacket shows a little wear along top edge, very light surface rubbing]. Time-travel comic adventure novel, set mostly in Renaissance Venice -- except that the protagonist is a 20th-century New Yorker, transported to 16th-century Italy by a mysterious accident at a cocktail party. "Widely and wildly acclaimed as Don Jaiman Urban de Biqueman, the first nobleman from the New World, he is caught up in the stampede of history and swept along from bedroom to battlefield ... along the way [acquiring] tremendous wealth, a Spanish wife, several mistresses, and a small army of offspring; and gradually he thinks less and less about returning to Madison Avenue.... [but] now the question has become -- Can he stay?" The Swedish-born author's first (and apparently only) novel, " 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Motherlines, Charnas, Suzy McKee
8 Charnas, Suzy McKee Motherlines
New York Berkley Publishing Corp. / G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1978) 0-399-12170-6 / 9780399121708 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Jerry Cosgrove 
[solid clean copy, lower front corner very lightly bumped, two paper-clip indentations (with slight rust stain) at top of ffep; jacket shows traces of edgewear, light surface-scratching to front panel]. The author's sequel to her first novel, "Walk to the End of the World" (1974), set in the same future world (but at a different geographical location), and envisioning "a society of nomadic women who reproduce parthenogenetically -- women on horseback [who] have developed a culture that is entirely new to the face of the Earth." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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[Ballantine Boxed Set] Childhood's End; Earthlight; Expedition to Earth; Reach for Tomorrow; Tales from the White Hart [see description for individual printing details], Clarke, Arthur C.
9 Clarke, Arthur C. [Ballantine Boxed Set] Childhood's End; Earthlight; Expedition to Earth; Reach for Tomorrow; Tales from the White Hart [see description for individual printing details]
New York Ballantine Books (ca.1968) NO (various printings) Softcover Near Fine 
(five paperback books in slipcase) [books are uniformly tight and apparently unread, minor rubbing to the spine of one title, even more minor rubbing to the covers of a couple; the slipcase shows some light wear, but is completely intact (no splits, cracks, etc.), and has the original retail price sticker still affixed to the spine]. Mass Market PB Boxed set of five Clarke classics, no doubt issued to capitalize on his enhanced name recognition in the wake of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (with an appropriately day-glo "psychedelic" design). These were not specially reprinted for this set, but apparently just assembled out of Ballantine's existing stock; the printing dates vary widely, the latest being March 1967 ("Childhood's End," also the only book to reference "2001" in its cover design). Although a couple of the books are identified as "originals," in fact none of them is a first printing. The details: "Childhood's End" (Ballantine U5066; 7th printing, March 1967); "Earthlight" (Ballantine U2824; 2nd Bal-Hi printing, June 1966); "Expedition to Earth" (Ballantine U2112; 3rd printing, July 1965); "Reach for Tomorrow" (Ballantine U2110; 3rd printing, December 1963; "Tales from the White Hart" (Ballantine U2113; 3rd printing, November 1966). (The latter three are story collections, by the way.) None of these books is especially rare, but I doubt you'll find too many of the boxed sets around -- especially not looking like it had just beamed in from the Sixties, like this one. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Witch of the Sea, Colby, Marie W.
10 Colby, Marie W. Witch of the Sea
Hollywood CA House-Warven, Publishers (c.1954) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by M. Werlin 
[several corners of book bumped and a bit softened, one-time owner's address label on front pastedown, slight fading to cloth at spine and along top/bottom edges; jacket edgeworn, small chip at top of front panel, additional chipping along top of rear panel, various other nicks, one-inch split at top and bottom of front foldover, etc.]. (pen and ink drawings) "Here is a fantasy about impossible creatures that inhabit the ocean -- a lilting satire that laughs with rather than at human beings as it considers their foibles, failings, weaknesses and delusions of grandeur. [Well, OK, as long as it's laughing WITH us, then.] In fantastic creatures of the sea you will find all the different types of human creatures in the world about you. When you read about Old Mrs. Crab, the scheming Lobster, Mr. Clam, the glamorous Fantasy, and the other characters in the story, you will see your friends and neighbors. When you re-read, perhaps you will see yourself." (But just keep in mind: you're not being laughed at. Although it's possible your neighbors are.) The author blurbs as follows: "I have not studied the art of writing. What you read is unpolished. I use words that all can understand and if they aren't pleasing to all, I can't find it in me to apologize." (Not even for "flittermouse," on page 11?) [+] 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A Glory of Unicorns, Coville, Bruce, comp. and ed.
11 Coville, Bruce, comp. and ed. A Glory of Unicorns
New York Scholastic Press 1998 0-590-95943-3 / 9780590959438 1st Edition (see note) Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Alix Berenzy 
[a very nice copy, tight and clean, with just a trace of surface wear to the jacket]. (B&W drawings) "A collection of unicorn stories that unicorn lovers will treasure for a lifetime. This fantastical volume includes works by award-winning writers, including Gregory Maguire, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Sean Stewart, and, of course, Bruce Coville. There are beautiful illustrations from award-winning artist Alix Berenzy. Each story takes the reader on a journey to find the magic in life [and the book] will make everyone who reads it a true believer." (My guess is that the hardcover printing of this title was largely for library distribution, which would account for its general scarcity today. The paperback edition can be readily found, but if you're giving this book as a gift, you'll want a nice hardcover, correct? I thought so.) [Please NOTE that the book states "First printing, 1998," but also bears a number line in which the lowest number is 2; the number line is perfectly centered, however, which leads me to believe that this is in fact a first printing of the first edition.] 
Price: 75.00 USD
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The Dark Fantastic [Limited/*SIGNED* Edition], Ellin, Stanley
12 Ellin, Stanley The Dark Fantastic [Limited/*SIGNED* Edition]
New York The Mysterious Press (c.1983) 0-89296-060-4 / 9780892960606 1st Edition (limited/signed) Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) William McCaffery Signed by Author
[the book is flawless; faint traces of wear to the jacket extremities; in a Fine slipcase]. SIGNED by the author on the limitation page, in the back of the book. "Destined to become one of the most controversial novels of our time, [this book] is an explosive exploration of racial themes and hatreds set within the framework of a terrifying mystery," about a bitter, dying old man whose hatred for the black tenants in the apartment building (which he owns) next door to his mansion, leads him to hatch a plot to blow up himself, the apartment building, and the tenants. The statement on the limitation page reads: "Of this first edition of The Dark Fantastic 250 copies are numbered and signed by the author. This is no. 62." Signed by Author 
Price: 30.00 USD
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To Make Death Love Us, Falconer, Sovereign (pseud. of Craig Strete)
13 Falconer, Sovereign (pseud. of Craig Strete) To Make Death Love Us
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1987 0-385-17628-7 / 9780385176286 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Michael Flanagan 
[clean/tight/unread, minimal shelfwear to bottom edge, bookstore name/address stamped on ffep; jacket bright and attractive, mild wear along top edge, one tiny closed tear at base of spine, another at bottom of rear panel, fainti soiling to rear panel]. "A haunting novel of fantasy and horror, [the novel] tells the story of six members of a carnival sideshow, victims of fate and of their own freakishness, now trapped in the belly of a truck teetering on the edge of a cliff. As they struggle desperately to escape, each peers into the abyss of his own heart, recalling secret passions and fears, summoning up long-lost memories of murder and madness, love and jealousy, sin and shame." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots, Fforde, Jasper
14 Fforde, Jasper Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots
New York Viking 2004 0-670-03289-1 / 9780670032891 First American Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj) Viktor Koen 
[very nice copy, the book itself tight and clean with no discernible wear; jacket shows just a tad of wear along top edge, which will essentially disappear inside a new clear jacket protector (provided)]. The third Thursday Next adventure, in which our time-hopping (and pregnant) literary detective heroine draws a putatively "restful" assignment in the Character Exchange Program in the Well of Lost Plots -- which she soon discovers "is a veritable linguistic free-for-all where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market and lousy books (like the one she has taken up residence in) are scrapped for salvage." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Wilk Are Among Us [*SIGNED*], Haiblum, Isidore
15 Haiblum, Isidore The Wilk Are Among Us [*SIGNED*]
Garden City NY Doubleday & Co. 1975 0-385-08340-8 / 9780385083409 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Emanuel Schongut Signed by Author
[book is nice and tight, with some faint soiling to the covers and endpapers; jacket appears to have taken on some moisture at some point, though it's not immediately apparent, since its new Brodart jacket effectively hides the internal staining/soiling, and the external soiling is mostly confined to the rear panel (the front panel is only faintly marred); there is also a bit of wear at both ends of the spine]. There is a nice INSCRIPTION by the author on the half-title page, with a full-page cartoon face and his SIGNATURE at the bottom, all in red ink. "An imaginative, tongue-in-cheek tale, replete with aliens, monsters, and a computer named the Wizard that knows everything--at least some of the time." Signed by Author 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Lost Cavern, and Other Tales of the Fantastic, Heard, H.F. [Gerald]
16 Heard, H.F. [Gerald] The Lost Cavern, and Other Tales of the Fantastic
New York The Vanguard Press, Inc. (c.1948) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Maas 
[an attractive copy, with light shelfwear and minor bumping to bottom corners; jacket shows a little wear along top edge, one tiny closed tear at top of front panel, faint horizontal wrinkle along bottom edge of front panel, light soiling to rear panel]. Four stories: "The Lost Cavern"; "The Cup"; "The Thaw Plan"; and "The Chapel of Ease." "Whether it be the strange beckoning of an ancient chapel, the age-old mystery of a ritual cup, the terrors of a volcanic cavern, or the weird world of the future, Mr. Heard gives them all a terrible, spine-tingling reality." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Salamandastron [*SIGNED*], Jacques, Brian
17 Jacques, Brian Salamandastron [*SIGNED*]
New York Philomel Books 1993 0-399-21992-7 / 9780399219924 First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by Gary Chalk Signed by Author
(price-clipped) [nice clean copy, very light wear to cloth at spine extremities; jacket moderately edgeworn, unobtrusive 1-1/2" closed tear at bottom front hinge, some minor creasing near top/bottom edges, minor wear at spine ends, small closed tear at bottom of rear panel, quite presentable in new Brodart jacket protector]. INSCRIBED ("To / my pal / _________") and SIGNED by the author, on the half-title page, in the year of publication. The 5th "Tale from Redwall." "When the mountain stronghold of Salamandastron, ruled under the iron paw of the badger lord Urthstripe the Strong, is besieged by the ruthless weasel Ferhago the Assassin, the destinies of five creatures become intertwined: Samkim and Arula from Redwall Abbey, Mara and Pikkle of Salamandastron, and Klitch, son of Ferhago." Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Archer's Goon, Jones, Diana Wynne
18 Jones, Diana Wynne Archer's Goon
New York Greenwillow Books (c.1984) 0-688-02582-X / 9780688025823 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) David Montiel 
[mild shelfwear, light foxing to top edge, tiny red smudge on fore-edge, NOT ex-library; jacket a bit edgeworn, a couple of tiny tears]. "The trouble started when Howard Sykes came home from school and found the 'goon' sitting in the kitchen. He said he'd been sent by Archer. But who was Archer? It was a matter of the 2000 words that Howard's author father had failed to deliver. It soon became clear that not only Archer wanted those words, but that his wizard siblings, Hathaway, Dillian, Shine, Torquil, Erskine, and Venturus would also go to any lengths to get them." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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After This, Kent, Ryland
19 Kent, Ryland After This
New York/London Harper & Brothers (c.1939) Second Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light shelfwear to bottom edge, slight age-toning to top edge and fore-edge, one-time owner's signature on ffep, partially on top of which has been pasted another one-time owner's bookplate; jacket is worn, with numerous chips along top and bottom edges, slight sunning to spine]. Spiritually-themed novel, about a motley group of people on a merchant ship that's crossing the Indian Ocean: an aristocrat and her military husband, the son of an American millionaire, a chewing-gum manufacturer, a couple of missionaries and their kids, a tyrannical Senator and his wife, a couple of gangsters, an agnostic professor, a "mysterious Asiatic," and so on. But -- spoiler alert! -- a fire breaks out, the ship explodes, and everybody dies. But seeing as how we're only on page 28, that's just the setup; the remaining 200+ pages (following a disclaimer that the book "is in support of no religious or occult doctrine, or of any spiritualistic theory concerning 'the other world'") are all about how the various characters cope with their own personal after-death experiences. One of the reviews quoted on the rear jacket panel indicates that "Ryland Kent" is a pseudonym, but nobody seems to have ever figured out the author's real identity; he (she?) apparently never wrote another book under that name. (Your purchase of this book will entitle you to take a crack at the mystery yourself.) 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Phantoms [*SIGNED*], Koontz, Dean R.
20 Koontz, Dean R. Phantoms [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1983) 0-399-12655-4 / 9780399126550 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg Signed by Author
[extremely light wear at spine extremities; jacket shows just a touch of wear at the top corners, otherwise flawless]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, for a charity auction: "For the LASFS auction -- / This tale about weird / events in Northeastern / California. As we all / know -- in real life, most / of the really good weirdness / is in the southern part / of the state. Dean R. Koontz / 5/23/89." Set in fictional Snowfield, California, formerly "a charming little town," now "a place of nightmares," as hundreds of the town's residents have completely disappeared, "and the worst is yet to come." (LASFS, by the way, is the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, claimed to be the oldest continuously operating science fiction society in the world; it was an 1939 offshoot of the Science Fiction League, founded in 1934 by pulp-magazine publisher Hugo Gernsback.) Signed by Author 
Price: 250.00 USD
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