Wednesday, August 23, 2017


In the early 1970s New English Library reissued a selection of the late Brian Aldiss's novels and short-story collections, with fabulous covers by Bruce Pennington. Here are seven of them (I'm missing The Interpreter).


Blogger this northern boy said...

If you'd like to complete the set Paul, I'd be happy to send you my second hand copy of The Interpreter.

August 23, 2017 4:54 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

That's very kind - but I've just checked abe books and copies can be had for a couple of quid. Only just realised that I was one short of the set (unless there are even more; listing in the books is a bit erratic)!

August 23, 2017 6:02 pm  
Blogger this northern boy said...

I think I bagged mine from a charity shop for about the same. Sadly the charity shops seem to be full of Patterson or Dan brown these days.

August 23, 2017 7:06 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

I just bought a nice pb of Vance's The Pnume. But 70s stuff is definitely getting harder to find.

August 23, 2017 8:04 pm  
Blogger Hakan said...

I have a couple of these. 70's books really are getting rare indeed, even at the conventions I am struggling to find any Brunner books, as a sample.

August 23, 2017 10:04 pm  
Blogger Mark Pontin said...

Here in the US, you see more 1970s-era books -- a small group of Vances or Brunners appearing on the shelves in a second-hand bookstore, for instance -- as some people have ditched their dead-tree editions of these particular authors because all their books have now been published in ebook form (effectively the case with Brunner and Vance).

However, I'm not sure how representative my experience is since I live in Berkeley, California, where at least ten or so bookstores still exist within a mile or so of my apartment. Bookstores have been decimated in other parts of the US, and not just in flyover country -- in Boston and Cambridge, MA, major stores were already closed when I went there a decade back.

The mass-market paperback is passing into history, at any rate.

August 25, 2017 12:20 am  
Anonymous William Donelson said...

Wonderful. I don't remember any of these covers. Thanks for posting them!

August 26, 2017 11:23 pm  

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